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Why Lead Gen Is Bad for Business

August 17, 2018 - Lead generation, Marketing, Metrics, Practitioner Marketing

When you get right down to it, deals are made when you have the right contact information from the right person who has a budget and a need. All this stuff we do in marketing to build credibility, awareness and brand needs to boil down…

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Bake Developer Empathy Into Your Dev Portal

August 9, 2018 - Business Psychology, influencer management

Terms like “culture” and “empathy” have a lot of meat when brought up in conversation. They provide direction, strategy, and the benefits of successful implementation are clear. But the tactics of implementing things like developer empathy are not always clear. (And at the end of…

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API documentation

Your API Documentation Content Marketing Strategy

August 2, 2018 - Content Marketing, Practitioner Marketing

What could be more boring than API documentation? At least, that is how most of us view documentation—but not developers. API docs are one of the fastest ways to learn about a product and what it does. And API docs are one of the best…

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Developer Journey or Developer Empathy? Why does it matter

July 24, 2018 - Practitioner Marketing

We marketers are overcome with the need to compartmentalize concepts into nifty two- to three-word phrases. We even do it with our jobs. The problem becomes untangling what we are actually trying to do when we throw the phrases around. Developer journey and developer empathy…

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content creation

How to Get in Developers’ Heads

July 17, 2018 - Content Marketing, Marketing, Practitioner Marketing

Most marketing teams focus on the “call” portion of a call-to-action, instead of the action. This is not a huge surprise, because the call is where the budget is spent. It’s also why marketing is infamous for getting a flurry of people in the door,…

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marketing and developer relations

Why Your Developers Should Not Write Your Product Documentation

June 26, 2018 - Content Marketing, Marketing

For organizations that sell directly to developers, or have public-facing APIs, their product documentation is a unique opportunity to educate, drive adoption, and market. Yes, I said market. Many organizations don’t realize how powerful documentation can be as a marketing tool. So if you are…

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Ghostwritten Content Brings Unseen Risk

June 19, 2018 - Content Marketing, influencer content marketing, Practitioner Marketing

Ghostwriting is a fairly common practice for content, and it is seemingly an easy way to satisfy the hunger of an aggressive content runway. But at Fixate, we have a strong opinion about ghostwriting—DON’T. Ghostwriting is not sustainable in the best-case scenario, and in the…

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Building a developer portal

Best Practices for Building a Developer Portal

June 12, 2018 - Content Marketing, influencer content marketing, Practitioner Marketing

It used to be that the only types of businesses that had to worry about having a developer portal were those which sold to developers. The second cohort of portals was made up of companies that had tech products and an API. But now, unless…

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clear strategy

Trust Building Tech Blogs: Meeting the expectations of the technical reader

May 15, 2018 - Content Marketing, influencer content marketing, Practitioner Marketing

One of my favorite marketing and media books is Trust Me I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday. The title pretty much says it all, and while I don’t believe techies have taken the time to understand the nuances of marketing that this book presents, they do…

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practitioner blog posts

Practitioner Blog Posts Have a Longer Tail

April 12, 2018 - Content Marketing, influencer content marketing, Practitioner Marketing

Not all blog content is created equal—which means its impact on the world of would-be readers changes based on when it’s published, where it’s published, and its style. Usually when we think of blog content, we think of it as either personal editorial or news…

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