How to Stop Procrastinating and Become a Joyful Writer [Infographic]

Whether you’re a full-time blogger or a social media marketer who’s occasionally tasked with writing social media copy, I’m willing to bet you’ve experienced the temptation to procrastinate in the middle of your writing process. Maybe you type your introductory sentence and then open Pinterest. Perhaps you finish a section of your post and then, losing steam, decide to wash your dishes, instead. Whatever it is, we’ve all been there. Writing is a tough and tedious process, and there are plenty of moments where procrastination is much more tempting than writing one more sentence. But if you’re on a tight…

What Editors Want from Guest Contributors in 2021 [New Data]

Few industries escaped 2020 unchanged, and digital media was no different. At Influence & Co., our proprietary content marketing software and our process of working with hundreds of contributors, editors, and journalists offered us courtside seats to watch the industry evolve — and we compiled our most relevant digital media research for marketers and content creators into our latest “State of Digital Media” report. Wondering how to make guest posts stand out? Our third digital media survey combines the opinions of experts with our own exhaustive content analysis, and the result is a tool that can be used to hone your content in…

Discover Your Writing Genius: 8 Tips for Doing Your Best Work in 2020

As marketers, it can be difficult to continue to produce high-quality content when we don’t feel creative or inspired. And it can be especially challenging when we’re on a tight deadline.  Henneke Duistermaat, writer and founder of Enchanting Marketing, knows the feeling well — as she describes it in her latest infographic, we often believe writing simply means creating “great stuff”, when in reality, it entails research, multiple revisions, messy first drafts … and even time for procrastination.  Fortunately, there are strategies you can implement to relieve the pressures of writing, get outside your comfort zone, and befriend your inner…

6 Tips for Creating Content That Spreads Naturally

We’ve all been there — you hit publish on a blog post and expect the social shares, page views, and agreeable comments to start rolling in. But sometimes you get pure silence (or crickets 🦗) in response. Using social media and content to market your business isn’t a new concept, so doing the bare minimum won’t cut it. Don’t believe me? Think about how often content is shared across the web — for instance, there are over 2.45 billion Facebook users and over 500 million Tweets shared per day on Twitter — and that’s only two of the several popular…

5 Benefits of Educating Prospects With Free Content

In the marketing world, the infamous free content debate seems to be everlasting.  “If we give away free content and information about the challenges our paid products and services resolve, then who will pay for what we’re selling?” It’s easy to understand why you might think about free content this way — after all, the goal of any business is to make a profit, so giving away free goodies would be crazy, right? Wrong. In fact, offering free content to your target audience and prospective customers can actually do the opposite. Providing education on the topics related to and about…