Most bloggers are writers, but are you an editor too? Being the managing editor of your own site allows you to treat it like the professional periodical it deserves to be. In this session Nikki will walk you through how to create and manage an editorial calendar; develop editorial standards surrounding your vision and voice; learning to objectively edit your own work; establish a method for soliciting guest bloggers, managing and editing their work; and finding quality contributing bloggers to regularly submit content.
1. Create an editorial calendar to manage content and contributors.
2. Develop editorial standards for consistency of voice and posts
3. Solicit guest and contributing bloggers
Finding the right type of content to create can be a challenge. However, getting people plugged into your content can be even more difficult. With the onslaught of information hitting us, how can a business stand out and make an impression? The answer is communication. How an individual or business communicates to someone makes the difference. Content can get someones attention, but if there is no connection, there will be no sale. It’s not just about content. Real communication through content will help increase your bottom line.
Attendees of this session will walk away knowing:
1. The difference between creating content and connecting customers with their content.
2. How to increase sales and referrals through effective communication with effective content.
3. How different types of content speak differently to audiences, and how to best use certain channels.
Join Andraz Tori of Zemanta and Shane Snow as they discuss future trends of content creation and how that will affect bloggers and content creators as well as brands in 2012 and beyond.
Topics to be covered:
* Success Stories
* Tools that work
* Great Content = Great SEO
* Content Creation Outsourcing
* Social Media Influence on Content Coverage
* Brands as Publishers
Using the metaphor of running races of varying distances and combining it with the inspiring Napkin Dad Story I will explain how anyone, the person just starting a blog or long time veteran, can set themselves up for content creation success in the short and long term. Areas of effort familiar to runners are also applicable to the world of blogging and content creation. These include: Training & Equipment Partners & Communities Nutrition & Hydration Cross-training & Rest Injuries & Setbacks Whatever creative race you are about to run, learning these lessons will help you run it better.
1. Attendees will learn how to prepare for the unknown. In running and in content creation you do not know for certain what is up ahead. Preparation for the unknown is key.
2. Attendees will learn how to pace themselves properly. Every race, every distance is different and puts different demands on us. Understanding the proper pace for what you are trying to accomplish is essential.
3. Attendees will learn that there is always something they can accomplish successfully. Comparing your achievements to others will do less for your success than comparing it to your own accomplishments.
Have you ever stared at your empty blog post and said, “I don’t know what to blog about?” Never again! In this fast-paced session we’ll look at 50–count ‘em 50!–resources, websites, and ideas so that you’ll always have fresh, compelling content to attract new visitors and engage readers at your blog. Bonus! You can use these same content creation tools for your ezine, YouTube channel, and even–gasp–your print newsletter.
1. An insane amount of resources to help you focus on creating quality content for your audience
2. Tips on how to turn other people's stale content into fresh content for you and your readers
3. Ways to have content ideas delivered to you on a daily basis.
Although many businesses have finally seen the light when it comes to the power of blogging and content marketing to grow their brand and increase sales, most are still doing it wrong. In this fun and furiously fast-paced session, passionate speaker Marcus Sheridan of The Sales Lion will discuss the major mistakes he sees businesses making with their content marketing efforts and will further share all the tips, strategies, and unorthodox methods he espouses to help businesses become profitable, powerful, and the voice of their industry.
1. Know exactly how to start a successful business blog
2. Know how to write in such a way people and search engines will take notice.
3. Understand the biggest mistakes businesses make when starting a blog and trying to make it successful.
This session will show bloggers how to create outstanding written content, rather than relying on keyword-laden schlock and hoping the Google gods will be appeased. We will learn how professional writing techniques — including copywriting, fiction, journalism, and even poetry — can win readers, get them to share your content, and even write about it on their own blogs. With lessons learned from Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Waits, and even the guy who said to never end a sentence with a preposition (hint: he was wrong), we’ll learn how to create killer content that will bring in readers.
1. What journalistic techniques bloggers can use to create short, but effective blog posts.
2. How both political speechwriters and songwriters stir emotions through visual language and how you can too.
3. Some grammar rules you learned in school are not only wrong, they should never have been rules to begin with.
5th–7th June 2012