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An AI Text Generator will Revolutionize Your Content Marketing

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An AI Text Generator will Revolutionize Your Content Marketing

An AI Text Generator will Revolutionize Your Content Marketing

Content marketing was an obscure term that I stumbled upon while reading the book “The New Rules of Marketing and PR” by David Meerman-Scott in 2008. It revealed a new creative digital marketing tactic that turned my old ideas of lead generation on its head.

Instead of chasing customers (outbound marketing) they would chase you if you created online content that solved their problems and informed them (inbound marketing).

Nowadays, the term “inbound marketing” is a common phrase in the digital marketing world and has given rise to a whole industry known as “content marketing”.

As a salesperson that had done the hard yards, it was a revelation. Now we can attract leads and sales rather than chase them.

But the game is about to change again as A.I. text generators change the rules of engagement.

Content Marketing has entered a new phase with AI text generators

The emergence of AI text generators is poised to disrupt traditional practices and paradigms. To understand the significance of this shift, it’s worth noting that we’ve already gone through three phases of content creation.

In the past, content creation involved laborious research and poring over books and other sources to extract insights. However, this process is on the brink of being upended by the advent of AI-powered content creation.

The librarians are not happy.

Phase one: Analog content

Writing content in the past involved researching for information in libraries and weaving your ideas and creativity into the mix. It was slow and laborious and involved paper stuffed between book covers and waiting for the borrowed book you were seeking to be returned a week later.

When I started using the Internet and the Netscape browser in 1994 my first thought was “I no longer need to go to the library”. But the interface and search function was clunky and messy. Often  I didn’t find anything useful until page 20! Also the crackling beeping modem was so slow that waiting for it to download a web page involved making a coffee and coming back a few minutes later. And the information was ugly.

But despite the frustration it was a game changer. It was the wild west of the Internet; built for humans rather than geeks. I was in love.

Phase two: Digital content

Google’s emergence in the late 1990’s (enabled by the internet) allowed us global access to humanity’s superconscious that was made usable, faster and friendly.

We now had a connected digital world brain that was searchable and made sense. Their mission was to  “Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. And they delivered on that promise.

This has been our content playpen for just over 20 years. Phase three made its presence felt on November 30, 2022.

Phase three: Artificial intelligence text generators

A.I. has been the plaything of white coated scientists that created scientific theory and delivered crap. But generative artificial intelligence is now real.  And the text format and delivery platform of that tech is ChatGPT.

ChatGPT is powered by A.I. and now provides content marketing professionals and writers with a powerful tool to make them more productive and creative.

A.I. has been given a friendly face (a user interface on the platform ChatGPT) for creating content rather than just links to websites.

The result?

We now have an application that is “Google on steroids”. Content marketing has been supercharged by artificial intelligence.

We are at the tipping point of “Content marketing 2.0”.

How can we use A.I text generators to amplify our content marketing?

Most writers use search results to find information and verifiable resources. Then you need to add that to your content and link. But an AI text generator can write almost all of it for you.

Optimized and accelerated

ChatGPT can write a 700 word article in less than a minute. Then you simply optimize and verify. Currently it doesn’t provide links but Bing’s new search engine is proposing to blend the two.

AI-driven content marketing strategies can help businesses improve their content creation and curation processes, personalize content for their audience, and optimize their content for search engines.

Here are some AI-driven content marketing strategies to consider:


AI can help businesses create personalized content for their audience by analyzing data about their preferences, behaviors, and interests. By using AI-powered recommendation engines, businesses can deliver content that is more relevant and engaging to their audience.

Automated content creation

AI can also be used to generate content automatically. This can include using chatbots to create content for FAQs, or using natural language processing (NLP) to generate articles, social media posts, and other content.

Content optimization

AI can help businesses optimize their content for search engines by analyzing keywords, analyzing the performance of similar content, and suggesting improvements to optimize for specific search queries.

Predictive analytics

AI-powered predictive analytics tools can help businesses forecast trends and identify patterns in user behavior, which can help them create content that resonates with their audience and drives engagement.

Visual content creation

AI can also be used to create visual content such as images, videos, and infographics. AI-powered tools can analyze the content, identify relevant visual elements, and create customized visuals that are optimized for social media and other platforms.

Content curation

AI can help businesses curate content that is relevant to their audience by analyzing data about their interests and preferences, and identify relevant content from other sources.

A caveat when using an AI text generator

Just blindly using ChatGPT‘s AI text generator will make your writing look bland and boring.

It’s not a perfect solution or every content marketing writer’s wet dream. Because it doesn’t have a human writer’s “voice”, it lacks personality and is a bit robotic.

Strange about that.

Also it doesn’t understand the nuance of writing rhythm.

It’s free (at the moment), new and raw.

But it is the future.

A.I. text generators also need to be optimized with the technicalities of SEO. These include headlines, URL’s that Google loves, keyword density, hierarchical topics and much more.

But by implementing AI-driven content marketing strategies, businesses can improve the quality and relevance of their content, personalize their marketing efforts, and optimize their content for search engines, all of which can drive engagement and conversions.

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5 Smart Ways to Use Metaphors to Create Irresistible Content

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How to Use Metaphors to Create Irresistible Content

Hopefully I’ve sold you on the benefits of using metaphors when creating compelling content, and you know the differences between metaphors, similes, and analogies.

Now let’s take a look at five examples of how you can use metaphorical expressions to spice up your writing.

Metaphors can turbo-charge just about any element of an article, from the title down to the close. You might even design an entire piece of content around an ongoing metaphorical theme.

1. Headlines

Imagine yourself blazing quickly through your news app or email inbox.

Article titles and subject lines whiz by in a blur of mundane language, until you hit a heading that stops you dead in your tracks and plants a visual in your brain that prompts you to investigate further.

That’s the power of metaphor in a headline.

For examples of titles that employ both metaphor and descriptive beneficial copy, one only has to look at best-selling business books:

  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
  • Duct Tape Marketing: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide
  • Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

2. Openings

Perhaps you avoided metaphor in your headline, but want to open strong by creating an engaging visual representation in the reader’s mind. Use a metaphor to suck people into the body of your content.

Here’s an example from Anne Miller’s Metaphorically Selling that begins an examination of the dot com bust and resulting economic downturn:

“In Arizona there’s an old graveyard known as Boot Hill where lots of slow-on-the-draw gunslingers are buried. One of the headstones reads ‘I knew this was going to happen, but not so soon.’

“The same could be said about the U.S. economy, which has gone through a wrenching contraction. I don’t know anyone who thought the hyperbole of 2000 could last, but no one thought things would drop as fast as they did.”

3. Themes

One might even make an entire post metaphorically themed, from the headline through the close.

In Stefanie’s post, How to Write 16 Knockout Articles When You Only Have One Wimpy Idea, she uses multiple metaphors to compare creating winning content over time to training to be a boxing champ.

You can see how a theme was created around a simile in Weak Email Marketing and Nickelback Have Less in Common than You Might Think.

4. Proof

You know that you should back up your beneficial promises and assertions with hard data and specific facts when attempting to persuade.

Nothing speaks louder than the numbers, and yet the full force and effect of those numbers is often lost on the reader. Metaphors make the numbers relevant, concrete, and memorable.

  • How much is a trillion dollars? It’s a stack of thousand dollar bills 67 miles high. (Ronald Reagan’s early 1980s illustration of the national debt — that stack is significantly higher today.)
  • We lose one acre of rainforest every second. Imagine a giant invader from space, clomping across the rainforests of the world with football-field-size feet — going boom, boom, boom every second — would we react? That’s essentially what’s going on right now. (Al Gore’s vivid characterization of rainforest loss.)

5. Closers

Metaphors make for great closers because, when well constructed, they provide powerful summaries and clear recommendations.

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Content Marketing: it’s All About Targeting

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Content Marketing: it’s All About Targeting

Early last year, content marketing surpassed link building, when it comes to search volume. It’s not something new, but apparently, the term is sufficiently self-explanatory at CEO- and manager level to have earned content marketing a place on the product menus of sales-driven SEO and online marketing agencies.

In my opinion, there are two types of content marketing. The traditional, century-old form is to publish content to acquire customers. More recently, publishing content to acquire links has also been labeled as content marketing, but I think that this is fundamentally different from the original. Sure, it can eventually lead to the same results (more sales), but the initial goals are different. You’re either marketing your product through content, or you’re marketing your content. Followed the best Telegenic Marketing.

Build it, and they will come?

Simply create compelling content and links will follow, right? In an ideal world, yes. But not in the real world.

I often see people trying to use content in their marketing strategy, then struggling with it, quickly followed by giving up when the results are unsatisfying and finally stating that “content marketing doesn´t work for them”.

Well, everyone can use content to effectively build links in a profitable way, but only with the right strategy. When defining the most suitable approach, this is the process I always follow.

Step 1: Situation analysis

Different situations require different approaches. Try to find out what you need most in your situation, by taking a close look at your competition with tools like CognitiveSEO or MajesticSEO. Not to see what you can copy, but for a SWOT analysis. You know, just like in old school marketing. To identify weaknesses in your link profile that need to be addressed, but also to spot opportunities or threats.

If it turns out that your link profile lacks relevance (you’ve got lots of links, but almost zero from your own industry), you’ll need a different approach than when you simply need volume. And the needs of an established, authoritative website are different from a relatively new site.

If you have defined your needs, you can move on the the next phase.

Step 2: Concept

With a clear SWOT in mind, you can try to come up with an idea that might help you to reach your goals.

Why do people share?

Before you start thinking about ideas that you can use, it is very important to get a crystal clear image of your target audience. Who are they and, more importantly, what makes your audience share stuff?

This usually differs between industries and between website types. For example, a travel affiliate site shows linking and sharing behaviour that is different from a finance blogger. And keep in mind: websites or companies don’t share things, people do, and that’s why there are so many blogs online now a days, since is not difficult to create one, and there are sites like that help people that want to create a blog and share their thoughts and content.

In general, there are five reasons why people share stuff. Self definition is without a doubt the most important sharing motivator. You are what you share, and people continuously build their personal brand online. Just take a look at what you share online. I can probably get quite a good picture of who you are just by analyzing what you’ve shared in the past.

Another sharing motivator is Personal benefit. This does not necessarily have to be a financial payment, but sharing something because you want to get something in return, to create goodwill, or simply to get noticed are personal benefits as well.

Altruism (often reciprocal altruism, since real altruism is very scarce), Connectedness (maintaining relationships) and Evangelism are other reasons for people to share things online.

If you’re interested in finding out more about why people share stuff, I’d recommend reading this study from the New York Times.

Not all shares are created equal

With that in mind, it is also important to think about what attracts the right kind of shares. A photo of a cute cat might get thousands of likes on Facebook without attracting a single link, while an extensive resources earns hundreds of links but only a handful of shares or tweets.

Just take a look at the list below and ask yourself what you’d prefer. Usually the more effort a share takes, the more valuable it is.

* Facebook Like: “Here’s another photo of a cute cat.”
* Retweet: “Someone I trust likes it, so it’s probably awesome.”
* Facebook share: “It’s good enough to make me break my pattern of clicking the like button.”
* Tweet: “You’ve made me say something on Twitter.”
* Facebook post: “I have been triggered enough to create a post on Facebook.”
* Regular link: “I just logged in to WordPress / Tumblr / used DreamWeaver / whatever and unleashed my HTML-knowledge on something that exceeded 140 characters.”
* Google Plus: “Oh Google, I love you.”

I’m not saying that you should focus on links only, but selecting a concept that’s only capable of getting Likes or Shares on Facebook is probably not your best option, and the use of marketing strategies, like the use of digital menu boards displays to show products and services to the public so they can learn find the best services for their needs.


For individual content items, you probably don’t need to create full-blown persona profiles, but you should definitely think about it.

Ask yourself this: “If I create this, who will link to it? And why?”. If you’re not able to answer this straight away, you’re probably better off creating persona profiles first.

Step 3: Creation

Once you have a clear picture of your target audience, you will be able to create content that is much more effective.

Content requirements

You need content that is made to stick. Or rather, content that is made to be shared.

Success is almost a guarantee when your content is:
Recognizable / identifiable
Unique / unexpected
Commerce is secondary (at most)
Triggers action-emotions

There’s already been written a lot about these concept requirements (I’d recommend checking out Ross Hudgens’ Content Marketing Checklist), but the last one could use some additional elaboration.

Target emotions

If you analyse different examples very succesful content, you will find that there’s one common denominator: they all trigger action-emotions.

Our normal behaviour is to digest content. Read, see, view, move on. But strong emotions can make people act different from their normal behaviour. It can make people take action, in stead of proceeding with their passive, digestive behavior. The stronger the emotion, the more effort someone will take to get the word out (Like vs. Link).

If you target the right emotions, you might be able to (subtly) persuade them to take action, by sharing your content. This might sound manipulative, but this is all what marketing is about: persuading people into taking specific actions.

There are dozens of different emotions, and some are more easy or effectively to target than others. In general, most emotions can be devided into six different categories; Pride, Pleasure, Passion, Fear, Anger and Sadness.


Keep in mind that there are also a few emotions that you rather want to avoid, including Lust, Relaxation, Boredom, Regret, Stress, Guilt and Embarassment. These are all emotions that most people prefer to exerience privately, and not in public.

Step 4: Promotion

If you have put enough effort in the first three stages of this process, the promotion will be a breeze. You knew from the start who you’d be targeting, which made it easier for you subtly make them share your content by triggering their emotions.

Sure, you’ll still need to send out dozens of emails and make a few promotional calls. And you’ll probably also want to spend some ad budget on Facebook, StumbleUpon, Outbrain or whatever is relevant in your situation. But all of this will be much more effective and lead to better results when your content is carefully crafted for your situation, and properly targeted at the right audience. Which will save you time and budget for the next content item.


1. Define your needs
2. Find out what makes your target audience share (and link!)
3. Create something that matches #1 with #2
4. Promote the hell out of it
5. Rinse and repeat

Need help?

As you can see, content marketing is a *lot* more than just ‘creating good content’. Especially when you don’t have a lot of experience with creating and promoting content, it can definitely be overwhelming. It is also something that you have to budget for carefully, otherwise you could incur a debt right off the bat, which is no good. If this were to happen don’t let it get out of hand, specially if you’re just getting started. Businesses are very volatile at the very beginning.

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How to Curate Quality Content For Facebook Page

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Are you challenged with finding quality content for Facebook page?  First lets figure out just exactly how much content you will need to find, create and or curate.  Then I’ll show you my tips and tricks. 🙂

Woman with post-it notes all over her

How often should you post content for Facebook page?

Statistics have shown us over and over again that no matter the size of your page content needs to be posted on a consistent basis.  The size of your page is important but if your under 10,000 aim for one post per day.  Afternoons are usually best but again it depends upon the location of your audience.  If you have fans from many different time zones, post at different times for a while then check your stats and uncover when you receive the most activity on your page.

How to discover content for your page

So now we know we need to aim for one per day where on earth do we find all that content.

One of the first places I look is to the experts in my niche.  For that I start with Google.  I go to Google and type in experts in “my niche” and see what comes up, in this example I searched for experts in dog health. Don’t just limit yourself to what is on page one of your search, take a peek further down, even page 5 through 10 will likely provide a great resource.


Depending on your niche another great source is magazines.  Take a look at what comes up when I look for “home decor magazines”.  There are 1,000’s of magazines in just about every niche you can imagine, look for your! 🙂

Once I find a dozen or so of sites that I like I go to a website called SimilarSites and see what they can find for me.  Often I have found some real gems using this strategy. Do your best to find another dozen sites.

Evaluate the sites you have found

This step is critical!  We all want quality content on our Facebook pages.  Content that keeps people coming back again and again.  Four of the criteria I use to select content from other sites;

  1. Information is generic to my audience
  2. Site is free from excessive ads
  3. Quality content is posted on a regular basis
  4. Has good quality pictures

You will need to read all the different posts in order to make that informed decision; Will this work on my page? Create a list of criteria you can follow, this will ensure the consistent quality of your content.  Keep a running list of links to great articles you believe your audience will appreciate. Personally I have both Word docs and text files full of potential content.

Now that you have a list of content you want to post on your Facebook page it’s time to schedule them.  I recommend posting one full week at a time, 7 posts.

Time to Post all that Content for Facebook Page

  • Pull up your document full of great links
  • Go to your Facebook Page
  • Copy paste the URL into a regular Facebook post box, let the link auto populate.

  • Once the link has populated, you can tell it is populated when the picture and title appear, then delete the link.  The information will stay and you can add your own comment, question or observation.

Use Keywords as Hashtags

Within Facebook keywords are known as interests.  Be sure to add the appropriate hastags to your posts.

  1. Your Facebook Insights on your Page
  2. Audience Insights in the Facebook Ads area
  3. Suggested Keywords (in Detailed Targeting)

Click the down arrow at the bottom of the post window in order to schedule your post.

Repeat the process until you have your week’s worth of posts scheduled.

Occasionally you will find posts that you really want to share, but they don’t have a picture or graphic.  In these cases you find a graphic, free or from one of the many sites where you can purchase great graphics.  Next is to create the new post.

  1. Add your graphic
  2. Add the link to the content, let it populate
  3. Remove the link
  4. Add your comments to the post

You may want to check out my previous post-Startling Benefits of Facebook Page Quality Content Curation

If you have a blog you can take 2 or 3 of the links you have shared on Facebook and add them into one blog post. It’s a great way to leverage all the work you have done on your Facebook page.

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Content is the currency of social media and the entire web. It’s one of the major reasons people go to the web; to look things up!  Quality content curation can be a lifesaver when you do not have a ton of your own content.

Content curation is the little-known shortcut that lets you catch up and maybe even pass your competition. You can also position yourself as an expert.

So what exactly is content curation?  The process of gathering articles, blog posts, research, information, etc relevant to a particular topic or area of interest.

Easy To Do

Owl Pointing to content creation is easyFind content you believe would be of value to your readers and share it.  Most websites today make it very easy to share their content, it can be as easy as clicking a share button on their website. The challenging piece here is you have to know your subject well in order to weed out the fluff.  If you are knowledgeable in keyword research it can be even easier as you would know the specific phrases and subjects to search.

Once you find these great posts, articles, stories, etc add your thoughts, insight, this is where your value comes into play. This is the secret sauce, where you can make a difference because to your audience your opinion counts. When you add an article to Facebook it can be as simple as asking a question.  EXAMPLE: I recently added an SEO post, I identified one task I wish I had implemented when I first started and one task I was not doing but because it was such a good idea I was going to implement immediately.

Content Curation Engages Your Audience

Using many sources computer, pencil to engage audience

Everyone who comes to any of your online content, be it a blog or any social media profile may not ready to buy from you immediately.  It is in our best interest as business owners to nurture relationships.  This means we have to provide valuable content that keeps them coming back again and again.  I don’t know about you but creating my own content takes time and I have other tasks that prevent me from writing a post every day.

This is one of the main reasons I love content curation is that I can provide information I know my audience is interested in, can use and implement in their business.

Be sure to curate content from a variety of different sources, introduce new sources of information.  If you only share from 3 or 4 sources every week your audience will likely lose interest.  Quality content curation allows you to be that trusted source, by doing the “legwork” for your audience.

Quality Content Curation Establishes Authority

Your email list becomes more powerful when your connections know you provide valuable content.   The ability to give the content away on a continuous basis is key.

When you discover the little known or up and coming experts in your niche, share their insights and perspectives you are providing your audience with a broad panorama of what is available.

You wade through the quagmire of rehashed content to find powerful tidbits to bring back to your followers. Filter out the noise and link to valuable content your audience can use instead of rewriting the same old tired information.  When you curate content with integrity and honesty – you become that trustworthy resource.

Saves Time

Hand inserting clock into piggy bankLike everything else in life when we learn how to do something new it initially takes more time. Quality content curation is the same.  You will definitely save time for your audience right from the start.  They will not have to plow through everything as you have already done it for them.  As you are learning and setting up your “trusted sources” you want to make sure that you save them in a safe place.

It’s frustrating when you know you discovered this great blog that had great content and now you can’t find it.  Initially, I just kept a list in a Word doc.  Then I upgraded to a special bookmark folder.  Both of these methods worked well for a while but they didn’t save me a lot of time.  If you decide quality content curation is for you, you may want to invest in a content curation program, there are tons out there, personally, I use Kudani.

Identify Valuable Resources

This can be the most interesting part for you!  Here is where you will definitely “wade through the quagmire” because that is what it will take to find abstractly woman using binoculars to find resourcesrelevant content.  When you post/share the “same old – same old” on a consistent basis you will become stale to your audience.  As you read blog posts in your niche be sure to click on the links embedded in the posts on a regular basis just to see where they take you.  In my experience, this is one of the great methods to find the abstractly relevant content.

EXAMPLE: During the research for another blog post I discovered a list of the up and coming social media experts.  From that list I took a look at a number of them, starting at the bottom and only names I didn’t recognize.  The links to the experts were for their Twitter feeds, I scrolled through a number of feeds. It was awesome to be going down the rabbit hole with purpose. 🙂  As a result, I discovered a new blog with content that is definitely worth sharing.  Why Inconsistent Messaging Is Undermining Customer Experience

The other method I use to find the abstractly relevant is all of the sources I check to create each and every one of my blog posts.  I keep a list of everything I looked at and read. When required I can then go back and review when I need something that is relevant to that specific topic.  All of this valuable information is saved in a folder called “Blog Post Outlines”.

Content curation can be easily implemented check out my previous blog post Content Curation Made Easy, Look Like The Expert

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