Respondents from Search Engine Journal’s 2016 State of Marketing Report claim that content marketing is the “most effective aspect of digital marketing.” But, there’s a lot to handle regarding the planning and execution of a strong content strategy. There’s building the right creative team, developing a content calendar – and even when all that’s taken care of – the content itself needs to be created, optimized, and evaluated.
Ever since the dawn of time, entrepreneurs have been giving away stuff for free. From the “lite” versions of apps, to samples in the grocery story, or straight up assaulting you with perfume every time you walk past the makeup department. Entrepreneurs of all sorts will fall over themselves trying to give you their stuff for free, all in the hopes that you’ll want to come back for more.
Though this is a “curated” list, Curata really helps with persistent search where you are researching and staying on top of a specific topic over a long period of time, as opposed to a one time act of curation. So for example, if we wanted to build a newsletter, site, etc… about product updates of the tools in the above list over a long period of time, Curata would be tremendously useful.
Get creative. Since every business is different, some of the strategies in this guide might not work for your business if you implement them exactly as described. However, most of what’s described can work for a large majority of businesses with just a few tweaks. In some cases, you might even get greater results than the people who wrote these posts.
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Adobe Spark Video provides multiple storyboards, layouts, and themes to help you put together amazing videos. You can access all the features for free! The only catch is there will be a tiny Adobe Spark watermark in the bottom-right corner of your videos. (If you are already paying for Adobe Creative Cloud, you’ll access to Adobe Spark’s premium features, including removing the watermark.)
Everything on the Web can—and should—be tracked. You can’t win the game if you don’t know the score. Capturing more accurate and granular information about the performance of each of your marketing strategies (traditional and online advertising) allows you to see opportunities and problem areas your competitors cannot. Your new marketing mantra should be: TRACK > TEST > TWEAK > REPEAT.
For your business to be able to compete online, it’s become imperative to have a properly-optimised mobile site. Mobile traffic has surpassed desktop web traffic for the first time in 2016, and Google’s various ‘mobilegeddon‘ algorithm updates have increasingly penalised sites that aren’t optimised for mobile. So to give your site the best chance in search, it pays to track down and fix up those issues that keep it from working well on mobile.
Sales is all about speed. How long does it take you to respond to a customer? Was your conversation efficient while still being educational? Most importantly, did you get there before the other guy? Choosing a CRM to match the lighting speed of your sales team can bog you down in lots of calls and meetings. So we did the research for you to find the top 20 most user-friendly CRM software products. Stop shopping and start selling!
In my premium flagship program, Virtual Summit Mastery, we make it as easy as possible for you for you to implement everything for your summit. You will get done-for-you email automation templates that you can use for the pre-summit promotion, during summit email and post-summit phase to communicate with your audience. They work seamlessly with ActiveCampaign so that you can import them with a few clicks, tweak the copy get them working for you. This is a game-changer for email marketing - you get the copy and tech automations all-in-one.
There are over one hundred marketing automation and campaign/lead management systems and even more sales automation, sales enablement and intelligence technology solutions available today, why the Captavi Platform? Captavi Platform stands out in the crowd because you and your sales and marketing team need to go to market faster, with more effective lead generation, and higher sales close rates. Captavi is:
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Why It Is Important: “We used to have a long process of content research, creation, design, revisions, etc. It has now been streamlined to allow anyone on our team to”design” a lead magnet for our clients. This tool has well-designed templates to choose from, you can customize colors, layout, etc… and it makes it way easier for our copywriters to put together the entire lead magnet. This speeds up the launch process and saves us money.
As you become more familiar with the process, you’ll notice that there are a ton of options whenever it comes to opt-in forms. There are different types, locations, and capabilities of each form. But, my recommendation is to just keep it simple. Don’t overwhelm your visitors with too many options. Having one or two opt-in forms on your blog will get the job done.

SalesPanda helps you create SEO ready content using its Content Editor which provides industry ready editable templates for case studies, brochures, articles, blogs etc .Each such content when created and uploaded on SalesPanda gives you an additional page on your website. Blogging, using SalesPanda is simple as you can use blog templates and insert relevant keywords in the blog to generate inbound traffic. These blogs,can be organized by solution or service areas as well as industry for better browsing and search.
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Get creative. Since every business is different, some of the strategies in this guide might not work for your business if you implement them exactly as described. However, most of what’s described can work for a large majority of businesses with just a few tweaks. In some cases, you might even get greater results than the people who wrote these posts.
An event landing page, beacon technology, and email follow-up software are all valuable for marketing your event, but integrating them can be difficult. That’s why best-in-class marketers leverage event technologies with all-in-one tools that allow them to see the big picture, and provide prospects more relevant and on-target communication. They can help teams promote their event before with things like custom invitations, engage with their business during via custom apps, and report the results afterward with powerful analytics.
The timing of this closure has everything to do with the internal pressures I mentioned and nothing to do with the external pressures such as Microsoft. Were Microsoft not placing any pressure on BuildFeed, I doubt there'd be an issue, but it's also true that had I not made some mistakes in the past, there would be little to no internal pressures and we wouldn't be looking to close either.
If you are a small to medium sized business you need to take advantage of everything digital marketing has to offer. Beating out large competitors is difficult enough. Don’t make it harder on yourself by using outdated marketing methods. There are countless reasons why digital marketing always wins versus traditional marketing. Digital or online marketing allows you to engage with your fans, keep your costs down and builds trust with your customers.
It’s not as clear cut as it seems. There are many content marketing tools that fall into multiple categories, but I have placed them in the category that best represents them. For example, Marketing AI measures analytics for your content, then helps you better optimize your content. In this case, should Marketing AI fall into the Analytics or Optimization tools group? In this case, I placed them in the Analytics group. However, Parse.ly is a relatively similar tool I decided to place into the Optimization category.
Blogging is one of the most powerful internet marketing channels available. According to a study conducted by HubSpot, marketers who have prioritized blogging are 13x more likely to enjoy a positive ROI. Businesses who have prioritized blogging receives, at least, 55% more visitors, 97 inbound links and have 434% more indexed pages on search engines.
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Pawan, this is a great list. Some tools I know, some I’m trying out (like Drupal) and others I have yet to try. I will humbly add proofhub to this list in a Content Collaboration Tools category…another platform that is great to work collaboratively and efficiently. It allow us to receive real-time messages, assign tasks, start discussions, file sharing and more.

Why It Is Important: As a small agency we need to be as efficient as possible when delivering services and working internally. With GSuite we can work from anywhere and/or remotely and still easily collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Email isn’t trendy or fashionable but it still is the primary method we use to communicate with each other and our customers and knowing our mail is secure and always available is something we couldn’t live without.


Bitly is a free link shortening and tracking tool, which monitors traffic and referrals via custom links and displays detailed analytics about clicks, location, referring websites, activity over time and more. It’s widely used by publishers and businesses alike, and has a handy tagging system you can use to keep track of links from different marketing campaigns or portals.
Pawan Deshpande is the founder and CEO of Curata, a Boston-based company offering content marketing software used by thousands of marketers around the world. He spearheaded the first-ever panel at SxSW on Content Marketing in 2011, and was a 2014 Finalist for MarketingProfs B2B Marketer of the Year. Pawan was an engineer at Microsoft and Google where he was awarded patents in social networking and machine learning. He previously attended MIT where his graduate thesis won top departmental and international awards.
This is a process described by Seth Godin known as permission marketing. The core concept of this idea is that you never market to someone that doesn’t want it, you first have to ask them for their permission. When someone signs up to your email not only do they become a warm lead but they give you their permission to send them offers and to market to them.
Or, you can even create a character that looks just like you, or anyone else from the office; browse through different hairstyles, clothing, eye shapes and so on until you create your own animated twin. Another cool feature from GoAnimate is that you can add voice to your character by recording it directly or importing the file, and they will automatically start lip-syncing it. 

Prezi provides presentation software, which utilizes zoom, motion and spatial relationships to help individuals make inspiring presentations. In 2012, Prezi unveiled a host of creative presentation effects, including 3D and fading animations tools, designed to help professionals make even more stimulating and exciting presentations, through increased visual appeal.
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Simply Measured provides a selection of free reports you can use to analyse various social media accounts, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Even more in-depth is its Social Traffic Analysis, which works in conjunction with Google Analytics to give an overview of your site’s social traffic, presenting it in a visual and easy-to-read format.
Bitly is a free link shortening and tracking tool, which monitors traffic and referrals via custom links and displays detailed analytics about clicks, location, referring websites, activity over time and more. It’s widely used by publishers and businesses alike, and has a handy tagging system you can use to keep track of links from different marketing campaigns or portals.
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You don’t have to worry about Google or Facebook suddenly changing their algorithms, because once you have someone’s email you have the ability to communicate with them one on one. Even if all of Foundr’s search rankings and social media presence disappeared tomorrow, we’d still be able to promote our brand and our products to the thousands of people on our mailing list.
I would like to share with you some other thoughts in email marketing. It is utmost important to have direct “live chat” functions in the email marketing. I co-found 2ConnectMe live chat tools https://www.2connectme.com which empower email marketer to include “Click-To-Call” button or url link inside the email. When customer click-to-call, it will reach your private chat room. The chat room comes with voice call, video call and screen share. They are 100% FREE.
Thanks Pawan Deshpande, I was amazed with your vast list of tools. You have covered so many online tools which are undoubtly have lot of importance in today’s digital era. These tools are so much useful for anyone’s website and helpful in various aspects like https://www.aweber.com/ for email marketing, prezi.com to create online presentation, https://www.kissmetrics.com/ that offers person-centric data in real time and lot more.
The most successful companies online are those that establish themselves as THE authority for what they do in their respective markets. Over an extended period of time, there is no marketing substitute capable of trumping genuine authority. With “traditional media,” big brands have a huge advantage because they can afford to “rent” access to a target audience from the few companies that control it. In the new media world of the web, this is no longer the case.
But affiliates can be very guarded when it comes to their mailing list, we can’t blame them because we jealously protect our own email list too. When it comes to asking someone to promote you over their highly valuable email list you have to make sure that you’re offering them and their audience something that’s worth their time. Which is why we we strove to make sure our lead magnets were as valuable as possible so that their audience wouldn’t see this cross-promotion as spam, but something that’s worth their time.
2. Use content to get repeat visitors to your site, not flashiness. Rich media, such as flashy graphics and audio, may impress your visitors the first time they see your site, but they are unlikely to come back for it (or recommend your site to others because of it). If repeat visitors (meaning potential customers) are your goal, you are much more likely to get them to return if your site offers content that they find valuable (and with any luck, indispensable). This helps to establish your company as an expert in your field while building a level of trust with your visitors.
Interesting Article ! Quite useful who wants to manage and maintain their brand reputation. I have used their tool http://www.conduitsoftwares.com/online-brand-reputation-management for my brand Crystalusion – Liquid Screen Protector. This tool is great to monitor the feedback of customers, it is easy to use and gives beautiful solution for maintaining brand reputation online.

It’s a best practice to ask the referrer not only for a friend’s email address, but also for a full name so that the message is personalized. Most important, remember to add the referee’s full name to the email as well. By referencing whom the email content was recommended by, you gain instant credibility and will attain much higher conversion rates.
Online marketing is usually a long-term endeavor. For this reason, it’s critical that you maintain your focus over the long haul. This means setting attainable goals -- both short and long-term -- and not being swayed or distracted by irrelevant trends or fads. It means staying on task and seeing your plans through to completion, even when those around you may be trying new strategies and shifting course. While it’s certainly important to remain flexible and adaptive, changing your focus frequently can significantly eat into your productivity and leave you in a constant state of flux.

Thanks Pawan! this is a great list! However, you forgot about VIDIZMO’s digital asset management system. They provide you with a fully brand-able portal for your digital asset management; never hurts to get that extra bit of branding out there does it? Apart from that, these guys also closely work with Microsofts Azure Cloud which, from what I hear, is one of the top cloud service providers out there. You guys might want to check them out for your next list.
Wow, this is the most comprehensive list of tools i’ve come across. Thanks for pulling it together! One more category you may want to consider is something like “agency sourcing tools.” There are a number of platforms out there, including http://www.AgencyLoft.com, which are designed to help marketers find and connect with marketing agencies. Just a thought. Thanks! Oh, and I just bookmarked this page!

Marketing starts right in as you are finished with researching and writing your content. Creating helpful content for your readers is one thing, getting your information over the internet needs more efforts on your end. To improve your online marketing efforts, you will require these right tools to make things simple for you on the promotional aspects.


Great, inspiring post Sonia. I wrote a plan called ‘getting the new Turner Ink website done’. It’s got 17 points and yep I’m still at number one. But it’s g-r-ad-u-a-ll-y getting done with teeny tiny baby steps. If I hadn’t written the plan and stuck it to the wall I would still be weeping into my soggy cornflakes and would be no further done the line.
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