Content Marketing Reading List

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Content is king, but getting noticed is tricky in a sea of information overload. This list will guide you through the vast landscape of content marketing.

Content is king, but getting noticed is tricky in a sea of information overload. Crafting compelling and effective content that cuts through the noise and ignites engagement requires more than just a keyboard and a pulse. It’s a strategic art form demanding a blend of creativity, data-driven insights, and a deep understanding of your audience.

For those looking to improve the way they connect with audiences and generate meaningful content, we’ve put together this list to serve as your compass as you explore the vast and ever-evolving landscape of content marketing. From timeless classics to cutting-edge insights, these books offer invaluable knowledge and practical strategies

Reading List

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley

As business becomes increasingly asynchronous, everyone has to rely on writing to introduce themselves to our customers. So your messaging style sets the tone for how customers view you and your business. It’s not just Content Writers who are responsible for this, either. Anyone who writes anything on behalf of your company is a Marketer! To learn how to write well-crafted messages that hit just the right tone, check out Everybody Writes

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The Blog Startup: Proven Strategies to Launch Smart and Exponentially Grow Your Audience, Brand, and Income without Losing Your Sanity or Crying Bucketloads of Tears by Meera Kothand

Using a blog to reach customers isn’t a new tactic, but it is a huge undertaking that can seem daunting even for the most experienced writers. If you want to start a blog or have one already that needs help, The Blog Startup is where you should look. Containing a first 90-day road map, strategies to make customers come to your blog and stay there, and the truth behind the promises blog gurus make, this book has everything you need to make your blog a success. 

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Epic Content Marketing: How to Tell a Different Story, Break through the Clutter, and Win More Customers by Marketing Less by Joe Pulizzi

Are you ready to make your content epic? A leading expert on content marketing, Joe Pulizzi shares how to write content that draws in prospects, keeps them engaged, and is something they actually want to read. Hook your next customer with your epic content.

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They Ask You Answer: A Revolutionary Approach to Inbound Sales, Content Marketing, and Today’s Digital Consumer by Marcus Sheridan

One of the first places people go for answers is Google, so why don’t companies have those answers in their blogs? That’s the approach Marcus Sheridan thinks more companies should take. In They Ask You Answer, you’ll find a guide filled with realistic methods for getting your answers to the top of search results. 

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Content Machine: Use Content Marketing to Build a 7-figure Business With Zero Advertising by Dan Norris

With the right strategy, content marketing can grow your business without relying on advertising. The Content Machine breaks down how the best content marketers build their audience and the #1 mistake keeping your content from reaching customers. It also contains downloads and frameworks to help with every part of content marketing to get you the full return on your content marketing efforts. 

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The Content Code: Six essential strategies to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business by Mark W. Schaefer

With five marketing books under his belt, Mark W. Schaefer has the experience and know-how to get your content marketing to the next level. Covering topics like achieving measurable results, the true benefits of social media marketing, and how to leverage SEO, the Content Code has everything you need to break through to your audience. 

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The Content Fuel Framework: How to Generate Unlimited Story Ideas by Melanie Deziel

This is the end of writer’s block! Don’t waste time wondering what to write or waiting for the next big idea to materialize. The Content Fuel Framework shows you how to effortlessly generate outstanding content week after week. This book will help you tell stories in ways you never have before.  

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SEO 2024: Learn search engine optimization with smart internet marketing strategies by Adam Clarke 

Don’t believe everything you see online, especially when it relates to SEO. With how frequently changes happen (we’re looking at you Google), it might seem like you’re barely able to keep up. With SEO 2024, you’ll get a simple explanation of SEO, a peek into the inner workings of Google’s algorithm, simple step-by-step checking and video tutorials, and so much more. 

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The Context Marketing Revolution: How to Motivate Buyers in the Age of Infinite Media by Mathew Sweezey

Content marketers are no longer competing against other advertisers, they’re competing against everyone. Now that anyone with an internet connection can create their own blog, traditional marketing strategies no longer work. Content Marketers have to learn where customers are looking. The Context Marketing Revolution explores how to cut through the noise and get your media to its intended audience.  

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Marketing Made Simple by Donald Miller

Every organization has the same goal: attract new customers. But without a clear path to draw in and convert leads, you’re leaving money on the table. Supercharge your marketing strategy with this five-part checklist that outlines the three stages of customer relationships, the power of email, and the keys to making a website that grabs your audience’s attention.

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