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4 Reasons Why Employees are the #1 Content Marketing Resource for Small Businesses

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A common misconception about content marketing is that it's only valuable for large brands. Small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) may not feel they have the resources, budget or time to use content creation as a strategy that boosts web traffic, builds an audience and ultimately increases sales.

However, the number one most important rule for ensuring content marketing ROI is to provide value. Neither large companies nor SMBs have to spend exorbitant amounts of money or time to create extremely valuable content that gets results. In fact, one of the best resources for content ROI is your own employees.

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Survey Reveals How Businesses are Currently Using Content Marketing

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The hesitation that many businesses express when deciding whether or not to execute a content marketing campaign is understandable. Content marketing is still a relatively new approach, and it can often be difficult to measure any given campaign's return on investment.

However, more and more research is proving that not only is content marketing valuable for brands right now, it's also a marketing technique that's here to stay for the foreseeable future. A new survey from marketing research firm Ascend2 outlines the overwhelmingly positive content marketing climate.

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Young People Read News Content, But They're Finding It Differently

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It's a trend we've been hearing about for years now: young people are paying attention to the news less and less. This isn't really surprising, as interest in print media and television news programs have been dwindling for decades.

So, if you're trying to attract young people to your website using content, are you forced to find a way to make a "boring" niche more entertaining? Should you even resort to mindless but popular listicles à la Buzzfeed? Not necessarily - according to a new survey, news content is actually more popular with millenials than previously thought.

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Is Your Company Taking Advantage of User-Generated Content?

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According to Demand Metric, around 90 percent of organizations are now using content marketing to generate traffic, leads and sales. Also, 78 percent of CMOs consider content to be the future of marketing.

However, anybody familiar with content creation knows how time consuming it can be. Especially if you're dealing with image or video content, it takes serious time to create something that surpasses the competition and is good enough to get noticed among the millions of pieces of content published every day. So, why not get your users to do some of the work for you?

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Google Develops Algorithm That Rewards Factual Accuracy Over Links

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Everybody knows that the internet is full of factually inaccurate, questionable, deceitful or even blatantly untrue information. Some of the biggest portals for content discovery may now be feeling a responsibility to help people weed out inaccurate content.

For example, Facebook recently began displaying a "satire" tag on articles from publications such as The Onion in an effort to prevent people from thinking they're factually accurate. A new research paper from Google reveals that they might be moving in a similar and completely groundbreaking direction.

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