Why Your Team Is Still Collaborating Wrong (and How to Do It Right)

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/13/18 9:07 AM / by Hassaan Bey

In season 10 of Survivor, the game started with two tribes of 9. Team Koror worked together well and Team Ulong did not, despite some of the most physical and more intelligent players being on the team Ulong. By the time the two tribes merged, Koror remained intact, while Ulong only had one member left.

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How to Use Colors Effectively in Content Marketing

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/18 9:04 AM / by Anthony Greer

Ever since artists combined chalk, charcoal, soil, and animal fat to create a basic palette 40,000 years ago, colors have been used to create a mood and feeling. Color is used to influence how we view our surroundings and elicits a variety of emotions.

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Why Every Marketer Should Memorize This Deck

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/6/18 8:04 AM / by Paul Kovalski

Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest: 7 Social Networks that REALLY matter in 2018. But that’s not all. There’s also Medium, Quora, Podcasts, and Email. If you are a business trying to obtain the valuable attention of your customers you need to think of yourself as a media company that produces the content they care about in the places they go.

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Why White Papers Are Actually Good at Converting

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/1/18 8:53 AM / by Anthony Greer

Ever since the 19th century, white papers have served as a relevant, influential form of content marketing. Other marketing strategies have come and gone, but white papers show no signs of going anywhere. Not only have they survived multiple technological revolutions, they’ve also weathered our behavioral changes in how we consume content.

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What Your Marketing Funnel Says About the Quality of Your Content

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/29/18 9:03 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Success is rarely coincidental. The companies that enjoy large ROIs are usually the companies that have developed well thought out strategies for every stage and every process. They have toiled over the designs of their products, can tell you a hundred reasons why their product is superior to that of their competitors, and know buyer personas as well as they know their best friends.

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How Mobile Is Affecting Your Content and Why It Matters

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/25/18 9:06 AM / by Anthony Greer

In 2010, Mary Meeker, dubbed the “Queen of the Net” by Barron’s magazine, predicted that mobile would overtake fixed internet access by 2014. 3G technology had hit an “inflection point,” and Apple devices were leading the charge at a rate that was faster than desktop internet ever did.

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How to Make Sure Your Messaging Isn’t Fragmented

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/22/18 8:54 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Strong brands outperform weak ones, and one of the most important aspects of a strong brand is consistency. People trust consistent brands up to 30% more, and establishing a consistent brand where there previously wasn’t one can boost revenue by upwards of 23%.

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How to Avoid These 7 Common Content Marketing Mistakes

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/18/18 9:41 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Most companies are still adjusting to marketing in the digital age. While 86% of marketers used content marketing in 2017, only 18% of marketers rate their organization’s content marketing approach as “much more successful” compared to the year before.

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How to Find Content Ideas and Beat Creative Block

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/16/18 9:09 AM / by Anthony Greer

Content ideas don’t always, if ever, fall from the sky. Everyone has a creative block at some point and need to find ways to develop new material. You could wait for your internal light bulb to turn on or have a “Eureka!” moment while out to coffee with a friend, but you can’t predict when that next moment will come.

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Announcing the Slope Plugin for Adobe XD CC

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/15/18 10:24 AM / by Brian Bosché posted in Product, Featured Post

Slope is excited to work with Adobe to announce an integration with Adobe XD CC.

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5 Easy Ways to Better Align Sales and Marketing

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/11/18 9:11 AM / by Anthony Greer

If you’re looking for one of the best resources for content for your marketing team, you don’t have to look any further than your sales department. Marketing and sales teams achieve the best results when they work together. One of the benefits is that the marketing team will then be able to make content tailor-made for the sales team.

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How to Learn From Your Competitor’s Marketing Success

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/8/18 9:21 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Good poker players know how to play their cards, but great poker players master how to play their opponents. They gather intel about the people they’re in a pot with and study how they act and react to various outcomes. They then use this information to determine the probabilities that their cards are better, or if they can make their opponent fold by having them think they are. The more you learn about your competitor, the better chance you have of being three steps ahead and gaining a competitive edge.

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Why These Out of the Box Social Campaigns Actually Worked

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/4/18 9:04 AM / by Anthony Greer

Every now and then an ingenious idea goes viral, and a brand is remembered for their unique thinking, inspirational sentiments, or humor. Whatever the case, these social media campaigns evoked emotions that we did not expect and left you in awe of the people who came up with them.

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How to Optimize Your Lead Nurture Content

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/1/18 9:13 AM / by Anthony Greer

Content not only is an invaluable pillar of marketing, it’s also a pretty handy when it comes to the sales process – particularly when it comes to nurturing leads. As your team refines it’s lead nurturing process and masters it’s content utilization, determining what content was responsible for converting leads into customers can help you build an easily repeatable sales process. Here’s how to refine your content to bolster your lead nurture process.

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How to Keep Your Remote Team on Task

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/27/18 9:38 AM / by Hassaan Bey

While working remotely has its benefits, it can make keeping your team on task more difficult. Flexible schedules, varying time zones, and the inability to physically see your team work on the tasks at hand can lead to miscommunications, rushed work, and missed deadlines. We’ve covered ways to boost your productivity while working remotely. In this sister post, we will discuss 6 ways to keep your remote team on task:

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Introducing Batch Actions in Slope

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/26/18 8:30 PM / by Hassaan Bey posted in Product

We are happy to introduce Batch Actions to Slope tasks!

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How to Make Content Your Sales Team Will Thank You For

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/25/18 9:21 AM / by Anthony Greer

If the content that marketers are producing isn’t tailor-made for their target personas, the hand-off from the marketing team to the sales team can be messy—and it often is. SiriusDecisions reveals that sales teams don’t use 60%-70% of the marketing content available to them, and sometimes that number is higher. Luckily, there’s a simple solution.

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6 Ways to Convince an Undecided Lead

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/20/18 9:38 AM / by Anthony Greer

Your favorite restaurant has eggplant parmesan on the menu. It sounds delicious, but you’re not 100% sold on the idea. You ask your girlfriend of her opinion, and when the waiter walks by you ask him if it’s worth ordering. Then, you look around for other customers that have ordered it, hoping that you can see the dish before making a choice. Whether you know it or not, you’ve become an undecided lead that needs some nurture marketing, and you’re looking for content to help make your decision.

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6 Ways to Measure if Your Campaign Was Successful

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/18/18 9:21 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Companies both small and big have access to the world’s most influential marketing tool: the internet. The web helps level the playing field, giving advantages to companies who know how to use it. A small business with a tiny marketing budget but a smart and well targeted campaign can outshine its much wealthier competitor.

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How to Nurture Leads and Boost SEO at the Same Time

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/13/18 8:51 AM / by Anthony Greer

Topic clusters provide a simple, highly-effective way to nurture leads with more content. Not only is the information that clusters provide tailored to the buyer’s persona, they also give every blog, article, and any other content in your cluster an SEO boost in the process. This shows your lead that you’re not just an expert in your product’s market, but you’re the expert that’s going to make them a satisfied customer.

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How to Tell Stories at Scale

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/11/18 2:15 PM / by Paul Kovalski

A 2017 study revealed that Americans check their phone around 80 times per day, or once in every 12 minutes. It’s been said that we also see or hear around 4,000 ads in a day. Attention spans are shrinking and brands have to work harder than ever to gain and maintain their audiences attention.

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How to Turn Your Customers into Influencers

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/10/18 8:48 AM / by Hassaan Bey

In the old days of influence marketing, you watch a YouTube celebrity eat a stink bug on a dare, then open up a can of Coke’s new flavor. After going “mmm,” he would talk about its refreshing taste and other key points as if reading from a script. The YouTuber could then expect a sizable portion of his 250,000 followers to go out and buy Coke’s new flavor and receive money for endorsing it.

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How to Combat the Most Common Challenges Faced in Creative Operations

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/4/18 9:39 AM / by Hassaan Bey

The drive from stakeholders for more content in less time puts creative managers in a tough space that presents multiple challenges. Thriving businesses are run on the inspired content that creative departments produce; however, individuals outside of the creative department oftentimes don’t fully grasp all the effort it takes to build these creative masterpieces.

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What Kind of Culture Is Best for Your Creative Team

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/30/18 9:32 AM / by Anthony Greer

Whether your company is a small startup or a massive corporation, every business has a type of organizational culture. Some of them focus on flexibility and discretion, while other workplace cultures fixate on stability and control. An organization's culture can have an internal or external focus and may value integration or differentiation.

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How to Get Started with Creative Operations

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/29/18 8:52 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Managing a creative team requires incorporating data-driven goals into a process that naturally has a loose structure. Despite the difficulties that arise when implementing creative operations practices while managing a creative team, doing so helps streamline the production of content.

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