The Year of Big Content: Top 10 Online Marketing Resources of 2013

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What is big content? Big content doesn’t just have to come in the form of an ebook. Big content can be an epic blog post. Big content can be a blog post series. An ecourse. An infographic. It can be a series of emails. A video. A series of videos.

According to Peter J. Meyers, big content takes effort, breaks molds and has longevity. It drives ideas.

These 10 “big content” pieces do just that. And they are some of the best online marketing content resources produced in 2013. In some cases, you may have to surrender your email, but in my opinion they’re worth it.

So, in no particular order, here are the top 10 Big Content Resources of 2013.

The Marketer’s Email Conversion Course

The Marketer's Email Conversion Course
Learn how to maximize conversions from your email marketing campaign

By Chris Hexton from Vero

“No two customers are the same. Nor do they act the same on your site…so you shouldn’t send them the same email content.”

An email course sent to you by email. How meta. But in all seriousness, Vero’s 30-day email marketing course will teach you what you need to focus on to send one-to-one emails to your customers.

And it will show you how to optimize your emails as well. Chris will send you 7 emails chocked-full of email marketing tips, tricks and goodness that will help you increase your open-rates, click-through-rates and conversion-rates. After you finish the email conversion course, every email you send will be that much better.

If that didn’t convince you, here’s the full Email Conversion Course breakdown:

  • Action Items For Improving Your Conversions Using Email
  • Three Quick Wins To Improve Your Email Conversions
  • The Email Copy That Increased Overall Sales By 10%
  • How To Get Up And Running With Email Remarketing
  • How To Convert With An Educational Series Campaign
  • The Remarketing Emails You MUST Be Testing
  • Boom! You’ve made it. Examples, resources, frameworks, case studies & more.

The 30 Greatest Lead Generation Tips, Tricks & Ideas

The 30 greatest lead generation tips tricks & ideas
Learn how to generate more quality leadsBy Jessica Meher from HubSpot

Did you know that only 1 in 10 marketers feel their lead generation campaigns are effective? Are you one of the 9 marketers who are not satisfied with their lead gen efforts? If so, download this ebook.

Hubspot is the king of lead generation. The tactics and strategies in this ebook have been tested over the past 7 years and have been used by 8,000+ HubSpot customers to generate more than 9.8 million leads in the past year. Yowza! That’s a lot of leads.

In this 42-page ebook, you’ll specifically learn:

  • What makes the best lead-generating content
  • What drives killer landing page performance
  • How to create offers that are impossible to ignore
  • Secret optimization tips with A/B testing advice

The Ultimate Guide to Conversion Centered Design

The Ultimate Guide To  Conversion Centered Design

By Oli Gardner from Unbounce

Oli coined the term conversion-centered design (CCD), a discipline targeted specifically at designing experiences that achieve a single business goal. This is where landing pages come in. Learn (and then apply) everything you can about CCD to help increase your landing page conversion rates. This 68-page guide will show you the critical role that design and psychology play in increasing conversions.

More specifically, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between Conversion Centered Design (CCD) and User Centred Design (UCD)
  • The 7 Principles of Conversion Centered Design
  • CTA Design & Page Placement
  • Persuasive Copywriting
  • A/B Testing Your Designs
  • Designing for Mobile Conversion
  • Conversion-Based Page Templates

The 7 Elements of Inbound Storytelling

the 7 Elements of Inbound Storytelling

By John Bonini from Impact Branding & Design

We stumbled upon this ebook when we read John’s blog post, What’s the Difference Between Blogging and Storytelling? The blog post and ebook alike really hit home the importance of storytelling across your marketing communications.

This 10-page high level ebook asks and answers the question: In a post-outbound world where most businesses are blogging and engaging on social media, how are we supposed to stand out?

You will learn how to:

  • Differentiate your brand and be unique
  • Identify your brand’s story
  • Develop a story that resonates with your buyer personas
  • Create a consistent brand message

Making the Most of Google Analytics with PPC

[caption id="attachment_18369" align="alignright" width="248"]PPC Hero Blog Series Learn how to make the most of Google Analytics and your PPC campaigns

By Kayla Kurtz, Eric Couch, Carrie Albright, Jacob Fairclough, & Sean Quadlin on PPC Hero

Every now and then, one post just doesn’t cut it. PPC Heroes recognizes this. Rather than produce an ebook, they explore a complex search marketing topic in a week-long series of blog posts.

In August the heroes explored how paid search and Google Analytics work hand in hand. Though technical, these posts have some awesome visuals including screen shots, flow charts, videos and diagrams.

Read the PPC Hero blog post series ‘Making the Most of Google Analytics with PPC:’

The Blueprint of a Modern Marketing Campaign

The Blueprint of a Modern Marketing Campaign
Learn how to streamline your content marketing efforts into a structured & successful system

By Kapost & Oracle – Eloqua

By now, you know that content marketing is key to any inbound marketing strategy. It’s been a major buzz word throughout this past year.

But understanding the importance of content marketing and executing a streamlined strategy are two very different things. Did you know that, according to the ebook, 60-70% of content produced by B2B marketing goes unused? This stat proves there is some serious disconnect between content creators and content consumers.

This ebook will show you how to create a unified content strategy to achieve your specific marketing goals. Here’s the ToC:

  • Form an Editorial Board
  • Plan your Marketing Campaigns
  • Content Pillars: The Key to Efficient Content Marketing
  • Distribution: Levels of the Funnel and Key Departments
  • Structure: Organizing Your Team and Editorial Calendar
  • Exercises for the Modern Marketer

Acquiring Customers with Email

Acquiring Customers with Email
Learn how email can be a truly effective channel for acquisition

By Gregory Ciotti from Help Scout & Justin Premick from AWeber

The ebook was inspired by the success of the Help Scout newsletter, which turned into a growing community of 35,000+ subscribers.

Packed with research and case studies, it will show you why email is still the most powerful way for you to communicate with your audience and build a relationship over time. Then, once it has successfully proven the value and power of email marketing, the ebook will teach you proven email marketing tactics, from simple opt-in form tweaks to email copywriting tricks.

This 70-page eBook covers:

  • Why email marketing is better than social media
  • Simple tweaks to convert one-time visitors into subscribers
  • How to increase email leads with content and features
  • Maximizing newsletter engagement rates
  • Using split-testing to improve your bottom line
  • The awesome power of segmentation

The Advanced Guide to Content Marketing

The Advanced Guide to Content Marketing copy
How to start building a community of fans and followers, to increase engagement and traffic to your website, and to drive sales with content marketing

By Neil Patel & Kathryn Aragon on QuickSprout

Calling all content marketers far and wide. This guide is the most extensive and detailed guide of advanced content marketing techniques (it really is).

It is full of tactical, immediately actionable ideas that you can implement. It looks slick. It’s logical order is easy to follow. It has useful screenshots and diagrams. And a ton of actionable to-do lists. Best of all, it has no content gate. It is free as free can be.

This massive infographic guide will teach you about all things content marketing, including how to:

  • Build a strong foundation
  • Plan your content for maximum productivity
  • Learn to write content like a pro
  • Overcome common content marketing roadblocks
  • Optimize for search: The other side of content creation
  • Promote your content to increase traffic, engagement, and sales

The 2013 YouTube Marketing Guide

The 2013 YouTube Marketing Guide
Learn the ins & outs of YouTube marketing

By Steve Young on KISSmetrics

YouTube. Not only is it the largest video site, it’s also the world’s second-largest search engine.

How does Zappos drive more than 250,000 visits a year to its website from YouTube? More importantly, how can you successfully market on YouTube? This isn’t an ultimate guide in the ebook sense. Rather it’s an epic blog post with a combined 1,352 social shares and a whopping 69 comments and counting! That’s some serious social proof. The in-depth post is your guide for marketing on YouTube and will cover:

  • How to Set up Your YouTube One Channel
  • How to Produce Effective YouTube Videos
  • How to Build Your Community

The Landing Page Conversion Course

The Landing Page Conversion Course
Learn how to use landing pages to improve the conversion rates of your marketing campaigns

By Oli Gardner with tips from 11 world-renowned online marketers

You know that you should be using landing pages, but you might not know the best way to go about it. The landing page conversion course is the perfect way to take you from zero to hero in a few weeks.

In this 11-part course, our resident landing page expert, Oli Gardner, will walk you through everything you need to know to create high-converting landing pages with some expert tips and advice from some of the best online marketers around, including Peep Laja, Michael Aagaard, Rand Fishkin, Rich Page and more.

And that’s not all. It also includes step-by-step instructional videos so that you can follow along and create your own landing pages as you go.

Here’s The Landing Page Conversion Course breakdown:

  • Landing Page 101
  • The 5 Essential Landing Page Elements
  • Call-to-Action Design & Placement
  • Lead Capture Forms
  • Landing Page Copywriting
  • Landing Page Design Principles
  • The Psychology of Conversion
  • Post-Conversion Marketing
  • Landing Page Optimization & Testing
  • How to Explain the Value of Landing Page Optimization
  • Landing Page Examples

Any must-read, must-have Big Content in 2013 that I missed?

— Stefanie Grieser

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About Stefanie Grieser
As the 9th employee at Unbounce, Stefanie Grieser has gone from scrappy startup marketer to passionate, scale-up leader, heading up international markets, partnerships and events. She was named top 100 female marketers to follow and loves turning a good idea into an impactful, memorable experience. Find her on Twitter @smgrieser.
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  1. Duran Drake

    Hi Stefanie,
    Much Appreciated by this sharing, Definitely try something out on this month.

  2. Gabriel

    Great resources, already read and applied ideas from half of them.

    Thank you for the list :).

    • Stefanie Grieser

      Hi Gabriel – That’s awesome. Big shout out to the authors of these awesome ebooks. I just gathered them all in one place. They did all the heavy lifting.

  3. Kathryn Aragon

    Thanks for including the Advanced Guide to Content Marketing in your list, Stefanie. Great list, by the way. I need to check a few of these out.

  4. Steve Young

    Thanks for including the YouTube Marketing Guide, Stefanie! You guys rock.

  5. Sohil Memon

    Awesome, these are some handy tools. Thanks for sharing it. It will be helpful to all professional as well as newbie :D

  6. Chris Hexton

    Thanks for the mention guys: our lifecycle email course has been a real hit and ‘big content’ is definitely something we’re working to do more of in 2014.

    I think ‘big content’ gives you a chance to offer TRULY USEFUL (read: meaty) information for potential and current customers. It builds a whole lot of trust.

    • Stefanie Grieser

      Agree, agree & agree re: the importance of big content to build trust & be useful.

      And you’re very welcome Chris. Your lifecycle email course was awesome and it definitely deserved to be on the list. ! Looking forward to what other big content Vero has coming down the pipeline for 2014. As always, keep me in the loop :)

  7. Sterling

    I’m sure that there’s good stuff in the second resource–‘The 30 Greatest Lead Generation Tips, Tricks & Ideas ‘–but I found it a bit ironic (and offputting) that the signup form was a mile long!

  8. Kiran Sulebhavi

    Really thankful for this post, Stefanie Grieser. I was searching for more resources of online marketing for 2014 and got most of them here. Keep writing and posting your valuable tips for us.

  9. John Merchant

    Hi Stefanie Grieser you are providing some great stuff and marketing tools for users and i am using 2 and 3 of them and rest i can applied in coming time, these are very helpful.

  10. Jon Hutson

    We are frankly overwhelmed with everything everyone has to say about content marketing and storytelling, but we decided to weigh-in ourselves albeit a shorter list than most. Let me know what you think:

    Happy Holidays

  11. Sapan Vasanawala

    I have been searching about this topics and I found here Well you have covered excellent topics in your blog. Which is very useful to me and other Users. I appreciated your knowledge.. Thanks for sharing this..

  12. John

    This site will tell you everything that you want to know about internet marketing.

  13. Freelance SEO

    Another excellent article Stephanie. I’ve been on your blog for the past hour reading your work and I had to bookmark it. You honestly can’t learn enough, marketing is always evolving and you have to keep on top of it. I’ll be sure to check in on these resources for marketing. Thanks again, you’re such a great writer and very experienced. I’d recommend your blog to anyone.

  14. Divergent Marketing Solutions

    Awesome resources Stefanie! The YouTube guide will be a great addition to what I’m already using. Email marketing has always been a mystery to me so I’m looking forward to diving into what your resources have to say.

    Thanks again!
    – Melvin P

  15. Hearmefolks

    Loved the advanced guide to content marketing and youtube marketing.The content they deliver is awesome and extremely helpful.Stefanie Grieser, thanks for the list of resources. Keep posting more of such valuable and resourceful content.

  16. Abhishek Shah

    Hey Stefanie, this is something applicable even today. Thank you for writing & sharing such a masterpiece.