The Best Content Marketing Tools for Creation, Promotion, Syndication & More

February 18, 2015
8

Content marketing is still relatively new as a digital marketing discipline, yet marketers already have hundreds of tools to help make their campaigns more effective. Some of these tools are new generations of existing online marketing tools, while others have been created to support the very specific needs of content marketers.

In the content marketing space, marketers invest most in curation and aggregation, content creation, and workflow (Altimeter). As for the greatest challenges facing them today, content marketers identified lack of time/bandwidth to create content, producing enough content variety and volume, measuring content effectiveness and lack of budget as their top concerns, according to a LinkedIn Group Partner survey.

Finding the right tool to address these specific issues (or more likely, a group of tools that play well together) should be at the top of every content marketer's list for 2015.

Curata content marketing tools

Curata recently compiled an epic list of content marketing tools in the infographic above, segmented into the following categories depending on the type of challenge you're having:

  • Producing
  • Distributing
  • Organizing
  • Optimizing Conversions
  • Measuring

Within these very broad categories, you'll find content marketing tools for dozens of purposes including social media management, blogging & CMS, analytics, personalization and a whole lot more.

I wanted to share a few of my favorites from their Ultimate List of Content Marketing Tools.

Content Marketing Tools for Content Production

Larry's Favorites: The tools I use for producing content depend on which type of content is being produced.

Curata is my preferred tool for content curation (which is how I came across their infographic!). Their discovery engine searches feeds, sites, social networks and more to find relevant content for you.

For audio content, I use Audacity, which is a user-friendly open source (and free!) audio recorder and editor.  You can't beat Camtasia for screen capture videos, or simple editing of videos you've made with a decent camera.

One more of my favorites for content creation is Evernote, which has a super useful app I can use on the go.

Other content production tools to try: If you're looking to increase and/or ease your production, check out InboundWriter for optimization, Google Docs for collaborative content creation, or Kapost for an end-to-end solution. (Also, check out Meg's tips for repurposing your existing content.)

Distribution Tools for Content Marketers

Larry's Favorites: SlideShare is listed as a syndication tool in Curata's chart and it's definitely up there as one of my personal favorites, especially for sharing conference and webinar content. You can easily embed SlideShares on your other web properties, but they have a healthy audience of their own there, too. 

Another of my favorites that actually isn't listed here is LinkedIn, which I've been using with great success to syndicate blog content and my columns from other publications like Inc.

Other content distribution tools to try: There are a ton of options here, both organic and paid. On the paid side, Outbrain is a super popular service for promoting your content across their publishers network. Traackr, Kred and Klout are useful for identifying influencers in your niche.

Tools to Get Your Content Efforts Organized

Larry's Favorite: MarketMuse is a fantastic tool for identifying which content topics and specific keywords can generate the most traffic to your site.

 Curata content marketing tools MarketMuse keyword discovery

If you find some keyword tools heavy or difficult to use, definitely give this one a shot – it's super easy. The first time you use it to crawl a new site, it can take several minutes to a couple of hours, depending on how many pages the site has. Once the site has been crawled, it moves a lot faster to search on specific keywords.

Other content organization tools to try: Enterprise-level brands and marketers might want to try a solution like Adobe's Experience Manager, for cross-channel organization and integration.

Not big enough for Adobe? Try a tool like digital asset solution Canto, which offers cloud-based plans as low as $49 a month for single users. You'll then be able to find, upload and share all of your digital assets from the cloud, which is great if your staff work from remote offices or different locations.

Tools for Optimizing Content for Conversion

Larry's Favorites: Optimizely is pretty advanced, considering the relative lifespan of content conversion in general. You can use it to track a variety of actions – clicks, engagements, conversions, etc. – and run A/B tests on dynamic pages. When you find something that's working, you can point all of your traffic to that variation immediately. It integrates with most major analytics tools, as well.

My other fave in this arena has to be Pippity, a popup and lead capture plugin for WordPress.

 Curata content marketing Pippity conversion tool

You decide when popups should appear and can test variations to find the winner. Their WYSIWYG editor for creating your popups has a lot of templates and customization options, too.

Other content conversion optimization tools to try: BrightInfo is another solution that tracks user behavior and optimizes your site content in real-time, in order to increase conversion through more relevant content delivery.

SumoMe (from the creators of AppSumo) is another interesting option that offers free apps for list building, heat maps to see where people click on your site, and social sharing. It's as easy as adding a piece of HTML code to your site, or installing a WordPress plugin. Oh, yeah – and it's free!

Content Marketing Measurement Tools

Larry's Favorites: While I'll never find Google Analytics entirely replaceable, HubSpot Analytics is a must-have, too. Sure, you'll find a lot of the same information in each, but HubSpot's revenue and marketing channel analytics are a must for enterprise-level marketers. Their funnel analytics are also super helpful and enable you to easily visualize contacts by lifecycle stage:

 Curata content marketing HubSpot database tool

Ironically, Alexa and Quantcast aren't my favorites for our own analytics, but I use them often to gauge the relative popularity of others when I'm doing research for blog posts.

Other content marketing measurement tools to try: There are some really niche measurement products available now, like Docalytics, which tracks people's interactions with your downloadable content. Parse.ly is another smart content analytics platform worth checking out.

How Content Marketing Really Works…

I've yet to find a single tool that does everything in content marketing from end to end, but those are a few of my favorite solutions for different types of tasks! Try different combinations of tools to find the right mix for your content marketing needs. Look to Curata's compendium of tools for inspiration – it's the most comprehensive list of content marketing tools I've ever seen!

Or, if you have a personal favorite, please share it in the comments.

Then check out this presentation from my 'How Content Marketing Really Works' webinar with Rand Fishkin, or click here to get the full webinar on demand:

Comments

Amit Kumar
Feb 18, 2015

Hii Larry,

A special thanks goes to your for sharing this awesome list of Content Marketing Tools. you really mentioned some very great sources and ideas related to Content Marketing.

Thanks again and keep helping !!

Two Trees Marketing
Feb 19, 2015

Hey Larry

Nice resources

We often use camtasia etc but have yet to try marketmuse.

As soon as I saw the mention I had to go check it out so thanks for bringing it to my attention!

I normally use a frankensteins collage of tools, and i'm sure that as long as content continues to evolve, the tools will have to keep being produced also!

Thanks again

Daniel Daines-Hutt

Rahul Yadav
Feb 19, 2015

This is a really interesting and informative post thanks for sharing.

Michael Gerard
Mar 06, 2015

Honored to have you mention Curata's Ultimate List of Content Marketing Tools in your post Larry! Also, you've added some great details in here about several of these leading vendors.

Georgiana Ghiciuc
Mar 11, 2015

Great article, Larry! Thank you for shedding light on some very useful tools. We’re currently using Evernote, Google Docs, SlideShare, Optimizely, LinkedIn, Google Analytics and HubSpot Analytics from your list. For social media management, we’ve been using swat.io for some time now and we’re quite pleased with the results. The most important thing is that it saves us time and makes things a lot clearer for us and our clients.

Bruno Pinna
Apr 13, 2015

Hi Larry i guess the pippity a long cool! i'm not understanding the Hub Spot but i´ll try again! you have nice ideas for yours articles. excellent
cheers

homepageusa
Apr 18, 2015

This is a fantastic post full of great advice. Thanks for writing this out thoughtfully and compiling a wealth of resources.

Marketing Sweet
Sep 01, 2015

Thanks for the great article Larry! I have read many others with tools to assist with content creation, however I hadn't yet found apps to assist with distribution and conversion. I'm definitely keen to try your suggestions. Hopefully they are effective!

Leave a comment