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Ghostwriting Part 2: Four Tips for Journalists

Good journalists possess all the right tools to become great ghostwriters. In last month’s blog post I explained why.

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Sponsored Content: Avoiding a Run-in With the FTC

Sponsored content, also known as native advertising, is a topic many MSP-C clients are grappling with. Whether it takes the form of blog posts, social media posts, printed material, online articles, etc., sponsored content is written by an organization that pays for its placement on a news site.

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Boo! I See Ghostwriters (Part 1)

I’m a ghostwriter. There, I said it. Does that make me any less of a journalist? Maybe. But being a journalist certainly makes me a better ghostwriter.

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MSP-C Techfast: Optimizing Content for Search Engines

For the contemporary digital publisher, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is no longer an optional or add-on step. It’s a vital component of your strategy. SEO produces highly tailored, accurate information for search engines to access, amplifying a page’s exposure and connecting it with the right people. An optimized site is more likely to show up in relevant searches and rank higher on the results page.

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How Many Cuts of Content Are You Serving?

Anyone who knows me—or who has seen my photo—knows I like to eat. I’m not particularly choosey about the type of cuisine. At the top and bottom of my food pyramid is meat. When a restaurant server brings out the tray of different cuts of steak, I have a tough time picking because they all look great.

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Of Dogs and Blogs

After college, a few of my buddies rented a house together, hoping to continue the campus lifestyle that they had grown accustomed to after moving out of the dorms. For various reasons, they decided to get a dog. I dropped in a few weeks after they moved in and asked them what their dog’s name was, and they said it was Dog.

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MSP-C Techfast: The Fundamentals of Paid Social Media

Paid social media: all the cool kids are doing it. The New York Times does it. Vimeo does it. Hellmann’s Mayo does it. As a user, you’ve seen — and possibly even interacted with — the sponsored and promoted posts scattered amongst organic activity on your social networks.

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Own the Topic, Own the Conversation

The less it’s about you, the more it’s about you.

It’s a difficult concept to grasp. It’s even more difficult to sell up the corporate ladder, where executives at the highest levels expect to see corporate logos used as lead graphic elements and their products and services breathlessly mentioned in every sentence of content created by their marketing departments.

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Brian Johnson Named CRMA's Designer of the Year

MINNEAPOLIS – Each year, the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) honors one art director with the Designer of the Year Award. This year’s winner is Minnesota native and current MSP Communications creative director, Brian Johnson, for his “eye-catching portraits, sophisticated typography and captivating photo illustrations” displayed in his early 2014 work at Texas Monthly.

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Best Practices for YouTube Metadata

YouTube is a great place to host video content for several reasons:

  • It’s free.
  • It’s fast and reliable.
  • There’s a built-in, “always on” audience of people looking for specific video content.
  • YouTube videos show up easily in Google searches.

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