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Nicola Risi

Nicola Risi
Nicola is a Content Strategist. With a degree in English Literature, a CIM Marketing diploma and six years’ experience in the industry, Nicola has a passion for content creation and analysing and optimising content across the full inbound spectrum for Equinet and our clients.

Recent Posts

The power of 'you' - using smart content to nurture leads

Written by Nicola Risi  |  4, June, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Read the following sentence:

‘If people want to become more productive and efficient at work, they should implement the following habits into their working day.’

Let’s change one thing:

'If you want to become more productive and efficient at work, you’ll need to implement the following habits into your working day.’

Notice the difference? Which is more engaging?

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What to do with my old blogs?

Written by Nicola Risi  |  21, May, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Let’s rewind for a moment.

It’s 2008 and blogging is 'the thing to do' in business marketing. Helping to generate website traffic, improve SEO and promote your business, the concept slowly, yet gradually, starts to gain traction.

With little competition (at least back then), it was highly effective. Simply adding pages to your site while demonstrating a sound understanding of a subject and its keywords was enough to rank.

That was of course, before the activity evolved into what we know today. And the complexities and competition in blogging now make it far harder to rank by blogging alone.

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Creating your story: the journey to becoming a brand publisher

Written by Nicola Risi  |  8, May, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Content marketing and brand publishing: the terms are often used interchangeably, and now even more concurrently, but what is their relationship and how are they evolving together?

And, how do you make the transition from content marketer to brand publisher? 

We are seeing the reinvention of content marketing, with some of the world’s biggest brands purporting exponential growth and success thanks to a publisher's mindset. 

In the wake of content saturation and multifarious outlets for broadcasting, publishing and sharing, ‘anyone can be a journalist’, and this is something we, as marketers, must now take advantage of.

More importantly, this is why brands need to shift the focus towards 'media'.

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Is your media agency a good fit?

Written by Nicola Risi  |  30, April, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Finding an agency that's a good fit could be the difference between your best year and your worse: the make or break project, the campaign that gets you recognised (for the right reasons or the wrong...), the money well invested, or the money wasted.

Ultimately, it will be one your most important working partnerships.

But when you're partnering with a different organisation - with new people, new values and new ideas, how to do you know if this one is the right fit? 

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How to become more focused on outcomes

Written by Nicola Risi  |  16, April, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

As marketers, data analysis takes a firm seat in our weekly schedules. But so many of us are just skating across the surface of what can be achieved.

By shifting the focus from output toward outcomes, a business can maximise its performance and potential.  

Your output is the avenue you take to achieve outcomes; it’s the daily activities you use to generate exposure, connect with prospects and promote your business. Your output includes your newsletters, your emails, your website, your blogs.

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How to beat blogging burnout

Written by Nicola Risi  |  5, April, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

The flicking cursor taunts your tired mind and you find yourself doing everything and anything to avoid writing. Another pointless email, a quick snack... oh go on, one more coffee - then I'll make a start.

Hours later, you return to your blank page and question whether this blogging malarky is really worth it.

Sound familiar?

We've all been there. Whether you blog for your own business, outsource to a professional writer, or rely on your employees to come up with streams of remarkable, relevant and consistently well-written blog posts, burnout doesn't discriminate. Even the most talented and experienced writers suffer the dreaded yet inevitable 'bleurgh'.

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Why Equinet is embracing #CertificationDay

Written by Nicola Risi  |  27, March, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Content marketing, digital marketing, web design; all are part of such a progressive industry.

We know the value of learning. Our offices are stacked ceiling to floor with books, we constantly seek the latest webinars, seminars and events and we are passionate about training and development. We know that to succeed in this industry, we must always have our finger on the pulse, which is why we promote a culture of learning.

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How to run an effective A/B test

Written by Nicola Risi  |  6, March, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Sometimes, an educated guess just isn't enough.

Deciding on which image to use in your social ad, the location of that call-to-action button, or which adjective to use in your email subject line often needs more backing.

While seemingly minor, small factors like these can significantly impact conversion rates, leads and engagement.

You'll find there's an abundance of studies, statistics and information out there which detail the relationship between conversion rates and psychology. And while this is all extremely valuable, we can find some truth in those theories by running our own experiments. 

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The role of social proof in B2B conversions

Written by Nicola Risi  |  22, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

“But Nikki, I had to buy those boots, the website said they were ‘trending’ and I didn’t want to miss out.”

Were they really trending though, Lucy James? Or were you a victim of social proof?

Of course, Lucy wanted the boots, but usually cautious and sensible with her money, Lucy would’ve deliberated a little more before making such a quick purchase.

What caused this sudden urgency in her behaviour? Perhaps it was the fact the seller used social proof to lure Lucy into impulsively parting with her money - ‘these are selling fast, so buy them quickly before they sell out’.

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The secrets to writing an effective landing page

Written by Nicola Risi  |  18, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Landing pages are some of the most important pages on your website. Each is designed to serve a purpose - most likely, to convert a prospect into a lead.

A good landing page will be simple, yet powerful. But a poor landing page could lose a contact at the crucial point of conversion.

Marketers use a variety of techniques to improve conversion rates - like imagery, contrasting colours, and graphics - but as we know, words are the real currency of the internet.

Writing well is one thing, but writing an effective landing page is a dedicated skill.

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Why content-driven media is the key to attracting millennials

Written by Nicola Risi  |  14, February, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Millennials have overtaken baby boomers as the most dominant generation in the workforce.

And more importantly, they now make up 45% of B2B buyers.

The top end of this cohort - now approaching their mid-30s, are set to be our biggest allies as they move into managerial roles and acquire more purchasing and decision-making power.

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