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Steve Milano

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Prolific brand content expert

About Me

I create brand content for major media companies (Scripps, Tribune, McClatchy), brands (Flatout Bread, CenturyLink, Cayman Jack, Boy Scouts of America), marketing agencies and brokers.

As someone with journalism and marketing backgrounds, I understand that my job as a writer is not just to create great content, it's primarily to create great audiences.

To see some of the 7,000+ native ads, blog posts, SEO articles, white papers and newspaper and magazine articles I've written for clients, please check out www.brandcontentstrategies.com or my LinkedIn CV.

Industries I Write About

Health, Wellness & Fitness

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Human Resources

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Hospital & Health Care

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Marketing & Advertising

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Nonprofit Organization Management

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Publishing

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Writing & Editing

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Staffing & Recruiting

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Consumer Services

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Executive Office

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My Writing Samples

Brand Content Strategies website

You'll find links to many samples of the 7,000+ pieces of content I've created for clients.

http://www.brandcontentstrategies.com

All used cars not created equal

Native ad for auto dealer (Kansas City Star)

http://www.kansascity.com/advertise/sponsored_content/?prx_t=nr0BA7cECAXSIKA&prx_ro=s

Cretaing a home theater

Native ad for furniture distributor (Orlando Sun-Sentinel)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/brandpublishing/baers-furniture/sfl-creating-a-home-theater-20140819-story.html#page=1

The cholesterol myth

Native ad/blog post for Florida cardiologist

http://preventivecardiologyinc.com/cholesterol-myth/

Valley businesses can reduce energy costs

Native ad for Santa Clarita Valley

http://preventivecardiologyinc.com/cholesterol-myth/

Crockpots vs. pressure cookers vs. air fryers

One of many healthy living/lifestyle posts for the Flatout Bread Co. blog

https://www.flatoutbread.com/2017/03/15/crockpots-vs-pressure-cookers-vs-air-fryers-countertop-cooking-gadgets/

When can filing for bankruptcy save your business?

One of hundreds of small-business articles I've written. This one for the QuickBooks blog.

https://quickbooks.intuit.com/r/accounting-money/when-can-filing-for-bankruptcy-save-your-business/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Experience

Magazine editor

I've been a magazine consultant, editor and writer for decades, writing for consumer, B2B and nonprofitpublications.

Company: Various

I worked there from 1/1988 until 2/2018

Brand Content Creator

I not only create brand content, but help major players understand the difference between native ads and advertorials, blog posts and SEO articles and other forms of content. I create www.brandcontentstrategies.com to help educate brands, publishers, agencies and brokers.

Company: Various

I worked there from 2/2010 until 1/2018

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

Supporting your Local Small Businesses Helps You

Wagner, I can have this to you by tomorrow. I'll talk about the effects of small businesses on local communities, in terms of job creation, tax revenues, support of local charities and helping to create a magnet for other businesses to come and expand the economy. I've worked in economic development for many years.

Content type: Blog Post

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Got your Ducts in a Row? Avoiding Sick Home Syndrome

Energy Star doors and windows that keep cold air out and conditioned air inside are great investments, but they can also "seal" bad air inside your home, creating Sick Home Syndrome. Duct inspections and cleanings are one way to ensure the air you, your children and your pets breathe stays safe.

Content type: Blog Post

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Patient Case Studies

Consumers with a health condition respond to stories about people like themselves who have gone through the same medical situation. Consumers trust someone who says, "I've had this procedure and here's what I experienced," more than marketing copy ("Here's what you'll experience"). I have created patient stories on breast cancer, spina bifida, colon cancer and heart transplantation. My fee includes an interview with a patient of your choice and one doctor or nurse. Please contact me for samples.

Content type: Blog Post

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Client case studies

I started my career doing PR for a crisis-management consulting firm. I've since worked as a consultant or contract manager for a variety of businesses. One of the best ways to generate new clients is not to tell them what you can do for them, but to show them what you've done for similar businesses in their shoes. Case studies don't need to be in-depth white papers. I can help populate your website or sales kit with 1,000-word client case studies using my experience and an interview with you.

Content type: Blog Post

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How to Sell Board Service

I've been a 501(c)(3) and (c)(6) executive director for multiple organizations during the past 30 years. I understand the 80/20 rule. Board service is an intimidating thought for many professionals who don't understand that they can ease into these positions, receiving lots of help from an organization's staff. I can provide a blog post or article that will explain how trade associations and nonprofits can recruit more members or volunteers to their boards.

Content type: Blog Post

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Killing vs. Cleaning Household Mold

You can easily clean mold off tile, sheetrock and other surfaces with the most common mold-fighting agent – bleach. However, bleach doesn't kill mold at the roots (under surfaces where you can't see them). To properly deal with mold, you'll need to remediate it using an EPA approved mold-killing product.

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What's a Yardscape?

Lawn. Shrubs. Trees. Deck. Walkways. Lighting. Planters. Flowerbeds. The list of items that go into creating and maintaining a yardscape goes on and on. This post would review the various facets of a yardscape and provide tips for creating and maintaining beauty and utility.

Content type: Blog Post

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How to Set up a Deck for Entertaining

There's more to creating the perfect party deck than putting the grill off to one side and setting up a table with chairs. This post would include tips for getting a deck surface ready for spring, along with safety and comfort tips for outfitting and using a deck.

Content type: Blog Post

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New Homeowners: Don't Go Cheap on Yard Tools

Why buy the $30 hose when you can get one for $10? Because the cheap hose will leak from the connections, dry and crack and eventually have to be replaced. The same goes for cheap rakes, ladders, weed whackers and other products. This blog post would list the starter yard tools every homeowner needs and give advice for checking reviews, warranties and service options. This could alternately be a, "The Basic Yard Tools Every New Homeowner Needs" post.

Content type: Blog Post

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Got Parents? Tips for Creating a Multigenerational Home

With more and more families (especially recent immigrants) creating multi-generational homes, it's important to create an environment where both generations can thrive. This blog post would include an aging-in-place strategy for older parents living.

Content type: Blog Post

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Yardcare 101: You Don't Need to Be a Landscaper

How often should you water your lawn? Should you seed in spring or fall? Why do I need a lawnmower tune-up each spring and what does it entail? How much should you prune trees each year? This blog post would provide tips for maintaining your own landscaping, and/or working with a landscaper on some projects.

Content type: Blog Post

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Pad your Retirement Account with Utilities Savings

Reducing your water bill by a few dollars each month might not seem like a big deal, but reducing electric, gas and water consumption (without living like a pioneer) every month for 30 years, and putting that money into your retirement account where it will earn daily compound interest, is an easy, n-brainer way to retire with lots more cash. Tips would include using low-flow toilets and showerhead, a programmable thermostat, ceiling fans, smart home apps and free services like AquaHawk.

Content type: Blog Post

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Healthy Nurseries = Healthy Babies

Paint contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that release gases after application. Consumers can purchase low-VOC or zero-VOC paints to reduce or eliminate gas releases – especially important for children's rooms and nurseries. In addition to "green" paints, homeowners can skip toxic carpeting and use healthier flooring. This post would include tips for creating a healthy nursery. This could alternately be a narrower post focusing on painting: "Don't Paint a Room Without Reading This!"

Content type: Blog Post

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What is a Small-Business Credit Card?

Unlike corporate credit cards, small-business credit cards require a personal guarantee (and become part of the user's personal credit history). This post would explain the basics of using a small-business credit card and the benefits and potential pitfalls. I have written more than 1,000 personal finance and small-business articles, many of which you can view here … http://brandcontentstrategies.com/writing-samples/

Content type: Blog Post

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Teaching Teens About Credit Cards

This post would teach parents how to introduce their children to credit cards, including how to shop for the best card, how to evaluate APR offers, using balance transfers, pulling a credit report, autopay features to avoid late payments, penalties, fees, etc. I have written more than 1,000 personal finance and small-business articles, many of which you can view here … http://brandcontentstrategies.com/writing-samples/

Content type: Blog Post

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How shopping smarter saves money over time in 500 words or more.

In response to the above, requested title (not sure I'm in the correct pitch tool), I can write a post that not only provides smart-shopping tips, but also shows how decreasing your credit card use (and interest payments) and investing savings in retirement products or paying down credit cards and loans can add hundreds of thousands of dollars to your final retirement savings (due to compound interest). I have written hundreds of frugal-living and personal finance articles for clients.

Content type: Blog Post

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How to Get Free Copies of your Credit Reports (and Clean Them Up)

This post would discuss how consumers can get a free, annual copy of each of their three main credit reports (TransUnion, Equifax and Experian), how to read and understand the information they contain, and how to challenge and/or correct derogatory information that can damage your credit rating. I have written 1,000+ personal finance and small-business articles, many of which you can view here: http://brandcontentstrategies.com/writing-samples/

Content type: Blog Post

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What Do I Need to Get a Small-Business Loan?

Many lenders ask small-business owners for a variety of documents when considering a small-business loan. These include past tax returns, a balance sheet, contracts and leases, personal credit report and other information. This post can include quotes from your SME regarding the documents needed to increase your chances for a small-business loan. I have written 1,000+ personal finance and small-business articles, many of which you can view here: http://brandcontentstrategies.com/writing-samples/

Content type: Blog Post

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Should You Lease or Buy Your Next Vehicle?

In addition to the cost differences with leasing vs. buying a car, there are also warranty and lifestyle considerations based on your stage of life. I have written on this topic before and can create an easy to understand tutorial for vehicle shoppers. I have written more than 1,000 personal finance and small-business articles, many of which you can view here … http://brandcontentstrategies.com/writing-samples/

Content type: Blog Post

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Succession Planning: Don't Forget Soft Skills Training

Many business don't have formal succession strategies for staying staffed with qualified internal candidates. Those businesses that do often focus on training future managers in the company's internal policies and systems, and a variety of job-related technical skills. The best succession planning programs also make sure future managers have the essential soft skills (e.g., leadership, communications, time-management) to not only manage a department, but also to manage subordinates, as well.

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Tips for Making a Dynamic Household Budget

A personal or household budget should be much more than a list of monthly expenses and target amounts. It can be a living, dynamic document that helps analyze monthly spending, annual cash flow ups and downs, and savings opportunities. I have written 1,000+ personal finance and small-business articles, many of which you can view here: http://brandcontentstrategies.com/writing-samples/

Content type: Blog Post

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The 7 Reasons to Have a Business Plan

I would cover the reasons why every business, no matter at what stage of its lifecycle, needs a business plan: •Researching a business idea •Launching a business •Attracting investors or partners •Obtaining capital •Running/growing an existing business •Setting up a business for sale •Selling a business - A different title could be: "How to Write a Business Plan That Covers all the Bases." I'd show small-business owners how to write an effective business plan.

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Eating for Performance: When to Eat What

Employees have been overwhelmed with nutrition information focusing on what to eat and what not to eat for general good health. However, employers should also provide information on WHEN employees should each eat WHICH foods, and in what combinations to help improve cognitive function, daily energy levels, mood and optimal productivity. I'll interview internationally acclaimed registered dietitian, Page Love, for this article.

Content type: Blog Post

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Boost wellness program buy-in/participation with science, not tips

Employees know that, "You need a good night's sleep, healthy diet and regular exercise for peak performance." Employers who give this advice and provide wellness tips don't get optimal employee participation, however. Providing the sometimes startling science behind poor work/lifestyle habits will better motivate employees to improve and maintain their health. Please see my website for more on this: http://managingcorporatefatigue.atlantacontenthub.org/

Content type: Article

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Two Financial Documents That Could Save Your Business

Many small-business owners don't keep a current balance sheet or cash flow statement. These documents are not only important for running a business, they are essential documents that lenders request when looking at offering loans or extending credit.

Content type: Blog Post

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How to Effectively Manage your Receivables

Collecting accounts receivable in a timely fashion is critical for small-business owners. This article would discuss how to age receivables, when to discount them, how to set terms and other tips for keeping cash flow steady.

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How to Save Money by Lowering your Utility Bills

Many homeowners overspend on gas, electricity and water. This article would provide many (more than a dozen) simple ways to cut utility usage that add up to significant savings over the course of home ownership.

Content type: Blog Post

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Now is the Time for Florida Business Owners to Prepare for Hurricane Season

When a hurricane hits Florida, small businesses need to evacuate employees, physical assets and customer data. The company should also prepare in advance for insurance claims. Management should take steps to be able to communicate with employees, customers and vendors during this time. With the right preparation, a small business can continue to operate during an evacuation. These preparations should be made well in advance of hurricane season.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: hurricane,storm season,small business,preparation,continuity

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Entrepreneur Seeking Exit

Hello, I've written multiple articles on selling a business. In addition to online articles for small-business owners, I wrote http://reader.mediawiremobile.com/APC/issues/108287/viewer?page=37 for American Painting Contractor magazine. Are you looking at an article that talks about setting up a business for sale in the future, or getting ready to sell the business now? I can give you my rate/turnaround time once I know more about the assignment. Thanks.

Content type: Article

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Building business equity and growing value

An Oregon painting contractor recently retired, selling his $4.5 MM annual business to his children. He was only able to do that because he planned to build a saleable business early on. This article will discuss the multi-year financial planning, brand-building, revenue-stream development and asset management strategies required to build equity in and increase the value of a company. Buying vs. leasing equipment and property, brand-building, managing capital and setting up a business for sale.

Content type: Article

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5 Tips Before You Apply for a Bank Loan

This post will cover what consumers should do before they apply for a mortgage auto, student, home equity, boat or other type of loan. Steps would include: pulling credit reports; correcting errors on credit reports; raising credit scores; credit monitoring; and collecting documents for the meeting. The CTA would be to contact your bank once you had done all of your homework to see if you're ready to apply for a loan.

Content type: Blog Post

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Florida Teacher Appreciation Week

Wagner, I did a piece for CenturyLink's Idaho office on their support for teachers and schools and programs. I can include an interview with someone from the bank at the $100 rate. I can have it to you shortly after the interview subject gets in touch with me. Thanks, Steve

Content type: Blog Post

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How the education system has failed entrepreneurs

There are 2 answers to this. One is political (think Chomsky). Corporations don't want competitors, they want employees, so our educational systems is designed to create worker bees, not entrepreneurs. The other is technical. American students aren't taught entrepreneurism (e.g. what is takes to build a painting, landscaping, restaurant, graphic design business). We also don't teach personal finance. If you'd like to talk more about this, please contact me (I have a limited character count here)

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Increase employee engagement with a safety committee

You don't need employees to help you choose security cameras, a defibrillator, stair railings or parking lot lights. Your insurance company or a security consultant may be all you need to reduce your risk for accidents, break-ins and intruders. However, adding a (no-cost) employee safety committee tells staff you value their input and increases buy-in from other employees regarding safety policies. This blog post (or article) will provide tips for creating an optimal employee safety committee.

Content type: Article

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4 health care providers who got native advertising right

I've written consumer-facing native ads (working with Scripps Howard and Tribune Media Services properties) for St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Northshore Medical Centers, Sutter Medical Center, Preventive Cardiology, First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, DNA Diagnostics and Georgia Urology. I can tell you how most avoided the advertorial/sponsored content trap with true native advertising. I'll provide four short case studies as examples.

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How to Identify Roof Leaks (and How to Treat Them)

Hello, I've written pieces for national and regional contractors, including "6 Warning Signs You May Have a Foundation Problem" for Ram Jack. If you want to see this native ad, please send me your email address. Also, will the writer for this piece interview someone from ARS, be given the information from which to create the blog post, or need to find the information himself? That would affect the rate. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks.

Content type: Blog Post

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Why Native Advertising died, who killed it, and why you should use it

True Native Advertising is more effective than today's de facto "native advertising" (thinly disguised advertorial) because it DOESN'T focus on a company or its product or service. This very fact has confused less-experienced IMC professionals who demand more and more company/product mentions, reducing the effectiveness of this content marketing tool. This blog post will explain the difference between true Native Advertising and today's hybrid native advertising.

Content type: Blog Post

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Your recent idea request disappaeared as I was responding...

Hello. I create content for major media companies (Scripps, Tribune, McClatchy), national brands and marketing agencies. Agencies are increasingly made up of people who know HOW to tweet, but have no clue WHAT to tweet. That's because today's agencies mistake marcom (the Fourth P), with marketing. If you don't understand the first threePs, you can't execute the fourth. Please contact me if you're interested in discussing this further. Thanks.

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How to create a voluntary benefits program for your company

Voluntary benefits (dental, vision, pet health care, life insurance, etc.) are a great way to improve your status as an employer of choice. They don't cost employers anything since employees pay for them, but these types of benefits reduce employer payroll costs since employees' purchases are non-taxable.

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Creating a Workplace Safety Program

Most small businesses can reduce their liability risks by instituting a comprehensive safety program. Letting employees sit on the committee increases the sense that the company values employees. This post would give ideas for developing a program that addressed slip-and-fall, entry security, lighting, fire hazards, etc.

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Creating a Disaster Continuity Plan

Does your small business have a plan for dealing with a fire, snowstorm, hurricane, flood, tornado or other disaster? Not only should you have a plan in place to protect your people, customers and assets, you should also have a plan to keep operating during such an incident.

Content type: Blog Post

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Balance of Risky Capital post

Hello, this pitch is for Ashley, for the remaining balance of the $100 blog post I just sumbitted to Wagner. Thanks.

Content type: Blog Post

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Agencies vs. In-House Staff: Which is More Cost Effective for Content Marketing?

This post would discuss how small businesses can calculate the hard costs for an in-house content marketing effort vs. hiring an outside partner (like ThriveHive). The post would then discuss the technology and expertise benefits of agencies over in-house content functions.

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Inbound marketing content for your website

Hello, Looks like you'll need to put two buttons on your site: For Doctors, For Patients. You'll dilute your message if you try to write for both audiences. I've written cancer-related consumer-facing medical content for a variety of health care providers. Working with your experts, I'd be able to write thought leadership pieces for doctors. To see who I've written for, visit http://brandcontentstrategies.com/native-advertising-samples/. Make sure to click the last link at the bottom. Thanks!

Content type: Blog Post

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Loads of ideas/topics to choose from

Hello, Would you like to avoid the chicken-or-egg scenario that often makes you choose between a professional writer with little subject matter expertise, or an SME with mediocre writing skills? I have been involved with career advising for decades, while working as a professional journalist and brand content writer. You can check out dozens of my careers (which includes entrepreneurism) articles at http://brandcontentstrategies.com/writing-samples/ (scroll down to the Careers heading).

Content type: Blog Post

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Is a Managed Office your Best Option?

Paying for and managing your own IT hardware, software, maintenance, storage, data security and other needs might save you money over using contracted services, but the downsides include not having the latest hardware and software, 24/7 service and access to multiple tech experts. This blog post would discuss the pros and cons of managing your IT needs in-house and using a contractor.

Content type: Blog Post

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Middle funnel content

Hello, I've created numerous articles/posts on inbound content marketing for a variety of brands, agencies and websites. I have a degree in advertising. I've created an educational website for brand content users (www.brandcontentstrategies.com). There are many different definitions of middle of the funnel and # of stages. Are you talking about the post-acquistion, pre-conversion part of the funnel (i.e. shopping)? If you let me know I can send you a more specific pitch. Thanks.

Content type: Blog Post

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How to Help Newbie Meetings Planners

Many new meetings planners might understand they need to handle booking space, ordering food and arranging for AV needs. However, there are so many details that can make or break a meetings planner, newbies need help. This post would help venues create a branded "Meetings 101" document to share with potential customers, making the venue a true partner, rather than just a provider.

Content type: Blog Post

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Your Assignments Make or Break your Content

Too often, brands request content from in-house staff or freelancers without providing detailed assignment requirements. A title, word count and deadline is enough for a writer to create content, but not create audiences. This post would discuss the list of items (e.g., desired reader demographics, second- or third-person voice, desired outcomes, call to action, etc.) marketers need to include in content assignments.

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How to Create a Referral Pipeline

Meetings planners work with many event suppliers, including caterers, DJs, bands, florists, photographers, videographers and venues. Each one of these partners should be referring business back to the meeting planners they work with. This post would discuss how to create a two-way referral/cross-promotion marketing effort.

Content type: Blog Post

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Your Assignments Make or Break your Content

Too often, brands request content from in-house staff or freelancers without providing detailed assignment requirements. A title, word count and deadline is enough for a writer to create content, but not create audiences. This post would discuss the list of items (e.g., desired reader demographics, second- or third-person voice, desired outcomes, call to action, etc.) marketers need to include in content assignments.

Content type: Blog Post

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Evaluating Candidate Soft Skills

Too often, companies creating short lists of job candidates focus on specific technical skills needed for a specific position. That's fine for staff-level positions, but when it comes to executive-level positions, soft skills are what separate managers from leaders. Does your company have a checklist of soft skills it looks for when considering candidates? Here's a list you should include.

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Pros and Cons of Freelancing

Hello Susan, I've written on this topic for multiple websites over the years. Considerations of freelancing vs. working as an employee include not only monetary factors, but also lifestyle and security options, as well. I would also address IRS definitions of contractors vs. employees and tax-deduction myths (e.g., you can't write off your vacations) to think about.

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Native vs. Sponsored vs. Advertorial: What's the Difference?

I write true Native Advertising (not today's lower-case native advertising) for major media companies (Scripps, Tribune, McClatchy), brands (CenturyLink, Flatout Bread Co., Cayman Jack) and marketing agencies. Many brands are confused about the differences between each of these three brand content choices. This article would explain how these three forms of content marketing work, why and when (and when not) to use them.

Content type: Blog Post

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How to Find More Work Freelancing

You might be the best at what you do, but if you can't sell yourself, you'll be awesome in the dark. This post will discuss places and methods for finding more and better-paying client work. Topics covered will include hosting lunch-and-learns, writing for B2B mags, creating cross-promotions with other freelancers, doing free work for charities (to get in front of their influential board members and donors), public speaking, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

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Food For Families Tampa Bay

Werner, I can do this for you, along with the other two, and have all three to you by Friday (if not sooner). It all depends on whether they need interviews and how soon the contact gets in touch with me.

Content type: Blog Post

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What do I Need to Prepapre to Apply for a Mortgage?

This post would discuss the steps a potential homebuyer will need to take to apply for a mortgage. The post would include how to pull credit reports and clean them up, a few tips on raising your credit score before applying, what documents a lender will need when you apply, what type of downpayment you might need and other tips for someone looking to get a mortgage.

Content type: Blog Post

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Evaluating Candidate Soft Skills

Too often, companies creating short lists of job candidates focus on specific technical skills needed for a specific position. That's fine for staff-level positions, but when it comes to executive-level positions, soft skills are what separate managers from leaders. Does your company have a checklist of soft skills it looks for when considering candidates? These include things like leadership, communications and project management. Here's a list of soft skills you should include when recruiting.

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Risky and Safe Sources of Capital for Small Businesses

This would be a brief overview of the ways small-business owners can find capital and the risks associated with each. I'd cover: Personal and business credit cards; Friends and family loans; Investors; Partners; Home-equity; Factors; Receivables discounting; Asset sales; Bank loans (term, credit line, asset-based, SBA, invoice financing). CTA will be to recommend that small-business owners meet with their bank to discuss what business financing the bank offers and what the bank offer you.

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Blog posts

Hello, Can you let me know your goals for these posts? Are you looking to sell memberships or real estate? Vacations or day visits? The more I know about your goals, the better I can create the right audience for you.

Content type: Blog Post

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Partner or Investor: Which is Right for your Business?

Hello, I've written 8 posts for Seacoast/Joon via nDash. This post would outline the differences between taking on a partner or working with an investor. I'd explain the benefits and responsibilities that come with each, such as more control, less liability, potential pitfalls, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

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Why Many Small Businesses Fail - and How to Avoid These Reasons

Many small business fail for the same general reasons: poor cash flow, reliance on one or two main clients, poor accounting practices, trying to create a demand rather than satisfying an existing marketplace demand, poor distribution, incorrect pricing, owner-as-COO rather than CEO and poor HR management. This post will address these common errors made by small-business owners across all industries and growth stages and give advice for avoiding these mistakes.

Content type: Blog Post

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How to Plug a Hole in your Resume

If you've been out of work for several months or more, employers will want to know what you've been doing during that time. Donating your PROFESSIONAL time to nonprofits, helping a small business with a project or performing other meaningful job-related tasks can make it look like you're still working. Setting up an accounting system for a local church, re-doing the web content for an animal shelter or creating a social media campaign for a local art house are just a few examples.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: resume gap,project wrk

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Board Service: Get Started Early

Being on a board of directors puts you ahead of your peers not only for jobs, but for industry-related appointments and elections, as well. Many people believe serving on a board of directors is only for 50+ executives. Serving on boards is easier than many people realize, and something you can start as soon as you get out of school. Getting started early with a small organization helps you learn the ropes so that you're ready when the big guys call. This will be a how-to piece.

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Recommendations

Fast with no edits necessary!

Steve listened to our content request and guidelines and delivered exceptional work. Plus, he completed the 1st draft ahead of schedule. Great job all the way through!

Jason Hall, FiveChannels Media, Five Channels