Generate Story Ideas Like an Improv Comedian

It’s one of the biggest challenges of being a freelance journalist, content creator or writer: coming up with new story ideas day after day. How do you keep your idea reservoir full of fresh, interesting stories? When you’re stuck in a rut, one of the best things you can do is stop thinking like a writer,…

3 Places to Find Great Talent for Your Ad Agency

Ad agencies are always on the lookout for new talent—creatives, account executives, project managers, you name it. But where do you look when you’ve exhausted all of your usual recruiting methods? When job boards, social media and recruiting events aren’t bringing in the right candidate, here are three new places to look. In-house agencies What…

What Fact Checkers Do and Why The Role is So Important

Robert McGuire, owner of McGuire Editorial & Consulting, once worked as a reporter at weekly newspaper publisher, Community Newspapers, Inc. One thing that’s stuck with McGuire from his tenure at the paper? The authority of the staff’s junior-level fact checker. “She could pull the brake on the train in ways nobody else could,” McGuire recalled.…

How SEO Can Help Your Blog Rank Well

In the final part of our three-part series on the What, Why and How of SEO and how it can be used to improve your blog’s rankings, we’ll be exploring how SEO can help your blog rank well. Ranking well in the major search engines means added visibility for your blog. Visibility should eventually turn into conversions,…

Digital Tech Spending is Outpacing the Performance of Digital Marketers

Digital marketing budgets are growing at a breakneck pace, but according to a new report, investments in the essential digital marketing skills needed to handle these larger budgets is lagging far behind. This is particularly true in high-engagement channels and capabilities, such as mobile, video and testing. Translation: although spending on digital technology may be…

What Does an Editor Do?

Let me guess. English class was your favorite time of the day when you were a student? You wrote for your school newspaper—heck, maybe you were even on the yearbook staff—hopping on any chance you got to tell a story. After some time you realized, I don’t just enjoy writing, I excel at improving the…

5 Healthy Work Practices for a ProBlogger

This is a guest contribution from Chelsea Lee Smith of MomentsADay.com. As a part-time blogger and homeschooling mother of three, I often get asked: “How do you do it all?!” In the past, I usually ran through a few different answers: I have had a regular cleaner at times; I usually do my shopping online to…

8 Human Resources Trends You Have to Know About – Part Two

The world is constantly changing, and so is the way we do business. Last week we published our first part of important human resources trends to watch, here are eight more trends HR professionals can expect to see in the coming year. Loyalty Uptick It’s a time of uncertainty for our country, and workers may…

5 Business Boosters Guaranteed to Give You a Competitive Advantage

Inside Fizzle there’s a course called “Choosing a Topic.” This is one of our most popular courses, and it’s at the beginning of the roadmap. This course helps people in three different situations starting out on the entrepreneurial path: “I have too many potential business ideas and don’t know how to choose just one.” “I…