Content Marketing Tools Recommended by 40 Experts

By Jakk Ogden on March 5, 2015 in Apps, Software and Tools, Content Tips
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“If you could only use 3 content marketing tools for the rest of your life, what would they be?”

That’s the question we asked 40 content marketing experts over 6 weeks in a bid to find out what marketing tools industry professionals are using and what they recommend others try out.

The result? Some surprising recommendations and lots of advice from people you really should be listening to.

What are the best tools for content marketing?

If you’re new to content marketing then chances are you’ve attempted to find the best tools for the job. The internet is littered with dozens of articles; top 10’s, top 20’s, top 100’s; but these are vague and more often than not offer no real value to you. So, we’ve created what we believe to be the best resource for marketers and business owners alike.

Here are the Top 6 Results:

  1. Google Analytics – 10 votes.
  2. Buzzstream – 7 votes.
  3. Feedly – 6 votes.
  4. Hootsuite, Quora – 5 votes.
  5. Evernote – 4 votes.
  6. LinkedIn, Moz  – 3 votes.

Read on to discover what other tools 40 top content marketers are recommending.

We tried our best to get a good mixture of marketers, bloggers, CEO’s, directors, magazine editors and entrepreneurs to contribute to this article.

Because this is an in-depth article, below you can discover each individual who contributed to it in alphabetical order. We have listed all responses in the order they were received in.

Aimee Joseph, Andy Little
Ben Acheson, Ben Dickens, Brooke Ballard
Charlotte Varella, Colin Cheng
Daniel Clutterbuck, David Douglas, Dave Chaffey, Daniele Bazzano, Doug Kessler
Elliot Jones, Eric Ingrand, Eugene Farber
Hannah Smith, Henley Wing, Helen Nesterenko
James Perrin, Jon Wuebben, John Miller, Justin P Lambert
Katherine Kotaw, Kieran Alger
Margot Bloomstein, Martin Harrison, Michelle Hill
Neil Patel, Nick Friese
Paul Walker
Robert Hoare, Robert Rose, Ronald Kloots
Sammy Blindell, Sarah Amos, Scott Abel, Scott Siders, Simon Penson, Suzanne Baran

Hannah SmithDistilled

Content Marketing - Hannah Smith

Google Analytics – Because if you don’t measure what you’re doing you can’t improve it :)…

…We use GA to help us understand how the content which we create for clients is performing – you can use it to track page level metrics like time on site, bounce rate, exit rate, page value (revenue or conversion value divided by unique page views) etc. You can also use it to track conversions (request a demo, submit an enquiry, purchase etc) and micro conversions (email sign ups, social shares etc). Plus of course you can use it to understand how your content is being discovered – organic search, paid search, social media and so on.

Followerwonk – This is brilliant for anyone seeking to leverage Twitter (and really, who isn’t?). I use Followerwonk to identify new audiences, compare competitor’s followers and analyse my client’s current followers.

Reddit – I frequently lose myself on Reddit… What? I AM WORKING! :). Seriously though, it’s great for inspiration and you can learn a lot about what resonates online and what doesn’t. It’s also *the* place to hone your headline writing skills.

Charlotte VarelaTone

Content Marketing -  Charlotte Varela Hootsuite – For scheduling and auto scheduling posts on my social channels. It makes my day a lot easier because it estimates the best times to post, and means I can bulk schedule a group of tweets to keep pushing out the content on a staggered basis.

Quora – For sparking content ideas when I’m feeling a bit stuck. If I find something that a lot of people are asking about, or an answer that I disagree with and can counter, then it’s usually a good thing to write about.

Wunderlist – For creating a little editorial calendar and figuring out how I can fit pieces of content in around my other tasks. The ability to set due dates and drag each task around the list so they’re all in order and I know what’s coming is really helpful, as well as being able to add more detailed notes about each piece of content.

We would also like to mention the EditFlow plugin for WordPress alongside Wunderlist – It’s great for managing the editorial content creation process in WordPress, allows you to assign more useful roles, define stages and discuss a post on the post page instead of reverting to an unrelated email thread.

Robert Rose – Content Marketing Institute

Content Marketing -  Robert Rose

To me there are three core legs to creating compelling customer experiences across digital channels.  So, if I had to pick only three tools to facilitate my content marketing, I’d pick a robust web content management system, integrated seamlessly with a marketing automation system which flows directly into a wonderful customer relationship management system (CRM).  They would all work perfectly together – and give me instant real-time insight into my customer’s buying journey.  Having this solution would also give me time to take care of my unicorn and harvest my rainbows.

Justin P LambertThe Content Marketing Hurricane

Content Marketing -  Justin P Lambert

If I were only allowed the use of three content marketing tools, I’d have to rely on my most profitable and productive combination (which I use on a daily basis.)

Feedly – Since the demise of Google Reader, Feedly has been my go-to source for keeping up with all my feeds, Google Alerts, and trending news topics.  I also have all of my own content channels fed into my daily Feedly so I don’t lose track of what’s been released, on which channel, and where else it (or a re-purposed form of it) has already appeared.  The lightning fast “save for later” feature and the fully integrated social sharing functions make Feedly indispensable for keeping my own finger on the pulse of the industry, supplying tons of great content for curation and inspiration, and tracking my own content as it flies from the nest.

LinkedIn – While I am present and fairly active on a number of different social media sites, LinkedIn has long been my most profitable and productive source of new leads, lead nurturing opportunities, engagement with like-minded professionals and potential partnerships.  The site’s seamless integration’s with Twitter and Slideshare have made those two channels larger parts of my mix without adding a lot of additional time requirement.  And, the powerful search functions have made my marketing research so much easier than it used to be.  If every other social media channel disappeared tomorrow, I would still be able to profit from LinkedIn.

Hootsuite – This “social dashboard” just keeps adding incredible features left and right, making itself more and more indispensable.  I use it far more as a listening and monitoring tool than as a broadcast tool, but both functions serve me well.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve picked up on some trend, some potential lead, or some error on my part just because my Hootsuite streams made it glaringly obvious.  As a busy freelance content marketer, I couldn’t possibly keep up with all my various social streams and stay effective if I had to handle them all individually.  So, Hootsuite is a true productivity savior for me.

Jon Wuebben Content Launch

Content Marketing -  Jon Wuebben

Hubspot – An all-in-one inbound marketing software. It’s great for content marketing newbies because it has a complete set of tools for blogging, e-mail, landing pages, sites, SEO and social.

Kapost– Awesome content marketing software. It’s an all-in-one platform offering up a content calendar, workflow, and analytics. It puts all of your content in one place making it easy to manage.

InboundWriter – This app is fantastic for generating ideas on what to write about and it helps to improve existing content and measure results.

Scott AbelThe Content Wrangler

Content Marketing -  Scott Abel

DivvyHQ

WittyParrot

SproutSocial

Doug KesslerVelocity Partners

Content Marketing -  Doug Kessler Evernote

Tweetdeck

Google Analytics

Neil PatelQuick Sprout

Content Marketing -  Neil Patel

Neil Patel is a serial entrepreneur, and the founder of such tools as Hello Bar, Sprout Social and agency Crazy Egg. He is a thought leader and highly respected entrepreneur, offering incredible guidance and tips for business owners, freelancers, entrepreneurs and brands.

Social Crawlytics – it helps you determine what content is really popular on the web. You can then use that data to figure out what blog post topics you can consider writing on.

Simon PensonZazzle Media

Content Marketing -  Simon Penson

Linkedin – A brilliant resource to build relationships with and connect with real content influencers. It’s also improving as a B2B content sharing platform.

Buzzstream – To help organise marketing campaigns at scale.

Also Zazzle’s new tool. See it develop here.

John MillerScribewise

Content Marketing - John Miller

Evernote – We love it; for us, it’s an updated version of the old reporter’s notebook. We use it for note taking as we conduct research, interviews and typically begin writing our drafts in it. The fact that it synchronizes across devices makes it work for us.

Excel – Yup, good old Excel. It may be boring, but this is what we use for our editorial calendars. We have a template that brings the proper rigor to our process without creating work (we’re not fans of most project management software because that’s what it does – create work).

Hubspot – Our website is on Hubspot, and we have several clients on it as well. Other all-in-one marketing platforms also have their fans, but we’re on Hubspot so that’s what we know. It ties together our CMS, analytics, email and social media in a way that makes us both smarter and more agile in the work we do.

I would say that we believe tools can be incredibly useful, but a deeper journalistic sense – being able to identify and tell a great story – is what matters most for the work we do. The tools merely help, but you need to inject the right DNA to create great content marketing.

Daniel ClutterbuckWebtise

Content Marketing - Daniel Clutterbuck

Agile marketing – Okay, so I get that I’m being awkward by not picking 3 tools, but bare with me; in order for your marketing to succeed it MUST be agile. By agile, I mean you’ve gotta’ nail your positioning AND relevancy in a time frame that’s usually narrow.

Social media reach – Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, MySpace, Google+, Linkedin, Flickr, Reddit; utilise all relevant social media available to you for marketing reach.

A strong contact list who like you! – It’s ALL about who you know. By building relationships and strong contacts all the time (mostly for non-business reasons) you will have a network of experts to help you succeed in your directives. Try to help people as much as you can.

Sammy BlindellHow to Build a Brand

Content Marketing - Sammy

DivvyHQ – Probably the best editorial calendar in the world. It’s more for high-volume content writing teams so if you’re a large business you should definitely check this tool out.

Buzzstream – A fantastic resource that’s ideal for small business owners and large business owners. This content marketing tool helps to organise marketing campaigns.

Evernote – This free app has saved my skin so many times! I’ve got it on my S3, my iPad, my laptop and my desktop PC. It’s a vital tool for being able to access workflow at any time.

Can I also put a fourth tool in? All content marketers should check out IFTTT (If This Then That), which is an amazing tool for automating your social media. The system works on recipes and it has helped me grow my own brand tremendously. It’s 100% free and it makes life so much easier.

Aimee JosephBlueclaw

Content Marketing - Aimee Joseph

Followerwonk – This is my number one tool for finding influencers in any niche. I find it essential for targeted outreach and building relationships. By looking at what your top influencers are sharing, you can gauge what type of content interests them and let this guide your content marketing campaign.

Quora –  This is a great tool for long-tail keyword research. You’ll be able to find customers pain points that you may not already be aware of and then create content to solve these problems and issues that are Hummingbird-friendly.

Reddit –  If you’re not using Reddit to inspire creative content, then you’re missing out on a big opportunity to create something that could potentially go viral. Most of the popular stories on sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy are posted on Reddit first. If you want your brand to be cutting edge, then scour the site for timely news to inspire related content ideas.

Daniele Bazzano – Mob.is.it

Content Marketing - Daniele Bazzano

My 3 tools would be:

TweetDeck – Great monitoring features that allow you to participate to the conversation with your audience, promote your valuable content and find new prospects.

Feedly – Essential to stay abuzz of the current trends of your industry and boost your personal branding, by serving your audience relevant information with the Buffer platform integration.

Scoop.it – Very useful to find all the hidden gems of content drowned in the ocean of information that is the Web. A real time-saver with its curation feature,s and a great tool to address target niches.

Henley Wing Buzz Sumo

Content Marketing - Henley Wing

Open Site Explorer

Moz

Disqus – for connecting with other bloggers / influencers and sharing content.

Margot BloomsteinAppropriate, Inc

Content Marketing - Margot Bloomstein

Tools? I’m much more low-tech than that—because really, the biggest problems of content strategy and content marketing are more low-tech than we realise. We still don’t do a good enough job listening to and learning from our customers and each other.

My three tools?

A notepad

A whiteboard

Microsoft Excel

The notepad and whiteboard help me work out problems visually and spatially so that I can see how tasks and content types need to associate. Excel, or any spreadsheet tool, helps me impose structure and parity on content elements that should be similar. Everything else gilds the lily.

Robert HoarePanphoenix

Content Marketing - Robert Hoare

Buzzstream – A fantastic tool for connecting with like-minded professionals and building relationships. The team-based software for building and managing relationships is simple to use and effective, and the automated tools are perfect for finding new prospects.

Google Analytics – This is simply an essential part of our own website and our client websites. Along with Google Webmaster Tools, Google Analytics provides invaluable insights in to content and how effective it is.

Google Docs – We love Google Docs at Panphoenix. The ability to create and share documents online is so much more intuitive than Microsoft Word. It might not yet be the number one tool for content creation, but it’s pretty damn close to perfect, and the ability to access all writing and spreadsheets on our smartphones and tablets is fantastic.

Sarah AmosFreshwire

Content Marketing - Sarah Amos

Sarah Amos is the Chief Creative Officer at Freshwire, one of the most influential content brands in the world.

Because this world is constantly changing I have a hard time picking three tools to use for the rest of my life. I think it is really about always picking the right tool to help you share or create the right piece of content for the right platform. To limit yourself to three would drive me crazy.

Nick FrieseDigiday

Content Marketing - Nick Friese

1. A supremely talented ex-journalist that is imaginative and can tell stories. The result is branded content that is entertaining, informative, and has real value. Easier said than done! But we have one running our content studio and she’s the best thing we could have.

2. A great design resource to help you wrap and tell your story through imagery as well as words.

3. A powerful distribution engine (a web publication in our case) that can connect your content with a community that is engaged, trusts you, and can quickly generate social lift.

Ben DickensQUAD Digital

Content Marketing - Ben Dickens

I think the 3 tools we probably find most useful [at QUAD Digital] are Google Analytics, Brandwatch and Gorkana. We’re really hot on analytics and measuring what happens with the content we create. Gorkana is more of a database of journalists but it’s totally invaluable when we want to engage with influencers to extend the reach of the content that we create.

So:

Google Analytics

Brandwatch

Gorkana

Brooke Ballard – B Squared Media

Content Marketing - Brooke Ballard

While I’d be really sad to ONLY have three sources, or tools, for content marketing I really don’t think I could get things done without:

WordPress – This is where I, and the ghost bloggers we employ at B Squared Media, do all of our work. Drafting, editing, SEO and keyword strategy, and the list goes on and on. With all of the (most of them FREE!) Plugins you can use within WP, there’s practically nothing you can’t do. My fave Plugins are Yoast, Akismet, and Gravity Forms — in case you were wondering!

SmartBrief – We spend a lot of time helping our clients curate content that makes sense for their brand to share. One of our favorite sites for finding the right content (that’s also credible) is SmartBrief. There are several topics you can browse through to find relatable articles for your industry. Once you’ve got your “briefs” picked out, you can subscribe and receive daily digests of content ripe for the picking.

Google Analytics – Without Google Analytics we wouldn’t be able to use data to tell us what’s working and what isn’t. We use the top blog posts or searched terms to help us create similar content (why reinvent the wheel?!). I especially love setting up custom dashboards. A few of my faves were found in this helpful article from E-consultancy.

Scott SidersContent Marketing Program

Content Marketing - Scott Siders

Right now my favorite tools are:

HubSpot

Hootsuite

Moz and InboundWriter.

Helen NesterenkoWrittent

Content Marketing - Helen Nesterenko

If we were to use the 3 tools till the rest of our life –  they’d be:

Feedly

DropBox

Google KeyWord Planner

Kieran Alger – editor-in-chief, T3 Magazine

Content Marketing - Kieran Alger

My three would have to be:

Twitter

Buffer

Tumblr

Martin HarrisonCopify

Content Marketing - Martin Harrison

Thanks for considering me. I take a slightly different approach to content marketing than most people. I don’t spend a great deal of time planning and scheduling content, I put content out when I find the time or I have something meaningful to say.

So my three tools are more focused on making the most of content assets that have been produced (both internally and externally) and are as follows:

Screaming Frog – To grab URLs and page titles of every page on our site.

Open Site Explorer – To grab the URLs of all pages linking back to our site.

Hootsuite – To schedule posts containing links to internal and external content.

Colin ChengMintTwist

Content Marketing - Colin Cheng

BuzzStream – An awesome tool to manage outreach and PR opportunities.

Vocus – Vocus’ Advanced PR platform makes communicating with journalists and media contacts easy and straight forward. You can find contacts via keywords, industries and locations.

Google Drive/Calendar/Hangouts – We use Google a lot at our agency and it’s great for planning content and scheduling it with a shred calendar. We use Google Drive to share the content and work collaboratively.  Finally, Google Hangouts make it easy for us to communicate and share ideas even when someone is out of the office.

James PerrinKoozai

James Perrin

Google Trends – To get an understanding of search and location data I couldn’t live without Google Trends. It’s my bread and butter when it comes keywords research and content ideas.

Followerwonk – To find key influencers and for outreach you can’t beat Followerwonk. It enables me to know who I’m targeting my content towards based on what those people have written, shared and liked. It gets your content to where it needs to be seen.

LinkedIn – Whilst this may sound like a strange choice we find ourselves relying more and more on LinkedIn for a variety of Content Marketing solutions. LinkedIn today keeps me up to date with industry specific news, I can connect with relevant figures and key influencers, as well as promote my content to specific people and groups.

Andy Little That Web Look

Content Marketing - Andy Little

Content marketing to me is ever changing. Due to this, I always vary my tool use… one month a tool that I love could become obsolete. Having said that, I love using Buzzstream for link building and connecting with people, and I love using Quora to assert thought leadership – I use Quora on behalf of my clients, not for myself. If I had to pick a third tool, I would go with the humble pen and notepad, because I tend to remember things much better when I physically write them.

Suzanne BaranContent Empress

Content Marketing - Suzanne Baran

Tools depend on each company, brand and organisation’s budget, needs and familiarity with the product in my experience. As someone who has published content without a curation tool in the early 2000’s, I am well-versed in the exact features tools should have to increase productivity and monitor results effectively.

Having said that, I would recommend Curata, given the right resources (people and budget) to make it work. Curata is an enterprise solution and it touts itself as one of the only discovery, organisation, and sharing tools. Its features help large organisations that have high volumes of content to re-purpose and publish.

Compendium (enterprise solution) – helps organisations capture and create original content in a branded platform for any marketing channel. It makes social media marketers clap with excitement when they use its features and its interface.

Kapost – If you create a content editorial calendar and plan content or manage a community Kapost makes Excel spreadsheets obsolete. It provides a content calendar template that allows you to edit, review, revise, and scheduled in one place. It also categorises each post by channel (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, blog).

Katherine KotawKOTAW

Content Marketing - Katherine Kotaw

If I could only use three content marketing tools for the rest of my life, they would be:

Google Analytics – I hate USING this tool, which is why I’m glad I have an expert who delivers the data to me. But GA is unbeatable for tracking activity in specific, well-defined ways.

Bing Ads Editor would be the other, because it’s critical to assess your relevance on Bing as well as Google, and ads editor makes it fast and easy.

I should probably mention some sort of automation tool here because it’s expected. But I don’t like any of them. If I don’t have the time to type an in-the-moment tweet, I don’t deserve to be on social media. So my third tool is an alarm clock. If it’s imperative I post something at 5 in the morning, I get up and do it.

Ben AchesonDigivate

Content Marketing - Ben Acheson

Mine would be:

Buzzstream

Feedly

Pulse

Ronald KlootsContent Marketing Wizard

Content Marketing - Ronald Kloots

Good question… at this moment these three:

Google Drive

Feedly

Buffer

Paul WalkerClix

Content Marketing - Paul Walker

Buzzstream – Build Relationships. Build Buzz. Buzzsream is an excellent tool for content marketers and marketers in general, because it tracks influencers, relationships, communications, engagement, and allows you to research online influencers and collaborate with them.

Quora – When I first used Quora I’ll admit that I didn’t see the point. You can ask questions on Yahoo, can’t you? You can just tweet a question and #hashtag it, can’t you? Well, as time has gone on, I can see the real power and value behind Quora for marketers. It allows one to become a thought leader and rack up real followers who are interested in what you have to say. It can also be branded, although, using a real name is highly advised as you can have your account limited.

IFTTT – Social media automation is a life saver for big business. We work with several clients who have multiple Twitter handles, multiple Facebook pages, and lots of other social accounts. There will always be a need for direct human communication through social media, however automation plays a key role in filling in any gaps and ensuring that the WHOLE of a message gets across to the Customer. To this end, IFTTT is a wonderful tool for linking different platforms to one another. We use it for Twitter, Facebook, WordPress based tasks, and it works a treat.

Eric IngrandEnVeritas Group

Content Marketing - Eric Ingrand

Many of the tools mentioned here will come and go and will certainly not last as long as quality content do. So I would answer that the best tool is quality content because without that you have nothing. Instead of “tools” I would go with people – like top-quality translators, a strong network of locals and a team of writers who actually know what they’re talking about.

So our primary tool is and will always be our smart people: the strategists who listen to the client and develop solutions for their needs, the project managers who build teams and processes to execute those strategies, and the writers, editors and translators who handle things from a tactical perspective.

As for true tools:

Google Analytics

Hootsuite

Platform-specific social tools

Elliot JonesBoutique Digital

Content Marketing - Elliot Jones

Moz

Google Analytics

Doubleclick

Without a great understanding of what your content is doing, it’s meaningless.

David Douglasebow

Content Marketing - David Douglas

Feedly

Paper.li

Dropbox

🙂

Dave ChaffeySmart Insights

Content Marketing - Dave Chaffey

Hootsuite – I still meet many people who don’t know about this tool. I use this content marketing tool to learn and share the latest developments using Twitter lists of influencers I have setup – I can also schedule social updates to Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ individually or together. We use the paid version for the analytics, but the free version is fine.

Google Analytics – Most marketers will know about Google Analytics, but they may not know about the Page Value metric you can see in the Behaviour/Top Content reports. This shows me which content influences conversion so I can shape customer journeys on the site to increase conversion. To see Page Value you need e-commerce tracking setup or to assign a value to a goal.

Social Analytics Chrome extension – A simple tool to show you how socialised content on your site and others is – a good and quick way of finding out what users want. 

Eugene FarberContent Strategy Hub

Content Marketing - Eugene Farber

I’m going to answer these with the assumption that the tools I use now aren’t going to go away any time soon and that they will be around for the rest of my life. And there won’t be a “secret” tool here that instantly creates content marketing magic. But really that’s because there is no “magic.” The simple stuff usually is enough to get it done. The following three are absolutely indispensable in terms of content marketing…

WordPress – I’m sure there will be people that want to argue the benefits of WordPress as a CMS and what not. But there is a reason that so many websites are using the platform. It’s powerful. Not only is it easy to create content within WordPress, but it’s also insanely easy to optimize your site for SEO. Plus you can do a lot of design changes to optimise for usability and for the goals you want to achieve without really doing much coding.

Gmail – Of course you can substitute whatever email service you choose here. But email is absolutely indispensable. One of the parts of content marketing that a lot of people forget is the “marketing” part. Just creating content isn’t going to cut it. You have to help it spread. And that is where email comes in. A round-up like this is a perfect example of how outreach can help you create content. But you can also do outreach to promote content you have already created. This is obviously powerful in terms of getting social traction and also for building backlinks for SEO purposes.

Evernote – You never know when inspiration is going to strike. And you never want to forget a good idea. Plus writing something down and getting it out of your head allows you to focus on the thing that you have to do in the moment. Admittedly, I don’t always use Evernote for notes. Sometimes I just use the simple Notepad that comes with Windows, or even the old fashion pen and paper. But when you’re on the run it’s great to have a tool where you can jot down ideas on your phone and then access them from all your other devices.

Michelle HillRed Rocket Media

Content Marketing - Michelle Hill

Google Analytics

Google Webmaster Tools

Editorial Calendar (we don’t use specific software for this though – we find that a good old fashioned Excel spreadsheet works best).

Jakk Ogden – Content Hero

Content Marketing - Jakk Ogden

No content marketing tool post would be complete without its creator weighing in with his three favourite tools, right?

IFTTT – This is an invaluable automation tool for content marketers. Whether you want to automatically update your Facebook page whenever you publish a new blog post on WordPress or you want to automatically tweet about any Instagram photo you hashtag, If This Then That will do this plus so much more.

Buzzstream – as above, this is a fantastic resource that’s ideal for small business owners and large business owners. I have used Buzzstream for over 12 months now for connecting, and I am still amazed at just how easy it is to connect to professionals in my industry with Buzzstream. This is also a powerful link building tool, although I don’t use it for that.

Quora – This is the ultimate question and answer website which I recommend any thought leader uses. It brings together a range of experts and newbies and it has, personally, allowed me to connect with many like-minded folk over the past 6 months.

I would also like to mention Kapost and Compendium, two stellar content marketing software platforms with rich feature sets. Both have an excellent editorial calendar and both have advanced analytics to measure success.

A big thank you to everybody who helped us craft this amazing post!

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Here are the top 6 results once again:

  1. Google Analytics – 10 votes.
  2. Buzzstream – 7 votes.
  3. Feedly – 6 votes.
  4. Hootsuite, Quora – 5 votes
  5. Evernote  – 4 votes.
  6. LinkedIn, Moz – 3 votes.

Your Turn…

If you could only use 3 content marketing tools for the rest of your life, what would they be?

About the Author

Jakk OgdenView all posts by Jakk Ogden
Jakk Ogden is the founder and managing director of Content Hero. Jakk's background lies in marketing, advertising and publishing. He is partial to the clever infographic, Mark Twain, golden age comic books and Johnny Cash. He has written over 3,000 articles that have been published online. Connect with him on Linkedin, , or buy him a coffee in Leeds to talk about how high quality content can grow your business.

28 Comments

  1. Jakk, What a list! I’m so honored you included me in this experiment and already have a list of new tools to test out. Thanks so much for putting this together!

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      Jakk Ogden November 26, 2013 Reply

      Hey Brooke!

      No problem, I’m glad that you have found our post useful!

      Thank you for being a part of it 🙂

      Jakk

  2. Scott Abel November 26, 2013 Reply

    I have to admit I didn’t give much thought to the tools I submitted for this list. And, although the tools I mention are critical to helping me with workflow (staying on target and delivering more content to more channels with more effort), the tools listed here (for the most part) may help us work smarter, but they do little to improve the content we create, ensure that what we create is of sufficient quality, that it complies with linguistic, style, corporate branding and terminology guides, nor do they prepare our content to be adapted to the individual audience member receiving the content and the device they use to consume content.

    If I had it to do over again (and I do, right here) I would instead say: an easy-to-use authoring tool that allows me to create structured, semantically-rich content (in XML), a terminology management tool (that plugs into the aforementioned authoring tool, and a component content management system designed to manage and deliver personalized components of content on demand.

    I would prefer it integrated with all the metrics collecting, data analysis, and content amplification tools listed by others above, or, better yet, that the component content management system provide these features as well.

    • Author
      Jakk Ogden November 26, 2013 Reply

      Scott,

      It’s no problem, thank you for taking the time to comment and expand your thoughts!

      In my opinion the best way to ensure that all created content is of a sufficient quality and that it complies with brand guidelines, style and terminology, is to have a good team. We’d be hopeless without our team of writers, editors, and proofreaders!

      Jakk

  3. Visis November 26, 2013 Reply

    This is an exceptional article, well done guys!

    I love using IFTTT personally and I also use Microsoft Excel as a content calendar to map out any ideas and assign deadlines to them.

    If I had to choose a third tool, I’d go with is.gd – this is my favoured URL shortener as it allows you to choose your own custom URL.

    Thanks!

    V

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      Jakk Ogden November 26, 2013 Reply

      Thank you Visis! IFTTT is one of my favourites, however, marketers should never fully automate their efforts – a human touch is always necessary in any marketing campaign.

      I wrote a post on some neat IFTTT recipes for content marketers:

      http://www.contenthero.co.uk/5-incredible-ifttt-if-this-then-that-recipes-for-content-marketers/

      IFTTT is great at filling in the gaps but it’s no panacea. There’s plenty of other tools out there! I also like Paper.li and Scoop.it for curation.

      Jakk

  4. Doug Kessler November 26, 2013 Reply

    Great crowdsourced list — bravo!
    I hope I didn’t come off as too abrupt (I didn’t think you wanted the ‘why’!).

    I’ll stand by my three favorites. They may not be the only three you’ll ever need but I’d hate to do content marketing without them.

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      Jakk Ogden November 26, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Doug!

      You didn’t come across that way at all! I understand how busy you likely are and I appreciate your helping me craft this article.

      Google Analytics was the top result from our experiment… however, before it began I had a hunch it would be close to the top. Without tracking and understanding visitor behaviour one can never truly fine-tune their marketing efforts to benefit the customer and, ultimately, their business.

      Thank you for your input!

      Jakk

  5. Anoriginaltecher November 26, 2013 Reply

    I rely heavily on Google services, so Analytics, Trends, Google Docs, Drive, and also on other cloud storage service like Box.com and Dropbox.

    I am surprised nobody said their smartphone, given it’s a device that connects a lot of these services together on the move.

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      Jakk Ogden November 26, 2013 Reply

      Google do offer a lot of invaluable services! Thank you for sharing :).

  6. Andrea Hall November 27, 2013 Reply

    This post is filled with some extremely good tool recommendations, thank you so much for putting it together. I think it’s incredible that you managed to get some of the most respected marketers in the content industry to contribute.

    If I only had to use 3 tools for the rest of my life, they would be Buzzstream, Quora and Paper.i. Sharing content falls under my job description and I love using these tools to curate other people’s work too.

    Andrea

  7. Andrea Hall November 27, 2013 Reply

    ALSO (sorry to hijack another space) I would like to recommend the WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin, which I use on a regular basis to manage my personal blog posts. It allows me to schedule them from my WordPress dashboard and it saves time versus using a Excel spreadsheet side by side.

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      Jakk Ogden November 27, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Andrea, it’s no problem!

      Social media is the best way to promote content. A lot is said about viral video, viral infographics and viral articles, but nothing would be going viral without the Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Digg, MySpace and Google+ of today. You do right by focusing on these platforms.

      I recommend Quora too – in truth, I don’t have the best visibility on the platform because I haven’t dedicated enough time to it, but I’ve had some interesting conversations on there and I’ve met some great people during my time with it. I used to work for an online marketing agency and Buzzstream was a platform we were fairly heavily invested in.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

      J

  8. Richard Marriott November 27, 2013 Reply

    Nice roundup Jakk! It’s fantastic to see so many people sharing the love for BuzzStream.

    If I could only choose 3 it’d definitely be BuzzStream, Twitter and Aweber.

    Keep up the good work mate and looking forward to your next roundup!

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      Jakk Ogden November 27, 2013 Reply

      Cheers Richard! Aweber is a great recommendation – there was a lack of email marketing tools suggested by contributors. I also like Mail Chimp.

  9. Jeremy Symons November 27, 2013 Reply

    I agree with all of these comments – this is a spectacular list of contributors, well done!

    I work as a non-executive marketing director. My job entails visiting agencies all over the world. These agencies have lots of teams of marketers who specialise in different areas, so I’ve picked up a lot of knowledge over the last 5 years during the rise in content marketing.

    If I could only use 3 content marketing tools for the rest of my life, I would choose Twitter, AddThis and Followgen < it always surprises me how many people have never heard of this excellent social tool – it is a targeting tool that allows a business to find a meaningful audience. I have seen it used by large and small teams and it really works.

    I choose Twitter because for me it's the best source of finding content to share, and I've had much success promoting my own content on it too, although admittedly some excellent articles do tend to get buried. AddThis is a great set of tools (it isn't just one) and you use it on this website with share icons. There are competitors to this like 'Flare', a WordPress plugin, but they look rubbish alongside the AddThis tools.

    Thank you for the great article and I look forward to your next!

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      Jakk Ogden November 27, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Jeremy!

      Followergen is a great recommendation, although, they did into a ‘spot of bother’ with Twitter recently and so they are developing a new tool.

      Twitter and AddThis are great recommendations for sharing. We use Twitter alot at Content Hero and we really love the network for its openness and the ease in which new content can be discovered.

      Jakk

      • Jeremy Symons November 28, 2013 Reply

        Uh-oh! I didn’t realise that, it has been a while…

        Regardless, I have found some excellent tools for your article so I thank you for that.

        I would be very interested in chatting to you more about content marketing too! I’ve added you on Skype :).

  10. James West November 28, 2013 Reply

    Screamingfrog, Vocus and Followerwonk are great recommendations. Vocus is something I have been looking at for a while!

    My top content marketing tools are a pen, paper, and a whiteboard. I find the best ideas come at a time when there’s no keyboard or touchpad around.

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      Jakk Ogden November 28, 2013 Reply

      Old school! I like it!

  11. Anna Williams December 4, 2013 Reply

    Hi Jakk – great round up, there’s lots of people I recognise here. Their advice is as valuable as the tools they have recommended!

    If I could only use 3 content marketing tools for the rest of my life, they would be Box.com, DivvyHQ and Readlist… I am surprised Readlist didn’t get more love to be honest because it’s an excellent way to bring together content curation.

    What are your thoughts on curation strategies for finance start ups? I read through your recent article on curation and whilst it’s a good read, it’s not specific… I suppose that’s the problem with mini guides / how-to’s… they’re a little generic. The reason I ask is because I’ve got a finance company that is launching a new software soon and I’d be delighted if you could offer me some advice (I’m no content marketer!).

    Thanks,

    A

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      Jakk Ogden December 13, 2013 Reply

      Thank you Anna! I’m glad that you have found it useful (and sorry for my late reply!) :).

      Finance is by tradition a very dry industry – think grey suits and libraries. As such, I would look to stand out with your curation by drawing up a list of incredible blogs that sometimes discuss finance topics, and from there, taking the best finance based articles on these every month and highlighting them. I recommended publishing these on your brands or clients blog, and then @ tweeting each author who wrote the article. We do this and it’s really effective.

      You may also look to highlight videos – a quick search on YouTube and Vimeo highlights some great personal finance and business finance tips from industry leaders.

      Happy to chat more about this!

      Jakk

  12. Cat Fyson December 30, 2013 Reply

    Some incredible sources here! I agree with Hannah about Followerwonk, I’m a huge advocate of the tool. I definitely have some exploring to do with some of the recommendations that I was unaware even existed so huge thanks!

    I’ve recently curated and shared some other useful (and completely free) content marketing tools if you fancy taking a look http://www.koozai.com/blog/search-marketing/free-tools-boost-content-marketing-planning-distribution/

    Thanks again.

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      Jakk Ogden December 30, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Cat! I’m glad that you enjoyed my article 🙂

      Jakk

  13. Jonathan Jones January 21, 2014 Reply

    This is a pretty good list. Glad to see that Screaming Frog is in there as a lot of people’s favourite tool. It’s also my favourite. However, there’s another new tool called ‘Simple SERP scraper’ by Target Local. I’ve only used it moderately, but plan it use it more in the week. Just from a quick use of the tool it seems to be pretty damn good for prospecting websites in the SERPs.

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      Jakk Ogden January 21, 2014 Reply

      Thank you for stopping by. I have dabbled with the tool you mention but I should probably put more effort into it… Screaming Frog is great!

  14. Karthik May 20, 2014 Reply

    I preferably use Google Analytics, feedly, evernote

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