Analyzing Content Marketing Success: Why Link Shorteners Matter
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NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  As consumers and audiences become more informed and create their own conversations around brands and products, content marketing has become an essential strategy for small businesses looking to engage. By providing interesting, informative content relevant to their target audience, small business marketers can actually help direct the conversation and experience that consumers are having about their brand. As with any marketing tool, creating repeat success lies in understanding and analyzing the results of your efforts; for example, if you are promoting a piece of content via a blog post, tweet or press release, actual click-throughs to the piece of content are just as important as views of the promotional piece. Link-tracking is an essential reporting feature savvy content marketers can build into their content marketing efforts to gauge audience interest and determine outcomes.

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In his latest article on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit, Jon Henshaw, Co-Founder of Raven Tools, offers a compelling argument for continued use of link shorteners in an age where nearly every social channel shortens links automatically.  Shortening your own links using a platform such as, Tiny URL or URL Builder allows you to create URLs that accurately describe your campaign, and allow you to keep track of the impact campaign variables such as topic, content type and campaign source have on the success of your marketing efforts.

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