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Updated by Kari Rippetoe on Oct 26, 2015
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Content Marketing Tools to Use in 2013

These are tools to help you at every stage of content marketing - ideas, curation, planning, research, creation and distribution.

Scripted

Scripted is a premium writing platform that connects thousands of businesses with US writers. Order content such as blog posts, white papers, social media posts, and website copy.

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TrendSpottr

TrendSpottr helps users discover the most timely and relevant information about any topic from across the real-time Web.

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RSS Feeds Hootsuite Plugin

RSS Feeds Hootsuite Plugin

If you use Hootsuite, this plugin is great for keeping track of your RSS feeds all in one place.

Bottlenose

The next-evolution of social media listening and analytics for marketers.

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Quora

Quora

Quora is a great place to find what people in your niche or industry have questions about - a goldmine of great ideas for content.

LinkedIn Answers

Like Quora, LinkedIn Answers is another excellent source of ideas for content.

Google+ Communities

Join some relevant Google+ Communities to get some content ideas from the discussions taking place.

Evernote

I use Evernote to quickly jot down and keep track of any content ideas I have. I can add it through the Evernote website, and it syncs to Evernote on my phone and tablet.

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Listly

Listly

List posts are great for traffic and SEO. Listly helps you curate items into lists you can then embed into a blog post. Plus, others can vote on your list items or add their own items to the list.

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Storify

Storify

I love this tool. Using Storify, you can curate all different types of content about a specific topic, like blog posts, tweets, videos and images, into one board. It's especially useful for events like conferences.

Pinterest

By now I'm sure you're already quite familiar with Pinterest (and are as addicted to it as I am). But have you thought about using it to curate ideas for your content? Perhaps you see an infographic you like and want to emulate, or new ways to present your content visually. Pinterest is the ultimate visual content curation tool!

Editorial Content Calendar

This is probably the most important tool you need for content marketing - an editorial calendar. This post on Content Marketing Institute walks you through how to create an editorial calendar for your content marketing efforts, and even includes a handy template you can use.

bubbl.us

This is a very easy-to-use tool for brainstorming and creating mindmaps.

Google Drive

Formerly Google Docs, Google Drive is a great place to keep your editorial calendars for easy sharing and collaboration during the content planning process.

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Trello

Trello

Organization is key when it comes to producing content. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards, and can help you organize your content projects from start to finish.

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Podio

Podio

Podio is a project management tool, and can help you keep your content projects in check much the same way as Trello - with the added bonus of nifty Apps you can add it and use for different functions (like collaboration and research).

Google Consumer Barometer

Google's Consumer Barometer provides insights into how consumers search and research product purchases - which is useful insight when it comes to creating content that targets those consumers.

Google Analytics

If you use Google Analytics, you have a goldmine of data available to you to inform your content marketing efforts. The keywords people are using to get to your website, for example, tell you what topics people are interested in and searching for.

Google AdWords Keyword Tool

Keyword research is a must for content planning and creation so your content can be optimized for the right keywords. Google's AdWords Keyword Tool is one of the best (free) tools out there for determining which keywords to use, and also doing some competitive keyword analysis.

BuzzStream

BuzzStream is a platform that can be used for SEO link building and public relations. Using BuzzStream, you can look up keywords to find content about those topics and the influencers writing that content. This will not only help you with research, but also with generating additional content ideas.

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Prezi

Prezi

Prezi has become very popular as a way to visually enhance your presentations and make them more dynamic. While it can take some planning and creativity to create a truly effective Prezi presentation, this could be a great tool for re-purposing existing presentations into something more interesting.

Visual.ly

If you don't have the resources in-house to create mind-blowing infographics and visual data, Visual.ly has a creation tool so you can create your own. Or, you can hire a designer through their Marketplace to create something a bit snazzier.

Piktochart

This is another tool for creating your own infographics. They offer a free tool with a few basic themes to choose from, as well as Pro packages for more choice and customization.

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Pixlr

Pixlr

Pixlr is a free online photo editor, and comes in handy if you don't have Photoshop at your disposal. I use it for creating simple visual content like photo memes and visual equations.