Stefan Debois

10 Lesser-Known Content Marketing Tools

By: Stefan Debois | July 10, 2018 | 
0

10 Lesser-Known Content Marketing ToolsThere is definitely no shortage of tools in the content marketing space.

And the market is expected to grow at about 16 percent per year for the next few years.

The continual introduction of new tools and technologies accounts for a large portion of this growth.

With more tools entering the market, it becomes appealing to buy—or subscribe to—many of them.

But before buying, ask yourself the following question:

What is the most important investment when buying a tool?

Typically, it’s the effort you have to invest:

  • Figuring out a way to use the tool to achieve the intended benefits
  • Changing behavior to encourage using the tool in this way

So be sure to think about these things before you acquire a new tool.

How to Choose Content Marketing Tools

When selecting a tool, it is tempting to go for a mainstream product.

And by this manner of selection, you’ll end up with tools such as MailChimp, Buffer, HubSpot, and more.

Not that there’s anything wrong with these tools. But for every one of these popular products, there are many lesser-known tools worth a look.

Lesser-known tools usually have one or more of the following advantages over mainstream tools:

  • More focus: in many cases, they cover very specific needs which mainstream tools don’t
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Better customer support
  • Willingness to collaborate on specific requirements and find an appropriate solution

On the other hand, some of these tools can also be less reputable.

To check the reputation of a tool, take these steps before buying:

  • Check off-site reviews on sites such as Capterra or GetApp
  • Check domain authority and spam score via Link Explorer from Moz
  • Contact the support team: you’ll be able to judge responsiveness and quality of support

Now, here is a hand-picked list of 10 content marketing tools worth looking at.

Quuu

Quuu helps you share high-quality content from the categories you choose.

It offers hand-curated content suggestions you can schedule on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Why should you use it?

Curating content your audience is interested in is a great way to build a community on social media.

When doing this systematically on multiple platforms, however, it will become a time-consuming task.

With Quuu, you can subscribe to categories in your niche.

They’ll send blog posts, articles, podcast episodes, and videos (all reviewed) to the scheduler of choice. You can add these to your custom posting schedule alongside your content.

In the Quuu scheduler, there’s also an evergreen tool that allows you to run ongoing campaigns.

You can create posts to share however many times you like over a set period.

content marketing tools

Source

Now you might be wondering where our content suggestions come from…enter Quuu Promote!

In Quuu Promote, you submit content for review to be shared by real people and influencers in your niche (the Quuu users).

The Quu team checks each submission to make sure it adheres to their quality criteria.

Once your post is published in the relevant category, you can keep track of its shares and clicks in your Quuu Promote dashboard.

It’s a great way to drive traffic to your blog and increase your social engagement.

The price for basic Quuu starts at $15 per month, and Quuu Promote starts at $40 per month.

Lumen5

Lumen5 is an online video creation tool.

The goal is to allow anyone without technical knowledge or experience to easily create an engaging video.

Why should you use it?

There is no doubt that video is on the rise. And video is a content type that should be part of every content marketing strategy.

However, the need for sophisticated tools and technical skills can be a barrier to creating videos in a content marketing context.

With Lumen5, you automatically create a video based on an existing blog post.

The system is powered by artificial intelligence to help choose the right video clips to match your content.

content marketing tools

Source

In my experience, this is a great way to generate the first version of a video, but with a few tweaks to make it final.

The tool editor that allows you to do this is very intuitive and does not require any technical skills.

Prices start at $49 per month, but it’s free if you don’t want the Lumen5 branding removed.

PixelMe

PixelMe is a URL shortener allowing you to add a retargeting pixel to every link you share.

In this way, you can run remarketing campaigns targeting people who click a specific link.

Why should you use it?

Remarketing is one of the most effective paid acquisition strategies.

However, the challenge is that the success of remarketing is limited by audience size.

Traditionally, you’ll retarget people on your email list or those who have visited your website.

With PixelMe, you can broaden this audience and include people who click on the links you share on social media.

This is especially useful if you heavily curate content and have an engaged following on one or more social media platforms.

content marketing tools

Source

PixelMe works with all major ad platforms (AdWords, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and offers a nicely formatted dashboard to visualize your click analytics.

Prices start at $24 per month.

Missinglettr

Missinglettr is a social media automation tool for increasing blog traffic.

Unlike traditional scheduling tools such as Buffer, Missinglettr has an automated content resharing feature.

This saves you time and maximizes your return on content.

Why should you use it?

Typically, you invest a lot of effort in creating blog content which you subsequently promote through your social media channels.

This results in a one-time effect, while the nature of the content is often evergreen. But continually promoting your best content on social media requires a lot of effort.

With Missinglettr, you can reduce this effort drastically.

The tool automatically schedules social posts via a social campaign lasting up to 12 months.

They currently support Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Pinterest is coming soon.

content marketing tools

Source

Moreover, Missinglettr also includes traditional social automation features including content templates, manual scheduling, URL shorteners, and analytics.

Prices start at $15 per month.

Wordable

Wordable is a WordPress plugin that lets you transfer articles from Google Docs to WordPress easily.

Why should you use it?

As a content marketer, you need to focus on the things that really move the needle, such as content creation and content promotion.

Copy-pasting articles into WordPress is an activity which does not fall in this category.

Using Wordable saves you time, especially with:

  • Importing images and adding them to the article
  • Formatting titles, numbers, bullets, etc.

content marketing tools

Source

By clicking the export button, the tool automatically transfers the Google Doc article into WordPress, including formatting, images, and tables.

There is a free plan available.

Otherwise, paid plans start at $19 per month.

Bannersnack

Bannersnack is an online tool to create fully responsive banners which look great on all screen sizes, and on any device.

Why should you use it?

Bannersnack lets you design display ads in every shape or format.

It will save you time by using pre-designed templates for specific industries (travel, fashion, automotive, etc.).

The resulting banners are compatible with all major ad networks.

content marketing tools

Source

You can make your banner unique by adding your colors and branding, animations, interactive elements, and call-to-actions. You do this through an intuitive drag-and-drop editor.

An interesting feature is the Banner Generator, allowing you to generate a series of banners based on a combination of text, background, and other design elements. This saves a lot of time.

For example, when changing the banner text, you’ll do it once, and the text automatically updates on all banners.

A free plan is available. Paid plans start at $12 per month.

Survey Anyplace

(Disclosure: This tool was developed by the author’s company.)

Survey Anyplace is an online tool to create engaging surveys, quizzes, and assessments.

Why should you use it?

The use of interactive questionnaires is a great way to make existing content more engaging and increase conversions.

According to research, interactive content generates twice as many conversions as passive content.

content marketing tools

Source

The tool offers features which create a great, interactive experience:

  • The Question Skip feature directs participants to relevant follow-up questions
  • Text-only screens return information to participants and makes the experience more conversational
  • Embed code and add a questionnaire to your website
  • Custom final screen and scoring depending on the answers to the questions

An interesting and more recent feature is the possibility of automatically sending a personalized PDF report to participants.

There is a free plan available. And paid plans start at $29 per month.

SE Ranking

SE Ranking is an SEO tool that includes useful functions for content marketers, such as keyword suggestion, competitor research, and social media management.

Why should you use it?

Because content marketing and SEO go hand-in-hand, it makes sense to use a best-of-breed tool covering a wide range of both content marketing and SEO needs.

It’s necessary to give content marketers access to SEO functionalities and vice versa.

As an example, a content marketer who improves and republishes an old blog article needs to be able to follow-up the effect on the rankings of these improvements.

content marketing tools

Source

SE Ranking is ideal for small businesses looking for an all-in-one tool covering SEO, content, and social functionalities.

It’s also suitable for agencies, as it offers multiple websites, white label, and sub-accounts already in the $89 per month “Plus” plan.

Prices start at $7 per month.

Iconosquare

Iconosquare is an all-one-one Instagram and Facebook analytics platform, which gives insights into social metrics and schedules.

And it automatically posts content and allows you to manage your community from one place.

Begun in 2011, Iconosquare has 30,000+ customers worldwide, which probably makes it the least “lesser-known” tool in this list.

Why should you use it?

If your brand has an important community on Instagram or Facebook, Iconosquare will increase your return from these platforms and save time with these functionalities:

  • Planning your feed, including carousels and even stories
  • In-depth analytics: audience growth, reach, engagement
  • Tracking and moderating comments
  • Track competitor activity and benchmark it against your performance

content marketing tools

Source

Iconosquare also has a cool, free tool called Instant Instagram Audit, allowing checks on your Instagram account and receive personalized recommendations to improve it.

Prices start at $29 per month.

Mailshake

Mailshake allows you to send personalized cold emails directly from your personal (Google account based) email.

You upload a spreadsheet with the recipient’s name, contact info, and any other personalization fields you want to include (blog name, LinkedIn reference, etc.), and you’re good to go.

Why should you use it?

Cold email outreach was and still is, a tactic to get new sales leads. But, it is also increasingly used by content marketers to:

  • Promote content to bloggers and journalists
  • Look for collaboration opportunities with other marketers
  • Pitch guest blogs

You can set automatic follow-ups if recipients don’t reply, track when they open or click, and manage responses from the app.

This saves a ton of time compared with doing it manually in your inbox.

content marketing tools

Source

And on top of that, they have a great blog with plenty of outreach tips and tricks worth checking out.

Prices start at $19 per month.

Other Lesser-Known Content Marketing Tools?

And there you have it.

A list of top 10 ‘lesser-known’ content marketing tools to help make your content better and your life easier.

Do you use any lesser-known content marketing tools you can recommend?

If so, please share in the comments below.

Photo by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash

About Stefan Debois


Stefan Debois is the founder and CEO of Survey Anyplace, an online software tool to create engaging surveys, quizzes, and assessments. Besides kitesurfing, Stefan is passionate about the potential of technology to have meaningful online interactions with people - at scale.

Buffer15
Tweet
Share15
+1
Share
30 Shares