Four Critical Pieces of a Flawless Product Launch

Taking a new product to market is both an exhilarating and nerve-wracking experience. If the launch generates a buzz, the future is limitless. If it falls flat, months or even years of hard work go down the drain.

To be sure, the stakes for a launch are high, which is why businesses need a detailed strategy to execute during a product’s infancy. Here are five essential components of a flawless product launch that can help you take the market by storm:

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Content Boost Sweepstakes: Because Who Doesn’t Want Free Blogs and an Apple TV?

shutterstock_147643232We’ve all received this email: “Fill out our 10-minute survey for the chance to win an Amazon gift card [or insert other gift here].” And chances are you’ve probably deleted it. After all, who really has the time to fill out a survey these days? And 10 minutes? Yeah right.

So I have something better for you. I know you are in need of some sort of content marketing help. How do I know this? My good friends at Content Marketing Institute (CMI) contend that 93 percent of B2B and 90 percent of B2C marketers are leveraging content marketing even though only 42 percent of B2B and 34 percent of B2C marketers feel they are effective at it. The market research overwhelmingly confirms a central theme: marketers want in with content marketing but they are wholly unprepared to launch a successful strategy because they deal with time, resource and budgetary constraints.

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Do You Really Read eNewsletters?

While I am a content marketer, I am also a consumer of dozens of products and services. I craft email marketing messages for clients during the day and at night filter through emails sent from retailers and services at night. So, as a consumer, I have a very important question to ask: Do you really read eNewsletters?

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What Aerial Yoga Taught Me About Marketing

Aerial_YogaI’ve been practicing yoga for a few years now, but my recent discovery of aerial yoga has taken my love of Zen to a whole new, borderline obsessive, level. If you haven’t heard of aerial yoga, it’s essentially regular yoga but instead of downward dogging on your mat, you’re suspended, often upside down, on silks.

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Need Help With Your Next Product Launch? Introducing Product Boost, Our Newest Program

shutterstock_130537106Launching a new product or service is certainly the type of behemoth task likely to keep you up at night. Chances are you toss and turn, agonizing over the answers to questions such as: Do I know what it takes to launch a product effectively? Am I using the right vehicles? What if our latest offering fails? Unfortunately, your fears are warranted.

Did you know that 66 percent of new products fail within two years and that 96 percent of all innovations fail to return their cost of capital? Regrettably, if you dig deeper, you will most likely uncover more harrowing figures.

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Employee Spotlight: Five Minutes with Digital Content Editor, Eric Lebowitz

shutterstock_142997941Eric Lebowitz joined the Content Boost family as one of its very first Digital Content Editors, and quickly made an impression with his larger than life personality and commitment to hard work. Before joining the team, Eric worked at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut and “Golf Digest Magazine.” Known around the office as the unofficial (or official if you ask him) “Content Boost Mayor,” Eric brings to the table many years of experience in content creation and has helped dozens of clients boost their website traffic and customer acquisition. Continue reading →

20 Sure-Fire Signs You’re a Content Marketer

shutterstock_182447726This past weekend I was out to dinner with some friends when the topic of work came up. After explaining a typical day in the life of a content marketer, my non-marketing friend turned to me and said “Oh, so you write for a living?” Immediately two thoughts came to mind: I need to get smarter friends and I should blog about this exact moment.

Content marketers are a rare breed in that we’re a fourth journalist, two-thirds marketer, one-tenth planner, one-eighth creative thinkers… Did I get the math right? I didn’t say we were mathematicians. We possess the traits of a journalist in that we’re inherently curious and passionate about writing, but we’re also strategic thinkers and metrics-driven like marketers and planners. Continue reading →

Three Easy Ways to Repurpose Your Content

Repurposing content can be tricky. Do it right, and you can extend the shelf life of a great piece of content and reach a whole new audience. But do it wrong, and you could wind up sounding like a broken record.

shutterstock_181197839Recycling content is all about taking an existing piece of work—whether  it’s a case study, white paper, or blog post— and giving it new life. However, this is where marketers often get tripped up as repurposing content is an easy way to get on Google’s bad side and convince search engine “spiders” that you are engaging in black hat SEO when done wrong.

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Coca-Cola’s ‘Surge’ is Back From the Dead

Surge_Soda_CansNow, more than ever, your customers’ thoughts and desires are just a few clicks away. Whether they call your contact center, shoot you an email, or more likely, reach out to you on social media, it’s never been easier to know exactly what’s on the minds of your customers at any given time.

Most companies understand that, at the most granular level, they are in business to serve their customers. As such, it is important that they strive to deliver the precise products and services that they want. Continue reading →

Employee Spotlight: Five Minutes with Managing Content Producer, Allison Boccamazzo

shutterstock_142997941Organized, personable and diligent are three words that best describe Content Boost’s Managing Content Producer, Allison Boccamazzo. If you see a bunch of to-do lists on a desk you know Allison is not far.

As a former TMC Web Editor, Allison was welcomed into the CB family as one its very first Content Producers. Shortly after, she was promoted to Managing Content Producer in which she’s now responsible for managing CB’s team of (vivacious) editors. Continue reading →

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