This is a Fake Blog Post

You may have heard the buzz that Facebook is testing a new tag for content deemed ‘satirical.’ This tag is being tested on the related articles unit in users’ News Feeds (when you click on one story and three other recommended articles pop-up below it.) This is largely due to complaints from users who are confused by headlines posted by content creators like the Onion, who are known for their satirical news articles. Continue reading →

Three Marketing Lessons I Learned From My Favorite Designer

shutterstock_132961508Anyone who knows me knows that I have a shopping addiction. Not an OMG-I’m-$100,000-in-debt kind of addiction, but a “healthy” one in that my closet is frightfully full of clothes (most with the tags still on). While I have a long list of designers that I love—Marc Jacobs, J.Crew, Vince … the list goes on—my favorite has to be Rachel Zoe. Continue reading →

ITEXPO Las Vegas 2014 Wrap-Up

itexpo-logo-2014What a productive and inspiring week our Content Boost team just experienced at TMC’s ITEXPO 2014 in Las Vegas—the largest and longest-running B2B trade show, and your source for business technology innovation and trends. We were thrilled to be there and experience the scope of event offerings—from networking with leaders from multiple industries to gleaning the knowledge shared by executives from AARP, American Cancer Society, AT&T, iRobot, Schmooze and others. We hope you were there with us last week to gather insights into the information and communication technology market, attend educational workshops and hear all of the exciting keynote speakers. Continue reading →

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” and What It Means for Marketers

By now, assuming that you’re on the Internet and have access to at least one social media account, you’ve heard of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and likely seen at least one of your friends or acquaintances—if not 100—doing it. If not your friends, maybe you’ve at least seen a celebrity doing it.

So what is the Ice Bucket Challenge? And more importantly, why should you as a marketer care?

The Ice Bucket Challenge was started by a 29-year-old Boston College alum who was recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and sought to raise both money and awareness for the ailment. For the challenge, participants pour a bucket of ice water on their heads, subsequently calling out other friends to participate via social media as well. Those who are called out must pour a bucket of ice over their heads or donate to the cause.

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A Look Back at My First ITEXPO

My first instinct was to call this post, “Everything I learned at My First ITEXPO,” but I quickly realized that touching on all the information I took in during our trip to Las Vegas would likely require 10,000 words. (Quick reminder, Content Boost’s parent company TMC sponsors ITEXPO, a biannual trade show in Miami and Vegas each year.)

So rather than try to recap four whirlwind days, I figured I’d instead touch on some of the highlights. To help me better organize my thoughts—I’m still catching up on sleep—I broke my ITEXPO education into categories:

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Content Marketing’s Top 10 Commandments

pic812Content marketing is catching more and more attention from businesses that are looking for ways to bolster consumer engagement and improve sales. Despite the increasing buzz, however, confusion still abounds. How many times do I have to blog a day? Do I need a strategy before I get started? What’s the difference between content marketing and social media marketing?

If you’re wondering these same questions or if you’re simply just new to the content marketing game, take a look at our top 10 content marketing commandments to help guide you through your journey: Continue reading →

6 Helpful Tips for Making Social Media Marketing a Success

social mediaWe all know businesses use a variety of social media platforms—such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram— to engage with consumers. Some experience astounding results, while others not so much. Social media can be a huge asset to branding, but it’s easy to make mistakes if you don’t know what you’re doing. Follow the tips below to successfully steer your company’s social campaigns: Continue reading →

Content Marketing Workshops Kick Off Today: Will We See You There?

shutterstock_161159720Today officially kicks off the first day of ITEXPO 2014, and the excitement and energy are palpable. Attendees are flooding registration to collect their badges; the TMC team is running around feverishly to make sure opening day sessions—including the Smart Voice Conference and M2M Evolution—go off without a hitch; and Editor’s Day is in full swing as the Content Boost and TMCnet editors meet with various companies to hear their unique company stories.

If you’re already in Vegas and looking to take advantage of each and every minute, I hope you will join me as I lead our Content Boost-sponsored content marketing workshops, taking place today from 2:30-5 pm PT. Here’s a look at the lineup for today’s sessions:

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Starting the Blogging Process: Confessions from a Newbie

shutterstock_101214826I was recently asked to be a regular contributor for the Content Boost blog and I must admit I had mixed thoughts on the undertaking. I was concerned about my work schedule, project load, and my ability to come up with creative and interesting topics to write about. However, I also felt honored and a natural inclination of responsibility to step-up to the challenge.

After these initial thoughts about the undertaking, I thought, what am I going to write about? Personal interests, professional interests, thought leadership; there are a ton of options, so the next question I asked myself was what felt most natural to me and my perspective.

Luckily, we are in the business of content marketing and anything related to writing, perspectives, the Internet, basically everything, can be drawn back to the core mission of our blog. This seems like a manageable undertaking considering I’m often writing and am full of opinions and perspectives.

I know that I will learn as I go along and may have both successes and failures in this venture, but isn’t that what writings is about?

 My advice to other newbies looking to blog:

  • Write what feels right to you and your company – if it’s not right, it’s not right
  • Tell it like it is – this is how you develop an audience
  • Have someone do a review of your article – just in case!
  • Don’t be afraid of failure and put something down – how else are you going to blog?

Good luck writing and see you soon!

Is Your Brand Overdue for a Social Media Audit?

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine of managing your social media accounts: overseeing campaigns, responding to customer questions, posting content…the list goes on. But as with anything, it’s necessary every so often to take a step back and get a 360-degree view of your efforts at large.

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