In a bit of an “Ah-Ha!” moment recently, it struck me that one of the most common content obstacles I see marketers wrestling with is fear. Not fear of heights or spiders, but rather of disseminating content that steps on toes or frames a discussion in a different—perhaps even controversial—way.
Are your current content marketing efforts falling short? Are you close to giving up? Content marketing is a challenge for many businesses large and small. After all, producing enough content to feed the proverbial marketing beast is difficult.
The biggest reason why marketers fail at content marketing, however, is not because they can’t keep up with content. Rather, the challenge is creating content that’s actually engaging. In other words, marketers write like marketers: copy that’s grossly promotional, stale and, frankly, uninteresting. Continue reading →
On the nights when I don’t have plans with friends, I find myself searching for new food recipes online to make for my family. I’m no Top Chef, but I know my way around the kitchen. While reading my favorite food blog “Not Without Salt,” I got thinking: marketers can learn a lot from food blogs. Not only are they instructional, informative and easy to read, but they’re entertaining and engaging— all things that we as marketers should keep in mind while blogging.
In terms of content on his website, there’s not much there. But you should try to take a look at the content that does live there that gets updated every few months which can be found in the news section (which, as someone who is signed up for his mailing list, I believe doubles as his mailing list updates as well). Continue reading →
Musician-parodist Weird Al Yankovic is back, and this time he’s telling everybody to shut up—that is, unless you know how to conjugate.
From the man who brought us hit parodies including “Eat It” and “White & Nerdy” comes a new song titled “Word Crimes” which takes aim at the world’s grammar issues. From possessives to contractions to the Oxford comma, Yankovic brings every grammar rule to the table in an almost four-minute video. And between differentiating irony and coincidence to defining what is figurative and literal, he also touches upon blogging and content creation.