Monthly Archives: December, 2013

My Three Favorite Social Content Marketing Campaigns of 2013

I don’t know about you but for me, 2013 was a prominent year for content marketing. In the past—say, five years ago—things were so much different. Just take a look at the Content Marketing Institute’s list of 2009 content marketing predictions, where industry pundits were calling social media a “new frontier” for marketing.

It’s amazing to think just how far companies have come with the use of social media for content marketing purposes. Just yesterday, industry figures were applauding companies that paved the way by making corporate Twitter accounts. Today, a company is expected to have a maximum 60-minute response time on social media and can lose credibility with just a single spelling error in a post.

The reins are being tightened and companies have been forced to jump through more hoops than they care to admit this year. This pressure suffocated some brands and enabled others to rise to the top. Here are three social media content marketing campaigns that I think absolutely killed it in 2013. (Take note: these guys took the social marketing bar and raised it a few notches).

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How Content Marketing Can Create Buzz for Your App

Like most people, I am in love with my smartphone. When the battery dies, I feel betrayed. When I notice a new podcast has been downloaded, my heart swoons once again. And like most smartphone owners, I have a number of apps that I depend on each day. It is interesting, though, to consider exactly how and why each app has been downloaded.

Consider how app use is on the rise. In December 2012, Portio Research estimated that 1.2 billion people worldwide were using mobile apps. That figure is projected to grow at a CAGR of almost 30 percent to eventually reach 4.4 billion mobile app users by the end of 2017.

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What Exactly is Good Content Marketing?

As a business manager, you have probably come across the same content marketing tips repeatedly. While some of these slivers of advice are helpful, others are so vague that they are a waste of everybody’s time. One tip that tends to pop up fairly often is to make sure to produce quality content. The phrasing may change slightly from article to article, but the message is generally the same. CM_Underline

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Making Money in the Mobile App Market

4163909778_a07dd8e269_oMore than half of all adults in America own a smartphone these days, and more than one-third of them own a tablet. With these numbers in mind, it makes sense that the mobile app market is exploding. Depending on who you ask, experts predict that when all is said and done, there will be 56 to 82 billion downloads of apps in 2013. And that number could swell past 300 billion by 2016. Continue reading →

Three Holiday Content Marketing Campaigns That Gave a Rosy Glow This Year

It is official: the holidays are over. I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I ate way too much of my sister’s homemade chocolate cheesecake and that I’m actually back at work today. But this is a good thing (well, at least the latter is). The reason being that although I was away for the majority of the week spending time with family, I was also feeding my workaholic side by checking e-mails on the daily—and spotting some great examples of holiday content marketing in the process.

As a consumer, content marketing makes me feel great. Whether it’s a daily newsletter, a blog, a special video or a simple e-mail, personal messages really do make me feel like brands know me by name and actually appreciate the money I spend with them.

Every single company should have had a holiday content marketing plan this season. Here are some great examples that I received from some of my favorite brands this week. For all of you out there with content marketing New Year’s resolutions, these are some invaluable tips for getting it right on the first try.

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Don’t Lose Out on Post-Christmas Sales: Optimize for Mobile

It’s Christmas night. Your family has passed out from all of the excitement, your gifts have all been unwrapped and there is nothing left to do but sit down with the remaining cookies and watch Ralphie shoot his eye out in “A Christmas Story” for the 10 millionth time.

Boxing_Day_at_the_Toronto_Eaton_CentreHere is a better plan: put down the plate of cookies, turn off the television and think about whether your business is prepared to handle the legions of shoppers that will be looking for holiday sales in just a few hours. Next to Black Friday, the day after Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year for shoppers. In order to find the best sales, consumers will be performing searches via mobile devices as they browse at home on the sofa or out around town.

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas And All Through the Marketing Department…

shutterstock_114877261I can’t help but have a big smile on my face today. That is because no matter how old I get—or how many years it’s been since I actually asked Santa for a gift—this time of year is truly magical. From the whimsical window displays lining Fifth Avenue to the holiday-adorned cups at Starbucks to the flooding of Christmas carols on the radio, the weeks immediately following Thanksgiving right until New Year’s Day unquestionably bring out the inner five-year-old in all of us.

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A Reminder of 2013’s Worst Marketing Blunders

oooopps2While 2013 brought with it a slew of genius marketing campaigns—including Jean Claude Van Damme’s epic collaboration with Volvo—it was also witness to some of the biggest “oops” marketing moments. In case you were living under a rock this year, here’s a recap of the top marketing disasters of 2013. Continue reading →

A Superhero in the Real World

In addition to the wonderful food and immense cheer, this year’s office holiday party included a welcome surprise gift. Everyone here at Content Boost, and our parent company TMC, received a Chromecast, the new Google platform that allows users to enjoy online content on a television screen.

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As soon as I opened the gift I realized I was quite familiar with the product through its television and YouTube commercials. Most commercials barely register with me, as I am typically either fast-forwarding through them on my DVR or half-listening from the kitchen as I microwave something to eat. The Chromecast commercial, however, stuck with me to the point that I recognized the device and remembered its function as soon as I saw the box.  Why you ask? Batman, of course.

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What Ron Burgundy Can Teach Us about Becoming a Thought Leader

will-ferrell-coverIn the lead up to the release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, actor Will Ferrell (appearing in-character as fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy) has gone on a marketing bonanza. In addition to showing up in nationwide commercials for Dodge trucks, Ferrell has appeared on a local news broadcasts out of North Dakota, a curling event in Canada and was even in-studio for a radio show in my hometown of Milford, CT.

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