Why Giving Back Pays Off: Target’s New Marketing Campaign to Benefit Students

Let’s just say it’s been a tough year for Target.

The retail juggernaut has been no stranger to bad press following its massive credit card breach. But there’s nothing like a good comeback. The company is launching a feel-good marketing campaign to kick off the school year and, of course, increase awareness for its Up & Up brand. Continue reading “Why Giving Back Pays Off: Target’s New Marketing Campaign to Benefit Students”

Content Marketing Tips From Weird Al’s Grammatically Correct Comeback

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.

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How to Become a Thought Leader in Three Easy Steps

shutterstock_122602369So you want to be the cream of the crop? The head honcho? The most respected thought leader in your industry? Well, join the club. Being crowned a “thought leader” is one of the biggest compliments in the business world.  While it might not get you special treatment at a swanky restaurant, it does garner more exposure for your business, which translates into dollars—lots of them. However, being dubbed a thought leader is one the hardest things to achieve. Continue reading “How to Become a Thought Leader in Three Easy Steps”

Treat Your Blog as You Would Treat Your Spouse: Be Patient, Loving and Adventurous

shutterstock_179239919I guess I am still in the newlywed phase, as the romance Gods would call it: I am a bit shy of my one-year wedding anniversary with my hubby; we still gleefully cook dinner every night instead of reverting to takeout; we enjoy touching base all day long, even if it’s just to say “thinking of you”; and we genuinely enjoy being in each other’s company. We put our relationship first. We understand that a healthy, sustainable relationship takes work, patience, love and communication and that it’s something you have to actively work on each and every day.

So what does my newlywed bliss have to do with your marketing strategy, you may be asking? Well lots, if you think about it. Whether you just launched your blog platform yesterday, two years ago, or five years ago, my wish for you is that you are still in your newlywed period. I hope that you are not busy cursing your blogging platform and all that comes with it—editorial calendars, tagging, posting, categorizing, etc.—to the high heavens.

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For LeBron James, Four Years Made All the Difference

In 2010, NBA superstar LeBron James, having just completed his first professional contract, announced during a surreal television special that he would be leaving his “hometown” Cleveland Cavaliers (James actually hails from Akron, Ohio) and playing for the Miami Heat. “The Decision,” a 75-minute interview with Jim Gray in which LeBron waited nearly 30 minutes before actually declaring his intention, aired on ESPN and was a ratings boon for the network.

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Dawn of the Planet of Content Marketing

This weekend, moviegoers across the U.S. will flock to theaters to witness one of the biggest box office events of the summer, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” There is a lot to be excited about in this movie, like Andy Serkis (“Star Wars: Episode VII,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”) joining the ranks of previous “Apes” stars like Charlton Heston and Troy McClure. And, of course, there will be enough gun-wielding apes cruising around on horses to keep you glued to your seat for hours.

shutterstock_150489464But here at Content Boost, we’re excited about this movie for the valuable content marketing lessons we can extract from it:

Brand survival: It’s a tough world for humans in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” as they struggle to survive 10 years after the ALZ-113 virus caused the collapse of civilization. And as a marketer, you could be feeling that same struggle online as you try to compete with other companies for the attention of consumers. Building a robust blog and regularly posting content to social media will help spread brand awareness and create readership that translates directly into sales. Continue reading “Dawn of the Planet of Content Marketing”

So You Want to Blog… Where Do You Start?

shutterstock_171929309By now, your boss is all over you to craft your company’s blog. After all, 76 percent of B2B and 72 percent of B2C marketers leverage blogs as a chief content marketing vehicle, according to the Content Marketing Institute’s 2014 benchmark studies. And here’s why:

  • Blogging is now the number one method for increasing site traffic, surpassing SEO
  • Companies that blog at least 15 times per month get five times more traffic than companies that don’t
  • 77 percent of all Internet users read blogs

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There Are 27 Million Pieces of Content Shared Every Day

There are 27 million pieces of content shared every day on social media networks.16436499_WEB_BF_Lancaster39ad15e6-a84f-4ebd-9199-5a22bbc68860

That number comes from a three-year-old study commissioned by Nielsen, so we can somewhat reasonably conclude that the number is actually a little higher today than it was back then.

Either way, that’s a lot of material. So how can you make sure that your content is worthy enough not to drown in a sea of content? Here are some tips to consider:

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Three Reasons Your Product Launch is Failing

shutterstock_171227993You don’t even need to consult the market research to know that launching a new product is cumbersome, complex and costly. Often a look around at the faces sitting at your boardroom table, or a quick scan of internal team emails reveal the frustration, anxiety and sheer chaos surrounding a new unveil.

But let’s just say you did want to consult the stats. Just how harrowing are they? Well let’s take a look:

  • 66 percent of new products fail within two years
  • 96 percent of all innovations fail to return their cost of capital

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Content Boost’s ‘Journey to 300 New Subscribers in 60 Days’

first-placeFor marketers, the summer is anything but relaxing. With the bustling tradeshow season well underway and 20 other projects on your plate, your blog might be feeling a little neglected. Luck for you, Content Boost has the solution to your problem. We are excited to announce our latest contest “Journey to 300 New Subscribers in 60 Days.” We are giving everyone a chance to win THREE free blogs written by our expert in-house editors—yes free! Continue reading “Content Boost’s ‘Journey to 300 New Subscribers in 60 Days’”