Author Archive: Brooke Neuman, Content Producer

eTechHelp Talks Technology at Content Boost’s Content Marketing Crash Course

shutterstock_237634126Investing in technology for your small business can be overwhelming—and that’s an understatement. From computers to phone systems to Internet applications, it can be difficult to determine what technologies best fit your company’s needs and budget.

Luckily, there’s eTechHelp, a global technology consulting and Internet services company that provides a wide range of technology services for business of all sizes. Continue reading →

3 Ways to Keep Your Content Marketing Strategy on Track During the Holidays

shutterstock_233551051The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year—unless you’re a content marketer. For most, the month of December is spent shopping for gifts, attending holiday parties and hitting the slopes. But for content marketers, the holiday season is spent wrapping up end of year projects, drafting content and launching last-minute campaigns—all while short staffed.

Let’s face it: managing your content marketing strategy is stressful enough without having to deal with all of the distractions the holiday season brings. To avoid feeling overwhelmed and ensure your strategy continues to run smoothly, here are some helpful tips to consider: Continue reading →

Are You New to Content Marketing? Stop By Our Content Marketing Crash Course, Dec. 4th

shutterstock_231918973Chances are you’ve heard or read about the term “content marketing.” After all, almost every major news publication from Forbes to The Huffington Post has written about it and companies are increasingly investing in it. According to research from the Content Marketing Institute, 46 percent of businesses plan to increase their spend on content marketing, while 32 percent have already made a commitment to keep their budgets the same.

But what exactly is content marketing and how does it work? Continue reading →

Three Reasons Why Your Content Isn’t Going Viral

shutterstock_225896623You’ve just spent weeks creating the best piece of content that’s ever been written. The headline is insanely witty, the graphics are great, the content is rich and you’re 100 percent sure that it’s going to go viral.

But it doesn’t…sigh.

Unfortunately, we all know how this feels—it stinks (to put it nicely). You put your blood, sweat and tears into creating an awesome piece of content only to have it fall flat. So, what gives? Well, it may be due to the fact that your content is lacking the following three things: Continue reading →

How Not to Fail at Content Marketing: Advice Backed by Research

shutterstock_187281707There’s no shortage of advice on the Web. Heck, you can Google just about anything from how to dress your cat to how to raise a chicken farm. At times, however, it can be hard to sift through all the noise to find real, applicable advice— especially when it comes to content marketing.

Let’s do a quick exercise. Open up a browser and navigate to your preferred search engine, then type in the phrase “how to be successful at content marketing.” How many search results did you get? Chances are you got around 6,240,000 results—or 6,240,000 different opinions. Continue reading →

Employee Spotlight: Five Minutes With Quality Control Editor, Peg Ventricelli

shutterstock_142997941No one knows his or her way around an AP Style Book like Content Boost’s Quality Control Editor Peg Ventricelli. Passive voice, dangling modifiers, split infinitives … you name it, Peg can spot it. As the last set of eyes on content produced by CB’s team of editors, Peg ensures that every “t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted. Continue reading →

9 Content Marketing ‘Hacks’ that Will Simplify Your Life

shutterstock_192400145Let’s face it; most marketers have a love/hate relationship with content (unless you’re like me). It’s the fuel that drives your marketing strategy, but it’s also the monster under your bed that keeps you up at night. I get it; writing mind-blowing headlines, creating editorial calendars, and editing 10-page whitepapers are enough to make your head spin.

But don’t give up on content just yet. Rekindle your relationship and uncomplicate your life with my nine content marketing hacks (because who really has time to read 10?): Continue reading →

B2B Marketers: Stop Being So Boring

shutterstock_151959050Let’s face it; B2B marketers get a bad rap for being boring. I can say that because I am one. Like most B2B marketers, I’m not producing ads for the Super Bowl or booking Gisele Bundchen for our next marketing campaign. Rather, I’m writing whitepapers for the C-suite, creating blogs for other marketing professionals and drafting lead-nurturing campaigns. But just because I’m a B2B marketer doesn’t mean I’m boring—and you don’t have to be either. 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 →

20 Most Unforgettable Quotes from CMWorld 2014

shutterstock_140911936This past week, over 2,500 marketing and business leaders from over 50 countries descended into Cleveland for Content Marketing World 2014 for four days of information-laden educational sessions, keynotes and workshops, highlighting everything from content creation to social media to data-driven ROI.

I was lucky enough to sit in on some incredible sessions lead by today’s top influences, including Joe Pulizzi, Andrew Davis,  Jay Baer,  and Ann Hadley to name a few (Yes, I sadly had to leave to before Kevin Spacey’s closing keynote to catch my plane, but don’t worry, I stalked Twitter for his key sentiments!). Having listened to dozens of experts over the years, I’ve heard some pretty inspirational quotes and received some outstanding advice, but there’s something about CMWorld 2014 that reignited my “marketing fire.”

So I thought I would share with you 20 of the most unforgettable quotes from this year’s show in hopes of inspiring you: Continue reading →

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