This 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 →
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 →