Author Archive: Brooke Neuman, Content Producer

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 →

Cleveland Here We Come! Content Boost Heads to Content Marketing World 2014

CaptureThis week, marketing professionals, business leaders and content creators from around the country will make their way to Cleveland for Content Marketing World (CMWorld) 2014. Taking place September 8-11, CMWorld is the biggest content marketing event of the tradeshow season—and for the second year in a row Content Boost will be on-site to take part in the festivities. Continue reading →

Three Ways to Take Your Blogging Strategy From Lifeless to Lively

shutterstock_94805161Is your blog traffic low? Are you struggling to catch the attention of readers? Blogging is an essential piece of the content marketing puzzle. However, it’s one of the most challenging aspects. Let’s face it; developing fresh, engaging content on a consistent basis can be enough to make your head spin. Nevertheless, it’s important to the success of your content marketing strategy.

So if you’re blogging strategy is stuck in a rut, don’t worry: we’re here to help. Below are three ways you can take your current strategy from lifeless to lively: Continue reading →

Three Marketing Lessons I Learned From My Favorite Designer

shutterstock_132961508Anyone who knows me knows that I have a shopping addiction. Not an OMG-I’m-$100,000-in-debt kind of addiction, but a “healthy” one in that my closet is frightfully full of clothes (most with the tags still on). While I have a long list of designers that I love—Marc Jacobs, J.Crew, Vince … the list goes on—my favorite has to be Rachel Zoe. Continue reading →

Content Marketing’s Top 10 Commandments

pic812Content marketing is catching more and more attention from businesses that are looking for ways to bolster consumer engagement and improve sales. Despite the increasing buzz, however, confusion still abounds. How many times do I have to blog a day? Do I need a strategy before I get started? What’s the difference between content marketing and social media marketing?

If you’re wondering these same questions or if you’re simply just new to the content marketing game, take a look at our top 10 content marketing commandments to help guide you through your journey: Continue reading →

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 190 other followers