‘Twas the Night Before the Content Marketing Crash Course

IMG_20141204_134926211Today feels like Christmas Eve. Though we don’t have stockings hung, Christmas trees lit or holiday music blasting from the radio in our office, exhilaration and anticipation are in the air here at Content Boost—and I can promise you a number of us will be awake all night long with unbridled excitement for tomorrow.

That’s because tomorrow, April 21st, we will hold our second iteration of our Content Marketing Crash Course, designed to present marketers with the opportunity to talk content marketing, complete with trade tips and tricks from seasoned professionals. We held our inaugural crash course last December, and the standing-room only attendance and riveting marketing discussions confirmed that we had to hold another event this year.

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Three Marketing Considerations to Think about This Weekend

shutterstock_205291750As marketers, there is perhaps no better part to our job than collaborating with our peers. It’s when creative minds come together that true marketing magic can happen. Here at Content Boost, for example, I am always eager to hear about the projects my team is working on with their clients—from brand new Web copy that will live on a client’s revamped site to email marketing campaigns designed to drive attendance to our client’s corporate event.

But perhaps most importantly, I am excited to see that the industry as a whole is thinking with an integrated marketing mind these days … and that’s a great thing.

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I’m Ready for Content Marketing … Where Do I Start?

pic812It’s amazing the difference a year can make. I vividly remember attending a number of 2014 trade shows and having conversations with attendees about content marketing. They would go something like this:

Attendee: What do you do?

Me: I head up TMC’s content marketing division, Content Boost.

Attendee: What is content marketing?

Me: A marketing tactic that involves leveraging content—think blogs, white papers, email marketing messages—to organically sell your products and services.

Attendee: Oh … that’s just advertising, right?

#FAIL.

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Content Marketing Seminar Returns in April, Will We See You There?

IMG_20141204_134926211It was right after I had led a series of content marketing seminars during TMC’s ITEXPO last August when a participant came up to me and said, “Do you offer content marketing training in your Connecticut office? I would love to come.” At that exact moment I realized how valuable it would be to host a Content Boost content marketing educational workshop.

Right when we returned from the show, our executive team discussed this inquiry and determined that this attendee could not be alone in wanting extra content marketing education. With that in mind, we set the date for our first-ever Content Marketing Crash Course, a one-day complimentary seminar that provides marketers with the opportunity to learn the latest about content marketing and pick our teams’ brains. Last year’s December event exceeded all expectations with standing-room only attendance, riveting one-on-one discussions and incredible attendee engagement. (My favorite part had to be walking around the room during the “breaks” and just listening in to the engaging, organic conversations taking place.)

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Want to be a Ghostwriting Expert? Heed the Following Three Tips

My coworker sent me a great cartoon today—she thought it could make for a good blog topic and she was right (thanks Rebecca!). Take a look:

CaptureNow as someone who ghostwrites for a number of executives in the C-suite, I love this cartoon. It speaks directly to the beauty—and pressure—of being a ghostwriter. On the one hand, you can give the busy, C-level executive platform chance to have his or her voice heard. You can take a journey into this individual’s brain, navigate through the sea of ideas, notions and opinions and extract a compelling, highly strategic piece that panes him or her in the best possible light.

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Calling All Marketers: It’s Time to Pay it Forward

shutterstock_242545840I remember the first time I heard the phrase “pay it forward.” I went to see that 2000 Haley Joel Osment film “Pay it Forward” and sat captivated as I watched seventh grader Trevor McKinney set out to change the world for the better. It got me thinking of the sheer magnitude of change we could leave behind if each of us paid it forward just once.

I was amazingly reminded of the concept last week on my drive to Rhode Island to visit a Content Boost client. About 20 minutes into the ride up north, I noticed I was out of wiper fluid. Now I am pretty responsible/adept when it comes to my car. But I must confess I have never filled up the washer fluid before.

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Super Bowl 2015: The Marketing Winners and Losers

I’ll be honest, I don’t care much for football. Sit me in front of a basketball or baseball game and I’m all in—but football… eh. However, as a marketer, I absolutely love the Super Bowl. After all, what’s not to love when your career centers upon branding strategy and marketing messages? It’s perhaps the one time of year that the best marketing campaigns stream across our television sets (and sometimes some utterly horrible ones). So here’s a look at the true winners and losers of this year’s game:

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Content Boost Invades Miami Today to Spread the Word About Content Marketing

IMG_20141204_113151137Can I just say I love having Wi-Fi on a flight? At some 10,000 feet in the air, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to talk to all of you about what’s on the Content Boost road map for this week. As you read this, I am en route to sunny Miami with several members of the Content Boost team to attend TMC’s biannual technology and communications convention, ITEXPO.

I know what you are thinking… how the heck did we get in the air from New York when 5,000 flights were grounded by 11 a.m.? Well it took an hour on the tarmac to de-ice the plane, a TON of anxiety-ridden conversations and a lot of patience and we were on our way. #ThankYouDelta.

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Content Boost Places in Top Quadrant in Clutch’s List of Top Content Marketing Vendors

2014 was a banner year for us at Content Boost. We grew our program considerably—introducing new content packages, signing on a number of big-name clients and becoming Better Business Bureau certified. We even got some extra icing on the cake when the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) awarded us an Honorable Mention for Best Blog Entry for the 2014 Content Marketing Awards for our blog titled, “Hey Coca-Cola, Will You Go With Me to Prom?

But if this past month is any indication of what’s to come, 2015 is going to be truly game-changing. I am incredibly excited and humbled to announce that Content Boost has been named a “market leader” in Clutch Research’s “Top Content Marketing Companies” report, the highest spot on the leader’s quadrant.

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ITEXPO Content Marketing Workshops Return to Miami

IMG_20141204_113151137It seems like just yesterday that it was August and our team was gearing up for our first-ever ITEXPO content marketing workshop. The goal was simple: we kick off the four-day business technology and communications convention, hosted by our parent company TMC, with a series of content marketing seminars.

So we racked our brains trying to discern what topics would be most relevant for attendees at the biannual trade show. We searched for the latest market research to weave into our three presentations, and we started marketing these workshops like crazy to drive attendance.

And it worked.

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