Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a birthday party for an old college roommate I hadn’t seen in years. He was a graduate of our university’s business school and launched a small, but successful business of his own last year. Because of his background, it didn’t surprise me to find that a number of guests in attendance had also ventured into entrepreneurship as well.
As a content marketer with limited social skills, I seized upon the opportunity to ask a number of these small business owners about their experience with content—and I must admit that I was shocked by my findings.
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Maybe I’m getting old or have been in the content marketing business too long, but are we really still arguing whether more or less content is the issue—vs. the value of the content itself?
Content marketers: Your goal is to write—or have your in-house staff or outsourced content producers write—succinct content until you’ve made your point/concluded your argument with reasonable premises and so forth. This is the well-established standard for good writing. Even Shakespeare told us that “brevity is the soul of wit.”
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As an executive, you are rarely in one place for more than a few days at a time. You are constantly bouncing around the world visiting clients and partners, marketing your products and speaking at industry events.
In short, your schedule is maxed out. So while you want to contribute to your blog, you just don’t have the time. There are too many other competing projects to focus on.
Consider this, though: On a daily basis, you… Continue reading “No Time To Blog? No Problem”
By the early 1760’s the relationship between the 13 original American colonies and Great Britain had been severely strained. The monarchy had for years been incrementally increasing taxes and tariffs on the colonies, without providing citizens a voice in Parliament. Citizens were being forced to house and quarter British soldiers and several violent episodes had brought the tension to a tipping point. By 1775, many of the leading colonialists—our founding fathers—were calling for a revolution to claim independence from Britain.
Continue reading “Did Content Marketing Start the American Revolution?”
Your marketing department is likely full of knowledgeable, eager and creative individuals. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be good writers too. If you’ve been relying on your in-house marketers to drive production for your content marketing strategy, there is a possibility that their efforts may be counterproductive. While the implementation of a content marketing strategy can be highly effective in driving business growth, the wrong writer can send your audience the wrong message and ultimately do more harm than good.
Continue reading “The Five Types of Writers You Don’t Want Producing Your Content”
You have a problem: Your blog needs content—and lots of it.
You’re not feeling up to the challenge, though. You hate writing—detest it, even. The blank page frightens you. And the thought of having to generate ideas—week in and week out—is maddening.
How much do you hate writing? Here are eight things you would rather do than spend any time producing content for your blog: Continue reading “Eight Things You Would Rather Do Instead of Blogging”
Dear Content Doctor: I think there’s a bug going around my organization’s marketing department. After developing a content strategy and hitting the ground running, we’re now generating leads at a sluggish pace. We try our best to come up with fresh content but at this point it seems like we’re regurgitating the same old things. Our user engagement on social media, site traffic and SEO rankings are reaching all-time lows.
It’s not like our entire staff is on bed rest, but trying to find the time to figure out what ails our content between all our other priorities has me feeling sick!
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This week, I spoke with someone who was curious about the level of commitment that it takes to work with Content Boost. This person travels often, and doesn’t have a great deal of time to devote to the program—or, for that matter, his blog. Still, he needs help with content production.
I told him that every client uses Content Boost a bit differently. Some prefer a hands-on approach, while others step back and leave content production up to us. Ultimately, you can be as involved in the program as you want to be. Our job is to identify your needs, and work to make your life easier.
Here are three different ways that you can use Content Boost: Continue reading “Three Different Ways to Use Content Boost”
Recently I was browsing through my Facebook News Feed, when I saw a lame commercial advertisement for a leading insurance company.
I’ll be honest with you: I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in this commercial. In fact, it was a nuisance. After all, I don’t log into Facebook to watch commercials. This is something I tell my clients all the time. But more about this in a bit.
What I was interested in was the comments section underneath the video. Continue reading “Nobody Wants To See Your Commercials In Their News Feeds”
Your bags are packed for Vegas. Your out of office reply is queued. It’s the Friday before Interop, where you’re headed to showcase your company’s latest innovations. The only thing left to do is check your flight and make sure you get to the airport on time. Right?
Wrong! Roll up your sleeves: You have some last-minute marketing points to hone before you board the plane. After all, you don’t want to arrive without all the tools in hand to deliver the best impression possible to your key targets.
Follow this advice to optimize Interop for your brand: Continue reading “Don’t Forget to Pack Your Content Strategy for Interop”