Category Archives: Blog Strategy

Are You Suffocating Your Brand’s Content Without Even Realizing It?

It’s time we had an important talk: Your editorial process is killing your beautiful content. Here’s why.

shutterstock_282923051First, one of your staff writers creates a witty, thought-provoking article for your website. Next, the piece must go to an editor—or two—for quality inspection before landing back on your writer’s desk. It may go back and forth multiple times. After that, the post may go to a high-ranking executive for messaging approval before being passed along to a board of directors. Finally, it must pass through your legal team. Several weeks—or sometimes months—later, the post winds up on your website—a tired, bland, and likely outdated version of its former self.

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It’s Time For Your 6 Month Content Marketing Checkup

Now that we’re about halfway through 2015, it’s an ideal time to take a step back and make sure you are on track to meet the content marketing goals you outlined for your business back in January (like creating brand awareness, or increasing engagement with your customers).

shutterstock_159748715After all, while your brand may appear to be perfectly healthy on the surface, there are countless factors that go into a successful content marketing strategy, all of which need to be closely monitored.

Here are some questions to ask during your mid-year content marketing checkup:

Are you posting regularly? Posting content is a bit like exercising; you have to do it on a consistent basis if you want to maintain a healthy digital brand. If you go for long periods of time between posts, you will have a much harder time building a steady readership.   Continue reading →

Why Don’t I See Any Case Studies On Your Website?

I’ve visited your Web page. I’ve read your products and service descriptions, analyzed your “About” section and scanned your blog.  Unfortunately, there’s something missing. There are no case studies detailing clear-cut examples of how your company has directly helped any of your customers.

shutterstock_137423564As a result of this shortcoming, I’m left scratching my head wondering why this is (as I head to Google and start searching for competitors who can show me clear-cut evidence their products and services can produce the strong results they claim).

The good news is that your business is not alone in its lack of case studies. This is a problem I see all of the time on both B2B and B2C websites. It’s puzzling, too, considering that customer case studies and success stories are the third most influential type of asset in the purchasing process for customers in both large enterprises and small businesses. Case studies communicate that other businesses trust your company, and they also pique interest from similar prospects who could benefit from your company. Continue reading →

How do I Reach my Target Audience? Crystal Knows

As content marketers—and professionals in the marketing outsourcing business—we are always searching for new tools that will make us better at our jobs and therefore make your content marketing strategy that much stronger.

One tool we talk a lot about here in the cubicles is buyer personas. They aren’t a piece of software or a neat gadget that makes life easier. Rather they are descriptions of our client’s target audience that help us hyper-focus our writing and create the top notch copy you come to expect from us here at Content Boost.

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Top Takeaways From the Content Boost Crash Course, Part 2: Afternoon Sessions

Looking back on the second half of yesterday’s Content Boost Crash Course, the word that comes immediately to mind is “action.” While the first half of the day was focused on educating attendees about the basics of content marketing—the ins and outs of blogging and the need to engage with customers via social media, for example—the afternoon was all about how to put those strategies into motion and move forward with an integrated, revenue-driven content marketing strategy.

shutterstock_134665622What is the best way to get started with content marketing in your organization? As Content Boost Director Carrie Majewski intimated during a presentation titled “Getting the Boss to Say Yes to Content Marketing,” approaching the boss about investing in content marketing may be intimidating. She advised participants to lay such fears aside, however, as, in truth, most decision makers are ready to move forward with content marketing. Majewski backed up her claim with a study from DNN which shows that the top three priorities for marketing executives are to acquire new customers (87 percent), increase customer retention (86 percent) and increase brand awareness (80 percent).
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Blogger Outreach

You’ve launched your amazing new product or brand awareness campaign. You’ve used the tried and true, traditional routes: email marketing, print, social media, blogging, PPC. But you still need that extra push to put you over the edge. That’s where a blogger outreach campaign comes in. business-person-writing4

In every industry, there are successful bloggers who boast a significant, loyal following and serious influence over their readers. But getting the attention of these influencers isn’t always as simple as you may think. Their inboxes are flooded each day with brands just like yours hoping to catch their attention. So how do you stand out in a sea of pitch letters?

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Preparing for the Next Crash Course: What I’ve Learned So Far

Content Boost’s next content marketing Crash Course is rapidly approaching, and the team here is putting the final touches on our presentations and preparing for an engaging, productive day of discussions with all of our attendees! I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak from 10:30-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21 in a presentation entitled, “Blogging: How to Nurture Your Audience at Every Touch Point” (you can get a little preview of my talk and the rest of the agenda here!)

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Why Google’s Knowledge Vault Should Be On Your Radar

There’s a one buzzword that is gaining an increasing amount of attention in content marketing: accuracy.

Right now, it’s relatively easy for a website loaded with misinformation to rise to the top of Google’s search engine rankings; all it takes is enough people linking to the website in order to inflate it past credible sources. This is a problem for Google, as the company’s goal is to be the most accurate source of knowledge on the Web.

shutterstock_172659857In order to solve this problem, Google is developing a project called Knowledge Vault. For quite some time now, researchers at Google have been collecting vast amounts of information from across the Web and sorting through the data to determine specific truths. For instance, an example one such truth would be “grass is green.” Continue reading →

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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Leveraging Your Teammates’ Skills to Become a Better Marketer

Earlier this week I got into an interesting conversation with several peers about what role collaboration can and should play in the workplace. We decided that, generally speaking, organizations tend to view bringing employees with different but complementary skill sets together as the most effective way of completing large or complex projects. If every individual piece of a task is assigned to a worker with an appropriate skill set, the finished product will likely reflect professionalism and expertise.

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