Category Archives: Blog Strategy

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 →

A Look Back at My First ITEXPO

My first instinct was to call this post, “Everything I learned at My First ITEXPO,” but I quickly realized that touching on all the information I took in during our trip to Las Vegas would likely require 10,000 words. (Quick reminder, Content Boost’s parent company TMC sponsors ITEXPO, a biannual trade show in Miami and Vegas each year.)

So rather than try to recap four whirlwind days, I figured I’d instead touch on some of the highlights. To help me better organize my thoughts—I’m still catching up on sleep—I broke my ITEXPO education into categories:

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Starting the Blogging Process: Confessions from a Newbie

shutterstock_101214826I was recently asked to be a regular contributor for the Content Boost blog and I must admit I had mixed thoughts on the undertaking. I was concerned about my work schedule, project load, and my ability to come up with creative and interesting topics to write about. However, I also felt honored and a natural inclination of responsibility to step-up to the challenge.

After these initial thoughts about the undertaking, I thought, what am I going to write about? Personal interests, professional interests, thought leadership; there are a ton of options, so the next question I asked myself was what felt most natural to me and my perspective.

Luckily, we are in the business of content marketing and anything related to writing, perspectives, the Internet, basically everything, can be drawn back to the core mission of our blog. This seems like a manageable undertaking considering I’m often writing and am full of opinions and perspectives.

I know that I will learn as I go along and may have both successes and failures in this venture, but isn’t that what writings is about?

 My advice to other newbies looking to blog:

  • Write what feels right to you and your company – if it’s not right, it’s not right
  • Tell it like it is – this is how you develop an audience
  • Have someone do a review of your article – just in case!
  • Don’t be afraid of failure and put something down – how else are you going to blog?

Good luck writing and see you soon!

Do You Really Want to Be a Thought Leader?

In a bit of an “Ah-Ha!” moment recently, it struck me that one of the most common content obstacles I see marketers wrestling with is fear. Not fear of heights or spiders, but rather of disseminating content that steps on toes or frames a discussion in a different—perhaps even controversial—way.

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What Marketers Can Learn From Food Blogs

blogpictureOn the nights when I don’t have plans with friends, I find myself searching for new food recipes online to make for my family. I’m no Top Chef, but I know my way around the kitchen. While reading my favorite food blog “Not Without Salt,” I got thinking: marketers can learn a lot from food blogs. Not only are they instructional, informative and easy to read, but they’re entertaining and engaging— all things that we as marketers should keep in mind while blogging.

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So You Want to Blog… Where Do You Start?

shutterstock_171929309By now, your boss is all over you to craft your company’s blog. After all, 76 percent of B2B and 72 percent of B2C marketers leverage blogs as a chief content marketing vehicle, according to the Content Marketing Institute’s 2014 benchmark studies. And here’s why:

  • Blogging is now the number one method for increasing site traffic, surpassing SEO
  • Companies that blog at least 15 times per month get five times more traffic than companies that don’t
  • 77 percent of all Internet users read blogs

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Content Boost’s ‘Journey to 300 New Subscribers in 60 Days’

first-placeFor marketers, the summer is anything but relaxing. With the bustling tradeshow season well underway and 20 other projects on your plate, your blog might be feeling a little neglected. Luck for you, Content Boost has the solution to your problem. We are excited to announce our latest contest “Journey to 300 New Subscribers in 60 Days.” We are giving everyone a chance to win THREE free blogs written by our expert in-house editors—yes free! Continue reading →

Word Smith Your Way Into Readers’ Hearts and Minds

Don’t perplex your target audience with an unclear message. The best online content begins with gripping and cohesive storytelling. I promise to guide you through composing a first-rate blog that holds your reader’s interest to the end. By following my recommendations, your blog articles will then drive more traffic to your site. Continue reading →

Got Nothing to Write About? Take Inspiration from Social Media

stressed-outAh, the life of a content marketer. Day in and day out, you’re tasked with coming up with new, engaging ideas that are meant to “wow” readers. But every now and then, you’re hit with bloggers block—a very serious, debilitating disease that attacks the minds of marketers and causes them to stare blankly at their screens for hours. Symptoms include severe mood swings, redness in the face, irritability and dizziness.

So what does the marketing doctor recommend? A healthy dose of social media. Continue reading →

The Ultimate Blogging Checklist for Marketers

blogbrooke522Crafting a blog post seems easy enough, right? You come up with an idea you think your audience will enjoy, write a couple paragraphs, slap on a title and you’re good to go. It’s really not rocket science. Or is it?

Blogging is now an integral part of businesses’ inbound marketing strategies.  It gives organizations the opportunity to create relevant content for their customers while helping to drive traffic to their website. While writing an impactful blog isn’t rocket science, it’s not easy. Below is the ultimate blogging checklist for marketers: Continue reading →

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