Category Archives: Blog Strategy

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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Top Dos and Don’ts of Content Syndication

shutterstock_249028792Do you have a group of rock star bloggers writing valuable, interesting and share-worthy content for your company blog, but you still can’t seem to get the traffic you deserve? If you answered yes, then you might want to consider content syndication.

Let’s face it: Developing killer content is just half the battle. The other—more difficult and time consuming—half is getting people to actually read and engage with your content. Content syndication, or the process of republishing content that already exists on your site to a third-party site, is a great way to earn more visibility and expand your reach.   Continue reading →

Google Analytics: Three Things You Can Do to Amplify Your Efforts

So you created a blog and have been posting frequently. The good news is that you’re reaping the many benefits of your blogging efforts, from increased site traffic and lead conversion to bolstered brand awareness. But as any good marketer knows, you always have to be 10 steps ahead in the game.

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That means digging deeper into data to improve and fine-tune your strategy. In other words, taking a look at how your blog is performing (how many people are visiting your blog, clicking on certain pieces of content, etc.) to learn what you should do differently. After all, what’s the good of blogging if you’re unsure of how your strategy is performing? To get fully value out of any content strategy, you must extract key insights to make necessary changes and improvements. A go-to tool for doing so is Google Analytics. Continue reading →

Five Historical Figures Who Would Have Made Awesome Content Marketers

shutterstock_LincolnContent marketing began its explosion into the mainstream over the past decade or so, which means that unfortunately, some of America’s greatest minds were never able to try their hand at the strategy. For example, can you imagine the ingenuity that Ernest Hemingway or Thomas Edison would have brought to the space? Let’s take a look at five other historical powerhouses who could have made big waves in the content marketing sector: 
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Three Content Marketing New Year’s Resolutions to Keep This Year

It’s that time of year where virtually everyone is making a New Year’s resolution. In years past, for example, I resolved to see more concerts and to be kinder to others. You too, have probably set personal goals for yourself in the past—losing weight, quitting a bad habit—but maybe this year you’re considering making a professional commitment for your company.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Content Marketing Strategy on Track During the Holidays

shutterstock_233551051The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year—unless you’re a content marketer. For most, the month of December is spent shopping for gifts, attending holiday parties and hitting the slopes. But for content marketers, the holiday season is spent wrapping up end of year projects, drafting content and launching last-minute campaigns—all while short staffed.

Let’s face it: managing your content marketing strategy is stressful enough without having to deal with all of the distractions the holiday season brings. To avoid feeling overwhelmed and ensure your strategy continues to run smoothly, here are some helpful tips to consider: Continue reading →

Content Marketing: Teach, Don’t Preach

I get asked the question all the time, even by my wife and parents: What is content marketing? If you’re hearing the term for the first time, the best place to start is a basic definition: Content marketing is a marketing strategy centered on creating and distributing valuable, relevant content designed to attract and acquire consumers. But to understand this hot term further, it’s critical to understand how content marketing differs from traditional marketing in the way it actually attracts and acquires those customers. Continue reading →

Why Your C-Suite Should Be Blogging (and Tweeting)

shutterstock_171724835 (1)There are few better representatives for your brand than your CEO and other members of your C-suite. And since 60 percent of a company’s market value is attributable to its reputation, according to surveys of executives conducted by Weber Shandwick, corporate leaders should be making their voices heard by writing and sharing valuable and unique branded content on their company websites and across social media. Continue reading →

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