The other day I was preparing a dish of halved avocado filled with cottage cheese and a drizzle of sriracha sauce, and offered a bite to my fiancé. He was pretty reluctant to try it at first, saying that he had never eaten avocados before and they looked like they would taste bad. However, one small, hesitant nibble turned into the plate being finished off completely.
As it turns out, he likes eggplant and zucchini, too.
So, what does trying new veggies have to do with content marketing? Most organizations tend to have content marketing tactics that they love using because they sit well on the palette—like blogs, social media and case studies. Then there are those tactics that seem like they’ll taste funny. For your organization, this may be a tactic that you consider unconventional or have overlooked, like an infographic or eNewsletter. For your marketing team, a first response may be “meh” rather than “yeah!” Continue reading →
According to the Content Marketing Institute’s (CMI) “2016 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends—North America” report, B2B marketers continue to be heavily focused on creating engaging content. In fact, 72 percent of marketers surveyed by CMI claimed it’s their top priority for 2016.
So, what exactly is engaging content?
That is, what kind of content should teams be producing to attract and, more importantly, retain readers? And how can content then convert those readers into repeat customers and loyal brand advocates?
You know those people who create fake email accounts in order to avoid being inundated with messages from companies on a daily basis? Well, I’m not one of those people.
There’s nothing wrong with being this kind of person, but I’m glad I’m not one of them. Sure, I get slammed with emails everyday from all sorts of companies—many that I admittedly am no longer interested in—but some of these messages really grab my attention. These digital diamonds in the inbox rough, if you will, are intermittent reminders of why I opt to add my name to email subscription lists. I received one such email last week from clothing retailer GAP.
A lot of people ask me, “should my business be blogging?”
It leads me to believe that there is still, amongst the majority of professionals—particularly at the small-to-medium sized business level—a fundamental misunderstanding as to how blogs fit into the sales funnel.
If you don’t grasp how the sales funnel works, it can be easy to dismiss a blog as a frivolous expenditure and thus, a gigantic waste of time. But rest assured, blogs have an important place in the sales process.
Here is how a blog fits into the sales funnel. Keep in mind that the sales funnel works from the top-down: Continue reading →
You’re still trying to decide whether a content strategy vendor is right for your business. After all, partnering with any vendor is a big decision and one that requires a lot of trust.
By outsourcing either some or all of your content needs, you can spend less money on the resources required to obtain professional, compelling copy. There are also several hidden benefits to outsourcing content production that you may not be aware of.
Here are three unexpected perks of working with a content strategy vendor:
What winds up happening is you lose the spark of interest that is needed to make your brand exciting to consumers. Continue reading →
Last week, Mike Templeman, a contributor to Forbes Magazine, boldly claimed that “content marketing doesn’t work.” Templeman, a content writer himself, contends that most brands are doing it wrong, either by utilizing outdated creation and promotion strategies or simply having misguided expectations.
There may be some truth behind this statement given that many companies view content as a necessity but not always a priority. We live in a world that is connected to data all day; whether online, on our phones, our tablets and even TV. This new age of information can be as instructive as it can be overwhelming for consumers.