Category Archives: Brand Strategy

Top Take Aways 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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‘Twas the Night Before the Content Marketing Crash Course

IMG_20141204_134926211Today feels like Christmas Eve. Though we don’t have stockings hung, Christmas trees lit or holiday music blasting from the radio in our office, exhilaration and anticipation are in the air here at Content Boost—and I can promise you a number of us will be awake all night long with unbridled excitement for tomorrow.

That’s because tomorrow, April 21st, we will hold our second iteration of our Content Marketing Crash Course, designed to present marketers with the opportunity to talk content marketing, complete with trade tips and tricks from seasoned professionals. We held our inaugural crash course last December, and the standing-room only attendance and riveting marketing discussions confirmed that we had to hold another event this year.

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What Can Content Marketing Do For Your Business?

There’s no question that content marketing is increasingly among business leaders. As evidenced in a recent infographic from Smart Insights, 29.6 percent of readers claimed that content marketing is the most commercially important marketing trend in 2015.

That’s more than twice as much as big data, which came in at 14.6 percent. Marketing automation, for that matter, came in even lower at 12.8 percent.

shutterstock_229790977You may be wondering: What exactly can content marketing do for your organization? Stop and think about whether the following needs apply to your business.

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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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The No. 1 Reason Your Customers are Avoiding You

shutterstock_223060006Like many people, I hate, loathe, detest when my inbox is full of emails from companies that I’ve never even heard of, or visited only once. So, I’ve admittedly resorted to giving away my dear friend’s email address (whose name I will not mentioned for fear she will disown me) to avoid being flooded by spam messages. Call me a bad friend, a creative genius or what have you, but I simply can’t stand junk email.

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The Five ‘Ws’ of Content Creation

Strategic writing that drives toward a desired outcome should be every marketer’s goal. Whether you are looking for ideas to build out your editorial calendar or actually writing, taking some extra time to ask yourself a few critical questions can mean the difference between ‘OK’ content and crafting material that actually drives positive business outcomes.

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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 →

Free People: Delicate Fashionistas, Hardcore Content Marketing Strategists

Free People is a women’s fashion retailer, which for the most part appears to be run by a group of bohemian flower children. But, don’t be fooled by the company’s laid back demeanor and whimsical appearance as it packs a powerful punch when it comes to content marketing. Marketers and brands alike have much to learn from Free People’s use of multichannel marketing. Here are some different mediums they use to show off their creative strategy: Continue reading →

Content Boost Invades Miami Today to Spread the Word About Content Marketing

IMG_20141204_113151137Can I just say I love having Wi-Fi on a flight? At some 10,000 feet in the air, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to talk to all of you about what’s on the Content Boost road map for this week. As you read this, I am en route to sunny Miami with several members of the Content Boost team to attend TMC’s biannual technology and communications convention, ITEXPO.

I know what you are thinking… how the heck did we get in the air from New York when 5,000 flights were grounded by 11 a.m.? Well it took an hour on the tarmac to de-ice the plane, a TON of anxiety-ridden conversations and a lot of patience and we were on our way. #ThankYouDelta.

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Warning: You Are Losing Sight of the Customer

shutterstock_telescopeI had an interesting conversation with a colleague earlier this week while reviewing a story I had written for a client. I was quite pleased with the way the piece came out and was looking forward to getting feedback from my teammate before finalizing it and sending it off. I felt the post had a natural flow and was well-written, so I felt confident that my client would receive it well. Continue reading →

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