Category Archives: Brand Strategy

The Top Five Social Media Blunders of 2014

Social media blunders can be extremely funny—until your organization is on the wrong end of the joke. In 2014 a large number of brands found themselves in the unenviable position of apologizing for social media gaffes which garnered negative media attention. Here are five of the worst social mistakes of 2014:

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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 →

Four Critical Pieces of a Flawless Product Launch

Taking a new product to market is both an exhilarating and nerve-wracking experience. If the launch generates a buzz, the future is limitless. If it falls flat, months or even years of hard work go down the drain.

To be sure, the stakes for a launch are high, which is why businesses need a detailed strategy to execute during a product’s infancy. Here are five essential components of a flawless product launch that can help you take the market by storm:

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What Aerial Yoga Taught Me About Marketing

Aerial_YogaI’ve been practicing yoga for a few years now, but my recent discovery of aerial yoga has taken my love of Zen to a whole new, borderline obsessive, level. If you haven’t heard of aerial yoga, it’s essentially regular yoga but instead of downward dogging on your mat, you’re suspended, often upside down, on silks.

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Pros and Cons of Personalized Marketing: Take a Tip From Coke

shutterstock_196241660Personalized marketing is one way to attract consumers to your brand—and Coke has grabbed a hold of the concept fairly literally with its latest marketing campaign. The beverage company has labeled bottles of its famous confectionary drink with 250 of the most popular names of today’s teens and millennials. The campaign, which hit U.S. shores in June, after getting its start in Australia in 2012, is titled “Share a Coke.” Continue reading →

I Love You, Warby Parker

Warby Parker has, in my humble opinion, re-invented the world of eyeglasses. They’ve made them hip, fun, and accessible.

WarbyParkerIf you’re not familiar with the company, here’s how it works: You choose five frames you like, the company then sends them to you to try on at home, and you send them back. Shipping is free and they give you a pre-paid box to return them when you’re done. If you find a pair you like, you simply send in your existing prescription and order them through the website. They’re only about $100 per pair, which includes the frames and lenses. Oh, and did I mention that for every pair you buy, Warby Parker shares a pair with someone in need?

Let me start with the beginning of my romance with Warby. I had just gotten brand new Coach glasses and a co-worker said to me, “Are those Warby Parker?” I had no idea who Warby Parker was, and when he mentioned that they sell incredibly inexpensive eyewear, I had immediately assumed that my $500 glasses looked cheap. Continue reading →

Three Marketing Lessons I Learned From My Favorite Designer

shutterstock_132961508Anyone who knows me knows that I have a shopping addiction. Not an OMG-I’m-$100,000-in-debt kind of addiction, but a “healthy” one in that my closet is frightfully full of clothes (most with the tags still on). While I have a long list of designers that I love—Marc Jacobs, J.Crew, Vince … the list goes on—my favorite has to be Rachel Zoe. 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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When it Comes to Personalization, Automation Can Help

shutterstock_54860284It’s a challenge to personalize content to meet the needs of your buyers. After all, no two consumers are alike. Luckily, however, technological advances—specifically marketing automation—make the process more manageable; you may just have to add a few new tools to complete the job. Continue reading →

Why Content Marketers Need to be More Like Journalists

blogjAre your current content marketing efforts falling short? Are you close to giving up? Content marketing is a challenge for many businesses large and small. After all, producing enough content to feed the proverbial marketing beast is difficult.

The biggest reason why marketers fail at content marketing, however, is not because they can’t keep up with content. Rather, the challenge is creating content that’s actually engaging. In other words, marketers write like marketers: copy that’s grossly promotional, stale and, frankly, uninteresting. Continue reading →

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