Category Archives: Content Marketing

How Not to Fail at Content Marketing: Advice Backed by Research

shutterstock_187281707There’s no shortage of advice on the Web. Heck, you can Google just about anything from how to dress your cat to how to raise a chicken farm. At times, however, it can be hard to sift through all the noise to find real, applicable advice— especially when it comes to content marketing.

Let’s do a quick exercise. Open up a browser and navigate to your preferred search engine, then type in the phrase “how to be successful at content marketing.” How many search results did you get? Chances are you got around 6,240,000 results—or 6,240,000 different opinions. Continue reading →

9 Content Marketing ‘Hacks’ that Will Simplify Your Life

shutterstock_192400145Let’s face it; most marketers have a love/hate relationship with content (unless you’re like me). It’s the fuel that drives your marketing strategy, but it’s also the monster under your bed that keeps you up at night. I get it; writing mind-blowing headlines, creating editorial calendars, and editing 10-page whitepapers are enough to make your head spin.

But don’t give up on content just yet. Rekindle your relationship and uncomplicate your life with my nine content marketing hacks (because who really has time to read 10?): Continue reading →

Employee Spotlight: Five Minutes with Content Producer, Rick Sobey

shutterstock_142997941While he may be the newest member of the Content Boost team, Rick Sobey has quickly solidified his role as one of CB’s Content Producers. Having worked at “The Daily Voice” and “The Lowell Sun,” this Bostonian taps into his extensive writing and marketing experience to help clients take their marketing strategies to new heights with high-quality, custom content.

“Moving from journalism into content marketing has been a natural transition as my past interviewing and research skills have played a key role in creating valuable content for our clients,” explains Rick. “I also still get to tell real-life, impactful stories that resonate with consumers.”   Continue reading →

Don’t Expect to Find This New PepsiCo Product in Retail Stores Any Time Soon

The battle for consumer attention in the e-commerce food and beverage market is starting to heat up.

shutterstock_171962345Coca-Cola, for instance, recently made headlines when the company re-introduced its widely popular Surge soft drink back onto the market after well over a decade of discontinuation. First introduced in 1996, this beverage was pulled off of shelves after only a few years. Now, after much petitioning, the beverage is back. But there is a twist—it’s being sold exclusively online. Continue reading →

Employee Spotlight: Five Minutes with Digital Content Editor, Gerald Baldino

shutterstock_142997941Every marketing team has someone who always thinks outside the box. For Content Boost, that team member is Gerald Baldino. With an impressive writing background having worked at AOL’s Patch.com and New Haven’s “Groove Magazine,” Gerald has helped numerous clients launch successful content marketing campaigns. His right-brain mentality and affinity for the written word has enabled him to take the least sexy topic and turn it into something exciting.

“I think there is an interesting angle to any story,” explains Gerald. “It’s just a matter of uncovering it. Sometimes that angle is easy to find, and sometimes you have to dig for it. But it’s always there.” 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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Content Boost Sweepstakes: Because Who Doesn’t Want Free Blogs and an Apple TV?

shutterstock_147643232We’ve all received this email: “Fill out our 10-minute survey for the chance to win an Amazon gift card [or insert other gift here].” And chances are you’ve probably deleted it. After all, who really has the time to fill out a survey these days? And 10 minutes? Yeah right.

So I have something better for you. I know you are in need of some sort of content marketing help. How do I know this? My good friends at Content Marketing Institute (CMI) contend that 93 percent of B2B and 90 percent of B2C marketers are leveraging content marketing even though only 42 percent of B2B and 34 percent of B2C marketers feel they are effective at it. The market research overwhelmingly confirms a central theme: marketers want in with content marketing but they are wholly unprepared to launch a successful strategy because they deal with time, resource and budgetary constraints.

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Employee Spotlight: Five Minutes with Digital Content Editor, Eric Lebowitz

shutterstock_142997941Eric Lebowitz joined the Content Boost family as one of its very first Digital Content Editors, and quickly made an impression with his larger than life personality and commitment to hard work. Before joining the team, Eric worked at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut and “Golf Digest Magazine.” Known around the office as the unofficial (or official if you ask him) “Content Boost Mayor,” Eric brings to the table many years of experience in content creation and has helped dozens of clients boost their website traffic and customer acquisition. Continue reading →

20 Sure-Fire Signs You’re a Content Marketer

shutterstock_182447726This past weekend I was out to dinner with some friends when the topic of work came up. After explaining a typical day in the life of a content marketer, my non-marketing friend turned to me and said “Oh, so you write for a living?” Immediately two thoughts came to mind: I need to get smarter friends and I should blog about this exact moment.

Content marketers are a rare breed in that we’re a fourth journalist, two-thirds marketer, one-tenth planner, one-eighth creative thinkers… Did I get the math right? I didn’t say we were mathematicians. We possess the traits of a journalist in that we’re inherently curious and passionate about writing, but we’re also strategic thinkers and metrics-driven like marketers and planners. Continue reading →

Three Easy Ways to Repurpose Your Content

Repurposing content can be tricky. Do it right, and you can extend the shelf life of a great piece of content and reach a whole new audience. But do it wrong, and you could wind up sounding like a broken record.

shutterstock_181197839Recycling content is all about taking an existing piece of work—whether  it’s a case study, white paper, or blog post— and giving it new life. However, this is where marketers often get tripped up as repurposing content is an easy way to get on Google’s bad side and convince search engine “spiders” that you are engaging in black hat SEO when done wrong.

Below are three simple ways you can repurpose content: Continue reading →

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