Category Archives: Content Marketing

Food For Thought: Why Every Restaurant Should Put Content On The Menu This Weekend

Listen up, restaurant owners: It’s Friday afternoon, which means right now, many of your potential customers are working up an appetite, trying to decide where to head tonight to unwind and grab a bite to eat. Friday is one of the busiest nights of the week for your business, so you’ll want to capitalize on the opportunity and make sure there is a line running out the door in your establishment and not a row of empty seats.

shutterstock_239356252If you want to accomplish this goal of a packed house, don’t wait for customers to come knocking on your door tonight. Restaurant-goers are already browsing their mobile devices, trying to decide whether they want to indulge in Korean, Italian, Mexican, Japanese or American cuisine. If your business does not have a robust digital presence, you could risk losing customers to competitors this evening. Continue reading →

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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The Content Quickie: How to Write Quickly yet Strategically

We’ve all been there before: You look at your schedule and immediately feel overwhelmed by the myriad of impending calls, reminders and meetings, but you need to get an article done by the end of the day in order to make its deadline.

“Today is looking like one of those days,” you think as you ease into your chair, obligatory cup of coffee in hand. So…what do you do?

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Long-Form vs. Short-Form Content: Which is Better?

shutterstock_251549524There’s been a long-standing debate in the content marketing industry about whether long-form or short-form content is more effective. One side argues that long-form content, which typically runs over 2,000 words in length, makes for a more in-depth and compelling read, while the other side contends that short-form copy, or blogs that are less than 1,000 words, is more easily digestible and sharable. Let’s take a deeper look into the pros and cons of each: Continue reading →

Chipotle: The Latest Victim of a Social Media Hack

In case you missed it, over the weekend Chipotle Mexican Grill’s official Twitter account (@ChipotleTweets) was overtaken by hackers and used to spread a multitude of racist and hateful tweets across the Web. The hack occurred late Saturday evening, and extended until the early hours of Sunday morning.

shutterstock_229864495The media team at Chipotle was ultimately able to regain control over its account, and responded to the incident in a timely and professional manner.

“We apologize for the very offensive messages sent out from our account earlier tonight,” tweeted Media Manager Joe Stupp. “We were unfortunately hijacked temporarily.”

Suffice to say, it was a rough way to start the week for Chipotle, as the company is now in the process of performing damage control in an effort to restore its squeaky-clean brand image and let customers know that it was not responsible for the attack. Continue reading →

Top 3 Most Effective Content Tactics for B2B Marketing

How many content marketing tactics do you currently employ? If you’re like most other B2B marketers, then you’ve surpassed 10 tactics, according to Content Marketing Institute’s 2015 B2B Content Marketing Budgets, Benchmarks and Trends for North America. Topping the list of the most popular tactics is social media, followed by eNewsletters, featured articles, blogs and in-person events.

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While your peers are using upwards of 13 content marketing tactics, juggling all these can be difficult, especially if you don’t have the internal bandwidth or budget to keep up.  Do yourself a favor this year and don’t spread yourself too thin. Instead, concentrate on these three most effective tactics:

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Content Boost Places in Top Quadrant in Clutch’s List of Top Content Marketing Vendors

2014 was a banner year for us at Content Boost. We grew our program considerably—introducing new content packages, signing on a number of big-name clients and becoming Better Business Bureau certified. We even got some extra icing on the cake when the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) awarded us an Honorable Mention for Best Blog Entry for the 2014 Content Marketing Awards for our blog titled, “Hey Coca-Cola, Will You Go With Me to Prom?

But if this past month is any indication of what’s to come, 2015 is going to be truly game-changing. I am incredibly excited and humbled to announce that Content Boost has been named a “market leader” in Clutch Research’s “Top Content Marketing Companies” report, the highest spot on the leader’s quadrant.

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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 →

ITEXPO Content Marketing Workshops Return to Miami

IMG_20141204_113151137It seems like just yesterday that it was August and our team was gearing up for our first-ever ITEXPO content marketing workshop. The goal was simple: we kick off the four-day business technology and communications convention, hosted by our parent company TMC, with a series of content marketing seminars.

So we racked our brains trying to discern what topics would be most relevant for attendees at the biannual trade show. We searched for the latest market research to weave into our three presentations, and we started marketing these workshops like crazy to drive attendance.

And it worked.

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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 →

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