Category Archives: Content Marketing

Left Brain versus Right Brain: For Content Marketers it’s a Matter of “And” Not “Or”

I’m sure at some point in your life you’ve heard someone label you (or perhaps you labeled yourself) either “right brained” or “left brained.” But I say, why do you have to be just one? In fact, as a content marketer, I know that I cannot afford to fall into the trap of exclusively thinking either one way or another. Instead, content marketers must extract valuable qualities associated with each side of the brain and integrate them to produce a well-rounded content creation strategy.

So, let’s refresh our memories about which characteristics are associated with each side of the brain. “Left brained” thinkers are usually analytical, literal and organized while “right brained” thinkers are dreamers, emotional and creative. But, the best marketers are analytical and creative; here’s a better look at how they use each side of the brain to create the most effective range of content:

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Playing Twitter Like a Game

If you’re interested in content marketing chances are you’re most likely also interested in learning how your business will play in the world of social media.

It’s well known that many small- to medium-sized business owners are hesitant about getting on social media, specifically Twitter (I’ve come across too many to count). Oftentimes, they are worried they’re getting into the game too late and therefore won’t be able to compete with more established brands. I wanted to take a moment to share with you a recent experience that I had with this 140-character megaphone.

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Top Takeaways 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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Top Takeaways From the Content Boost Crash Course Part One: Morning Sessions

The morning flew by here at Content Boost, as we’re now halfway through our second content marketing Crash Course; that is, our all-day integrated marketing seminar offering the latest tips and tricks for growing your brand online.

Before we head into this afternoon’s additional seminars and group discussions, it’s a great time to reflect on some of the top takeaways from the morning sessions, led by our in-house team of integrated marketing experts.

Here are three key tips that were discussed:

20150421_112544Be bold with your content: After opening remarks from our CEO, Rich Tehrani, our Director Carrie Majewksi kicked things off with a presentation on the basics of content marketing. One of the most important things she spoke about was the need to be bold and take chances with your content. As she explained, you are already disruptive with your product offerings so it’s critical to be innovative with your multimedia. According to Majewski, content marketing is your opportunity to drive emotion, tell stories and create a “WOW” experience that will resonate strongly with your customers. Continue reading →

Three Marketing Considerations to Think about This Weekend

shutterstock_205291750As marketers, there is perhaps no better part to our job than collaborating with our peers. It’s when creative minds come together that true marketing magic can happen. Here at Content Boost, for example, I am always eager to hear about the projects my team is working on with their clients—from brand new Web copy that will live on a client’s revamped site to email marketing campaigns designed to drive attendance to our client’s corporate event.

But perhaps most importantly, I am excited to see that the industry as a whole is thinking with an integrated marketing mind these days … and that’s a great thing.

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Employee Spotlight: Five Minutes with Content Producer, Diana Bishop

DSCN1389It didn’t take long for Content Boost’s Diana Bishop to make a name for herself within the Content Boost family. Not only can this writing powerhouse pack a serious content marketing punch—she can crank out a pretty awesome case study—but she is also the first to give a warm “good morning” and friendly smile each day.

“Each day at Content Boost I bring my enthusiasm (I have a lot of it) to both my work and my interactions with my teammates,” Diana says. “I’m the type of person who feeds off the energy of others so I love when our group bursts into spontaneous conversation or when I get positive feedback from a client. It makes me love doing what I do when I can share great experiences with other people.”

Learn more about Diana in our latest five-minute catch up:

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Why Your Content Isn’t Being ‘Liked’

Content rules the world.

Ok, that might be a stretch, but content is on the rise and it’s starting to rule the marketing world. A 2015 Smart Insights study found that content marketing is valued more by companies investing in digital marketing than big data, SEO and online PR combined! That’s good news, as the same study found 50 percent of B2C marketers expect their budgets to increase in 2015.

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I’m Ready for Content Marketing … Where Do I Start?

pic812It’s amazing the difference a year can make. I vividly remember attending a number of 2014 trade shows and having conversations with attendees about content marketing. They would go something like this:

Attendee: What do you do?

Me: I head up TMC’s content marketing division, Content Boost.

Attendee: What is content marketing?

Me: A marketing tactic that involves leveraging content—think blogs, white papers, email marketing messages—to organically sell your products and services.

Attendee: Oh … that’s just advertising, right?

#FAIL.

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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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Time Management Tips from Marketers: How to Handle Weekly Obligations

As a marketer it can be tough handling countless, never-ending obligations on a week-to-week basis. If only we were tasked with sitting down and banging out 20-plus stories by the end of the week we would feel infinitely less stressed.

But this is the real world where marketers have calendar pop-ups and strategically placed post-it notes to remind us to update editorial calendars, review client workloads, conduct weekly client calls and attend monthly internal team meetings, among many other responsibilities. Before you know it, that once blank schedule is now filled to the brim with a number of seemingly small tasks that quickly add up—and it can be completely overwhelming.

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