Category Archives: Creative Strategy

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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Calling All Marketers: It’s Time to Pay it Forward

shutterstock_242545840I remember the first time I heard the phrase “pay it forward.” I went to see that 2000 Haley Joel Osment film “Pay it Forward” and sat captivated as I watched seventh grader Trevor McKinney set out to change the world for the better. It got me thinking of the sheer magnitude of change we could leave behind if each of us paid it forward just once.

I was amazingly reminded of the concept last week on my drive to Rhode Island to visit a Content Boost client. About 20 minutes into the ride up north, I noticed I was out of wiper fluid. Now I am pretty responsible/adept when it comes to my car. But I must confess I have never filled up the washer fluid before.

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TurboTax Mardi Gras Campaign Wins Content Marketing Beads

Mardi Gras—otherwise known for general revelry and perhaps some poor decision making—at its core is a jovial, carnival-themed celebration of color and culture. It’s a bit surprising then that TurboTax, a color-in-the-lines company, capitalized on both ends of Mardi Gras’ reputation in order to present a killer content marketing campaign this February. Continue reading →

Super Bowl 2015: The Marketing Winners and Losers

I’ll be honest, I don’t care much for football. Sit me in front of a basketball or baseball game and I’m all in—but football… eh. However, as a marketer, I absolutely love the Super Bowl. After all, what’s not to love when your career centers upon branding strategy and marketing messages? It’s perhaps the one time of year that the best marketing campaigns stream across our television sets (and sometimes some utterly horrible ones). So here’s a look at the true winners and losers of this year’s game:

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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 →

Behind the Scenes of ‘How to Get Away with Murder’: Content Marketing Lessons From the Mega-Hit

Like many people, I tuned in this year to watch “How to Get Away with Murder” (HTGAWM), the newest brainchild of producer Shonda Rhimes (who created hit dramas like “Grey’s Anatomy and “Scandal”) and creator Peter Norwalk.

The show quickly became the year’s most promising new series; it was renewed for a second season and has already been nominated for a slew of awards. So what the heck does this have to do with content marketing? Let me tell you…

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Five Historical Figures Who Would Have Made Awesome Content Marketers

shutterstock_LincolnContent marketing began its explosion into the mainstream over the past decade or so, which means that unfortunately, some of America’s greatest minds were never able to try their hand at the strategy. For example, can you imagine the ingenuity that Ernest Hemingway or Thomas Edison would have brought to the space? Let’s take a look at five other historical powerhouses who could have made big waves in the content marketing sector: 
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Under Armour’s ‘I Will What I Want’ Campaign: Please Sir, I Want Some More

“You lack the right feet, Achilles tendons, turnout, torso length and bust.”

“You have the wrong body for ballet.”

Confused with what I am talking about? Then check out the incredible video below.

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Passive vs. Active Marketers: Which Are You?

shutterstock_209815978We’ve all heard the phrase “passive communication.” It may describe someone who lacks conviction, direction and, sometimes, respect. As such, this type of communication has given rise to the term “passive-aggressive,” or someone who tends to express negative feelings in an indirect manner rather than state their disapproval directly to the person concerned.

We’ve all dealt with the passive-aggressive individual in the business world—we may even be that person. But have we encountered the passive-aggressive marketer? Are you a passive marketer?

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