As a New England native, I can attest to the claim that the weather in this region is some of the most unpredictable and continuously changing weather in the country. From blizzards, to heat waves, to tornadoes, New Englanders are prepared to handle any type of weather that is thrown their way.
Sure, it’s not particularly thrilling to hear that there’ll be a snow storm on Halloween when only the leaves should be covering our lawns, but the weather sure keeps residents on their toes. It also teaches us to savor every season for what it’s worth—the dew covered grass of springtime, the humid days of summer, the classic crisp autumn mornings when the foliage is at its peak, or the first sign of powdery flakes once December arrives.
You’re still trying to decide whether a content strategy vendor is right for your business. After all, partnering with any vendor is a big decision and one that requires a lot of trust.
By outsourcing either some or all of your content needs, you can spend less money on the resources required to obtain professional, compelling copy. There are also several hidden benefits to outsourcing content production that you may not be aware of.
Here are three unexpected perks of working with a content strategy vendor:
What winds up happening is you lose the spark of interest that is needed to make your brand exciting to consumers. Continue reading →
How often do you take the time to revisit your past marketing projects? Like that blog entry you wrote a few years ago that achieved third-party validation in the form of an accolade. Or the email drip campaign you conceptualized just three months ago that’s already resulting in a record-breaking number of email opens.
I have long argued that the minute our job as marketers starts to feel easy, we are not doing enough as professionals. And I stand by that claim. After all, being a marketer—especially in this day and age—is anything but easy.
We have to build integrated marketing plans; craft buyer personas to target our prospective customers more meaningfully; write A LOT of content that incites emotion and drives behavior; and understand how data and metrics fuel marketing decisions. It’s no wonder that the average tenure for a CMO is 48 months, according to executive-search firm Spencer Stuart.
Not one to follow reality TV or tabloid gossip, I did happen upon the E! channel’s new series, “I Am Cait,” in which Caitlyn Jenner leads viewers through the early stages of her recent gender transition. I only watched the first 20 minutes of the show, but what I found most interesting was not in the show at all, but an ad for Airbnb, the community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book accommodations around the world, which aired twice while I watched.
I admit that I haven’t been able to keep up with this series at my desired biweekly pace (unexpected to-do’s and time crunching can get the best of every marketer!) but I’m happy to be back with the second edition of my ongoing “Friday Reflections” blog. Today I want to talk about collaboration.
As marketers we’re all more than familiar with the importance of collaboration; we need to collaborate with our clients on their campaigns and content deliverables, with our co-workers on internal projects, with partners on upcoming initiatives and more. But, as we also all know, time is not always on our side.
I’m going to show you a simple trick:
I bet I can—
—and bear with me now,
keep you moving, down the page…
until you reach the last sentence. And what will you do when you get there?
You’ll click on my link and head to my website. Continue reading →
For marketers, the number of meetings we attend can sometimes feel overwhelming. For example, personally speaking, I am proud to take part in some of my organization’s most important collaborative sessions and decision-making processes. Between half-day strategic sessions and ad-hoc meetings, however, some weeks can feel a bit nightmarish.
I’m not the only marketer who feels this way. Research from software development company Atlassian found that 45 percent of employees feel overwhelmed by the number of meetings they must attend every month—over 60 meetings for most employees, or about two per day. Although there is no specific data on the length of these meetings, consider that even two half-hour meetings per day amounts to five hours per week.
Now that we’re about to turn the corner into July, many of your employees could be taking time off from work for various reasons—like for vacations, conferences, weddings, you name it. July and August are prime months for being out of the office and sometimes, paid time off requests can pop up out of nowhere and when you least expect them. It’s important, therefore, that you look ahead and figure out whether you have the manpower to see your editorial department through this time of limited resources.
After all, while your employees can always take time off from work, your blog and social content need to keep rolling. Otherwise, if you pause your calendar and focus on other tasks while your main writers are out of town, you could risk losing readers who may forget to come back. Continue reading →