Category Archives: Creative Strategy

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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Will We See You at Our Dec. Content Marketing Crash Course?

From our content marketing keynote panel at ITEXPO in August

From our content marketing keynote panel at ITEXPO in August

Right around the time Content Boost started holding content marketing breakouts, keynotes and panels at various trade shows—including our very own ITEXPO events—we got asked the same question by many attendees: do we ever hold seminars or training courses throughout the year? The short answer was no, but the long answer was… not yet.

Quickly, we started to pick up on a very common trend in the industry: people did not want to have to wait until conferences or trade shows to receive best-in-class content marketing training. Perhaps more importantly, they didn’t want to have to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for one-off seminars. Instead, they wanted a way to stay current with the latest industry trends and strategies for improving upon their existing marketing efforts.

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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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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.

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Tips for Staying in the Marketing Moment

A lot goes into successful content marketing. Meticulous planning, creativity, timing and an intimate knowledge of your brand message are all critical ingredients that together help marketers create engaging, effective content.

One concept marketers—me included—often overlook, however, is the importance of staying present and connected to the moment and task immediately ahead. Although it may seem like a wacky, Zen-like precept, staying firmly in the moment can mean the difference between success and failure.

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Forrester Dishes out Tips for Ushering Your New Product through the Launch Phase

Customers have made it more than clear that today, businesses exist in their domain. Today’s empowered customers have thrown a wrench into traditional selling schemes and, as a result, have made the new product market that much more difficult to break into. For instance, manufacturing strength, distribution power and information mastery are no longer considered competitive advantages, according to Forrester Research’s latest “Competitive Strategy In the Age of the Customer” report.

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