Six years ago I was invited on a golf trip for the first time with a group of other highly enthusiastic golfers like myself. The trip destination changes every year and in my inaugural year, it so happened that we ventured up to the Syracuse, NY area to Turning Stone Resort and Casino.
Editors note: This blog post originally appeared on the Mad Marketer website and was re-posted here with the permission of the author and Mad Marketer team.
The modern blog has come a long way since its use as a digitized personal diary in the early ‘90s. Today, blogs have become a necessary corporate tool for disseminating pertinent brand and industry information to target markets.
One catalyst in this evolution was a demand for higher quality content from modern consumers who increasingly began to ignore advertisements in favor of online content. In fact, recent research finds that 75 percent of today’s consumers don’t believe companies tell the truth in advertisements and would rather turn to online sources and reviews to guide the purchasing decision. This, of course, makes your company blog an essential resource for leads and customer retention.
Last week, the Content Boost editorial team completed an experiential based exercise in which we each interviewed another member of our team and created buyer personas for our teammates based on a product or service they might be looking to buy. The buyer persona task served a few purposes: sure it was great for team-building, but more importantly it forced us to put on our strategic thinking caps (it was also a great way to break up the work week).
As content marketers—and professionals in the marketing outsourcing business—we are always searching for new tools that will make us better at our jobs and therefore make your content marketing strategy that much stronger.
One tool we talk a lot about here in the cubicles is buyer personas. They aren’t a piece of software or a neat gadget that makes life easier. Rather they are descriptions of our client’s target audience that help us hyper-focus our writing and create the top notch copy you come to expect from us here at Content Boost.
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:
As the Northeast experiences reportedly one of the worst snow storms in the region’s history, our team kicked off Content Boost’s highly-anticipated Content Marketing Workshops today at ITEXPO 2015, taking place now through January 30 in sunny Miami, Florida.
Our team returned for Content Boost’s second annual workshop series after a rousing debut at last year’s event. This year’s series, consisting of three half-hour workshop presentations, offers compelling new market research, fresh new use cases, and a comprehensive four-week plan that attendees can leverage to get their content marketing strategies immediately off the ground post-event.
It all started on Thanksgiving Eve. A colleague had recommended the “Serial” podcast to me a couple days prior, and while rolling my arancini for the next day’s Thanksgiving dinner, I decided to give it a try. I’ve never been a big fan of podcasts, but 15 minutes in and I was hooked. Two days later I was all caught up on the nine episodes that had been released at the time. Is binge listening to podcasts going to be the new “it” term? Continue reading →
There’s a marketing lesson to be learned in most situations, as proven by the bizarre way the ‘Alex from Target’ episode is unfolding.
This morning I did something I hate to do: I had to warm up my car.
As I walked to my car in the darkness that is 6:30 a.m. on one of the last few weeks of October, I noticed my windows were coated in a thin sheet of ice. The ice was easily penetrable, but I know it won’t be long before that ice will be sealing my car doors completely shut.
No one knows his or her way around an AP Style Book like Content Boost’s Quality Control Editor Peg Ventricelli. Passive voice, dangling modifiers, split infinitives … you name it, Peg can spot it. As the last set of eyes on content produced by CB’s team of editors, Peg ensures that every “t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted. Continue reading →