Extreme Marketing—Personalization and AI

girl-320262_sizedConsumers are inundated with content as company after company seeks to garner their business in one way or another. But, there’s a limit to how much one person can take in and respond to on any given day. As a result, today’s brands must take extreme measures to make any headway with key targets. So, which of their marketing strategies is proving most successful at gaining buyer interest, engagement and loyalty?

The answer is personalization—personalization of marketing messages to the nth degree.  Continue reading “Extreme Marketing—Personalization and AI”

I’m Supposed to Look at Playboy for the Articles Now?

playboy-42527_1280What happens to a business when its preeminent product becomes passe? Just ask Playboy founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner. The 90-year-old magazine magnate agreed to stop publishing images of naked women—Playboy’s claim to fame—with the March 2016 issue of the 62-year-old publication, which debuted in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe on the cover.

What caused Hef to change his tune? As the Internet evolved and pornographic images became freely available, the magazine known the world over for its provocative photos was forced to undergo a redesign. The content was simply no longer relevant, having lost out to the Web in shock value, commercial value and cultural significance. Continue reading “I’m Supposed to Look at Playboy for the Articles Now?”

The Content Doctor Will See You Now

contentdoctorDear Content Doctor: I was recently hired to join the marketing department of a reputable, well-established organization in my hometown. When I accepted the position, it was with the understanding that marketing would be enabled to do its job with the full cooperation of the C-suite. I believed that any company of note in today’s day and time would understand the need to leverage forward-thinking marketing strategies to get a leg up on the competition.

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How to Humanize Your Brand With Storytelling

You’ve heard it before:  The best way to attract new customers and strengthen relationships with existing ones is by connecting with them in a deeply human way. Often, though, establishing a human connection via digital mediums presents a challenging task for marketers. After all, the Web creates a barrier between you and your audience. Unique, personalized stories that resonate with your audience work to diminish this obstacle, and help to create meaningful customer relationships.

Before we begin discussing strategy and highlighting great examples of brand storytelling, let’s talk about what not to do. “Brand storytelling” might make you think this will serve as a great platform to share your brand’s unique story. While this is certainly important, it is not what brand storytelling is about. Rather, this content marketing strategy is about telling the stories of your consumers so they can feel more connected to your brand.

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Nobody Wants To See Your Commercials In Their News Feeds

Recently I was browsing through my Facebook News Feed, when I saw a lame commercial advertisement for a leading insurance company.

facebook-748885_1280I’ll be honest with you: I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in this commercial. In fact, it was a nuisance. After all, I don’t log into Facebook to watch commercials. This is something I tell my clients all the time. But more about this in a bit.

What I was interested in was the comments section underneath the video. Continue reading “Nobody Wants To See Your Commercials In Their News Feeds”

Inspiring Content Attracts Inspirational Influencers

crayons-SIZED1280Two words that describe the Crayola brand are imaginative and artful. Since the company’s beginnings in the early 1900s straight through to today, these descriptors have remained relevant despite the fact that the company’s products have continually changed. From simple wax crayons to the newfangled Digital Light Designer, Crayola’s “true north,” according to Vicky Lozano, VP of Corporate Strategy, is “to help parents and teachers raise creative and inspired kids.”

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Don’t Forget to Pack Your Content Strategy for Interop

Your bags are packed for Vegas. Your out of office reply is queued. It’s the Friday before Interop, where you’re headed to showcase your company’s latest innovations. The only thing left to do is check your flight and make sure you get to the airport on time. Right?

checklist-911841_1920.pngWrong! Roll up your sleeves: You have some last-minute marketing points to hone before you board the plane. After all, you don’t want to arrive without all the tools in hand to deliver the best impression possible to your key targets.

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Three Ways to Make Your Content Blossom This Spring

tulip-690320_1280Springtime is a light at the end of a dark and seemingly never-ending tunnel for residents of New England. Though we are used to crazy weather, the wintry mix of snow, sleet and arctic winds can quell the spirits of even the staunchest optimists among us. Spring’s long, warm days and blossoming flowers are a welcome relief after the cold and ice.

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Marketers: Are You Ready to Excel in 2Q16?

ducks-in-a-row-236325_1280If the first quarter of 2016 didn’t knock your socks off, I have a few tips for ensuring 2Q16 moves your marketing team in a better direction.

Many bumps in the road can be attributed to poor planning. So, let’s make sure that your content marketing strategy is headed in the right direction. A recent Curata infographic has removed some of the guesswork by foretelling 2016 content marketing trends.

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