‘Twas the Night Before the Content Marketing Crash Course

IMG_20141204_134926211Today feels like Christmas Eve. Though we don’t have stockings hung, Christmas trees lit or holiday music blasting from the radio in our office, exhilaration and anticipation are in the air here at Content Boost—and I can promise you a number of us will be awake all night long with unbridled excitement for tomorrow.

That’s because tomorrow, April 21st, we will hold our second iteration of our Content Marketing Crash Course, designed to present marketers with the opportunity to talk content marketing, complete with trade tips and tricks from seasoned professionals. We held our inaugural crash course last December, and the standing-room only attendance and riveting marketing discussions confirmed that we had to hold another event this year.

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Content Marketing Seminar Returns in April, Will We See You There?

IMG_20141204_134926211It was right after I had led a series of content marketing seminars during TMC’s ITEXPO last August when a participant came up to me and said, “Do you offer content marketing training in your Connecticut office? I would love to come.” At that exact moment I realized how valuable it would be to host a Content Boost content marketing educational workshop.

Right when we returned from the show, our executive team discussed this inquiry and determined that this attendee could not be alone in wanting extra content marketing education. With that in mind, we set the date for our first-ever Content Marketing Crash Course, a one-day complimentary seminar that provides marketers with the opportunity to learn the latest about content marketing and pick our teams’ brains. Last year’s December event exceeded all expectations with standing-room only attendance, riveting one-on-one discussions and incredible attendee engagement. (My favorite part had to be walking around the room during the “breaks” and just listening in to the engaging, organic conversations taking place.)

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Major Brand Thinking Out of the Box on Social Media

Today’s brands are savvy. They’re utilizing social media to handle customer service requests and to connect intimately with customers where they hang out most. But some brands are taking it to the next level, pushing the envelope on what social media can truly accomplish.

marcjacobsFashion icon Marc Jacobs recently finished up his second casting call for a new ad campaign through social media, and the results were impressive. Aspiring models were encouraged to post photos of themselves through Instagram and Twitter, using hashtag #castmemarc to become the new face of Marc by Marc Jacobs. Over 70,000 hopefuls entered during the one week casting period, eager to be part of an ad campaign for one of today’s hottest fashion brands. Eligible participants were narrowed down to the final 50, then 30, and finally nine lucky winners. Marc Jacobs got fresh new faces for their campaign, and nine aspiring models got a chance to build their careers: a win-win. Continue reading “Major Brand Thinking Out of the Box on Social Media”

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 “TurboTax Mardi Gras Campaign Wins Content Marketing Beads”

Content Boost Invades Miami Today to Spread the Word About Content Marketing

IMG_20141204_113151137Can I just say I love having Wi-Fi on a flight? At some 10,000 feet in the air, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to talk to all of you about what’s on the Content Boost road map for this week. As you read this, I am en route to sunny Miami with several members of the Content Boost team to attend TMC’s biannual technology and communications convention, ITEXPO.

I know what you are thinking… how the heck did we get in the air from New York when 5,000 flights were grounded by 11 a.m.? Well it took an hour on the tarmac to de-ice the plane, a TON of anxiety-ridden conversations and a lot of patience and we were on our way. #ThankYouDelta.

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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 “Warning: You Are Losing Sight of the Customer”

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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Q&A With Joe Pulizzi: Pulling Back the Curtain on Content Marketing

I first got the chance to hear Content Marketing Institute (CMI) founder—and content marketing evangelist—Joe Pulizzi speak two years ago at CMWorld. I remember taking note of how everyone’s eyes lit up when he took the stage, of attendees furiously trying to jot down every content marketing tidbit he shared, and of the electricity in the air—which was surpassed only by Joe’s own magnetism.

IMG_5329So, imagine my excitement when I was able to lock down some time with this renowned marketing guru to get his 2 cents on the latest happenings in the content marketing space (no Joe, I am not trying to butter you up!). After all, any insight I can gain from other industry thought leaders is a gift I can bring back to our clients. Our job at Content Boost is simple: We will always be your eyes and ears in the content marketing space, bringing any insight, tools, techniques and tactics to you so that together we can implement them in your organization.

Therefore, a number of the questions I asked Joe are one’s you ask me every day. Here’s a look at some of the highlights of our conversation:

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