Dear 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.
Day one of ITEXPO West 2015, taking place throughout October 8 in beautiful Anaheim, California, started off with a bang with the help of Content Boost. Our Director of Brand Strategy, Allison Boccamazzo offered top insights and tips earlier today on how to make “content fireworks” during her first workshop entitled “Content Marketing: What It is And Why You Need It Now.”
During an intimate and interactive session, Boccamazzo drove home the importance of adopting a strategic content marketing strategy, which she aptly described as an integrated marketing strategy that involves crafting and sharing relevant, customized copy to drive profitability and brand awareness.
During the workshop attendees learned, for example, that content marketing costs 62 percent less than traditional marketing tactics (i.e. radio and television ads, billboards) and generates about three times as many leads. In other words, content marketing is an organization’s best bet for raising brand awareness and increasing lead generation—without breaking the bank.
I can still remember the moment I fell in love with craft beer and, believe it or not, it had nothing to do with the taste, color or aroma of these hop-filled brews.
I had just turned 21 and was flying out to visit my sister who now lives in Boulder, Colorado, which is home of some of the country’s best tasting, and most successful craft beers.
Yes, Colorado has a lot more to offer than that fizzy yellow water that Coors attempts to pass off as beer.
Having been out to Colorado once before turning 21, I was excited to return over the Thanksgiving holiday and tour some of the local breweries such as Avery Brewing Co. (before they moved into their massive new location). In fact, Avery was the first brewery I ever toured and it was the place where I learned that craft brewing is far more about culture, love and passion than it is about making a great beer (but it’s a lot about that, too).
In the words of songwriter Eric Church, “Like a stone, time rolls on,” and after a great summer working for Content Boost, it’s time for me to be rolling on as well. I can honestly say it’s been a great learning experience and that I truly appreciate the opportunity I was given to work here and hone my writing skills. Continue reading “Reflections on My Summer Internship at Content Boost”
I have written white papers. I have written case studies. I have written blogs, e-mail marketing messages and website copy. But as I prepare my best man toast for my best friend’s upcoming wedding, I am realizing none of it was this challenging.
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.
It’s hard to believe we at Content Boost were able to get our hands on this globetrotter. After working as journalist and editor in Connecticut, in 2000, Content Boost Content Producer Mark Lugris moved to Spain to start his own communications company, which published a travel magazine for German and English speaking tourists (impressive right!?).
His company also developed communication, marketing and translation projects with multinational corporations such as IBM, Coca-Cola, MSC, Loewe and Allianz Insurance.
“My time in Spain and Switzerland presented an incredible opportunity to work with major multinational companies in order to fulfill their marketing and communications objectives,” Mark said. “One of the most important lessons I learned from this experience was how language elicits a singular response in different cultures. Being aware of the cultural and linguistic perspectives of each client is vital to developing an effective and affecting campaign strategy.”
When he returned to the States a few months ago, we knew we had to reel in this seasoned marketer. Learn more about Mark in our five minute catch-up… Continue reading “Employee Spotlight: Five Minutes with Content Producer, Mark Lugris”
In April, we held the second iteration of our Content Boost Content Marketing Crash Course, a one-day educational seminar providing marketers with the opportunity to learn about content marketing best practices. We led a series of breakout sessions covering everything from the definition of content marketing (hint: using custom content to drive awareness and profitability around your brand) to the key ingredients of a robust blogging and lead-generation strategy.
We rounded out the day with a session titled “Getting the Boss to Say ‘Yes’ to Content Marketing,” designed to equip participants with the ammo needed to walk into their boss’s office and get the green light. Whether you are just starting out on your content marketing journey—or looking to get the “yes” for a new project—let’s take a look at how to get your boss on your side.
I’ve visited your Web page. I’ve read your products and service descriptions, analyzed your “About” section and scanned your blog. Unfortunately, there’s something missing. There are no case studies detailing clear-cut examples of how your company has directly helped any of your customers.
As a result of this shortcoming, I’m left scratching my head wondering why this is (as I head to Google and start searching for competitors who can show me clear-cut evidence their products and services can produce the strong results they claim).
The good news is that your business is not alone in its lack of case studies. This is a problem I see all of the time on both B2B and B2C websites. It’s puzzling, too, considering that customer case studies and success stories are the third most influential type of asset in the purchasing process for customers in both large enterprises and small businesses. Case studies communicate that other businesses trust your company, and they also pique interest from similar prospects who could benefit from your company. Continue reading “Why Don’t I See Any Case Studies On Your Website?”
In what is arguably the biggest social media story of the week, Joss Whedon, the screenwriter and director of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Avengers” films, stormed off Twitter after fans turned against him for what they perceived to be sexism and misogyny in the latest Avengers film, “Age of Ultron.”
Whedon deleted his account after Tweeters objected to his depiction of Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, in the film. Here’s a look at his seemingly ironic farewell message…