Three Essential Content Tactics for Travel Industry Marketing

If there is one thing I’ve learned about content marketing it’s that not all digital channels are ideally suited for every industry. Before you get started, you should first take into consideration the types of channels your audience uses the most as well as the ones capable of encapsulating your voice most effectively.

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CEO’s: Why You Need to Cast Your Voice and Tell Your Story

You know those people who create fake email accounts in order to avoid being inundated with messages from companies on a daily basis? Well, I’m not one of those people.

There’s nothing wrong with being this kind of person, but I’m glad I’m not one of them. Sure, I get slammed with emails everyday from all sorts of companies—many that I admittedly am no longer interested in—but some of these messages really grab my attention. These digital diamonds in the inbox rough, if you will, are intermittent reminders of why I opt to add my name to email subscription lists. I received one such email last week from clothing retailer GAP.

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How do I Reach my Target Audience? Crystal Knows

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.

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I’m Ready for Content Marketing … Where Do I Start?

pic812It’s amazing the difference a year can make. I vividly remember attending a number of 2014 trade shows and having conversations with attendees about content marketing. They would go something like this:

Attendee: What do you do?

Me: I head up TMC’s content marketing division, Content Boost.

Attendee: What is content marketing?

Me: A marketing tactic that involves leveraging content—think blogs, white papers, email marketing messages—to organically sell your products and services.

Attendee: Oh … that’s just advertising, right?

#FAIL.

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The No. 1 Reason Your Customers are Avoiding You

shutterstock_223060006Like many people, I hate, loathe, detest when my inbox is full of emails from companies that I’ve never even heard of, or visited only once. So, I’ve admittedly resorted to giving away my dear friend’s email address (whose name I will not mentioned for fear she will disown me) to avoid being flooded by spam messages. Call me a bad friend, a creative genius or what have you, but I simply can’t stand junk email.

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Free People: Delicate Fashionistas, Hardcore Content Marketing Strategists

Free People is a women’s fashion retailer, which for the most part appears to be run by a group of bohemian flower children. But, don’t be fooled by the company’s laid back demeanor and whimsical appearance as it packs a powerful punch when it comes to content marketing. Marketers and brands alike have much to learn from Free People’s use of multichannel marketing. Here are some different mediums they use to show off their creative strategy: Continue reading “Free People: Delicate Fashionistas, Hardcore Content Marketing Strategists”

ITEXPO Content Marketing Workshops Return to Miami

IMG_20141204_113151137It seems like just yesterday that it was August and our team was gearing up for our first-ever ITEXPO content marketing workshop. The goal was simple: we kick off the four-day business technology and communications convention, hosted by our parent company TMC, with a series of content marketing seminars.

So we racked our brains trying to discern what topics would be most relevant for attendees at the biannual trade show. We searched for the latest market research to weave into our three presentations, and we started marketing these workshops like crazy to drive attendance.

And it worked.

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Content Marketing Workshops Kick Off Today: Will We See You There?

shutterstock_161159720Today officially kicks off the first day of ITEXPO 2014, and the excitement and energy are palpable. Attendees are flooding registration to collect their badges; the TMC team is running around feverishly to make sure opening day sessions—including the Smart Voice Conference and M2M Evolution—go off without a hitch; and Editor’s Day is in full swing as the Content Boost and TMCnet editors meet with various companies to hear their unique company stories.

If you’re already in Vegas and looking to take advantage of each and every minute, I hope you will join me as I lead our Content Boost-sponsored content marketing workshops, taking place today from 2:30-5 pm PT. Here’s a look at the lineup for today’s sessions:

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With August Approaching the Question on Marketers’ Minds is, ‘How Can I Slow Down Time?’

shutterstock_98725346Here at the office, I am constantly chastised by my team for saying the following: Summer is almost over. And I don’t say it to be cruel. After the polar vortex last winter, I am hardly wishing for snow.

It’s just that as marketers, the fast-pace of the job keeps us on our toes, our fingers feverishly typing away on the keyboard and our carpal tunnel persistent. And, before we know it, June turns to July, July turns to August, and August turns to September, which starts fall. (See… I’m not that off in my thinking with how fast the weeks go).

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Your Customers are Listening, Just Not to You

socialSay goodbye to traditional advertising and hello to word-of-mouth marketing.

Today’s consumers no longer reach out to businesses for information. Instead, they consult their peers and networking circle when making a purchasing decision. In fact, 92 percent of all consumers report that a word-of-mouth recommendation is the “leading reason they buy a product or service,” according to Nielsen and Roper Reports.

So how can businesses join in on the chatter and engage consumers? Two words: social media.

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