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As marketers, there is no richer experience than having meaningful dialogue with our industry counterparts. After all, just one quick conversation can give us the motivation to launch our next marketing campaign or encourage us to look at digital channels in a whole new light.
This very notion was on our minds when we conceptualized our first Content Boost Content Marketing Crash Course last December. Though we wanted to educate like-minded marketing professionals on the latest happenings in the industry—particularly content marketing happenings—we also wanted to create an open forum for all marketers to organically share their best tips and tricks. Our team was gratified that a group of busy marketers had the determination to spend a whole day listening to breakouts, participating in small group discussions and meeting one-on-one with our team. It shows just how much we crave insight into our craft and collaboration with our peers, especially in an eye-opening learning environment.
As more and more people turn to social networking sites as an all-inclusive location for their news, sports and entertainment, it has become more important than ever for marketers to be constantly plugged in to the trends of social media.
At first glance, the idea of constantly keeping up with the giant wealth of ever-changing information present on social networks seems incredibly daunting, especially for smaller businesses without the aid of a full marketing team. In reality, however, businesses with any size and capability can capitalize on social media trends to spread awareness of their brand.
I’ll admit… I am often late to crazes. It’s not that I don’t notice that something is taking off—be it Fitbits, smartphones or social media—it’s just that I suppose I like to come around to an idea on my own time, and not just because someone tells me I should be tapping into the latest fad.
I remember when I first heard of Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In” two years ago. It sounded like something I would love. After all, as a woman in management, I understood that Sheryl was addressing managers like me and encouraging me to use my leadership position to help other women achieve their own ambitions. But again, I am slow to crazes.
If you’re interested in content marketing chances are you’re most likely also interested in learning how your business will play in the world of social media.
It’s well known that many small- to medium-sized business owners are hesitant about getting on social media, specifically Twitter (I’ve come across too many to count). Oftentimes, they are worried they’re getting into the game too late and therefore won’t be able to compete with more established brands. I wanted to take a moment to share with you a recent experience that I had with this 140-character megaphone.
Opening day – the day every baseball fan anxiously awaits each spring. This year, Hostess decided to pay tribute to the beloved “holiday” with a tweet.
In case you missed it, it looked something like this:
Content rules the world.
Ok, that might be a stretch, but content is on the rise and it’s starting to rule the marketing world. A 2015 Smart Insights study found that content marketing is valued more by companies investing in digital marketing than big data, SEO and online PR combined! That’s good news, as the same study found 50 percent of B2C marketers expect their budgets to increase in 2015.
It’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?
You’ve launched your amazing new product or brand awareness campaign. You’ve used the tried and true, traditional routes: email marketing, print, social media, blogging, PPC. But you still need that extra push to put you over the edge. That’s where a blogger outreach campaign comes in.
In every industry, there are successful bloggers who boast a significant, loyal following and serious influence over their readers. But getting the attention of these influencers isn’t always as simple as you may think. Their inboxes are flooded each day with brands just like yours hoping to catch their attention. So how do you stand out in a sea of pitch letters?
With billions of users on social media each day, there is huge opportunity to tap into new audiences and better connect with existing customers. Beyond building relationships with customers, social media has been found to increase brand exposure, boost traffic to your website, improve SEO rankings, and provide significant ROI. Continue reading →