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The Top Five Social Media Blunders of 2014

Social media blunders can be extremely funny—until your organization is on the wrong end of the joke. In 2014 a large number of brands found themselves in the unenviable position of apologizing for social media gaffes which garnered negative media attention. Here are five of the worst social mistakes of 2014:

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5 Social Media Mistakes to Ditch in 2015

Let’s face it: we’ve all made some mistakes on social media. But somehow it still surprises me when the basics are thrown by the wayside. This year, make an early New Year’s resolution to finally ditch the following social media mistakes once and for all. social media UNSIZED

Spelling & grammatical errors: You proof read your emails before you send them out, your press release before it gets distributed, and your banner ads before they get posted. Get into the habit of doing the same with your social media posts. Yes, it’s more of a casual atmosphere than some other forms of business communication, but you’ll make yourself look like a fool if you don’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. Remember the old saying, “measure twice, cut once?” Apply the same principal to your social posts and re-read it twice, post once.

Inappropriate posts: In my very honest opinion, we live in an excessively sensitive world. You may view your joke as harmless, but your neighbor may see it as the most offensive thing they’ve heard. If a post seems like it could be on the verge of inappropriate or offensive, skip it altogether. Keep your brand’s personality and humor alive, but keep it tasteful. Continue reading →

3 Ways to Keep Your Content Marketing Strategy on Track During the Holidays

shutterstock_233551051The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year—unless you’re a content marketer. For most, the month of December is spent shopping for gifts, attending holiday parties and hitting the slopes. But for content marketers, the holiday season is spent wrapping up end of year projects, drafting content and launching last-minute campaigns—all while short staffed.

Let’s face it: managing your content marketing strategy is stressful enough without having to deal with all of the distractions the holiday season brings. To avoid feeling overwhelmed and ensure your strategy continues to run smoothly, here are some helpful tips to consider: Continue reading →

Content Marketing: Teach, Don’t Preach

I get asked the question all the time, even by my wife and parents: What is content marketing? If you’re hearing the term for the first time, the best place to start is a basic definition: Content marketing is a marketing strategy centered on creating and distributing valuable, relevant content designed to attract and acquire consumers. But to understand this hot term further, it’s critical to understand how content marketing differs from traditional marketing in the way it actually attracts and acquires those customers. Continue reading →

Social Media Contests: Good or Bad Idea?

photo 2A few months ago, I entered a contest on Twitter to win a free spa getaway at the lovely Mayflower Grace in Washington, Connecticut. Excited and shocked to learn I was the winner, (I rarely win things) I immediately shared my excitement on social media.

When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by friendly staff, and escorted to our beautiful room with a breath-taking garden view. Everything was exquisite, from the delicious food to the out-of-this world spa. At dinner that night, we were asked by our waiter what we did to deserve to win such a great prize. “I think I entered my email address and retweeted something,” I responded. The waiter looked less than impressed, expecting my answer to be a bit more long-winded and involved. His response got me thinking – what is the true value of a contest on social media? Continue reading →

Overarching Theme at Inbound Marketing Summit 2014: Content is the Future

20141112_150001When I first heard of the Inbound Marketing Summit, designed for content marketing visionaries and evangelists like myself who love to convene, share, collaborate and learn, I was all in. As the Boston-hosted event neared and the agenda was posted, I was particularly intrigued with how intimate the event appeared to be.

As someone who attends a fair amount of trade shows, I am used to darting feverishly between track sessions, networking on massive trade show floors and finding the most comfortable pair of flats I can locate to survive the miles of walking. So you can imagine my curiosity when I discovered this show had zero tracks and was being held in a historic castle. But, I have to say, it was a nice change of pace.

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Will We See You at Our Dec. Content Marketing Crash Course?

From our content marketing keynote panel at ITEXPO in August

From our content marketing keynote panel at ITEXPO in August

Right around the time Content Boost started holding content marketing breakouts, keynotes and panels at various trade shows—including our very own ITEXPO events—we got asked the same question by many attendees: do we ever hold seminars or training courses throughout the year? The short answer was no, but the long answer was… not yet.

Quickly, we started to pick up on a very common trend in the industry: people did not want to have to wait until conferences or trade shows to receive best-in-class content marketing training. Perhaps more importantly, they didn’t want to have to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for one-off seminars. Instead, they wanted a way to stay current with the latest industry trends and strategies for improving upon their existing marketing efforts.

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Three Reasons Why Your Content Isn’t Going Viral

shutterstock_225896623You’ve just spent weeks creating the best piece of content that’s ever been written. The headline is insanely witty, the graphics are great, the content is rich and you’re 100 percent sure that it’s going to go viral.

But it doesn’t…sigh.

Unfortunately, we all know how this feels—it stinks (to put it nicely). You put your blood, sweat and tears into creating an awesome piece of content only to have it fall flat. So, what gives? Well, it may be due to the fact that your content is lacking the following three things: Continue reading →

Employee Spotlight: Five Minutes with Content Producer, Justin Reynolds

shutterstock_142997941Before this “hard-hitting news guy” joined Content Boost, Justin Reynolds was serving as an editor for AOL’s Patch.com in Fairfield County, Connecticut. As one of CB’s Content Producers, Justin draws on his extensive experience in the newsroom to help clients develop custom copy and spearhead content strategies.

“A lot of our clients build cutting-edge technology in their respective fields,” he said. “So there’s really never a dull moment around these parts, particularly for those who enjoy learning and strategizing.” Continue reading →

Employee Spotlight: Five Minutes with Social Media Marketing Manager, Diana Stein

shutterstock_142997941Being a social media marketing manager is no walk in the park. Managing numerous social accounts, launching strategic campaigns and shifting through metrics can make anyone’s head spin— unless you’re Content Boost’s Diana Stein.

As CB’s very own “social media guru,” Diana began her career in 2008, representing the social presence of several well-known recording artists. Since then, Diana has been involved in social media marketing for local businesses, non-profit organizations and everything in between. Continue reading →

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