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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 →

How Not to Fail at Content Marketing: Advice Backed by Research

shutterstock_187281707There’s no shortage of advice on the Web. Heck, you can Google just about anything from how to dress your cat to how to raise a chicken farm. At times, however, it can be hard to sift through all the noise to find real, applicable advice— especially when it comes to content marketing.

Let’s do a quick exercise. Open up a browser and navigate to your preferred search engine, then type in the phrase “how to be successful at content marketing.” How many search results did you get? Chances are you got around 6,240,000 results—or 6,240,000 different opinions. Continue reading →

9 Content Marketing ‘Hacks’ that Will Simplify Your Life

shutterstock_192400145Let’s face it; most marketers have a love/hate relationship with content (unless you’re like me). It’s the fuel that drives your marketing strategy, but it’s also the monster under your bed that keeps you up at night. I get it; writing mind-blowing headlines, creating editorial calendars, and editing 10-page whitepapers are enough to make your head spin.

But don’t give up on content just yet. Rekindle your relationship and uncomplicate your life with my nine content marketing hacks (because who really has time to read 10?): Continue reading →

The Ello Manifesto: Why Your Brand Should Listen Up

If you haven’t yet heard of Ello, let’s get you up to speed. It’s the new social network that has exploded in popularity over the last couple of weeks, gaining a reported 27,000 new users per hour. Their manifesto sums up what they’re all about:

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Is Your Blog Converting Your Consumers?

shutterstock_94805161There are so many signs that I’m a content marketer (thanks for the great list of signs Brooke!). I catch myself wishing I could edit my husband’s texts for grammar, sorry sweetie!; I look at every trade show flyer, TV commercial and digital signage ad and wonder, “Could I have done better?”; and I get ridiculously excited when my number of Twitter followers grows.

I even prefer staying in resorts/hotels/getaways that rely on a robust content marketing strategy. In other words, I’m that person.

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