Believe it or not, every blog has a personality. It’s hard to see this when you are posting content on a regular basis, but your readers will easily pick up on things that you might not notice.
Unfortunately, there are some habits that could be sucking the life out of your blog and dampening its overall effect on your brand image. Are you guilty of any of the following?
Providing too much personal information: Now don’t get me wrong, adding a little bit of personal information, like an anecdote about your day or a recent family outing gone awry, can help build a connection with readers if used sparingly. However, make sure to draw a firm line between your personal life and your professional blog. If you do add a personal touch to your blog, make sure it’s tasteful, positive and helps support the larger topic at hand. Avoid ranting and raving at all costs. Continue reading →
Target and Home Depot among Brands Busted with Fake Followers: Lessons Every Content Marketer Should Know
People enjoy following and engaging with their favorite brands on Twitter. And for us marketers, it’s part of the job to have Twitter open throughout the workday; it’s where we find inspiration for stories, content programs and engagement tactics. But what if you found out that you were among a sea of fake Twitter followers for a brand you personally love? And, even worse, what if you discovered that a brand you look towards as a leader for social media engagement was full of phony numbers? Continue reading →
In a bit of an “Ah-Ha!” moment recently, it struck me that one of the most common content obstacles I see marketers wrestling with is fear. Not fear of heights or spiders, but rather of disseminating content that steps on toes or frames a discussion in a different—perhaps even controversial—way.
Are your current content marketing efforts falling short? Are you close to giving up? Content marketing is a challenge for many businesses large and small. After all, producing enough content to feed the proverbial marketing beast is difficult.
The biggest reason why marketers fail at content marketing, however, is not because they can’t keep up with content. Rather, the challenge is creating content that’s actually engaging. In other words, marketers write like marketers: copy that’s grossly promotional, stale and, frankly, uninteresting. Continue reading →
On the nights when I don’t have plans with friends, I find myself searching for new food recipes online to make for my family. I’m no Top Chef, but I know my way around the kitchen. While reading my favorite food blog “Not Without Salt,” I got thinking: marketers can learn a lot from food blogs. Not only are they instructional, informative and easy to read, but they’re entertaining and engaging— all things that we as marketers should keep in mind while blogging.
In terms of content on his website, there’s not much there. But you should try to take a look at the content that does live there that gets updated every few months which can be found in the news section (which, as someone who is signed up for his mailing list, I believe doubles as his mailing list updates as well). Continue reading →