Now that we’re about to turn the corner into July, many of your employees could be taking time off from work for various reasons—like for vacations, conferences, weddings, you name it. July and August are prime months for being out of the office and sometimes, paid time off requests can pop up out of nowhere and when you least expect them. It’s important, therefore, that you look ahead and figure out whether you have the manpower to see your editorial department through this time of limited resources.
After all, while your employees can always take time off from work, your blog and social content need to keep rolling. Otherwise, if you pause your calendar and focus on other tasks while your main writers are out of town, you could risk losing readers who may forget to come back. Continue reading →
In just a few weeks, we will be holding our third iteration of our Content Boost Content Marketing Crash Course, a one-day educational seminar providing marketers with the opportunity to learn about content marketing best practices. Taking place July 15 in the Big Apple, the crash course will feature a series of breakout sessions covering everything from the how to get the “yes” to content marketing (hint: do plenty of research upfront!) to the key ingredients of a robust blogging, social media and email marketing strategy.
But to get things started, we will jump-start the day with a session titled “Getting the Boss to Say Yes to Content Marketing,” designed to equip participants with the ammo needed to walk into their boss’s office and get the green light. Whether you are just starting out on your content marketing journey—or looking to get the “yes” for a new project—let’s take a look at how to get your boss on your side.
As any marketer will agree, content marketing feeds that curious and adventurous spirit in all of us. I’m always learning something new and no two days ever feels the same. At the same time, content marketing reinforces tactics and strategies that we inherently know, and it’s great to be reminded of them time and again.
This week, I decided to begin a “Friday Reflections” series, dedicated to doing X y and Z. I truly believe that personal growth, development and fulfillment come from reflecting not only on new lessons learned, but also on those things that we already know. Revisiting our roots as marketers is what will help keep us grounded and level headed.
So this is my promise to you: Every other Friday I (or another member of my team—I have challenged them to join me!) am going to challenge myself to turn away from my stack of emails and ongoing projects, and reflect on the Continue reading →
It’s time we had an important talk: Your editorial process is killing your beautiful content. Here’s why.
First, one of your staff writers creates a witty, thought-provoking article for your website. Next, the piece must go to an editor—or two—for quality inspection before landing back on your writer’s desk. It may go back and forth multiple times. After that, the post may go to a high-ranking executive for messaging approval before being passed along to a board of directors. Finally, it must pass through your legal team. Several weeks—or sometimes months—later, the post winds up on your website—a tired, bland, and likely outdated version of its former self.
And you wonder why nobody is sharing your content on social media! Continue reading →
I’ve been asked by a lot of our clients recently, “Will a rebrand hurt our corporate image?” It’s an interesting question. After all, it seems like for years, we as marketers had to convince the powers that be within our organizations to worry about things like website layouts, logos and company slogans. We finally won and, as a result, many of us vowed we would never go down that rocky path again. But now suddenly we are realizing that oftentimes as our brands pivot in terms of strategic direction and positioning, our branding efforts have to shift as well. And sometimes a corporate rebrand is necessary.
So my answer to you is, “No, a rebrand will not hurt your corporate image… so long as you do it right.”
Lately, it appears that most marketing content is geared towards millenials or even baby boomers. Although I’m sure they’re all perfectly nice people, it seems like Generation X—born between 1961 and 1981—has been relegated to second-class citizen status when it comes to product promotion.
I don’t only say that because I am approaching middle age (whatever that means) and feeling left out, but because I believe that much of what defines our popular culture today—such as rap music and ground-breaking TV series like “Breaking Bad,” “The Sopranos” and “Sex in the City”—is a product of my generation. Therefore, our absence from marketing content seems like an anomaly.
Six years ago I was invited on a golf trip for the first time with a group of other highly enthusiastic golfers like myself. The trip destination changes every year and in my inaugural year, it so happened that we ventured up to the Syracuse, NY area to Turning Stone Resort and Casino.