Don’t get me wrong; I definitely believe in the power and prominence of digital marketing. After all, digital vehicles like eNewsletters, blogs and digital magazines are ranked as top tactics being used by marketers today, according to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI)’s “2015 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends—North America” report. Furthermore, research from Gartner shows that digital marketing budgets will increase by 8 percent in 2015.
There’s no denying that digital marketing is here to stay, but, still, there is something exciting—inherently dynamic even—about having a face-to-face interaction.
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As a marketer it can be tough handling countless, never-ending obligations on a week-to-week basis. If only we were tasked with sitting down and banging out 20-plus stories by the end of the week we would feel infinitely less stressed.
But this is the real world where marketers have calendar pop-ups and strategically placed post-it notes to remind us to update editorial calendars, review client workloads, conduct weekly client calls and attend monthly internal team meetings, among many other responsibilities. Before you know it, that once blank schedule is now filled to the brim with a number of seemingly small tasks that quickly add up—and it can be completely overwhelming.
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We’ve all been there before: You look at your schedule and immediately feel overwhelmed by the myriad of impending calls, reminders and meetings, but you need to get an article done by the end of the day in order to make its deadline.
“Today is looking like one of those days,” you think as you ease into your chair, obligatory cup of coffee in hand. So…what do you do?
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As the Northeast experiences reportedly one of the worst snow storms in the region’s history, our team kicked off Content Boost’s highly-anticipated Content Marketing Workshops today at ITEXPO 2015, taking place now through January 30 in sunny Miami, Florida.
Our team returned for Content Boost’s second annual workshop series after a rousing debut at last year’s event. This year’s series, consisting of three half-hour workshop presentations, offers compelling new market research, fresh new use cases, and a comprehensive four-week plan that attendees can leverage to get their content marketing strategies immediately off the ground post-event.
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So you created a blog and have been posting frequently. The good news is that you’re reaping the many benefits of your blogging efforts, from increased site traffic and lead conversion to bolstered brand awareness. But as any good marketer knows, you always have to be 10 steps ahead in the game.
That means digging deeper into data to improve and fine-tune your strategy. In other words, taking a look at how your blog is performing (how many people are visiting your blog, clicking on certain pieces of content, etc.) to learn what you should do differently. After all, what’s the good of blogging if you’re unsure of how your strategy is performing? To get fully value out of any content strategy, you must extract key insights to make necessary changes and improvements. A go-to tool for doing so is Google Analytics. Continue reading “Google Analytics: Three Things You Can Do to Amplify Your Efforts”
Like many people, I tuned in this year to watch “How to Get Away with Murder” (HTGAWM), the newest brainchild of producer Shonda Rhimes (who created hit dramas like “Grey’s Anatomy and “Scandal”) and creator Peter Norwalk.
The show quickly became the year’s most promising new series; it was renewed for a second season and has already been nominated for a slew of awards. So what the heck does this have to do with content marketing? Let me tell you…
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It’s that time of year where virtually everyone is making a New Year’s resolution. In years past, for example, I resolved to see more concerts and to be kinder to others. You too, have probably set personal goals for yourself in the past—losing weight, quitting a bad habit—but maybe this year you’re considering making a professional commitment for your company.
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There’s a marketing lesson to be learned in most situations, as proven by the bizarre way the ‘Alex from Target’ episode is unfolding.
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This morning I did something I hate to do: I had to warm up my car.
As I walked to my car in the darkness that is 6:30 a.m. on one of the last few weeks of October, I noticed my windows were coated in a thin sheet of ice. The ice was easily penetrable, but I know it won’t be long before that ice will be sealing my car doors completely shut.
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While I am a content marketer, I am also a consumer of dozens of products and services. I craft email marketing messages for clients during the day and at night filter through emails sent from retailers and services at night. So, as a consumer, I have a very important question to ask: Do you really read eNewsletters?
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