The Infinite Monkey Theorem suggests that if a monkey was to hit random keys on a keyboard for an infinite period of time, eventually the monkey will have typed the complete works of William Shakespeare.
But what does the Infinite Monkey Theorem have to do with content marketing? More than you might think! Continue reading →
Marketers with a firm understanding of the best practices for content creation grasp that it is important to generate fresh, informative material on a regular basis. Most marketers also understand that it is important to write in a style that reflects the voice of their brand in a way that will strike a chord with customers.
Following content marketing best practices is certainly advisable, but strict adherence to these principles can also lead your organization down a dangerous path—there is a distinct possibility that your audience will get bored.
With New Year’s Eve just 24 hours away, it is possible that your marketing budget for 2017 is already set in stone. You may already have an idea about the products, services and events your department will be tasked with promoting in the year to come. But even if it seems like your responsibilities in the year to come are not subject to change, you should take a moment to consider one of the most important lessons of New Year’s Eve—it’s never too late to change.
While this year’s Kafkaesque presidential election cycle may have revealed, exacerbated and brought political divisiveness to a new level in 2016, there is one major issue that nearly anyone, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum, can agree on: at least the campaigns are over. We can now reflect back on how we came to this point and ponder the important business of what comes next.
I, for one, have been paying close attention to the frenzied election cycle. Viewed through a marketer’s lens, it is clear to see that presidential campaigns are no different from a business’ campaign to sell a product or service: to the best marketing department go the spoils!
Are your marketing campaigns falling on deaf ears? Do your organization’s social media accounts leave you feeling like a wallflower? Are your leads going cold? Is your content stale and gathering digital dust?
Do you ever get the sense that maybe your marketing department is cursed?
When we moved into our new home, my wife and I knew that there was ample work to be done. While the house was structurally sound there were enough bullet points on the inspection report that I could reasonably argue it qualified as a fixer-upper.
But many of the aesthetic touch-ups we wanted to tackle had to be put on hold when we discovered that both our showers were leaking water into the first floor. Having just moved in, we didn’t know how long the problem had persisted, and we wouldn’t know the extent of the damage until we cut into our sheetrock to diagnose the problem.
Dear Content Doctor: I think there’s a bug going around my organization’s marketing department. After developing a content strategy and hitting the ground running, we’re now generating leads at a sluggish pace. We try our best to come up with fresh content but at this point it seems like we’re regurgitating the same old things. Our user engagement on social media, site traffic and SEO rankings are reaching all-time lows.
It’s not like our entire staff is on bed rest, but trying to find the time to figure out what ails our content between all our other priorities has me feeling sick!