Author Archive: Keith Batter, Content Producer

What I Believe About Content Marketing

face to faceThe 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.

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No Business is Too Small for Content Boost

miniature-1700629_960_720.jpgLast weekend I had the pleasure of attending a birthday party for an old college roommate I hadn’t seen in years. He was a graduate of our university’s business school and launched a small, but successful business of his own last year. Because of his background, it didn’t surprise me to find that a number of guests in attendance had also ventured into entrepreneurship as well.

As a content marketer with limited social skills, I seized upon the opportunity to ask a number of these small business owners about their experience with content—and I must admit that I was shocked by my findings.
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Spice Up Your Content with a Pinch of Guerilla Marketing

shutterstock_131193488Marketers 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.

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Three New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Content Marketing Strategy in 2017

shutterstock_77165428With 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.

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Semi-Presidential Content Marketing Lessons from Election ‘16

contentdoctorWhile 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!

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Is Your Marketing Department Cursed?

hit-1407826__180Are 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?

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Leaky Pipes, Trust and Content Marketing

ThinkerWhen 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.

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Did Content Marketing Start the American Revolution?

paul-revere-1536168__180By the early 1760’s the relationship between the 13 original American colonies and Great Britain had been severely strained. The monarchy had for years been incrementally increasing taxes and tariffs on the colonies, without providing citizens a voice in Parliament. Citizens were being forced to house and quarter British soldiers and several violent episodes had brought the tension to a tipping point. By 1775, many of the leading colonialists—our founding fathers—were calling for a revolution to claim independence from Britain.

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The Five Types of Writers You Don’t Want Producing Your Content

FAIL_stampYour marketing department is likely full of knowledgeable, eager and creative individuals. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be good writers too. If you’ve been relying on your in-house marketers to drive production for your content marketing strategy, there is a possibility that their efforts may be counterproductive. While the implementation of a content marketing strategy can be highly effective in driving business growth, the wrong writer can send your audience the wrong message and ultimately do more harm than good.

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The Content Doctor Prescribes a Dose of Vitamin C

contentdoctorDear 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!

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