Category Archives: Brand Strategy

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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SEO Is All About Content

seo-758264_1280Business owners have a decision to make when it comes to website marketing: do it in-house or farm it out to a content strategy vendor. The most important determinant for this choice is the quality of the content that will be created. After all, your brand’s very worth will be impacted by the content you use to engage customers, position your products and services, and create a brand “voice.”

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Put Your Content Marketing Strategy in Writing Before 2017!

2017-goals-sizedIf your content marketing strategy isn’t documented, getting buy-in from stakeholders will be pretty difficult. Gaining team collaboration around the strategy and measuring its effectiveness will be tricky as well. What are you waiting for? Without a documented strategy for your custom content, your 2016 successes must have been hit-or-miss at best. Continue reading →

How Mobility Helps Marketers Engage More Customers

stock-624712_1280Everything users do on their smartphones and tablets leaves a digital footprint. Savvy marketers are collecting that information to benefit their customers and prospects and, hence, their brands. Such opportunities are expanding exponentially these days as the mobile audience surpasses the desktop audience, now representing 65 percent and 35 percent, respectively, of all digital media time. Continue reading →

No Time To Blog? No Problem

As an executive, you are rarely in one place for more than a few days at a time. You are constantly bouncing around the world visiting clients and partners, marketing your products and speaking at industry events.

business-man-1031755_1280In short, your schedule is maxed out. So while you want to contribute to your blog, you just don’t have the time. There are too many other competing projects to focus on.

Consider this, though: On a daily basis, you… Continue reading →

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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Extreme Marketing—Personalization and AI

girl-320262_sizedConsumers are inundated with content as company after company seeks to garner their business in one way or another. But, there’s a limit to how much one person can take in and respond to on any given day. As a result, today’s brands must take extreme measures to make any headway with key targets. So, which of their marketing strategies is proving most successful at gaining buyer interest, engagement and loyalty?

The answer is personalization—personalization of marketing messages to the nth degree.  Continue reading →

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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Eight Things You Would Rather Do Instead of Blogging

You have a problem: Your blog needs content—and lots of it.

You’re not feeling up to the challenge, though. You hate writing—detest it, even. The blank page frightens you. And the thought of having to generate ideas—week in and week out—is maddening.

How much do you hate writing? Here are eight things you would rather do than spend any time producing content for your blog: Continue reading →

I’m Supposed to Look at Playboy for the Articles Now?

playboy-42527_1280What happens to a business when its preeminent product becomes passe? Just ask Playboy founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner. The 90-year-old magazine magnate agreed to stop publishing images of naked women—Playboy’s claim to fame—with the March 2016 issue of the 62-year-old publication, which debuted in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe on the cover.

What caused Hef to change his tune? As the Internet evolved and pornographic images became freely available, the magazine known the world over for its provocative photos was forced to undergo a redesign. The content was simply no longer relevant, having lost out to the Web in shock value, commercial value and cultural significance. Continue reading →