Why You Should Consider Trying That ‘Meh’ Marketing Tactic You’ve Been Thinking About

The other day I was preparing a dish of halved avocado filled with cottage cheese and a drizzle of sriracha sauce, and offered a bite to my fiancé. He was pretty reluctant to try it at first, saying that he had never eaten avocados before and they looked like they would taste bad. However, one small, hesitant nibble turned into the plate being finished off completely.

As it turns out, he likes eggplant and zucchini, too.

mehSo, what does trying new veggies have to do with content marketing? Most organizations tend to have content marketing tactics that they love using because they sit well on the palette—like blogs, social media and case studies. Then there are those tactics that seem like they’ll taste funny. For your organization, this may be a tactic that you consider unconventional or have overlooked, like an infographic or eNewsletter. For your marketing team, a first response may be “meh” rather than “yeah!” Continue reading “Why You Should Consider Trying That ‘Meh’ Marketing Tactic You’ve Been Thinking About”

Three Types of Engaging Content You Can Begin Producing Today

According to the Content Marketing Institute’s (CMI) “2016 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends—North America” report, B2B engagement picmarketers continue to be heavily focused on creating engaging content. In fact, 72 percent of marketers surveyed by CMI claimed it’s their top priority for 2016.

So, what exactly is engaging content?
That is, what kind of content should teams be producing to attract and, more importantly, retain readers? And how can content then convert those readers into repeat customers and loyal brand advocates?

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Trick-or-Treat? Addressing the Scary and Sweet Sides of Social Media

halloween picThe Halloween season is upon us once again and visions of candy corns are dancing in our heads…

But marketers don’t get to trick-or-treat for candy. Instead, we’re collecting and sorting the tricks and treats of the social media realm, also known as consumer feedback—and believe me some of it can be downright frightening.

So how can you appropriately address the influx of both negative and positive feedback which emerge on your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts day-in and day-out? Well, besides throwing salt over your shoulder or avoiding black cats at all costs, try heeding these quick tips.

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IT Innovators Meet Content Marketing Specialists At This Year’s ITEXPO West 2015

shutterstock_270534107 (1)Day one of ITEXPO West 2015, taking place throughout October 8 in beautiful Anaheim, California, started off with a bang with the help of Content Boost.  Our Director of Brand Strategy, Allison Boccamazzo offered top insights and tips earlier today on how to make “content fireworks” during her first workshop entitled “Content Marketing: What It is And Why You Need It Now.”

During an intimate and interactive session, Boccamazzo drove home the importance of adopting a strategic content marketing strategy, which she aptly described as an integrated marketing strategy that involves crafting and sharing relevant, customized copy to drive profitability and brand awareness.

During the workshop attendees learned, for example, that content marketing costs 62 percent less than traditional marketing tactics (i.e. radio and television ads, billboards) and generates about three times as many leads. In other words, content marketing is an organization’s best bet for raising brand awareness and increasing lead generation—without breaking the bank.

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Three Quick Insights From CMI’s Latest B2B Benchmark Study

In the content marketing industry, there is no greater treasure trove of information than the Content Marketing Institute (CMI). That’s why content marketers all over the country were anxiously awaiting to dig into the 2016 benchmark studies from CMI as we head into the final quarter of 2015. As of this week, the wait is over as CMI has officially released their “B2B Content Marketing 2016 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends – North America” study.

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So, without further delay, we wanted to dive headfirst into this compilation of marketing statistics and give our readers three quick insights:

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Introducing the Official Content Marketing Agency of the Dave Rothenberg Show

Being a resident of Fairfield County has its perks. There are some beautiful beaches, a rich colonial culture and of course an endless list of great dining options. And, as I found out yesterday, even the daily bumper-to-bumper traffic on the I-95 corridor between Norwalk and Bridgeport comes with a silver lining.

As I sat in crippling traffic, wondering what life would be like while navigating rush hour in an automatic vehicle, I tuned into rothenbergmy favorite sports talk station, 98.7 ESPN radio. Although I was a little annoyed with ESPN New York for seemingly overlooking the Jets’ 31-10 week 1 victory over the Cleveland Browns—instead opting to dissect Eli Manning 4th quarter brain cramp—I was pleased to find I had caught the Dave Rothenberg Show.

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3 Unexpected Benefits From Outsourcing Content Production

You’re still trying to decide whether a content strategy vendor is right for your business. After all, partnering with any vendor is a big decision and one that requires a lot of trust.

By outsourcing either some or all of your content needs, you can spend less money on the resources required to obtain professional, compelling copy. There are also several hidden benefits to outsourcing content production that you may not be aware of.

Here are three unexpected perks of working with a content strategy vendor:

shutterstock_194954891Fresh perspective about your brand: As a marketer, it’s easy to spend so much time thinking and talking about your products and services that you become bored with them.

What winds up happening is you lose the spark of interest that is needed to make your brand exciting to consumers. Continue reading “3 Unexpected Benefits From Outsourcing Content Production”

Is Your Marketing Department About To Take Flight?

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.

Gone FishinAfter 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 “Is Your Marketing Department About To Take Flight?”

Are You Suffocating Your Brand’s Content Without Even Realizing It?

It’s time we had an important talk: Your editorial process is killing your beautiful content. Here’s why.

shutterstock_282923051First, 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 “Are You Suffocating Your Brand’s Content Without Even Realizing It?”