Tag Archives: content marketing

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 →

Five Things Successful Content Marketers Never Do

false-98375_1280By now many of us have been doing content marketing long enough that we’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way. But they do say that mistakes have value, right? Our successful moments can at least partially be attributed to the fact that we’ve had less successful ones first—and they’ve ultimately helped us become better at what we do.

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Would Your Content Be Good in Bed?

girl-MEDIUM768680_1280What is good content? You know it; you’ve been lucky enough to read it most of your life. I believe it consists of three primary characteristics: It is engaging, fulfilling and strengthens relationships. Today’s leading content marketers incorporate these attributes into their brand messaging to drive consumer interest in their products and services. Otherwise, they’d be missing opportunities to connect with key targets in a meaningful way. And I couldn’t help but note that these same characteristics brought to bear in the bedroom would lead to successful outcomes there as well. Continue reading →

The Content Doctor Will See You Now

contentdoctorDear Content Doctor: I was recently hired to join the marketing department of a reputable, well-established organization in my hometown. When I accepted the position, it was with the understanding that marketing would be enabled to do its job with the full cooperation of the C-suite. I believed that any company of note in today’s day and time would understand the need to leverage forward-thinking marketing strategies to get a leg up on the competition.

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How Bernie Sanders Won the Content Marketing Game

Bernie 2 PixlrBernie Sanders may not have clinched the Democratic nomination, but his content marketing strategy was a winner.

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How to Humanize Your Brand With Storytelling

You’ve heard it before:  The best way to attract new customers and strengthen relationships with existing ones is by connecting with them in a deeply human way. Often, though, establishing a human connection via digital mediums presents a challenging task for marketers. After all, the Web creates a barrier between you and your audience. Unique, personalized stories that resonate with your audience work to diminish this obstacle, and help to create meaningful customer relationships.

Before we begin discussing strategy and highlighting great examples of brand storytelling, let’s talk about what not to do. “Brand storytelling” might make you think this will serve as a great platform to share your brand’s unique story. While this is certainly important, it is not what brand storytelling is about. Rather, this content marketing strategy is about telling the stories of your consumers so they can feel more connected to your brand.

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How to Make the Most of Client Testimonials for Brand Engagement

book-863418_pix (1)When a third party touts your brand message, it’ll hit home with your key targets a lot sooner than anything you say. Sorry, but that’s the cold, hard truth. Most audiences are inured to the slick promotional brand avowals they’ve heard in company-sponsored ads and other promotions most of their lives.

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Nobody Wants To See Your Commercials In Their News Feeds

Recently I was browsing through my Facebook News Feed, when I saw a lame commercial advertisement for a leading insurance company.

facebook-748885_1280I’ll be honest with you: I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in this commercial. In fact, it was a nuisance. After all, I don’t log into Facebook to watch commercials. This is something I tell my clients all the time. But more about this in a bit.

What I was interested in was the comments section underneath the video. Continue reading →

Inspiring Content Attracts Inspirational Influencers

crayons-SIZED1280Two words that describe the Crayola brand are imaginative and artful. Since the company’s beginnings in the early 1900s straight through to today, these descriptors have remained relevant despite the fact that the company’s products have continually changed. From simple wax crayons to the newfangled Digital Light Designer, Crayola’s “true north,” according to Vicky Lozano, VP of Corporate Strategy, is “to help parents and teachers raise creative and inspired kids.”

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Don’t Forget to Pack Your Content Strategy for Interop

Your bags are packed for Vegas. Your out of office reply is queued. It’s the Friday before Interop, where you’re headed to showcase your company’s latest innovations. The only thing left to do is check your flight and make sure you get to the airport on time. Right?

checklist-911841_1920.pngWrong! Roll up your sleeves: You have some last-minute marketing points to hone before you board the plane. After all, you don’t want to arrive without all the tools in hand to deliver the best impression possible to your key targets.

Follow this advice to optimize Interop for your brand: Continue reading →