Content marketing

How to Improve Your Reach with Paid Media

Is your content seen by the audience you covet? An insane amount of content is published on the web each day. Few companies achieve the reach they seek with the standard one-two punch of organic search and social media. In social, it’s hard and getting harder to create the perception of “signal” in a sea…

Personalization in Digital Marketing: The Essential FAQ

“Customers expect brands to know what they’re interested in, what they need now, and even what they might need in the future.” ~ Wilson Raj, SAS Why pursue personalization? In his 1991 book, Relationship Marketing, Regis McKenna spoke of the age of customer-centered and knowledge-based marketing. The One to One Future, by Don Peppers and…

How to Write Powerful Headlines for Your Online Content [Infographic]

David Ogilvy famously wrote, “On the average, five times as many people read the headlines as read the body copy.” He wrote that in 1983 and was referring to print advertising. Ogilvy loosely attributed the statement to various research entities, tests and his own observation. I’m not saying he was wrong, but I continue to…

The 15 Big Benefits of Content Marketing (Reserved for the Best)

The benefits of content marketing can be enormous. However, all too often, new entrants make the mistake of considering content marketing some form of free advertising. Then they discover the error of their ways. (1) It’s not advertising and (2) it’s not free. Let’s put these myths to bed. You see, publishing a blog, creating…

101 Tips to Help You Master 20 Types of Marketing Content

Mastering one type of marketing content is a bitch. Mastering 20? Hmm. Words escape me (and I don’t believe that’s ever happened). Okay, I suppose I’m not proposing your marketing content must include 20, or 10, or even 5 different types—certainly not from the get-go. But I am proposing you select a few and get…

Content Sharing: 51 Tips for Free Content Promotion

In recent years I’ve discovered a fair amount of pushback from brands regarding how they value social sharing, an obvious form of word of mouth. Inexplicably, the idea of content sharing gets a ho-hum reaction. I gather responses such as: Social media takes too much time. My response: Yes, social media takes time. Everything takes…

Cheap Content Writers, AI Copywriting, and Blatantly Stupid Marketing

We talk a lot about artificial intelligence in marketing. The term “artificial stupidity” hasn’t yet caught on and therefore has no definition. Allow me to be the first to offer one. ar·ti·fi·cial stu·pid·i·ty noun trusting artificial intelligence to perform tasks it’s incapable of Artificial stupidity is real. There’s even demand for it. Let me tell…

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