We used to say the truth was slippery. If we could never quite grasp it, still we believed it was out there somewhere, swimming the currents of events, perspective, and time. And as slippery as it might have been, getting at the truth mattered. These days, by contrast, truth is not only more difficult than […]
I’ve been creating marketing content for clients small and large for more than 20 years. Most of the projects I’ve worked on have been enjoyable and even fun. Occasionally, though, things have turned south, putting an unpleasant taste in the mouths of everyone involved—client and content provider alike. To optimize the return on your investment […]
Depending on where you live, it’s now either the end of summer, the prelude to the end of summer, or the buildup to the prelude to the end of summer. We hear the pitter-pat of little feet returning to school. We’ll soon see the changing of the leaves. We have a vague sense that it’s […]
Amazon. Apple. Facebook. The brands with the most loyal customers are, more often than not, the most successful in their market. And it’s no wonder: loyal customers are repeat customers. They’re easier to upsell and cross-sell, and they’re less price-sensitive. They drive down the cost of selling and have higher customer lifetime values. Often, they’re […]
Going viral is the content marketer’s holy grail. By making audiences feel compelled to share your content, you can multiply the impact of your marketing spend by orders of magnitude. But how do you make that happen? How do you create viral content, like the Old Spice Guy video campaign . . . . […]
Good copywriting is smart—plus polished, professional, and mistake-free. It helps your brand look good. It can also help you engage your audience more deeply and convert more prospects to customers. If you’re looking to “level up” the quality of your copywriting, there are many helpful tools available on the internet: 1. The free Hemingway App […]
Most U.S. presidents are good public speakers, hold popular policy positions, and possess personalities and résumés that are “presidential.” But that’s not enough to make it to the highest office in the land. To do that, you need marketing. The 2016 presidential candidates know this. Hillary Clinton prepped for her campaign by enlisting hotshot marketers […]
Digital content should be short and sweet, no? Actually, your target audience may crave something more substantial. This post offers four reasons to “go long” with digital marketing content.
It’s a depressing statistic: almost a quarter of Americans haven’t read a single book in the past year. But it’s not such a surprise. Between work, family, friends, and the omnipresent screens of 21st century life—laptops, smart phones, tablets—who has time to read books? Even among well-educated businesspeople, the tendency can be to read nonfiction, […]
Sure, big data probably has been a bit overhyped. But it’s clear the big data trend is only moving forward, and many marketers are already generating real value from big data insights. Don’t get left behind.