When we connect with people in our personal or professional lives we almost always build a familiar and comfortable rapport. It would be weird to talk to someone who sounds robotic. But all too often in our marketing and public relations writing that’s exactly what we do! We fill our website, emails, articles with industry jargon, acronyms and formal writing that makes it harder for the reader to get through and connect.
Once again, it’s been a busy year in marketing. We covered a lot of ground on the blog to help marketers make sense of it all. Here’s a look back at the five most popular posts among glee’s readers.
- What’s Up in Social Media (March 2019). The social media landscape is changing faster that we can take it in. That’s why we post periodic trend updates marketers need to know about to keep up. After you read what went down in March, see what we added in August.
- The Lessons Every Female Entrepreneur Needs to Know. Friends of glee shared their insights on building a business as a woman as part of glee’s 2nd anniversary celebration.
- 5 Digital Marketing Strategies to Stop Using Right Now. Sometimes best practices do go out of style. Check the list to see what if you’re doing something you shouldn’t.
- The Evolution of Testimonials in Marketing and Their Power Today. Word of mouth still means a lot even if its appearing on a computer. Understand testimonials’ history as a marketing tool and how you can use them to create a winning strategy.
- If You Write It, Will They Come? 7 Content Formats that Get Noticed. Stand out from the crowd with a fresh take on your content.
Thank you for reading our blog and we’re excited to connect with you in 2020! If you have a content marketing or social media topic you’d like us to cover, email us! And, if you haven’t already, we’d love to connect with you on social media so that we can carry on the conversation. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram under gleecontent! Happy Holidays!
Have you noticed your friends sharing recent purchases or products they love on their social platforms? That’s a marketer’s dream: user generated content. Free advertising.
User generated content is today’s brand advocacy. Officially, user-generated content (UGC) is defined as any form of content, such as images, videos, text and audio, that have been posted by users on online platforms such as social media and wikis. As consumers turn to their online acquaintances for purchasing advice more often, it’s become a critical component in marketers’ content marketing strategies. Think of it as an additional form of your content curation strategy (if you don’t have one of those, read this.)
Here are the answers to the key questions (the who, what, when, where and why) marketers need to employ user generated content effectively in their strategies. Continue reading “User Generated Content: Who, What, When, Where and Why”
Blogs are great things. They give businesses the opportunity to add fresh content to their websites and share their expertise while building thought leadership. But the downside of blogs as anyone who’s ever had to manage one knows all too well, is they can be hard to maintain consistently week in and week out. Yet, a blog’s success relies on doing exactly that.
Unfortunately, many things get in the way of creating a powerful, successful blog including writer’s block, lack of time and lack of buy-in from colleagues. These challenges all limit productivity and value of the blog suffers.
The good news is that you don’t have to flounder. Here’s your guide through the best ways to overcome these challenges. By doing these things you’ll keep your blog current and full of relevant content that is valuable to your readers which in turn drive more traffic to your site, converts leads and positively impacts your bottom line!
So let’s go get it!
We all want to create content that gets attention for many reasons. For one thing, who wants to spend time writing, editing, revising, proofing, designing for no one to see it? But beyond ego, creating attention-grabbing content is important because it can increase your reach as people share it with their friends and colleagues.
With the constant onslaught of content we’re all exposed to every day, achieving that goal is getting harder and harder, even when you know you’ve created something really good. Experts note that the type of content that “goes viral” is emotional, is easy to digest, has great visuals and is mobile friendly, among other things. I’d add the type of content you create is important. Some formats simply appeal to people more quickly than others.
Here are seven types of content that grab people’s attention:
Last summer, I wrote my first post on this topic, 5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Content Marketing, and now I’m back with three more things you could be doing unconsciously that could derail your content marketing strategy.
We’re sending you warm thoughts a sweet New Year. But before you close the door on 2018, here’s a look back at the most-read posts on glee. Interestingly, not one topic dominated the top of the charts. Readers were interested in trends and best practices in topics across the board including content marketing, event marketing, copywriting and social media. Continue reading “glee’s Top Posts of 2018”
The pace of change in the marketing industry did not slow down in 2018. Last year we posted a blog that curated experts’ prediction for 2018 and many of them held true. Influencer marketing exploded. AI continued to insert itself into the industry through chatbots and more. Video marketing hit a new high. So looking into the crystal ball…where will the industry go in 2019? Will influencer marketing continue to climb? Will marketers put more efforts into content? Digital strategies? Social? And will social as we know it change? Continue reading “2019 Outlook: Content Marketing Goes Long”