E-newsletters are highly-used and highly-useful tool in the content marketing toolbox. And with good reason, e-newsletters can be great vehicles for delivering brand messages, connecting and engaging with target audiences and sharing the brand story. The success of e-newsletter effort comes down to a few simple dos and don’ts. Whether you have an established e-newsletter or are weighing the value of starting one, read these rules and examples of strong e-newsletters in order to produce an effective content marketing tool. Continue reading “The Do’s and Don’ts of E-newsletters”
Marketers are generating content at breakneck speed in the name of content marketing campaigns. But how do you know if working smart or just working hard? Here are five ways you could be undermining the effort you’re making without realizing it.
The ideal website is easy for users to navigate intuitively through the content they need. And while many websites start out simple, it doesn’t take long for well-intentioned content to build up and become cumbersome, ultimately clogging up the well-planned, beautifully-designed navigation.
While a lot of content can be evergreen, it’s important to make sure less valuable content isn’t getting in the way of users’ attempts to find what they need. A new website design is a great time to undergo the process of weeding out unnecessary content, but you can also implement an annual or bi-annual website content audit to examine what’s on your site and identify what needs to go.
View this infographic for the right questions to ask yourself when determining which content to purge:
Many of the world’s most famous writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, J.K Rowlings and F. Scott Fitzgerald, traveled the world and wrote timeless, memorable tales based on their experiences. It’s no secret that travel provides inspiration and not just for writers of fiction. Marketing copywriters who travel see the world from a variety of perspectives. And while world travel offers a host of opportunities for personal growth, I would argue that you don’t need to leave the U.S. to experience and understand many different ways of life.
Whether it’s near or far, if your copywriter is taking a vacation, whether it’s sightseeing, adventuring or relaxing on the beach you should jump for joy! Your bound to get better writing and here’s why:
It’s instinct to want to tell everyone about every detail of your product or service; outline all the benefits and really make the case. After all, they are all important points (and they truly are). But guess what? Email, or websites even, are not places to do that.
Other people’s expertise is important! Research shows curated content should make up 25% of your organization’s content marketing. Does your content strategy include this essential tactic? If not, read on to learn how implement it right away.
When you curate content, you gather relevant content from the third-party sources (influencers in your industry) and share it with your audience. I’ll use this post as an example of one method of content curation; lists of resources that further delve into the topic you’re posting on.
Trade show and event planners, let’s talk about visual promotion for a quick second. How big is your photo and video budget? How specifically do you plan the photos and videos you want taken during the event? When was the last time you made any changes to either of these areas?
For many planners, the focus is on the here and now, getting everything together for the current event. I get it. There’s a lot going on. But it’s time to put more thought into the visuals you’ll use for promotion of the next event. Too often, I hear, “we have photos, but they aren’t great” or “video would be nice, but we didn’t shoot any”. Why? At this point, there are few more important marketing expenses.
For years we’ve accepted blog posts need to be short—grab attention immediately and get the message across quickly, because, well, people are pressed for time, have short (8 second) attention spans and have a lot of other choices (aka clutter) of things to read. BUT, lately, I’ve noticed more and more blog posts that are long—thousands of words long—and provide a lot of detailed information on a specific topic. Why the change? Continue reading “Is Writing Long-Form Blogs Good Strategy?”