If You Write It, Will They Come? 7 Content Formats That Get Noticed.

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:

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glee’s Top Posts of 2018

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”

What’s Up in Social Media? (July 2018 Edition)

Periodically, it’s important to check in with the social media world and take stock. So every now and then, we stop and regroup with a post covering the latest changes. Are there new tools for marketers? New regulations? Changes in algorithms to be aware of? We evaluate the headlines, review the information and curate the most important news marketers need.

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard that Facebook stock tanked last week and that Twitter purged its rolls to eliminate bots causing some users to lose many followers, but there’s a lot more going on. Let’s take a look: Continue reading “What’s Up in Social Media? (July 2018 Edition)”

A Word about Data and Data Privacy

We marketers love data. It helps us find the audiences who most closely match with our product or service offerings. In theory, using data to target the right people saves time, saves money and provides customers with better experiences because they are getting information that is relevant to them instead of having anything and everything thrown at them.

But, using data means people must give up certain information about themselves, either willingly or by circumstance. Learning that Cambridge Analytica was able to access the data of 87 million people on Facebook and use it to manipulate their thinking is alarming. It feels like a huge breach of trust that has left each of us exposed. Continue reading “A Word about Data and Data Privacy”

Are Facebook Groups the Next Marketing Frontier?

In case you missed it, marketers have been freaking out ever since Facebook announced an algorithm change that will all but eliminate business pages’ organic (free) reach in January. It’s an issue on which I’m torn, on the one hand, I’m a Facebook user and I’d prefer to see more content from people that I know vs another article Real Simple shared on their page. But, on the other hand, as a marketer, I think people follow pages and brands because they might just be interested in their content!

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Events: Are Your Marketing Visuals Telling a Good Story?

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.

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Is Writing Long-Form Blogs Good Strategy?

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?”