5 Takeaways from March’s Virtual Events #expochat [Infographic]

The world changed overnight. We are now and for who knows how long physical separated- socially distanced. Obviously, this has been devastating to the events industry. Many have outright canceled, others postponed and still others are going virtual. Last week, I moderated an #expochat on the topic of virtual events. If you missed it, you can read through the full archive of the discussion. 

During the chat I asked attendees to share their best ideas on producing virtual events that provide great attendee experiences. Here are a few takeaways from that discussion. What would you add? What technology can create a dynamic experience? How should program content evolve? How can exhibitors and sponsors still achieve a strong ROI?

Want more? TSNN has published several articles with ideas on this topic. Please join us at #expochat on Wednesdays at 1pm ET by simply following the hashtag on Twitter. The topics and moderators rotate weekly.

5 Takeaways from January’s All About Event Marketing #expochat [Infographic]

Last week I moderated #expochat on Twitter and engaged with industry leaders on the topic of event marketing in 2020. When I started in event marketing with an association about two decades ago, we printed and mailed 35,000+ (yes!) multi-page brochures about “Annual Conference” to the membership. I think that approach would now be called “blanketing”. We put it out there to all to see what would stick. And I promise we weren’t crazy. If you’ve been in the industry a decade or less, I swear that was the industry norm.

Thankfully, things have changed steadily in the 20 years since this century began. Event marketing today is less about “butts in seats” or “exhibit hall aisles filled with bodies that may or may not be interested in the exhibits”. Rather than just getting people in the door and calling it a day, marketers today are reaching and then connecting with the right audience and demonstrating an event’s value to them and leaving an impression. Continue reading “5 Takeaways from January’s All About Event Marketing #expochat [Infographic]”

glee’s Top Posts of 2019

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

User Generated Content: Who, What, When, Where and Why

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”

The Essential Guide to Business Blogging

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!

Continue reading “The Essential Guide to Business Blogging”

5 Digital Marketing Strategies To Stop Using Right Now

Remember film strips? (If you don’t, you’re probably under 21 and can learn more about them here.) But if you were a kid in the 60s-90s, that film strip projector rolling out was exciting. And they did the job well until something better—first VCRs, then DVDs and computers—came along and made them obsolete. Similarly, digital marketing has changed over the past few years and today some strategies that were popular maybe just five years ago aren’t generating results (and in fact, may be doing the exact opposite) now. Continue reading “5 Digital Marketing Strategies To Stop Using Right Now”

5 Takeaways from June’s Matchmaking #expochat [Infographic]

Last week, I moderated an #expochat on the topic of formal matchmaking programs at events. If you missed it, you can read through the archive of the discussion. One of the top reasons attendees come to events and exhibitors make the investment to showcase their products at events is to increase connections with the right people. Instead of allowing all of the networking and connections to happen organically, by chance or through hours of tedious work by attendees, show organizers can develop more engaging experiences for their participants by implementing formal matchmaking programs using technology to automate and refine the process. Continue reading “5 Takeaways from June’s Matchmaking #expochat [Infographic]”

glee’s 2019 Summer Reading List: Women in Business

Every now and then I like to veer away from the marketing-focused blog posts and write about some good reads that can help a business as a whole. Recently, I’ve read several books about powerful women who have shaped the world or are actively working on making change for women in business and life. For me, as a female entrepreneur/business owner, these books have been both inspiring and motivating. I hope they’ll do the same for you. Continue reading “glee’s 2019 Summer Reading List: Women in Business”