The 7-Step Plan for Creating a Content Marketing Strategy

When you’re trying to sell more product, memberships, event tickets, or something else, it’s tempting to jump right into tactics. But, throwing money into an unproven strategy isn’t ideal. That’s why, whenever you start a new campaign either annually or to launch a new product or effort, it’s critical to go through a process that builds a strategy based on data.

This is the 7-step method I use to build strategies. It can be time and labor-intensive, but each step provides an important piece of the puzzle. Continue reading “The 7-Step Plan for Creating a Content Marketing Strategy”

2 Surveys That Help Marketers Think Strategically

What does the world really think of the marketing messages they are confronted with all day every day? The results of two recent surveys give us valuable insight into the psyche of our audiences and can help us create new strategies or refocus our current ones. Here are a few highlights along with my thoughts on the recent survey reports you’ll want to dig into as you prepare for 2019: Continue reading “2 Surveys That Help Marketers Think Strategically”

The Do’s and Don’ts of E-newsletters

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”

How to Purge Excess Content from Your Website

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:

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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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