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”

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”

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”

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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Are You Using Content Curation to Elevate Your Content Marketing Strategy?

 

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.

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