I am writing this post as we are now about six weeks into a pandemic like we’ve never experienced in our lifetimes. People around the globe have added words and phrases (social distancing) to their vocabulary and changed their behaviors (work from home) in ways they never had imagined at the start of 2020. So what does it all mean for business? For marketing? And specifically content marketing? Continue reading “Content Marketing in the Age of COVID”
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 changes in social media continue at lighting speed which means it’s time for another look at what’s happening on some of the biggest social platforms and how those changes are affecting marketers in positive and negative ways. Here’s what’s been happening in 2019 so far…
Last week, a business colleague told me about a new social media management tool I have to try. It was casual conversation, but for brands, there’s power in that recommendation. Humans crowdsource by habit. We regularly seek others’ opinions, advice and ideas when making purchases both in our personal and professional lives. Many, many decades ago, when marketers recognized the power of word of mouth and figured out how to create that one-on-one feeling within mass marketing, the testimonial was born. Continue reading “The Evolution of Testimonials in Marketing and Their Power Today”
The pace of change in the marketing industry did not slow down in 2018. Last year we posted a blog that curated experts’ prediction for 2018 and many of them held true. Influencer marketing exploded. AI continued to insert itself into the industry through chatbots and more. Video marketing hit a new high. So looking into the crystal ball…where will the industry go in 2019? Will influencer marketing continue to climb? Will marketers put more efforts into content? Digital strategies? Social? And will social as we know it change? Continue reading “2019 Outlook: Content Marketing Goes Long”