The Evolution of Testimonials in Marketing and Their Power Today

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”

Why Writing and Travel Go Hand in Hand

Many of the world’s most famous writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, J.K Rowlings and F. Scott Fitzgerald, traveled the world and wrote timeless, memorable tales based on their experiences. It’s no secret that travel provides inspiration and not just for writers of fiction. Marketing copywriters who travel see the world from a variety of perspectives. And while world travel offers a host of opportunities for personal growth, I would argue that you don’t need to leave the U.S. to experience and understand many different ways of life.

Whether it’s near or far, if your copywriter is taking a vacation, whether it’s sightseeing, adventuring or relaxing on the beach you should jump for joy! Your bound to get better writing and here’s why:

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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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2018 Outlook: Big Changes Predicted in Content Marketing & Social Media

Tis’ the season to look ahead and from the recent onslaught of trends articles it seems like big changes are ahead for content marketing.

Spoiler Alert: Video is HUGE; original content is now king, dark social, augmented reality and AI (artificial intelligence) come into play in the industry and influencer marketing will get more attention. Continue reading “2018 Outlook: Big Changes Predicted in Content Marketing & Social Media”