Tag Archives: Content Creation

Mine is Longer Than Yours

  There is endless debate about how long marketing content needs to be. Most people fall into the camp that it needs to be short. Why? Attention spans. The fast and furious pace of the Internet The way social networks work (Twitter, for example) But conventional wisdom on going short may be wrong. There is […]

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What is Brand Content Supposed to Do?

It’s primary mission? It’s prime directive? Simple. Inform, entertain or do both. Brand content shouldn’t be about hawking products. Or services. It be showcasing them in a way that tells a compelling story about what the brand, product or service can do for its customers – whether they are businesses or people. Content should be […]

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Content First, Website Second

No one goes to websites anymore, except when they do. Sounds nuts, I know, but let me explain. I don’t purposely visit many websites anymore, especially websites that produce their own content. You probably don’t either. The idea of going directly to a website and exploring its content is becoming an old-fashioned notion. That just […]

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Hey, Brands, Stop Talking About How Great You Are

Let me tell you about an energy company I know called EnergyX. They are a real company, but EnergyX isn’t their real name. You’ll see why so enough. They are a public company with about $400 million in revenue. They employee 800 employees and have technology products that can only be described as cool. It’s […]

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Content Distribution Starts at Zero

You’ve just developed a great piece of brand content: a video a blog post an infographic a survey How many people are going to see it? Without a content distribution strategy you should expect exactly zero. That’s right. Nada. No one. Zero. The days when you could post content on social channels and expect large […]

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Facebook is Broken, Editorial Standards Can Fix It

Why do people “like” Facebook? Simple: It’s the content. I use it to find content I like: articles, cartoons, and videos. All recommended by friends. I use it to debate, quip, and joke with friends. I used it to see what friends, co-workers and neighbors are doing. I use it to circulate my own content. […]

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The 3 Golden Rules for Creating Brand Content

Social media content only works if: It’s on brand It’s of interest to your customers It’s high-quality Otherwise why bother? Let’s look at these three golden rules more closely. 1. It’s on brand The key to a great content strategy is finding the intersection between your brand and the passions of your customers. ESPN is […]

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3 Ways to Make Your Content Awesome

Here are three ways to think differently about brand content that can help you reach your audiences better. 1. Your content is only as good as its distribution You may have written the greatest e-book of all time. You may have produced the funniest video ever made. Your blog post may be the most informative […]

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Content Distribution is the New PR

  Here’s a lesson I never forgot. When I departed journalism to become a PR consultant, I carved out a specialty at media relations. I excelled at getting the business media – Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and many others – to write about my clients. I can remember one client getting frustrated with […]

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Blogging with Google Glass

  Wearable – and sooner than we think “embeddable” – technology is upon us in a big way. Google Glass has changed everything. A lot of people snicker at the geeks wearing their Google Glass and gazing upwards with that weird expression of glazed confusion, but the impact is coming. Why is this different from […]

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