Content Marketers: What You Need to Know About Newsjacking

August 23rd, 2016

content marketing, content management, newsjacking, social media, digital marketing, SEO, online marketingDavid Meerman Scott, a well-known marketing strategist, coined the term “newsjacking,” which he describes as “the process by which you inject your ideas or angles into breaking news, in real-time, in order to generate media coverage for yourself or your business.” He’s even written an ebook on the topic: Newsjacking: How to Inject Your Ideas Into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage.

The concept makes sense, and we all know that a great way to gain relevance online is by leveraging hot topics and news items that are beginning to trend-but it’s a competitive, and fast-moving, field. How do content marketers stay on top of the relevant trends and news in their industries to ensure they’re curating and communicating fresh, engaging content? Read the rest of this entry »

Why Profiling is Good For You

August 16th, 2016

diversity, profiling, marketing segmentation, targeting, positioning, writing copy, targeting minority audiences

I’ve been in marketing for many, many years — in fact, I could say for most of my life. I grew up in a family-owned business that I was forced to work in at a very young age. My father had some unique ways of promoting his business that my brother and I were conscripted into. One of those was riding through the streets and neighborhoods of Milwaukee as our dad drove a van painted with do-nut characters, with speakers on the top blaring out Chuck Berry songs. Read the rest of this entry »

What the Olympic Committee and Entrepreneur Media Have in Common

August 13th, 2016

Olympics, Olympic, Olympians, Olympic athlete, Olympic athletes, Rio, Rio de Janeiro, #Rio2016, #TeamUSAHow do you get so big, and so powerful, that you can tell other big and powerful organizations what they can and can’t say—and prohibit them from using very commonly used words and phrases? The Olympic Committee’s ban on non-sponsor brands ostensibly does just that as ESPN recently reported. They’re even banning non-sponsors from using the hashtags #Rio2016 and #TeamUSA. (Sheesh; hope I don’t get in trouble for that—I’m not an official sponsor, after all.) Those aren’t the only usages that are being banned though. According to a Mashable article, other banned words include “Rio” and “Rio de Janeiro.” Huh? Read the rest of this entry »

Best Business Books for Young Professionals

August 3rd, 2016

Bookshelves-smallLast semester, I taught three sections of a strategic management course at a local university. The students were all seniors, near graduation, and many had already landed a job and were ready to enter the business world full time. I thought it might be helpful to share some recommendations for great business books that might help them as they entered the business world, recognizing, of course, that few students in college have much time for leisurely reading outside of their required coursework.

And, while many seemed bored and disinterested as I shared my recommendations (no real surprise there, I suppose), I persisted. Interestingly enough, by the end of the semester — and even after — a number of them contacted me to ask if I could send them the list of books I’d recommended. Read the rest of this entry »

Building a Better Blog

July 28th, 2016

Keyboard - smallIt’s hard to overstate the value of a good blog and the impact it can have on your business. Here when we’re talking about value, we’re talking about bang for your buck. A blog is essentially free, other than the time you put into creating content and the cost of the website on which you host it. And yet a quality blog can do so much to drive traffic to your website and to help establish yourself, and your organization, as thought leaders in your industry.

We’ve been blogging since February, 2009, and we’ve been doing it consistently (one of our highly recommended strategies for success). Here are our “top tips” on building a blog that will generate real results: Read the rest of this entry »

No Cost, Low Cost Productivity Tools to Help You Get More Done With Less!

July 26th, 2016
pen, magnifying glass and the working paper with a diagram

pen, magnifying glass and the working paper with a diagram

Small business owners know that the seemingly little things involved in running their operations can take up a great deal of their time. So any time we’re able to find ways to be more efficient and shave time off of our routines, we jump at the opportunity.

Today we’re lucky that there are a number of apps that help to do just that—many available at no, or low cost. Here are some of the tools that we’ve found most useful in helping us to manage our days and our client accounts:  Read the rest of this entry »

6 Steps and 6 Days to an Effective Content Strategy: Day 6

July 20th, 2016

content marketing, content management, content strategy, strategic marketing, marketing strategically, strategic communicationsJazz is almost ready to implement her content marketing strategy. Just one more important step before she’s ready to go. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Steps and 6 Days to an Effective Content Strategy: Day 5

July 19th, 2016

content marketing, content management, content strategy, strategic marketing, marketing strategically, strategic communicationsJazz Jones is anxious to get moving forward with the implementation of her content marketing strategy. She is, after all, eager to begin building her coaching business. But she has just a few more steps before she’s ready to go. The next one, Step 5, is critical and all about keeping the end in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Steps and 6 Days to an Effective Content Strategy: Day 4

July 18th, 2016

content marketing, content management, content strategy, strategic marketing, marketing strategically, strategic communicationsJazz Jones has a clear focus on her goals, objectives and her target audience. She knows who she’s attempting to influence and she’s done thorough research into their AIOs (activities, interests and opinions). Now, she’s ready for the next important step in creating a content strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Steps and 6 Days to an Effective Content Strategy: Day 3

July 15th, 2016

 content marketing, content management, content strategy, strategic marketing, marketing strategically, strategic communicationsJazz Jones is now well underway in the development of her content marketing strategy. She has clear goals and objectives in mind, she’s identified her specific target audience and she’s ready to move on to Step 3. Read the rest of this entry »