Opportunities for Content Creators to Leverage Virtual Assistants

May 5th, 2020

Humans have been working to automate tasks since the days of Henry Ford. Sometimes, this means coming up with faster, more cost-effective ways to develop automobiles and other products or streamlining operations and reducing the need for manual labor in various manufacturing settings. Other times, it’s spurred by the rampant development of increasingly complex technology to create and distribute content. Regardless, the quest for new ways of getting work done without human intervention is ongoing.

The use of technology for content creation and dissemination is just one more example. It’s an area that is seeing increasing interest from developers and users alike. Read the rest of this entry »

What Niche Publishers Know That Mass Media Overlooks

April 28th, 2020

While publishers continue to battle for audience, relevance, and engagement, some niche publishers are quietly making an impact—and money—from narrowcasting. Consider, for example, the following:

Emu Today & Tomorrow, a magazine for emu farmers

Twins, a magazine for parents of multiples, which launched in 1984

Spudman, a publication for potato farmers

The Chimney Sweep News, serving a decidedly niche market of chimney sweepers as the name suggests

These and other publications are finding success by casting a narrow net to appeal to smaller, more exclusive market segments. Publishers can draw inspiration and insight from the retail sector.

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This is Not the Time for Blatant Sales Pitches, But Don’t Lose Touch!

April 14th, 2020
With millions of people out of work and countless businesses shutting their doors temporarily, or even permanently, many businesses are wondering whether they should maintain their marketing communication activities.

Our Advice: Yes, But…

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Don’t Let Go of Your Brand Promise

April 10th, 2020
One of our clients in the health care space has been focusing her communication efforts with health care organizations on reminding them to maintain their focus on the brand promise. This may not seem like the time to do that. We agree with her, though, that it is.

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How Are You Doing?

April 8th, 2020
“How are you doing?”
It’s a question we’ve been reading and hearing a lot over the past few weeks. Chances are, unfortunately, we’ll be hearing that question for the foreseeable future.
How are you doing? It matters and it pays to ask.
Our clients tend to be consultants, publishers, agencies and very large organizations. The vast majority, while not always technically “essential enterprises” are still doing business, but not in the same way.

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Using Google Search Can Help You Save on Market Research Costs: Here’s How

March 27th, 2020

by Linda Pophal

All marketers know how important it is to understand their target audience so they can effectively craft messages and select communication channels that will most appeal to them and move them to some desired action. Read the rest of this entry »

SEO and Me: A Love/Hate Relationship

March 16th, 2020

by Linda Pophal

 

I have a love/hate relationship with search engine optimization (SEO). I understand SEO. I very often use the concepts in my own writing—and often use the concepts in writing for clients. Sometimes, though, and probably because I was a writer long before SEO was even “a thing,” I balk at what can seem at times to be a misguided focus—a singular focus—on SEO to the exception of everything else. Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes I Just Can’t Be a Ghost…

March 12th, 2020

by Linda Pophal

Having worked for organizations and their senior leaders and spokespeople for a number of years as director of corporate communications and marketing in various fields I’ve long been familiar—and quite comfortable—with the concept of ghostwriting. Ghostwriters write content for others. That content might be in the form of a speech, a presentation, an email, an article, a letter to the editor, a book-length manuscript, or a wide range of other applications. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Media and Your 2020 Marketing Strategy

March 3rd, 2020

There have been plenty of notable changes in the social media landscape as of late. New channels (like TikTok) are popping up. Legacy channels (like Facebook and Twitter) are cracking down on users and APIs whose approaches have been more spammy than strategic. Read the rest of this entry »

Time-Tested Tenets of Effective Marketing Haven’t Changed in 100 Years

February 19th, 2020

In the digital age of rapidly increasing technology and here-today-gone-tomorrow fads in fashion, popular culture and consumer tastes, it can seem like the rules of marketing are constantly changing, rendering obsolete what may have been sound advice just 10 or 20 years ago. But despite the near-constantly changing winds at the edges and frontiers of the marketing industry, the vast majority of the core principals remain unchanged and have stood the test of time. Read the rest of this entry »