Content Marketing Archives - Page 4 of 5 - Bruce Clay, Inc. BlogMay 15, 2013
As a community manager and a blogger, I have 2 main needs for images:
1. Including them in BCI blog posts to break up text and add visual interest
2. Posting images to social media to share blog and other BCI content
What you’ll know by the end of reading this is:
- Where I get images, both free and paid services
- How to make a graphic-text mash-up using Google Drive that will get noticed in the midst of noisy Facebook, Twitter and Google+ streams
May 2, 2013
It’s a very, say… interesting… point in your career as a search marketer when you begin to draw parallels between the optimization you do for websites, and the (potential or actual) “optimization” you do for your own personal growth purposes. And I don’t mean “myself as a brand” personal growth purposes — I mean straight-up […]
April 30, 2013
Imagine how much better our relationships would be if we all took the time to figure out who we are (truly, at the heart of it all), who we want to be, and how we can best represent our true selves to the world with honesty, consistency, and integrity. What if, armed with this new […]
April 8, 2013
You’ve heard your SEO or marketing consultant recommend a blog, and you get it. After all, a blog allows you to do lots of great things for your business:
- Put a face on your company.
- Do reputation management, to deal with negative feedback.
- Strengthen the focus of your site with new ideas and content.
- Publish funny, entertaining or otherwise “viral” content that will get you attention online.
You know that blogging for your customers will build trust in your brand and improve users’ experience with you, making them more likely to associate themselves with you in the future. But you still have questions. Like, what can I expect the blog to contribute to sales? And if not directly connected to sales, how will I measure the blog’s success?
Read on for the answers in Business Blogging: How to Hit the Sweet Spot of Social Engagement and Revenue Driver.
February 22, 2013
Mad Men, content as gold (or currency) and the interactive realities now coming to life via e-books, social reader apps and mobile devices were hot topics at the Intelligent Content Conference held earlier this month in San Francisco.
The 5th annual event focuses on advanced information creation, management and delivery strategies and had a number of great sessions for anyone who deals with content—not just creators but information architects and strategists, too.
According to the 2013 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends report from the Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs, the #1 challenge content marketers face is producing enough content.
In my line of work, I focus on daily challenges faced by curators and creators who are trying to bulk up their owned media. The insights here are weighted heavily toward that audience. But there have been tremendous shifts in publishing. Every company is getting into the game and the need for intelligent content is now critical. This conference taught me a lot and is a great resource for any content creator who wants their content to be viable in the future.
Read the full post of insights from the Intelligent Content Conference.
February 13, 2013
Content, marketing, SEO — it’s all the same to me. And that’s exactly how you should approach your content marketing strategy. Every good project start has a great exploration phase before the strategy can be put together. The questions you ask upfront, the research you put in, the benchmarks you set and the expectations you define are all part of a great content marketing plan. So today, I’m going to share with you a guide for the content marketing plan outline — a great start to creating a thorough content marketing strategy.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but a fantastic start to touching every part of a business so you have the data you need. What comes next is creativity and flexibility — how you will use this data to create a great strategy for the business, and how that will change over time based on performance, new data or new initiatives.
Whether you’re in-house, at an agency or a consultant, and whether you’re brainstorming with your team or discussing these questions with the expert, the research process is key. Use this content marketing questionnaire as a template you can grow and change as time goes on to make it more robust.
Read more of The Ultimate Content Marketing Plan Outline.
January 30, 2013
Clients often ask us about blogging best practices, and how to increase the visibility and quality of content on their blog. This is a big question to answer, and an even bigger answer to give. True, a blog is an extension of your site (in some cases, a blog is the entire site). So you need to apply SEO best practices to your blog as a foundation. But blogging is also a social activity rooted in publishing.
Yes, blogging is part of your company’s social activities. It’s the content that’s fed through the social sphere. Without content, social media would not exist. It’s that stuff people share and connect through. And your blog needs to become a part of that.
So today, I’m going to share with you some small tweaks you can make to your blogging activity that will help strengthen the relationship between your community and the social networks.
January 22, 2013
The image above is in a rotating banner along the front page of National Geographic today. To think that little dino babies could have nursed on mama dino’s little teats! I’m a sucker for ancient reptiles, and am myself mom to a creature of prehistoric persuasion. So I wanted to know, were dinosaurs and mammals […]
December 21, 2012
Content with intent is what we seek to do in the business world. There is much to be learned from the imaginative ways people have responded commemorate those who were lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy last week.
With examples of people (ordinary to famous) using content for change, we can take these 5 elements forward into our content marketing strategies for the New Year.
June 18, 2012
Let’s face it: none of us are experts in multiple subjects. But, when you’re writing content on behalf of other businesses, you have to be. Writing content for business is a mix of diligence, skill, talent, empathy, perceptiveness, art, organization and attention to detail. But you simply cannot, nor should you ever attempt to type one word until you’ve put in your research. Quality content simply can’t exist without research, which is why you should always budget ample time of your writing project for the research portion.
And watch out for content writers who say they can do it faster and cheaper then the next, because you get what you pay for. The time necessary to get into the minds of the audience in an industry that is completely foreign to you, and into the heart of a business you just met takes time.
Today, we’re going to look at how you can mix research and interview questions to get the most out of your writing when you’re creating content on behalf of businesses. The steps outlined here are meant to occur before the initial interview with the client and directly after it. The more legwork you, as the writer, put upfront, the more successful your interviews will be. What becomes of this is Web content that respects your client’s business and their audience, and provides value, not just words.
Read more of Quality Content Begins with Quality Research. Period..