Distillations

Effective public speaking skills help marketers and strategists enhance the profile and appeal of your brands, creates awareness for your products and services, generates traffic to your websites and fosters customer love for the entirety of your content. Developing the ability to get on stage...
Create shorter content. That’s the frequent answer I give to brands looking to grow their reach via content marketing. Typically, a look of shock washes across their faces as they envision the SEO value lost from not being able to stuff myriad keywords in the...
Brands as publishers? Rubbish! Your brand doesn’t need to be a publisher to be successful at content marketing. In fact, publishing your own content could actually be a detriment to your business. I attacked the logic of brands as publishers before, making the point that...
Content strategy is about far more than strategy. We tend to get caught up in deliverables: Content audits, competitive analyses, tone of voice guidelines, workflows, great website content…the list goes on and on. At their best, these deliverables work together as part of a cohesive...
How important is social media for small business owners? In a word, imperative.  The platforms are too important for hearing from, learning about and getting to know your audience and would-be audience. What’s more, businesses not using social media are putting themselves at a distinct...
There is no magical time of day for your brand to use Twitter for brand authority and reach, according to research by Stone Temple Consulting. The Boston company’s  Twitter study is tantamount to a myth-busting experiment that should make it easier for businesses and individuals...
If you desire the be the best web strategist or foremost content expert, reading must be part of your personal content marketing plan. Being an avid reader came naturally to me, for my parents insisted that we always have a book in our hands, whether...
Your brand’s content marketing fails because it lacks adherence to solutions ideally suited to your brand. That is, you’re trying to execute a strategy that’s not optimized for the content marketing success you hope to enjoy. Simply put, your strategy is likely not well defined...
I became a content strategist by accident; I was very deliberate in finding my content strategy community online.  It all began in 2010. One of my friends, an executive at a multi-billion-dollar outdoor brand, shared with me that online marketing was blistering hot. “If you’re...
Career disruptions have a way of making you see the world more clearly. That’s exactly what happened to me when ESPN sold off my division of the company and the new owners decided my part of the business was expendable. (This is the second and...