Distillations

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...
Most brands’ 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...
I’ve learned a lot in the last few years, much of it has helped me become a better content strategist, writer and speaker. Even the frustrating stuff has made me a better and a more qualified evaluator of the marketplace and the role I can successfully...
(image source) Earlier this year, Rand Fishkin addressed what was referred to as the “The Greatest Lie Content Marketing Ever Told”: the belief, held by many who dive into content marketing, that publishing content will quickly result in traffic to their website and/or conversions for...
While I’m hopeful content marketers are working to extinguish the “content is king” nonsense from the vernacular, content is, nevertheless, important. It’s beneficial on our websites, in our outreach, in our presentations and in conversations, both online and offline. But if content is so important,...
Content strategy is difficult stuff. I’m not talking about content marketing strategy, mind you. We’re talking about, as Kristina Halvorson has said and written numerous times, “planning for  the creation, publication, and governance of useful, usable content.” Yeah … That. Doesn’t sound fun, does it?...
Community building is all the rage today, and for good reason. A strong, vibrant community will take your business further than any other single element of content marketing. What’s more, community building is a key component of successful inbound marketing efforts, in addition to being one of...