Blog Archives: Content Marketing

September 25, 2014: back-to-schoolI am not a native New Englander. But, with six years of living in the Boston area under my belt, I’ve pretty much become accustomed to the parking lot that is any of the major highways during rush hour.

Traffic gets especially bad around this time of year, when school buses start popping up around every corner. I’ll be the first to admit that my road rage has a tendency to flare (hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em), but spending excessive amounts of time in my car can actually be a good thing because it provides the opportunity to brainstorm blog topics (really!).

September 22, 2014: The collaboration of Inbound 2014 and FutureM brought together over 10,000 marketers and “tech geeks” from around the world. As you can imagine, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center was oozing creativity and eagerness to exchange knowledge.

Inbound 2014 - A Marketer's Rock Concert! #Inbound14 #Marketing

This three-day extravaganza explored every topic from marketing strategies to leadership to data and analytics. While not every session related directly to B2B marketing, I couldn’t help but think of the link of these intriguing concepts and their application in the space.

September 11, 2014: As a content marketer, I often times have to switch my brain from news writing (journalism) to blogging, and vice versa. While both types of content creation fall under the “copywriting” umbrella, there are a number of fundamental differences that shape the two. For those that don’t write news or blog posts (or both) on a daily or weekly basis, the fine line that separates these two writing processes can easily become blurred.

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Let’s take a look at some of these differences as we attempt to help bloggers and journalists stay on track and deliver the type of content they intend to their audience.

August 28, 2014: B2B marketing isn’t a perfect industry (what industry is?), but the main arguments against B2B marketing, like unoriginality, competition, and boring products, are also the areas where a company can stand out most online. The following are some of the biggest problems with B2B marketing and how you can make your campaigns stand out.

It’s Not Original

b2b problemsBecause they aren’t forced to be innovative since their audience is so much smaller than the B2C market, B2B marketers (and usually their executive supervisors) may be used to just pushing the same postcards, email blasts, and online promotions over and over. However, it’s important to remember that those you are trying to reach from a B2B perspective are consumers as well, just in a business sense.

August 19, 2014: If you’re an online quiz junkie like me, you’ve likely, at some point, taken a psychology test to determine whether you’re right- or left-brained. We all know we lean more to one side than the other, but isn’t it fun to tally up the points and find out for sure?

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As a writer, I’m of the mind that being right-brained is critical to the job (I’m not saying this just because my math skills are limited to basic arithmetic, but also because good writing involves a flair for the creativity). As a marketing writer, I’m convinced that it takes both the creative and the logical sides in order to execute an effective content strategy. Why? Because successful content marketing involves striking a certain degree of balance between campaigns that are both inspired and results-oriented.

August 14, 2014: Any time we bring on a new team member here at KoMarketing, one of the first things we do is get them up to speed on our clients, their products/services, industries, and much more. As a content marketer, fully understanding the ins-and-outs of these organizations and the industries they’re a part of is an essential step to take before the content strategy can take shape.

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July 24, 2014: We’ve all heard it: “If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around, does it still make a sound?” While you may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, I have. Why is this the leading sentence in a marketing blog?” think of it this way: “If a content marketer writes an outstanding piece but fails to consider promotion and their target audience, does anybody notice?”

Falling Tree

July 22, 2014: If you’re like me, you spend a good amount of time scrolling through content marketing blogs for advice and suggestions that will give your content a leg up. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for any blog title that begins with the words “How-to” or “Tutorial.” Why?

Don't get stuck reinventing the wheel with your content marketing!

Don’t get stuck reinventing the wheel with your content marketing!

Because, as a content marketer, I’m always looking for ways to make my content better.

Recently, however, I’ve started feeling like I have a bone to pick with these old, familiar blogging archetypes. I don’t mean to pick on “How-to” or list-style posts; we all know these types of blogs can be very effective in establishing credibility and providing an audience with specific information they might be looking for (here’s a How-to post I found helpful when writing this blog, for example).

June 16, 2014: As the 2014 World Cup is officially underway, the attention of the sports world (and even those outside the sports world) has turned to Brazil, where 32 of the top teams in the world will be competing to take home the famed gold trophy.

Now, much like your average American, I feel that professional soccer falls somewhere between Cornhole and Quidditch in terms of everyday sports importance. However, once every four years, I can’t help but be drawn to the World Cup, backing the American squad and witnessing one of the most impressive gatherings of national pride the world encounters.

June 12, 2014: Users online are smart. They use the internet every day and are no longer phased by fancy blinking banner ads or emails that promise they will make $5,000 in a single week. In fact, KoMarketing’s 2014 B2B Web Usability report revealed that the top elements causing buyers to leave vendor websites included distracting video or audio that plays automatically and animated ads that crawl across a page or pop up.

Yet, businesses continuously “dumb down” their marketing and advertising for users in hopes of reaching the highest number of people. While the world has no shortage of idiots, the average internet user is middle class and many have an advanced education: the 2011 census showed that almost 90% of all households in the United States that had bachelors degrees had internet access.

Instead of tricking your audience into believing something is real (e.g. the Pepsi Max commercial that the internet has decried as fake), why not focus your efforts on creating lasting connections through genuine storytelling, which makes great experiences for your users?

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