Content Topics: What to do when you’re stumped

nov1-great-ideaHave you ever been charged with having to write something, be it a blog, article or a short piece for your website and have no idea what to write about?

You struggle with topics that you think your audience may be interested in, or feel that you have exhausted all possible topics that can be written about. You want the piece to be engaging and timely, with a “personal” spin to it that only your company can provide.

 

We have a few suggestions to help get those creative juices flowing and help you win what appears to be a never-ending battle:

  1. Talk with the people in your sales force. They are the ones that are getting the tough questions from customers day in and day out.  By speaking with them, you may uncover a topic that is at the forefront of the minds of your sales team, but marketing or product development doesn’t focus on.
  1. Talk to the people in your organization’s call center or customer service department. They are the ones that know all the good questions and what people want to know or don’t understand. Their knowledge can help you write and informative piece. Think of them as your go-to for the FAQs.
  1. Ask Google. As silly as this sounds, ‘Google Suggest’ helps you find out what people are looking for, what they have questions about.  This can easily help you come up with topics to write about.
  1. Log on to AnswerThePublic.com.   By simply putting in a phrase or keyword, this website comes up with hundreds of questions and topic ideas for you to write about. For example, we put in the keyword Public Relations and 132 questions about public relations came up.

By using all the resources available to you, you should be able to come up with a topic in no time… and maybe even write about a “diamond in the rough” topic that people have been waiting to read about, but no one realized its potential.

How global is your business?

global businessThe Internet has given every company, large and small, a digital footprint.  It’s not a matter of can you be found, but rather, once you are found, who are you really trying to reach.

 

The real question is not whether your business is global or not, but rather: How global is your business?

 

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Expanding Your Marcom Horizons: When to pass and when to tag along

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The B2B marcom world has had an interesting last decade trying to navigate its way through the latest digital marketing trends (and we don’t just mean social media!). As consumers in our personal lives, we are marketed to almost entirely differently than in our business lives. By now we all know that new tactics that have emerged for B2C aren’t always beneficial for B2B. This isn’t a new concept, but it is one that should get an update every now and again. Just because a new digital tactic is trending for B2C doesn’t mean we can’t give it a try here in our more niche B2B space. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Back to School Time! And Not Just for the Kids……

Aug1.Continuing EdIt’s that time of year again….back to school. Excitement at the anticipation of a new learning year is upon us.  But it doesn’t just have to be for the kids… We, as adults, should continually embark on a new journey of learning and self-betterment.

 

Our clients rely on us for advice and counsel on marketing communications techniques and tactics. In order to best perform our jobs and remain a source of information, we seek out ways to hone our skills, learn about the latest trends and discover new ways to employ best practices in our clients’ programs. Our agency could not survive in this digital era if we had stopped trying to improve and innovate while everyone still relied on only print media in the 1980s.

 

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A quick sidebar on creativity through email

July2.brainstormingA quick sidebar on creativity through email

We can all agree, creativity isn’t a linear process—it best thrives when varying perspectives are all given equal weight and the something that has been looked at a thousand times in one light is suddenly seen in a completely different one. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to Pack Your Bags

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It’s summer.  Not only is everyone gearing up for vacation and big plans away, but also getting ready to hit the second half of the year strong. Maybe there have been some adjustments to your marketing goals after the first half. Maybe the second half has the potential to be a game changer for your company. Either way, it might also be time to pack your bags for another big reason: tradeshows.  Read the rest of this entry »

Putting a Positive Spin on Things

June2.positive spinLet’s face it, things don’t always turn out as well as you had expected.  Sometimes you need to deliver news that isn’t particularly flattering to your company or its products. And although we would love to keep a lid on negative publicity and not let the world know about it, sometimes it is unavoidable.  So, what are we to do? Sweep it under the rug? Lie? Act like it never happened?  The answer to each of these questions is a resounding NO! Read the rest of this entry »

Hitting the Bullseye: a new era of direct email

direct email, bullseye, targeted email, marketing automationMarketing automation has breathed new life into email marketing.  That which was once destined for junk folders and blacklists is becoming useful again by not merely spamming the reader with potentially relevant information, but instead providing value driven material that matches the interests and needs of the recipient.

 

The intellect a well-run marketing automation program provides allows companies to cultivate prospects with personalized, laser-focused content that helps turn these potential buyers into customers.  You aren’t randomly throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing how much will stick—you’re following a unique recipe that suits their specific requirements.

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Keep Your Shovel in the Dirt: gardening tips from a not-so-green thumb

 

Farmer on local sustainable organic farmI’ve never been very good at gardening, even though I still try each year.  I till my little patch of land so that I can sow my vegetables, spending far more on plants and preparation than my meager harvest would ever come close to paying out.

Each year, my timing seems to be off.  Right around the time that my tomatoes are ripe for the picking, I’m typically out of town for my family reunion.  My house sitter says they are delicious, though.  Read the rest of this entry »

Measuring Your Return – Can We Determine ROI of an Advertising Campaign?

WebWhile recently reading On the Near Impossibility of Measuring the Returns to Advertising by Randall A. Lewis and Justin M. Rao, it was stated that the average American sees 25-45 minutes of tv commercials, multiple billboards and an array of internet ads per day.  They go on further to say that industry reports place annual advertising revenue in the US in the range of $173 billion, or about $500 per American per year.  In order for advertisers to break even they need to net about $1.50 in profits per person per day – translating into about $3,500 -$5,500 per household per year. So is this possible?  Is it possible to measure the exact return on investment metrics of an advertising campaign? Read the rest of this entry »

Why All Startups Should Invest in Public Relations

April1.bill-gates-prAs I often do when writing these blog posts, I harken back to early in my career.  This one in particular made me laugh a bit to myself because it reminded me of something I said to my mother when I was desperately trying to figure out what to do for a living.

During our discussion, she had mentioned that she thought I would be good in ‘public relations’.  I remember literally looking at her and saying ‘I have no idea what that means, but when you can tell me what it is, I’ll do it…’. At the time, it was a flippant remark.  Because A) I had no idea what public relations was and B) It annoyed me that she already had me pegged into a field that I knew nothing about, nor did I think I would ever be interested in.

As we all know, mom is always right! Not only do I know firsthand now what public relations is, but it has become my career and passion to understand its importance and why companies, especially startups, should invest in it. Read the rest of this entry »

How Well Do You Know Your Brand? 4 quick tips to give you a baseline

Mar2.personalbrand_bannerSo many companies focus on identifying their brands by sitting around their own conference room discussing what they think their customers value about their brand.  Few step outside the office to truly figure out what resonates from an end user perspective.

 

Time, money and sometimes even ego are the often the root causes of a misguided branding strategy, but let’s look at how a few simple outward-facing steps can help you start to formulate a valuable branding strategy. Read the rest of this entry »