Goodreads is quietly becoming my favorite social network for discovering new things to read. It’s a simple, low-key meeting place for readers, reviewers, and non-influencers who are likely to get excited when they find a used bookstore while on vacation.
Influencer culture has changed the essential nature of social media channels. For every new platform, there is an emerging influencer culture. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does tend to create a lot of noise. To be influencers, people have to make noise, so it makes sense. Continue reading →
It’s time to update your Chrome browser because…well, Google is urging us to update it immediately.
There are certain vulnerabilities with Chrome that can expose you to hackers. And while Google Chrome is usually updated automatically, here’s a video that will show you how to update your browser on Windows 10. And the best part is that it will only take you about two minutes.
Introduction to Updates: Since writing this in 2012, the world of digital and creativity has evolved quite a bit. At the time, I was working in the digital marketing division of a large agency called Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide. The agency is still operating, but I have moved on to work on the client side. The updates here will reflect that shift in my employment role.
Talking About “Creativity”
In my line of work, people talk a lot about creativity. I’ve worked as a content strategist and copywriter at a marketing agency and on the client side. No matter where you work, people look to creative teams for fresh ideas. After all, that’s why we’re called “creatives.” Continue reading →
Here are four quick and easy tips to optimize your WordPress blog post for search engine visibility. Coding skills or special technical capabilities are not required for these simple tricks. In less than 10 minutes, you can increase the search engine optimization (SEO) of any WordPress blog post.
This video shows how to optimize fields and images to get the maximum value from your post.
SEO is essential to create discoverable content that your readers can find on Google, Bing, Yahoo, or even Duck Duck Go. SEO can become quite complicated and intimidating for the average user. So here are four easy SEO tips for non-technical people using WordPress for a blog or website. Continue reading →
A consistent visual content strategy will help your target audience to have a consistent brand experience along their personal user journey on any channel or device. Planning your visual content strategy must go beyond the initial creation of content. You must consider how your content will be managed, governed, analyzed, and maintained as the technology can channels continue to evolve.
In this video from Content Marketing World 2018, I talk about how brand teams can plan a more effective and scalable content strategy that includes a strong visual content strategy.
Too often, brands start developing creative designs and channels without really planning how users will actually discover and interact with content resources on multiple channels, including social media. Continue reading →
You may use Twitter every day for work or for fun, but have you ever really looked at the performance of your tweets? Then it’s time you looked at your Twitter Analytics, which are free and easy to access, even if you’ve never looked at analytics ever before.
This video shows you step-by-step how to access your Twitter Analytics dashboard, how to navigate to the important information, and how to understand how your account is performing compared to other Twitter users. Best of all, this data is all free.
This marketing tech tip video shows how to add basic metadata to an image without using Adobe Photoshop. If you are using images on your website, part of your visual content strategy has to include optimizing your content for search engines.
The good news is that on Windows 10 you can add basic metadata by accessing the properties of the JPEG file.
This video shows you how to download an original photo from Instagram using a basic web browser. If you’ve ever tried to download a photo from Instagram, you may find that using a right-mouse click does not work.
So, how do you download a JPEG image from Instagram? You could take a screenshot, but that requires a few unnecessary steps, including cropping. That’s not what you want.
Behavior change is usually an important component of content marketing strategy. There are many types of behavior change, but you can distill these down to three that matter to brand marketers.
Behavior Change #1: Try my product.
You’re not using my product, so I will give you reasons to try it. A user may be unaware of your product or may not see it as an option. In traditional funnel terms, this is qualified lead.
The desired change is for them to try the product. This is usually bundled with awareness and/or disruption marketing that is designed to trigger an action. The action may be as simple as visiting a website or initializing a search on Google or Bing, but it is an early stage action that may benefit from activities in public relations, advertising, social media, and other related tactics. Continue reading →