Do you remember what happened inside your brain the first time you used your smartphone to do something amazing? Maybe you used it to find a new recipe while standing in the middle of your kitchen, or to do a price comparison at a big-box store. Whatever it was, there is a moment like this for all of us. Suddenly, we understand that mobile computing connects us to the content that we need at the very moment we need it. That is why mobile should change the way you think about content marketing, but why stop there?
There is no optimal social media crisis. They happen when we’re least expecting it because really — when are you expecting one? They happen late on a Friday night when no one is manning the feeds. They happen on a Monday morning when everyone is frantically trying to get set for the coming week. They happen on a Wednesday over lunch hour. They happen when our network goes down and we’re already swamped and in a panic trying to get everything working and barely have time to deal with the angry customers. They happen any time at all. There is […]
Boring meetings. Let’s have a moment of silence for the many hours of productivity we’ve lost over the years. (Pause.) It’s unfortunate, really, that meetings get such a bad rap. You gotta have them. You gotta to meet with your team, stay on track, find out what’s happening, communicate, and all that stuff. Can they be made into something better?
They say that most blogs die after three short months, but yours won’t. Right? How do you know? Or, maybe it already has. The reality is that blogging is actually pretty hard work. In the beginning it is new and exciting. Topics and creativity flow like honey. But, the sweet flavor eventually wears off, and that fun new blog turns into a bunch of hard work. That’s when our blogging ideas run dry. That’s when we need to learn how to breath new life into our ‘old’ blog.
Social media is a complex mix of communication. It’s lots of different people with differences in personality, emotions, generations, needs, expectations, careers, backgrounds, and cultures. When you talk on social media, you’re not talking one kind of person. You’re talking to a complex audience. A social media manager needs to know how to do more than just login to a network. They have to have real skills.
If marketing boiled down to only one thing, it would be this – say what you’re really selling. A lot of the time we think that we are selling a product or service. We aren’t. Marketing is really about selling something far more complex and exciting – human potential. This is the marketing strategy that has been working for Apple for decades. Apple didn’t sell the original iPod by telling us that it was a 5GB MP3 player, even though it was. Rather, they told us that it was 1,000 songs in our pocket. They sold us a possibility, not […]
Google Plus is a ghost town. Google Plus is for computer nerds or photographers. Google Plus is like a lame version of Facebook. No one reads anything on Google Plus. No one in my audience cares about Google Plus. No. At some point you’re going to need to pay attention to that social network gnat that’s buzzing at your ear, and for very good reasons.
Did your blog post put several readers to sleep today? Too bad. Even your blog post on how to create a Twitter account could be so awesome that it instills excitement. Using a centuries old technique — if Shakespeare could have blogged, would he? — you can not only keep your reader awake, but you can keep them addicted to your blog.
The thought of tightening the belt during the holiday season sounds like a bad idea. If there was ever a time we let things go — food, finances, diet, will power — it’s during the end of the year when holiday after holiday hit. New Year’s Resolutions are often an unfortunate reaction to end-of-the year irresponsibility instead of a genuine thoughtful reboot. They could be more than a mere reaction and an opportunity to start fresh. Take your website, for example. Is it time to declare website bankruptcy, or do you just need to make adjustments?
Complex. It’s the word that defines most online marketing strategies. Marketing has a funny way of making our lives more and more complicated if we aren’t careful. As we get new ideas and inspiration, we try to incorporate it all and unwittingly add complexity. We make it more difficult to succeed.