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Fix Your Broken-Record Content Strategy

by · April 7, 2015

Man, working on content and curating smartly can get so stale. It seems like you see and share the same things over and over again. And then there’s all the blogging to be done. Sometimes, I feel like a broken record about measurement and listening and customer relationships. But, it is all worth it because we get to have a conversation about these subjects, which are really some of my favorite. But, it still gets stale. So, recently, I have found myself really re-evaluating my content strategy and I’ve found four ways that helped me really light a fire under my blogging and curation. And guess what, they came back to measuring and listening – oh the irony!

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Treasure Maps and Shovels

by · March 11, 2015

It’s throwback week here at Social Media Explorer. Here’s another treasure from 2014 that we think you’ll enjoy:

Treasure maps get all the glory. After all, without a treasure map, how else is the young adventurer  supposed to find where that chest of doubloons is buried.  X marks the spots, you know the drill. But what about the lowly shovel. Though never taking center stage in any story, the shovel is still a necessary part of the treasure gaining process. Without a shovel, how are you supposed to dig up the buried treasure? Without a shovel, a treasure map is essentially worthless.

Sure you know where the gold is buried, but without a shovel you have no way of getting to it.

Coincidentally, your content strategy is a lot like a treasure map. Obviously you aren’t going to find your content strategy stuffed inside an empty rum bottle; but like a treasure map, your content strategy does outline the steps you need to take to find true content success.

However, a content strategy will only take you so far. I’ve seen too many people create a content strategy and then assume that success is already theirs, “We’ve got our content strategy right here! The gold is ours!” A strategy is only part of the success equation, at some point you’re going to need to put down the map and start digging. 

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What It Takes To Produce Holy Smokes!

by · March 10, 2015

This week, we’re flashing back to some of our 2014 blog posts that you may have missed. We dig them and hope you do, too:

Think of the stories, videos or posts you’ve shared or commented on in the last 24 hours. You can even scroll back through your Facebook activity feed to see which ones caught your eye. (Find it by going to http://www.facebook.com/username/allactivity where “username” is your username.)

Now do a quick gut-check analysis of the topics, headlines or reasons you clicked, shared or commented. What do they all have in common?

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Your Content isn’t Going Viral Because it Sucks

by · March 9, 2015

As we all get ready to Spring ahead (and that warm weather cannot come soon enough!), we’re taking this week to flashback to some of our 2014 blog posts that you may have missed. Hope you enjoy:

It’s the million dollar question every marketer wants to know: How do I get my content to go viral? Who Is Hosting This put out a helpful infographic that helps marketers check their content against their defined formula for success. The infographic does a good job of providing some basic guidelines, however it sparked a whole different line of thought in my brain.

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My Inner Crybaby Is Crying Uncle

by · February 17, 2015

Awards season is ad season, as well. What began with #Downerbowl will end with the Oscars, and we will all be able to see that this year, the theme in agency land was creating emotion. Much like a few years back, it was trying to convince brands to be human. Both of these themes are really close to being successful, yet they miss the mark in my mind. A brand cannot be human. It should instead try to be useful. It is more attainable and reasonable. A brand is not human; it is a business. And if it is a good business, it offers products and services that are useful to people. Therefore, useful should be the place from which the brand communicates. As for creating emotion, this one was soooo close I could taste it. The miss was this: creating emotion for the sake of emotion is manipulative and off-putting.

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Video, Audio and Imagery May Set Your Brand Apart in 2015

by · January 12, 2015

Reading the tea leaves in the social space isn’t always easy. But think about what you’ve seen from those of us pounding the pavement with Facebook’s algorithms and the ever-growing challenges of earned media.

Every marketing hack and their brother has a podcast now. Most of them are video podcasts repurposed as audio as a supplement. Some people have both audio podcasts and short videos to drive their activity. And, if you’re paying attention, you’ve also noticed that the smart ones are using more and more images – specifically text on photo – to capture they eye as people scroll through their feeds.

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How Do You Compete Against Big Money?

by · November 3, 2014

The question was posed: “How do I compete against Booking.com, which has a billion-dollar ad budget?” The audience member was a destination marketer. I was the unfortunate speaker left to answer.

Even my friend Tom Martin, in the audience after having talked earlier in the day at TBEX Europe last Friday, perked up. He later told me, upon hearing the question, he thought, “Ooooh! This ought to be good!”

It’s not easy competing against those with big dollars. Whether through paid advertising, paid search or engaging agency partners with massive teams and resources, when you are a have, you can easily outshine the have-nots.

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