With the new year well underway, many small business owners and freelancers may be looking for ways to streamline projects and squeeze more productivity out of the workday.
As a public relations consultant and freelance writer who sometimes dons a reporter’s hat, I’m always interested in trying out tools that allow me to get more done — but as a solopreneur, I’m also cost-conscious. I’m often asked what my favorite free or low-cost solutions are to accomplish communications-related tasks.
Here, I share 14 of my top picks. Continue reading 14 of the Best Budget-Friendly Tools to Help You Master PR, Content and Social Media
It’s the end of the decade – and what a decade it’s been. As we in communications and marketing look ahead to 2020, what can we expect?
I asked 20 influencers to look into the future and share their thoughts on this question: “What lies ahead for communicators in 2020?” Here’s what they predict. Continue reading 20 Influencers Predict What Lies Ahead for Communicators in 2020
Events. Each month, there are hundreds, thousands of events taking place locally, regionally and nationally.
It’s clear that event marketing is on the rise. 85 percent of marketers cite event production as “essential” to their marketing strategies, while 41 percent consider event marketing the most crucial channel to achieve their goals[i]. Two-thirds of those surveyed say they plan to increase spending on live events in 2019.
Why are events so popular? They allow face-to-face interaction, which is vital as companies try to build that human connection with their customers and foster a sense of community.
With the uptick in the number of events, why is it that you often hear of them AFTER they happen? Or maybe you never hear about them at all.
As I continue to digest everything I heard at this year’s Content Marketing World in Cleveland, themes have begun to emerge. Because it’s my fourth visit to the conference, I’ve been able to view what I’ve learned through a lens of comparison. What were the new trends this year? And what hasn’t changed?
The overarching theme that stands out to me is – TRUST. Trust must exist for any transactions to take place. But how do we as content marketers, public relations professionals and social media managers work to establish that trust that we seek with our audiences?
Here are 10 of the lessons I learned at CMWorld related to trust: Continue reading How to Build Trust – 10 Lessons from Content Marketing World
Content marketing fanatics from all over the world will be converging on Cleveland in a few weeks for this year’s Content Marketing World conference, Sept. 3-6.
A review of the sessions and speaker lineup shows once again the care that goes into planning such a packed agenda. The program is so strong, in fact, you may have trouble choosing which sessions to attend.
After taking a closer look, I’m here to help with a few tips on sessions you should star in your CMWorld app. Continue reading 6 Themes to Watch and 8 Speakers to Catch at This Year’s Content Marketing World
Tracking the effectiveness of social media has caused many a marketer to shake his or her head in frustration. How can we PROVE it’s effective so that clients will see the value?
While much has been written about tracking its value, I’m going to make another argument – maybe the most significant benefit of social media comes from the views we CAN’T track. I refer to these as “lurker” views. Lurkers – you know, the people who see and read your content – they just don’t like it, comment on it or share it.
While that can be frustrating, its benefit still needs to be taken into account. Why? Because the lurkers may be the ones hiring you or buying your products or services.
Why should we care about social media lurkers?
Continue reading How Social Media Lurkers Can Boost Your Business
As the whirlwind week that was Content Marketing World is now a memory, we can reflect on what we learned.
As a writer, I’m always interested in learning new approaches to help improve the writing process—and the finished product.
Looking at CMWorld through a writers’ lens, here are my top eight takeaways. Continue reading 8 Writing Tips and Takeaways from the Experts
This is one of my favorite times of the year.
Content Marketing World 2018 is coming up Sept. 4-7. This will be my third trip to Cleveland to attend. To say I’m excited would be an understatement.
When people ask me why this conference is so impactful, I tell them it’s THE place for content marketing nerds! Yes, I’ll admit it, I’m among those nerds.
CMWorld is well planned and produced, with standout speakers, networking and a chance to check out all the latest technology, along with little touches that make it even more special. We’re talking orange-colored snacks, people!
The event is packed with so much phenomenal stuff, it’s tough to choose where to spend your time. To help select the speakers you most want to hear, review this list of top Content Marketing World Opinion Leaders.
And, after perusing the agenda, here’s a preview of a few of the sessions I’m most looking forward to this year. Continue reading 10 Noteworthy Sessions to Look Forward to at This Year’s Content Marketing World
Something’s becoming clearer than ever these days.
If you fail to connect PR to social media and content marketing, you’re missing an opportunity.
Before we delve into why, let’s take a minute to look back. Continue reading Are you integrating PR, content marketing and social media for better results?
If you have a company in the manufacturing or industrial markets, PR may be an element that’s missing from your marketing program. Many companies in these verticals overlook PR because they may feel it won’t be worthwhile for them. They may think, “What in the world do we have to talk to the media about?”
The truth is, a lot! The trick is figuring out the most effective way to leverage PR to make it work for you.
For example, I’ve worked with many companies in these markets who have interesting stories to tell. What they needed help with was unearthing these stories, then figuring out the best channels to use to get them out.
“You need to not only create great content, you need to make sure people see it,” says Jay Scheer of Thomasnet.com. “Too many manufacturing companies seem content waiting and waiting for those prospects to magically find their websites, pick up the phone, and sign on the dotted line.”
Traditionally, manufacturing companies have turned somewhat of a blind eye to marketing and PR. But, “As vendor loyalty erodes in the B2B market, manufacturers find ‘they’re almost having to resell their clients,’” said a recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business.
What PR approaches work for manufacturing businesses?
For manufacturers who want to take advantage of public relations, here are seven ways to get started: Continue reading 7 Ways Manufacturing Companies Can Take Advantage of PR