Thoughts and reflections on nine years of blogging.

It’s funny how we as community feel compelled to recreate the same trend over and over again as a new revolution. Consider how the same audience centric principles become repackaged over and over again during the past eight years. We have moved from Web 2.0 to social media to social business to content marketing to the trend of the immediate […]

The rush to become officially integrated into the Google Author Rank system or has begun. It’s unfortunate, because Google Authorship forces weighted search rankings that favor popularity and SEO skills over substance. If content creators want to optimize our chances of being read, what choice do we have but to implement the system? Our search results depend on it. There […]

Image by MindMapInspiration More and more voices state that content marketing overhype has jumped the shark. They’re right. As a primary strategy content marketing is overhyped. Instead, brands should focus on customer experience marketing. Before we go too far, let me say I love content, all forms of it, too, not just online, but events, print, and music, just to […]

Image by Peter Hutchkins The coupling of the words “content” and “marketing” creates a debate centering on the differences between publishing and selling. By its very nature, marketing is a function of sales. As such marketing communications activities, regardless of form — search, email, publicity (on behalf of a company), content creation, social, events, etc. — all represent activities to […]

Image by lululemon athletica Sometimes moving to a conversational medium can be hard. Transitioning style — blogs, videos, social networks updates, etc. — to serve stakeholder groups can be extremely challenging. This is a legitimate challenge of moving from traditional to conversational marketing. But some marketers ignore the relational value of social content, and abuse these media to posture, positioning […]

Image by Gaelic Arts Moving from marketing to an entertaining delivery of useful information creates a much higher likelihood of successful communications between an organization and its stakeholders. Like gamification, storytelling entertains the online reader/viewer/listener, earning their interest. Compelling stories convert dry boring content into worthwhile time expenditures. Success assumes a few of things: 1) That the storyteller understands what […]

Content marketing seems to be the meme du jour. What’s most striking about this conversation remains the blind eye most bloggers have to the majority of corporate blogs, micro messages, and content initiatives that fail. According to the Content Marketing Institute, only 40% of content marketers feel their efforts are successful, and consumers have been less bullish, with only 14% […]