The CMO’s Guide to Getting New Customers from Blogging

By on February 25th, 2020

As a CMO, you are responsible for your business’s entire marketing strategy. When it comes down to it, it’s you who likely has to manage market research, competitor analysis, advertising, public relations, and sales materials, to name a few. And what’s the point of all that? As well as keeping your existing customers, one of your primary focuses is bringing in new clients. You probably never thought much about getting…

How to Develop an Effective Content Marketing Strategy

By on February 24th, 2020

Whether your business is in digital marketing starter kit mode or you have saturated the web with your brand’s presence already, you’re missing out if you aren’t using a content marketing strategy. The effectiveness of having a written-out, well developed, thoughtful strategy isn’t just a theory or the experience-based opinion of top marketers. It is a law of the universe. Where a lot of marketers fall short in developing a…

Employee Branding: B2B’s Answer to Influencer Marketing

By on February 19th, 2020

We’ve all seen them. Consumer brands fall all over each other to get celebs to endorse their brands – or better yet – star in one of their ads. Which works out just fine. Until the celebrity spokesmodel slips up and gets caught driving down the wrong side of the street while they’re on a bender. Or the video ad producer goes tone-deaf and accidentally makes an offensive ad. https://youtu.be/dA5Yq1DLSmQ…

Event Content Ideas: The Best Topics that Resonate with Your Audience

By on February 18th, 2020

Content can be effective for event marketing, but to get the best results, choose topics that will drive engagement and attract social media shares. Content marketing should be an important part of any event marketing strategy. It’s cheap, simple, and effective. But, how do you narrow down your event content ideas to find the most effective topics? What sort of content should you create to engage your target audience, encourage social media…

How to Replicate the Success of the Best Brands in Content Marketing

By on February 17th, 2020

It’s not difficult to replicate the best brands’ success when it comes to content marketing. All it takes is a little strategy. If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably already realized the importance of a content marketing program for your business. You have questions, though. One of the most frequent remarks I hear from business owners is, “Sure, content marketing works for the big brands. But how can I make…

The Biggest Leadership Conferences Taking Place in 2020

By on February 12th, 2020

The start of a new year is a fantastic time to make plans for the future and invest in both your business and yourself. If you’re planning to level up your leadership skills this year, it’s well worth considering attending a leadership conference. Leadership isn’t something that can be taught, but it is a skill you can learn and develop by learning from and watching others. If you’re ready for the…

6 Strategies CMOs Can Use to Lead from the Front

By on February 11th, 2020

Leading from the front is one of the key strategies CMOs should use to earn the respect of their team and their peers. Put this strategy to work today. Of all the strategies CMOs should use, leading from the front is probably the least understood. All too many CMOs see themselves as a Napoleon, arms crossed imperiously for their LinkedIn portrait, barking orders from atop their digital white horse to…

The Surprising Secret to a Full and Flowing Sales Pipeline

By on February 10th, 2020

What would you think if I said I had the secret to making sales? A copywriting trick maybe? Or a psychology hack to help you master the skill of persuasion? But, there’s no easy trick to successful sales. Forget trying to trick people through sneaky tactics. The secret to keeping your sales pipeline full comes down to simply understanding other people and genuinely meeting them on their own level. In…

5 Difficult Decisions No CMO Can Shy Away From

By on February 5th, 2020

Although decisions about a company’s marketing strategy aren’t as critical to life and limb as are those of a warrior on the battlefield, they are critical to the lifeblood of the company. As former Navy SEAL and Forbes business leadership consultant Brent Gleeson points out, there is indeed a vital thread that runs through all decision-making, both in the boardroom and on the battlefield. As a CMO, you need to face those difficult decisions…

Employee Generated Content: The Big Daddy of All Content Creation Techniques

By on February 4th, 2020

Have a seat. Prepare for a shock. It’s not your meticulously researched blog posts that get all the online love. It’s employee-generated content (EGC) – the secret sauce that can transform your content marketing strategy beyond your wildest dreams. I know. You spend hours researching, and then you shine up your grammar so well that you’d make your high school English teacher proud. You even use visuals to break up your…

The Founder’s Guide to Outsourcing Content Creation (While Maximizing ROI)

By on February 3rd, 2020

If you’re the founder of a new company, you need to make every dollar count during your first few years. Yet you know you need a solid website to attract all the right customers. You can’t afford to hire a single copywriter, let alone an entire content team. So, maybe you’ve wondered about outsourcing content creation to an agency like ours. Some of the questions we hear from our startup…

How to Draw the Most Popular Speakers in the Industry to Your Conference

By on January 29th, 2020

A conference is nothing without keynote speakers. You could plan the most exciting, innovative conference in your industry for years, but the speakers you advertise will be its biggest drawcard. Attendees will travel from across the globe for the chance to hear directly from some of the biggest and most respected names in the industry. A great speaker can transform your event from something mediocre into a memorable experience for…

The 12-Month Content Marketing Strategy for Startups

By on January 27th, 2020

When you start a business, there’s a lot on your mind: how to fund all the equipment you’ll need, how to keep track of revenue and expenses, how to produce your goods and services economically enough to make a profit, and how to get the word out about what you offer. A content strategy? Give me a break, you say. Well, you could spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on…

The Top Graphic and Web Design Trends of 2020

By on January 23rd, 2020

With each passing year, trends fade and new ones submerge into the world. This especially holds true within the digital landscape as well. Not only is it a new year, but we have entered a whole new decade. Since then, we have witnessed a lot of hit and miss trends in the digital era. For the 6th consecutive year, Coastal Creative, a San Diego based printing company, has made promising…

How to Build a Customer-Driven Marketing Strategy for 2020

By on January 22nd, 2020

I’ve already explained why I predict 2020 will be the year of the customer. The traditional, tried-and-true marketing methods of getting people to know about your brand and buy your products are no longer as effective as they once were. Successful marketing strategies in 2020 and beyond will focus on creating great customer experiences and building relationships with your audience. This shift has already been happening for a while, but not…

How to Budget for Your Content Marketing in 2020

By on January 21st, 2020

Budgeting is never a fun process. It can be stressful and chaotic. However, it’s necessary to budget for your content marketing program, so that you’ll know exactly what funds and resources you’ll be working with in the new year. And you don’t have to start from scratch, as we’ll be sharing how to budget for your content marketing in 2020. With these tips and insights, you’ll be on your way…

The Healthcare Organization’s Guide to Effective Content Marketing

By on January 20th, 2020

Content has the potential to be an incredibly effective marketing channel for healthcare organizations. Users search Google for health-related questions over 1 billion times each day, accounting for around 7 percent of the search engine’s total search queries. Research from Google shows that content is critical in the patient journey to researching and choosing a health facility. And, most patients start with general informational searches, rather than branded searches to find out…

From Calendar to Conversions: How to Plan 12 Months of Customer-Focused Blogging

By on January 16th, 2020

Blogging is the fundamental component of your content marketing strategy. My own research has shown that the more blogs you publish, the more visitors you attract, the more leads you can nurture, and the more conversions you will get! Publishing 2 to 4 blog posts per week provides the highest results in terms of both traffic and conversions. That finding comes from my company’s client data and holds up across…

How to Get a Motivational Speaker to Add Pizzazz to Your Event

By on January 15th, 2020

Whether you’re a non-profit organization, an industry trade association, or a business, your upcoming event likely faces stiff competition from similar events. If your group has tasked you with planning the event, you need to make sure that your event has the kind of pizzazz that will make attendees want to come back year after year. One of the best ways to add pizzazz to your event is to find…

How to Use Employees’ Ideas to Drive Business Growth

By on January 13th, 2020

With 53 jobs under my belt, I’ve come to realize one thing about office politics: “Behind every bad idea is an executive who asked for it.” Traditional, top-down structure often hampers the formation of great ideas. After hearing “no” one too many times, employees stop suggesting the very ideas that could spur unbridled growth across the board. Quick Takeaways: Authoritarian companies stifle the growth of thought and drive away top employees.…