How to Crank Out a Fascinating Idea in 60 Seconds or Less

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our Director of Paid Marketing, Kim Figor, discusses an Inc. article by contributor, Sally Hogshead “How to Crank Out a Fascinating Idea in 60 Seconds or Less.”

If I were a betting woman, I would be willing to bet that most people, if not all, struggle from time to time in coming up with ideas on topics to write about or the topic might be there, but the words escape them. I know for myself, this is true. Many times, the most difficult task of writing is deciding what to write about. This task becomes even more challenging for me when I’m up against deadlines.

Of course, more times than not, the reason I’m up against these deadlines is that I couldn’t decide what to write about, so … Continue Reading

5 Ways to Develop Trust with Content Readers

Content sets a tone. It delivers your company mission, vision and other important information about your business. Content helps to build your brand presence online, but it also sets a company tone, differentiate you from the competition, establish you as a leader in the your industry and take your business rankings high in Google search results.

In addition, content also helps you to win the trust & faith of your audience.

By providing useful, informative and precise information to the readers, answering their questions, and giving smart yet reliable solution to their problems, your content development is an excellent way to build a long lasting relationship with your potential customers.

HOW TO BUILD CUSTOMER’S TRUST THROUGH CONTENT?

Whether you’ve just stepped into the world of digitization or you’re a successful brand looking to revamp the content marketing strategy, the tips below will help you build YOUR trust factor online.

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Words Matter

I enjoy writing – and I have spent the better part of the last week working on the content for a new website. Each word is important. Not just because someone will read it and learn something about the company services, but because words make you think. Words ask to you think deeply about yourself and what you might need. Words help you to make decisions. Words bring us together with a shared language.

And yet, words can so easily be misinterpreted.

When I write, I find myself reading and re-reading what I write. Could someone misunderstand what I am trying to say? Does the pattern of the words, or the choice of the words, create space between me and the reader? Will the reader make judgements about me–or my business–based on just the few sentences they read? Will they feel the meaning and my passion behind the words?

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Differentiate Yourself in 2017 – 4 Tips to Break Through Content Noise

With only a week to go before the year ends, marketing leaders from around the world are gathering their teams together in an effort to interpret 2016 trends in a manner that will result in success in 2017. In many circumstances, the question being pondered is how to break through content noise in order to deliver to the consumer the content he or she will need to make buying decisions this coming year.

By now you’ve probably heard (maybe even to ad nauseam) that content is king. But do you realize that according to the Content Marketing Institute 88% of B2B marketers in North America depend on some form of content marketing? Savvy marketers know that the ability to differentiate their company is dependent on how well they speak to and interact with their consumer.… Continue Reading

Surviving the Elections with the Right Media Mix

A couple weeks ago I commented on an article, Clinton v Trump: Why the 2016 Presidential Election will turn Social Media into a War Zone, regarding the presidential election and social media. As promised, here is the follow-up to my article that contains social media statistics you should be aware of as well as how to minimize risk during the election season or any other external factor that may influence the success of your campaigns.

Since we are ending the election season, I did use the presidential election as the main example throughout this article. However, the points made within and the tips are applicable to almost every if not every external factor that impacts consumer behavior.… Continue Reading

How To Give Your Business An Unfair Advantage

How cool would it be to know that every product or service you ever offered (before launching), would be successful?

What if you never had to struggle to get new customers or traffic to your website?

Impossible.  Right?

We’ll on March 31st, 2016, Elon Musk launched the Tesla Model 3 with an unfinished prototype and in a week racked up over 325,000 reservations, aka $14 billion in potential future sales.

Do you think the Model 3 will be successful when it officially goes on sale in 2018?

Yes, this is the biggest one-week launch of any product ever, your company isn’t Tesla and you aren’t Elon Musk, but at the end of the day Elon has done something very simple.… Continue Reading

Marketing Definitions 101

Do you experience a certain level of confusion when it comes to the myriad of marketing terms?  How about something as simple as the difference between the term ‘marketing’ and ‘advertising?’

You’re not alone. A good many use various related terms interchangeably. But, although they are similar, they refer to different actions.

It’s a good idea to distinguish the difference in order to communicate effectively with others in your organization and to better comprehend the nuances of your marketing strategies and activities.

While researching, I discovered the perfect analogy for this topic at Free Management Library. There, the writer cited a Reader’s Digest quote, which is the ultimate marketing alchemy and makes this subject very simple. I don’t know about you, but I like simple.

“… if the circus is coming to town and you paint a sign saying ‘Circus Coming to the Fairground Saturday’, that’s advertising. If … Continue Reading

4 Questions Every B2B Organizations Should Ask When Thinking Through the Content Strategy

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Content marketing is an important strategy for B2B organizations and according to the Content Marketing Institute, 88% of respondents said they use content marketing. However, about 70% of those respondents admitted content marketing was ineffective.

How do we make a strategy that is critical to a brands success online more effective?… Continue Reading

Triple the benefit of your content

As we all know, content is king (tired of hearing this yet?!) It is hard enough these days just to keep up, let alone release multiple pieces of content a week. What if I told you that you can get 3 times the benefit from each piece of content you have? I bet you are excited, and you should be! Blog articles are just one (and the most popular) type of content, but let’s not forget things like Slideshare, YouTube, and Podcasts.… Continue Reading

The Importance Of Handling Customer Reviews

From time to time, LocalDirective team members will share their views on a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, Vicki comments on an interview posted on the Marketing Sherpa Blog by Kayla Cobb, The Importance Of Handling Customer Reviews.

LocalDirective is a big supporter of and encourages our clients to gather as many reviews, stories and testimonials as possible from their customers and clients.  This interview conducted by Daniel Burstein, Marketing Sherpa’s Director of Editorial Content with Joseph Jaconi, General Manager of Tech Armor really resonated with me on the importance of listening to your customers and thoughtfully responding to build your brand and potentially transform your company into a much stronger competitor.

The interview focuses on the very competitive world of ecommerce, but this really applies and is a great practice for all businesses.  Gathering and responding to reviews is a wonderful form of public relations, Tech … Continue Reading