J Is for Journey – The Cheeky A-Z Guide for Content Marketing

The journey of what seems like 1,000 steps to acquiring a customer starts with your ability to help them solve a problem.  You need to insert yourself into your customer’s story as the sidekick, not the hero.   Your customer is the hero/heroine. They’re Frodo Baggins; you’re Samwise Gamgee.* Or, since it’s awards season, you want…

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Caffeine IS required to be a good ghost in the blog, though my preferred deliver vehicle is tea. Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash Real. Honest. Authentic. These are all words content marketing aspires to be. When you’re the ghost in the blog, it’s easy to feel like you’re faking it.  I’ve been ghost blogging for five-ish years…

Blogging Plus 6 Other Cornerstone Content Marketing Tactics — That Work — for Anyone

Without the right foundation, it all comes tumbling down. Photo by Rodolfo Quirós from Pexels What works when it comes to content marketing? Like many things in life, leaning into the basics is a great first step.   Just remember that you need to have a content marketing strategy in place first. Take this blog for example. I started…

You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but . . . You Have a Huge Content Marketing Problem When the Thinking Never Begins

When the Thinking Never Begins Permit me a mini rant. Come along if you’d like, I think you’ll recognize someone you work with. If you don’t, well, the person I’m talking about might just be you (but you’re one of my readers, so I’m thinking not).  We’ve all had the misfortune of working with someone(s)…

Connection, Marketing, and Being Human – The One True (and Scary) Thing About Content Marketing

Why trees, roots, and birds in a post about being human? Not sure, other than that this image says "connection" to me in a way many with people just don't. The most important thing companies miss when it comes to marketing (especially content marketing, or inbound marketing if you prefer) is that it’s about making…

Content Marketing Predictions Are As Useful as Fortune Cookies (Without the "In Bed" Jokes)

Over the years, the best advice about content marketing predictions I can think of is to (usually) ignore the predictions.  And, man, I once loved a prediction piece.  These days . . . not so much.  Look at all of these shiny new ideas! (So that I can now ignore the last round of formerly…

3 of the Most Common – and Simple to Avoid – Writing Missteps Spikey Katfish Sees That Prevent Your Marketing from Blasting Off

The most common mistake businesses make is writing like they're a business. While I've noticed a shift to a friendlier writing style in the past decade, partially thanks to social media and I'm sure influenced as well by Millennials entry into the working world in large numbers, there's still waaaaay too much bad business writing…

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