C Is for Customer: The Cheeky A-Z Guide for Content Marketing

Are you ready to serve your customers? Photo by Hamish Duncan on Unsplash Obvious, right? No customers, no business. But think about it -- is your business really aligned to focus on and meet the needs of your customers (including your marketing)? Here’s a quick way to tell. Look at your website and ask yourself this question, “Is…

Is Your Sales Team Louder Than Your Customers?

Memegenerator Sales and marketing professionals, repeat after me: No one cares about you. Sure, sure; your kids, parents, friends, and significant others do. BUT, you aren’t trying to convince them to buy anything from you. Do you recognize yourself or your sales (or marketing) teams in this photo here? Don’t be that guy. This isn’t…

9 Tips to Knock Out Blogger’s Block

Writing is hard. There's no way around that. Everyone gets stuck at least once in a while and needs a little nudge to get them going. I'm going to share a few ideas that I use frequently to help bust through writer's block. But, first, why should you even care about blogging? Why Your Business…

B Is for Believe: The Cheeky A-Z Guide for Content Marketing

Here’s a fact about content marketing: It won’t work if you don’t believe in it. I thought love was only true in fairy talesMeant for someone else, but not for meLove was out to get me (do do do, do do)That's the way it seemed to me (do do do, do do)Disappointment haunted all my…

Beware the Inbound Marketing Carnival Barkers!

Step right up! Step right up! And look at the wonder of the modern marketing machine. SEO, blogs, automation, all in one space from one provider. Never have to do anything yourself Turn it on and watch it go. Leads for you. More leads than you can handle. All you have to do is sign…

No One Cares About You #CGTCM

One of the lessons I'm reminded of again and again when marketing is that no one cares about you; it's our job to make them. This is the first in a series of posts I'm doing as I sort through (in my head) issues around inbound. I've called it The Cheeky Guide to Content Marketing…

5 Timeless “Rules” of Social Media and Content Marketing

The rules for social media engagement really haven't changed much in the last 9 years. True, there are different mores and ways to navigate the various social channels, but the basics are pretty much same same. From whence does this mind-bending observation cometh? I was weeding through some old notebooks before tossing them (for those…

Thinking Boxes and Bleeding Ears

Fingernails on a blackboard. That sound foam makes when it's just creaking and on the edge of snapping. Gum smackers. And anytime someone says "Let's think outside of the box." These are all things that make my ears want to bleed. Why people in business continue to use this idiotic expression eludes me. Maybe it's…

Buzzwords Suck

Buzzwords can be useful, but are often used just to confuse folks.

I like words. A lot. Probably more than the next guy. But I like my words to add clarity, not confusion. That's one of the reasons why I HATE buzzwords. I have to be careful here because not all buzzwords are bullshit. New stuff happens all the time. Sometimes we need a word or phrase…

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