D Is for Difficult: The Cheeky A-Z Guide for Content Marketing

Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?How much can you lose? How much can you win?Oh, The Places You'll Go!…

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…

It’s Spring: Time to Deadhead Your Content

Our Japanese maple, post de-twigging. I adore the Japanese Maple behind our house. Each fall it drops every leaf and winters as a crazy straw look alike. As it begins to bud each spring, we deadhead it by flicking off its dead twigs. I’m not much of a gardener, but even I know that breaking…

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…

Fear of Writing – The Typo and the Typo Pointer-Outer

Typos (and grammar concerns) terrify folks into paralysis when it comes to writing. What if I make a mistake? Use the wrong word? I don't know where the commas go. Semi-colons?!?!? OMFG, kill me. This fear keeps many folks who would otherwise be fantastic contributors to blogs, social media sites, and elsewhere from sharing insights…

The Problem With Great Content

Great versus useful content for content marketing

Nearly every piece of advice you read about content and inbound marketing includes the words “great” and “content” in sequence or at least in close proximity. I am all for great content – great content whether whimsical or serious or funny or informative or entertaining or whatever is, well, great. And great is good. It’s…