Communication

5 Ways Content Marketing Communicates Including Social Media & Mobile

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Content marketing and communication are intertwined since communication is any process by which information is exchanged. It can be non-verbal, oral or written. According to Wikipedia, communication requires a sender, a message, and an intended recipient, although the receiver need not be present or even aware of the sender’s intentions at the point he creates and sends the communication, allowing communications to cross vast distances in time and space. With expanded information consumption, snacking, time-shifting and concurrent usage, marketers must deliver content marketing via a variety of channels to ensure their message is received and consumed. Here are the five main communications channels to engage with prospects, customers and the public.

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What’s in Your Blog? [Chart]

How different blog types stack up

It used to be easy to tell a website from a blog. Websites were online business brochures while blogs were personal online journals. Since then, content has become king and businesses have discovered how easy it is to use blogging tools for branding, marketing communications and audience development. Today, blogs are used for all the major types of web-based communications: B2CB2B,NFP as well as individual writing. Here’s how marketing elements compare across the major blog types:

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Writing Is a Habit

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I’m often asked how I can crank out a column or more every day.  The answer is simple: writing is a habit.

Like you, I wasn’t born with a pencil in one hand and a computer in the other. While I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was grade school, I never studied writing in university. But when one of my college friends got cancer, it made me think about my life and what I wanted to accomplish. I kept coming back to writing. Here are five tips to help you develop a writing habit.

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Do Your Corporate Communications Miss the Mark?

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Today’s corporate communications are complex. They’re no longer just broadcast messages from your organization to your customers and the public. Instead they’reone-to-many, one-to-one or many-to-many. These messages may be distributed via your internal media (such as your website, blog and print communications), third party media (such as television, newspapers and magazines) or user-generated media (such as social media networks). These exchanges may be created and disseminated by different departments and resources without centralized accountability.  As a result, your corporate communications may lack a unified perspective, voice and/or branding. Even worse, there may be areas where you’ve no coverage leaving your organization vulnerable in today’s 24/7 always-on world. Here’s a 15 point corporate communications checklist.

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Tablets: Not for Consumers Only [Chart]

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Given their strong user experience, easy portability (read lightweight) and low price point, tablets are a hit with users. Introduced a year ago in the form of the Apple iPad, tablets are the fastest growing computing device to-date and their success has stolen market share from other forms of computers, especially netbooks. Roughly two-thirds of businesses are planning to add them to their staff in the next year. Here are 5 ways to use tablets to enhance your marketing communications.

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Where Does Public Relations Fit in Your Company?

Public relations or PR for short has changed a lot lately. While PR may be described in many different ways, everyone agrees that public relations is the corporate function that crafts an organization’s message(s) to its diverse publics. Among public relations many audiences are customers, prospects, investors, employees, suppliers, distributors, media/journalists, social media networks, government regulators, legislators and the public.  To complicate their role, PR professionals are in chare of providing a variety of communications services that an organization may either fill internally or outsource to contractors. Because these communications involve content creation, they can have a big impact on a business’s search optimization efforts.

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Pimp My Tweet

Many businesses view Twitter as a one-to-many broadcast platform Despite this, tweets, as a form of social media communication, aren’t about you or your firm! While Twitter communications exchanges at their core, these discussions are about adding to the social media community, not pushing your latest marketing promotion. Here are ten guidelines to help you get your Twitter promotion on track.

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The One Thing You Need to Build Your Network

While a strong network doesn’t ensure you won’t loose your job or you’ll get a new one by snapping your fingers, it does translate to having people who are willing to help you. This article gives you the one secret to building your network whether you’re in job search mode or not. There are also 5 tips to support your network painlessly.

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LinkedIn: Social Media’s Content Treasure Trove

While, for many, LinkedIn is merely an enhanced electronic rolodex for job search, the reality is that LinkedIn is a business-oriented treasure trove of social media content that’s user-generated and user-curated. Before integrating LinkedIn into your marketing strategy, whether you’re looking to source new sales leads or position your firm, it’s important to assess the different types of LinkedIn content and determine which will be best for achieving your goal(s). (See why LinkedIn is social media’s matchmaker.) Here are eight types of LinkedIn information.

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How to Create Social Media Guidelines

With expanded use of social media, it’s surprising, after three years, that only half of organizations adopt social media guidelines. Why is this important? Because having a set of social media guidelines is evidence that a company understands how communications have evolved. Here are 5 social media guidelines that every firm can use and 5 steps to create a set of social media guidelines for your firm.

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