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How a Content Marketing Mission Statement Supports the Brand Story

January 5, 2016 I love teaching workshops on content marketing and brand storytelling because there’s such a great opportunity to connect the dots for people. One of my favorites is when we talk about brand storytelling and how it relates to the content marketing mission statement. When I explain how this works, I truly feel like a magician revealing the …

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Why All Marketing Should Start With Your Brand Story

December 15, 2015 “Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom.” Aristotle I’ve had interesting conversations with a CEO the past few weeks. He reached out to me to talk about marketing because, as he puts it, “We create a lot of content but nothing seems to get better.” “Nothing” of course, means revenue. He’s right. They’d rebranded the company earlier …

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REI’s #OptOutside Brand Story Proves Marketing Should Drive Operations

November 17, 2015 REI announced it is doing the unthinkable. The multi-billion retail giant is closing its doors on the biggest day of the year – Black Friday. Why? Because they’re allowing what they promise their customers through their brand story to guide their operational decisions. For marketers everywhere, this is a big deal. And a huge inspiration. In most …

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Who Runs Your Content Show?

October 27, 2015 by Robert Rose Here’s something you may not know about Hollywood and television. Hit TV series – like Game of Thrones, Blacklist, Scandal, and Modern Family – have multiple directors and writers. For example, Game of Thrones has had 18 directors and seven writers over the course of five seasons. Blacklist dwarfs that with 19 directors and …

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How to reimagine customer needs, reinvent your marketing and make a difference

October 13, 2015 by Chuck Frey By now, you’ve probably heard about the importance of storytelling as a content marketing tactic. But the question remains: how do you actually do create stories and experiences that matter to your customers? Bernadette Jiwa, in her new book, Difference: The One-Page Method for Reimagining Your Business and Reinventing Your Marketing, provides a practical framework for …

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Research: Effective B2B Content Marketing

October 6, 2015 What’s success look like for you? That’s a critical question, and one that B2B marketers need to ask more often. It’s a big message that came out of the 2016 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends that the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs released last week.  In fact, 55% of B2B marketers said that it is …

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Content Success Isn’t a Destination

September 1, 2015 by Robert Rose Many organizations want to know how to get good at content. I’ve recently done a little work for one such organization, a high-tech consumer-focused company. I was one of a long line of advisors – including at least two analyst firms, a consulting firm, and a digital agency – to suggest that this company …

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How to Build an Army of Volunteer Contributors for Your Blog

August 18, 2015 by Michael Brenner Every content marketer faces the challenge at some point of trying to figure out how to publish enough content to make a difference to your audience and your business. But you only have a tiny budget. And you want to maintain a high level of quality. So how do you get the volume you …

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Are You Ready for the Next Level of Digital Content?

July 28, 2015 by Robert Rose My weekly question to chew on…. “Are you ready to begin the next level of digital content?” In a scene in Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne, searching for training to master his fears, gives a symbolic blue flower to Henri Ducard (no spoilers). Bruce has been told that delivering this flower to the top of the …

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5 Keys for Planning Content for Mobile Audiences

July 21, 2015 Mobile is no longer the future of marketing – it’s the present. For marketers, mobile is the “last mile” of effectively connecting with audiences. Pew Research points out that nearly 60% of the U.S. adult population now owns a smartphone and almost half own a tablet. For many people, mobile content is their most common form of …

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The Battle for Customer Attention Starts With Company Culture

July 14, 2015 by Michael Brenner Many people believe that marketing is just advertising or selling. But, in reality, marketing is actually a conversation that you the entrepreneur start by meeting your customers’ needs. One of the biggest challenges in marketing we see is executives who resist it by asking, “Yes, but how will this help me sell more?” Many …

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Lincoln Electric Changes Perception of Industry with Brand Storytelling

July 7, 2015 Great storytelling starts with a narrative bigger than yourself. But getting buy-in for an approach to building an audience that’s unconventional isn’t easy for B2B marketers – especially if you work for an industrial company. Most brands want to talk products and features, rather than spark a captivating conversation. But stepping outside the norms of what people …

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What America’s Independence Can Teach You About Content Marketing

June 30, 2015 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” In honor of the Fourth of July, we found ten inspirations from America’s birth over 200 years ago that apply to content …

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Content: The Show That Never Ends

June 23, 2015 by Robert Rose Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends   We’re so glad you could attend   Come inside! Come inside! I was visiting with a mid-sized company this week. I was brought in to help them sort out their content marketing strategy. In the discovery part of our conversation, they showed me some of …

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6 Elements of Remarkable B2B Storytelling

May 12, 2015 Whether he knew it or not, my grandfather was a master storyteller. He was born on a small farm outside idyllic Faaborg, Denmark and immigrated to America when he was a mere 14 years old. He traveled around the country as a young man, and finally joined the army during WWI so he could have U.S. citizenship. …

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Using Purpose-Driven Content to Create B2B Buyer Experiences

March 10, 2015 It’s no secret that the information pools that buyers can tap are overflowing. It’s time, however, that we start looking at the customer decision journey with a different perspective and begin focusing on purpose-driven content that creates distinguishing experiences for audiences. For the past few years, we’ve belabored the point that marketers need to map the customer …

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How Emerson Made Science Sexy with Storytelling

February 24, 2015 One of my favorite quotes from marketing icons about B2B marketing is that it doesn’t mean “boring-to-boring.” And, while logically we know that doesn’t have to be case, it’s rare that hard-core B2B companies do anything to break that stigma. Unless you’re Emerson. Of any B2B company that’s earned the right to stay in the obscure, gray …

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Content Marketing and the Rise of the Citizen Storyteller

February 17, 2015 For companies to make the transition from telling stories to creating brand experiences, they have to focus on the power of amplifying the essence of their brand story. Confining storytelling strictly to the brand or PR teams limits the value and impact that can be had. Creating citizen storytellers isn’t only about tapping the ranks for ideas …

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How to Build Strong Brand Storytelling From the Inside Out

January 20, 2015 How to Build Strong Brand Storytelling From the Inside Out As marketers, we focus a lot of our time and attention on outside audiences, which makes sense. We’re trying to get people to buy what we sell. We want them to get to know us, like us, talk about us and think what we sell is a …