Category Archive for: Content Marketing

How Sports Websites Can Step Up Engagement

After reading Carl Boehm’s open letter that recently appeared on Marketo’s blog explaining why sports websites need to better track their audiences to offer more personalized content, I wanted to take a moment to respond to his thoughts and offer a few of my own here. I’m sure many of them will resonate with all the…

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The single best indicator of valuable content

What’s the single best indicator of valuable content? What shows that your content is worthwhile? It’s not social media influence scores or shares. It’s not even website traffic or conversions. It’s when someone else thinks your content is valuable enough to steal and repost on software piracy sites. (as shown above) Certainly, having your intellectual…

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Always Be Capturing

If you’re a PR practitioner, agency-side or brand-side, this might sound like a familiar problem to you: What if there’s no news? This is a situation that is far more common than any public relations professional likes to admit. Very often, there’s simply no news. The next product isn’t due for release until next quarter. The…

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2014 Internet Trends: Mobile Boom, Messaging Shifts and Audience Migrations

Former Morgan Stanley analyst and current Kleiner Perkins investor Mary Meeker presented her annual Internet Trends report yesterday at re/code’s Code Conference. Meeker and KPCB have published a report every year since 2001, providing the technology and media industries with powerful insights into the future of digital and how the world interacts with each other…

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Can Brands Really “Be Human?”

Last week, we published a post with content marketing guidelines centered on the “be human” mantra. Since I wrote the blog, I’ve come across several similar posts that tout the opposite – that brands inherently cannot be human no matter how hard they try. Jason Falls put it plainly: “As much as we can teach…

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Be Human: Content Marketing Guidelines

Anyone with social media 101 smarts will tell you the first rule of business is to “be human.” Companies are told they should create personas online to interact with their customers – be a human voice rather than the faceless, corporate voice of an organization. The same advice is often given to digital marketers, but…

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Public Relations and Media Relations: What’s the difference?

If you work in public relations, you’ve definitely been asked, as have we, “What exactly is PR?” (If you still don’t have an answer, check out our take on the question here) The next question is usually, “So is it the same as media relations?” Our answer? No, and here’s why. The Public Relations Society…

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How the Red Sox Social Strategy Won Washington

It may have been April 1, but the Red Sox were no fools. With the reigning World Series champs in Washington, D.C. for a White House ceremony honoring their 2013 title, the club ultimately won international headlines across sports and news outlets alike on a day when the Affordable Care Act numbers were to be…

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Step Up Your B2B Content Game

Let’s face it: B2B marketing and public relations doesn’t always have the same allure as its shinier consumer counterparts. It has its own unique challenges – which is not to discredit B2C industries because they certainly come with their own difficulties as well. But on the B2B side of the house, it’s not always easy…

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The Social Signals and Noises at Big Conferences

For most industries, it feels like the early spring months are conference season. Abbreviations galore flood our inboxes, social streams and mindshare throughout the months of February and March. At SHIFT, we are lucky to either be working closely with some of these conferences (HIMSS, RSA, CES, to name a few) or keenly watching for…

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