Where Do Business Goals Fit in a Storified Content Strategy?

Where Do Business Goals Fit in a Storified Content Strategy?

Creating effective online content is often a two-sided struggle. On one side, we have a content strategist who has just been given a budget for creating a branded content program. He launches the site with starter content, eager to see the pageviews and paying customers start to roll in. But each piece of content takes a similar approach: it prioritizes …

3 Considerations for Increasing Engagement With Your Content

3 Considerations for Increasing Engagement With Your Content

3 Considerations for Increasing Engagement With Your Content Whoever you think is your target audience, make sure that they really are. Image credit: Geber86 | Getty Images —Shares January 20, 2017 When I was working at a dotcom startup, my company was so sure we had our target audience pegged down that we drew a wall-sized portrait of a representative …

Here's How Facebook Has Reduced the Need to Pay PR

Here’s How Facebook Has Reduced the Need to Pay PR

Talk to any public relations (PR) professional and they’ll admit that the advent of digital marketing and social media has changed their industry. Some will say they’ve adapted. And I truly believe that some have. But not all. Some still don’t fully understand this new form of marketing, in particular Facebook as a social media and advertising platform, from the client’s perspective. Without understanding …

5 Reasons Bootstrapping Your Business is the Best Thing You Can Do

5 Reasons Bootstrapping Your Business is the Best Thing You Can Do

Let’s be honest, fundraising is a major chapter in every startup’s success story. It’s one of the most exciting, terrifying, and rewarding parts of starting a company. Having a stranger write you a check for six or seven figures not only validates your idea, but it validates yourself as an entrepreneur. Clearly, others believe in you enough to put their …

20 Ways to Grow Your FB Live Audience

20 Ways to Grow Your FB Live Audience

In April 2016, Facebook launched its new Facebook Live (FB Live) feature. Like competitors Meerkat and Periscope, FB Live features streaming video. Users tap the live stream icon on their smartphones and use the phones to broadcast to their timeline. The current system has a 30 minute limit. After broadcasting live, users can then save the video to their timeline. …

3 Key Characteristics of the Best Startup CEOs

3 Key Characteristics of the Best Startup CEOs

When you look at the world’s top startups and then at their CEOs, you find similar characteristics across the board. Startup CEOs are crazy enough to start a company from scratch and strong enough to build a rock-solid team around their idea. As a startup CEO, you’ll likely feel that your company’s weight is on your shoulders, while every decision you …

How to Compete With the Big Guys and Win

How to Compete With the Big Guys and Win

Are you tired of building a killer business only to be undercut by Amazon? Are you sick of Wal-Mart squeezing you out of the marketplace because your wholesale price is too high? Is your product better than the leading competitor but relatively invisible? While it may seem impossible to compete with the big guys, there are many success stories of startups …

Why Instagram Won 2016 and Snapchat Didn't

Why Instagram Won 2016 and Snapchat Didn’t

Instagram shows no signs of slowing down. The service now boasts a whopping  600 million active monthly users , and that last 100 million joined in just the past six months. Instagram’s only real competition is Snapchat. And while the latter may be the more popular teenager hangout, the real marketing takes place on Instagram. Yes, Snapchat took the industry …

10 Steps to Build Your Stature as an Influencer

10 Steps to Build Your Stature as an Influencer

Having a strong online influence is like having a megaphone in one hand and a crystal ball in the other. It gives you the knowledge to anticipate what your audience wants while simultaneously connecting consumers to resources, products or services that matter to them. Thus, you are able to bolster your brand. Sounds good, right? But how do you go …

5 Ways to Turn Mere Followers Into Devoted Brand Ambassadors

5 Ways to Turn Mere Followers Into Devoted Brand Ambassadors

Let’s say you’ve built a strong online presence for you or your company, complete with active profiles on several social media platforms. You’ve even managed to amass a large number of followers to each of those pages, with those customers sometimes making purchases based on your posts. But for many brands, true success comes when your customers feel so enthusiastic, …