How to Deliver Epic Content

© Thinkstock Collection Content marketing satisfies your prospect’s need for essential information and your organization’s desire to shine as a trusted source of subject-matter expertise – subtly sparking “love-at-first-sight” resonance, laying foundations for long-term relationships and leading to a sale, membership renewal or other conversion to profit. In part 1, I reviewed how to create compelling and audience-focused content. We …

Content Marketing: What Is It?

Marketing Overview Summary First there was Integrated Marketing. Then there was Direct Marketing. Then Online Marketing, Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing and now Content Marketing.  With all these marketing buzz words, one can easily become confused. (Apologies if I missed a few 🙂 ) What’s the difference?  Is there a difference?  Interestingly, there can be quite …

Gen Y: Retention and Loyalty

Our daughter was recognized as an Outstanding Scholar recently at her university and I was truly touched with the intimacy of the ceremony and recognition given to each student.  But what blew me away was the tribute to the educators and influencers that helped motivate each student to achieve such a high level of excellence. As an educator myself, I …

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Association Membership: Keeping Gen Y Motivated and Engaged

  “The challenge inherent in keeping Gen Y engaged is that we’re easily distracted, we want to see progress from our daily efforts, and have a high need to stay in touch with those leading us.” ~ (p. 108) Translation for Associations: GenY needs to know OFTEN why being a part of your association matters. They need to see measureable …

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Digital Marketing: 3 Things Dave Matthews Band Can Teach Us

Tuesday, December 18th was a big day for me. I turned 25, attended AMADC’s panel discussion on digital marketing  for non-profits, and topped the evening off with the Dave Matthews Band (DMB) concert at first Mariner Arena inBaltimore. I’m a huge DMB fan. Every time the band comes around the area, I make a point to attend his concerts. I …

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The Best Kept Secret to Online Success: The Daily Checklist

I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH HOURS IN MY WORK DAY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA! This statement is a lie. You have to decide if it’s important for your business to make time for social media, but it does not have to take 3+ hours a day. I’ve recently discovered that some of the secrets to effective social media marketing isn’t in how …

The Marketing Persona: 4 Benefits of Using a Persona

I was thinking about how teams prepare to play each other during March Madness. All of them use scouting reports that outline the unique ways a team likes to play. The reports are fairly basic, but some details can stand out for a coach, such as information that a specific player only likes to go to his or her left. …

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5 Facebook Marketing Strategies

With the social media surge, I often find it difficult to figure out exactly how to market our services effectively. There are just so many platforms to keep track of, and it can get very overwhelming. Can you relate? Recently, I attended the 2011 Facebook Success Summit, where I had the pleasure of watching webinars hosted by some of the …

4 Tips for Using Facebook Smart Lists

Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed by the constant flow of information in your Facebook stream? I know that I have. This is why I love Facebook smart lists.  For the last several weeks we have been blogging about the extensive changes to Facebook profiles. This post about smart lists is our last installment in this series.  These smart lists …

New Relationship Marketing: Interview With Mari Smith – Part 2

This is our second of two posts from our interview of Mari Smith about her latest book: The New Relationship Marketing. In Part II, we asked Mari these questions: Can you speak to us more about surrounding yourself with the right connections? What are some of the biggest mistakes businesses make today regards social technologies online and offline? Do you …