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Ask any growth-minded entrepreneur, and he will tell you that people are the lifeblood of his business. Dig a little deeper, and that same entrepreneur will tell you that hiring, retaining, and motivating great people is one of the most difficult — and at the same time, most rewarding — facets of growing a business. So why is it, then, that all the buzz surrounding content marketing seems to focus on business-to-business lead generation and customer acquisition programs but doesn’t ever seem to extend to using that same content marketing know-how to recruit the best candidates? In marketing, we talk a lot about the B2B buying funnel and stages like awareness and interest, consideration and intent, and evaluation and purchase. If done correctly, a smart marketer will match the appropriate content with the right stage of the buying cycle and the right target. How abo... (more)

Content Marketing Without a Plan: Marketer Beware

“Can’t we just plan as we go?” “Why do we need a plan? I can give you some ideas right now.” “Is a plan really going to help?” No. Whatever. Yes. In that order. I hear a lot of objections to doing content marketing planning the right way, and these represent a few of the most common. The fear of planning, or what I call planophobia, is fairly common. It’s closely linked with commitmentphobia, or the fear of losing options. For a moment, though, forget about why certain people or organizations are scared of making concrete plans, and let’s focus on what’s likely to happen in the a... (more)

You Don't Need a Social Media Superhero

"I hear you guys are the social media gurus in this area. Can you help us blow out our efforts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook?" These were seemingly innocent words from a prospective client, spoken just last week. As we dug a bit deeper, the red flags started flying. He wants help with social media only, and wants to address only those three properties. He doesn't want us to worry about how the website, blog, search, email or other areas might impact social media. He is concerned about tracking the effort, but his tracking and measurement will focus on volume of followers, f... (more)

The Only Rule of Twitter: Be True to Yourself

Twitter on Ulitzer It’s been three weeks since I wrapped up teaching a course covering Interactive Marketing at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies.  The topic for our last session was a doozy - social media, and in particular how social media can be used to achieve business or career-related objectives. I saved Twitter for the latter part of the lecture, thinking that its stature as the hottest and yet most misunderstood social media property would generate some lively discussion.  I started with a very simple question: Who here uses Twitter either personally or professiona... (more)

You Don’t Need a Social Media Superhero

New Media on Ulitzer “I hear you guys are the social media gurus in this area. Can you help us blow out our efforts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook?” These were seemingly innocent words from a prospective client, spoken just last week. As we dug a bit deeper, the red flags started flying. He wants help with social media only, and wants to address only those three properties. He doesn’t want us to worry about how the website, blog, search, email or other areas might impact social media. He is concerned about tracking the effort, but his tracking and measurement will focus on volu... (more)