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Content Strategy: A Formula for Success [Infographic]

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It's not secret, magic or special but it IS important. If you don't start your content strategy with these steps, you'll be thinking about them later... perhaps too late.


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Action Plan for Creating Marketing Collateral for Events

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You know that a killer marketing campaign is critical to your event's success. But, wow, it's a lot of work!

While every event marketing project I take on is a little different, there is a general process I follow to create the marketing collateral. Creating the various items in an overlapping sequence allows me to save time...  and my clients to save money.

Perhaps my process can give you some ideas to improve your productivity, too.

#1. Assemble, create and edit all the components of the marketing message.
This includes things like logos, graphics and images, taglines and text, biographies, PayPal button code, and ALL the logistics, such as date, location and price.

#2. Create and edit images.
Canva for Work doesn’t give you all the power of Photoshop but it pulls its weight when it comes to productivity. I can quickly make a whole raft of sizes and versions to suit every online or print need.

#3. Create the email message in a bulk email program.
I usually start here because i…

Online Presentation Skills of Utmost Importance

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A recent iContact webinar listed "lack of presentation skills" among the top content marketing challenges. The others are no time, fear, and lack of imagination.

The term "presentation skills" makes me think of PowerPoint, not online marketing. It's certainly an apt description but what does it mean specifically?

Technical skills related to using software applicationsTechnical skills related to graphic designCreativity and an eye for designHyper-attention to detail
If you don't excel at these things, you should be delegating them to someone who does... and spend your time doing what you do best. An expert will help you overcome those other challenges, too!

photo by alexander.lissa / Flickr

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Too Much Personal Information?

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You know that awkward feeling when someone you don't know very well blurts out something really personal? Too much information, you think.

Email marketing can be like that, too.

I received this message on Facebook from Earl Smith - TMG The Mortgage Group:
What do you think of personal life content within a professional newsletter? I've been told by an enewsletter service provider that it's a "necessity" They believe that, by having a little bit of personal content in each newsletter, it connects with your clients better. Examples they give are photos of you with your kids briefly describing an activity you did. Photo of your dog playing in the snow with a caption. Describing a trip you recently took. I understand the theory but wanted to get another perspective on this method. I disagree that it's a necessity and here's why.

It all depends on your marketing strategy. Your strategy should reflect your personality but that doesn't mean it has to be pers…

Top 4 Fears of eMail Marketing

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A Planner for Marketing your Events

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The devil is in the details when it comes to planning an event. There's so much that can go wrong just in the marketing of it.

For instance, there's nothing like a wrong date for generating a flurry of emails. Wednesday, April 19th... oops, April 19th is a Tuesday!

It helps to have a planner so I made one - download fillable PDF here. It really has 2 purposes:
To ensure all the details are captured in one place and can be easily referenced.To communicate the details to others who will help market the event.
Tips: Once you identify your marketing platforms, you can create a more detailed campaign plan which includes messaging and frequency.Don't forget the visual! It's so important to have an image that connects with your ideal customer. The platforms you identify will also determine your image requirements (different sizes).Double-check the details and proof all the text, especially if you'll be sharing your planner with others. The information will be frequently co…

Uncommon eMail Marketing Advice

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When it comes to email marketing, the most important lessons aren't necessarily common sense. I've had a few a-ha moments along the way. If you are struggling to get results from your efforts, perhaps you'll find the reason and solution here.

#1. While you might say you can sell to anyone, you can't create an email campaign that will appeal to everyone. Don't waste your time trying - diluted content is boring. Identify the best niche within your overall target market and create your newsletter for them.

#2. Give subscribers what THEY want, not what you want to give them. Start with what would be useful or interesting for your target market, then compare that to your goals to find a sweet spot.

#3. What can you give your subscribers that they can't get anywhere else? Identify that, find a way to deliver it, and you've got it made.

#4. Don't hide your unsubscribe link. You want your readers to know they can signal their lack of interest at any time. Let them…