Why You Will Always End Up Doing Your Marketing Yourself

Talking to startups and clients, I sometimes get the impression they believe for their marketing it would be sufficient to get some influencers to give a shout out or to get a handful of bloggers to write some coverage. Dream on: That’s neither enough nor is it likely to happen! The hard truth is: It is part of your job…

10 Free Tools to Boost Your Traffic

There are heaps of tools to boost your traffic for online marketing success. Often you have to pay – and although often it is not much per tool, altogether these tools can sum up to a considerable amount of money. But there are many tools out there, which have a free version which already provides you with great opportunities to…

Content Publishing: Own Blog vs. Guest Posting

Yesterday we talked to someone who just started a new project and who has to think about how to best raise attention for his new project. There is no question that they are going for content publishing. But in answer to my remark “You don’t have a blog yet!” he raised the question what would be better for their content: Publish…

Targeted Traffic: Traffic Doesn’t Always Equal Traffic

A few days ago Mark Schaefer published a post on his blog about the „vanity“ of traffic, and why marketers should rather look at other metrics. He told the story of the first time an influencer picked up one of his posts and tweeted about it. It was Guy Kawasaki who has a huge Social Media following and Mark Schaefer…

The Importance of Timing in Marketing

Recently I sent a guest post suggestion to a (German) blog. They accepted (after two weeks) and told me the publication date would be in 6 (six!) weeks. Maybe I have the wrong expectations, but from my experience, that is an awfully long reaction time. I usually get an answer to a guest post suggestion within 48 hours and often the…

The Power of Provocation – Hit THEM with YOUR Thoughts

You know what really sucks? Bad writing. But bad writing doesn’t necessarily mean that your style is bad. You can write a bad post in wonderful style, and it is still bad. Why is it bad? Because it is boring. There is almost nothing less helpful to your content marketing success than boring content. And „boring“ can have many faces:…

Why False Assumptions and Wrong Metrics Can Kill Your Marketing Success

In marketing we make many assumptions: How will people perceive a message? Who is our typical buyer? Where is our target audience? How can we attract the most buyers? What is the key trigger that makes people buy our product. … Our marketing success largely depends on us making the right assumptions, measuring the right numbers and noticing as early…