The Dark and Immoral Side of Content Marketing

I love Content Marketing – but there is a dark side to it. A very dark side. I realized this back in 2013 when I came back from a funeral – and had the unpleasant experience to read about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. How exactly are Angelina Jolie’s breasts related to content marketing? Well the connection is more visible than…

9 Ways to Keep Prospects Interested and Eventually Convert

A few days ago I came across a post/podcast by J. Baer on Convince & Convert (Jay’s posts recently inspire so many of our articles, you could call us fans 🙂 ) telling „You Should Give Your Customers a Slow Lane“. Reading this post, I thought “I am exactly this kind of person, who does not convert fast”. Actually – most…

Marketing Needs to Start BEFORE…

“Before what?” you ask. Before you actually launch something. Before you sell. Before you are even ready. If you are going to start something new – the minute you decide that you are going to do it is the right time to start marketing – do not make the mistake of waiting with your marketing until everything else is finished…

Influencers Are Lying and Statistics Are Only Telling Half The Truth

Last week Kim Garst posted an article about various ideas for posts for your Facebook page. Kim writes in the article that you should post several times a day – but I guess some of you have heard about the statistic research stating that the optimal frequency would be ten times a week. In the comments to Kim’s post the…

LinkedIn: Engagement Comes First (and You’re Using it Wrong)

Facebook is for private stuff and LinkedIn for work-related things, right? Wrong – at least partly. It is easy to fall for this, though – because that is how these companies market themselves. I recently discovered something that made me rethink this assumption. Here is why. Most people give away “private data” much more freely on LinkedIn Like many others…

4 Ideas for Content Optimization (Other Than Keywords)

If you are active in content marketing, I guess you have heard (or read) the advice that you have to keyword optimize your content. While I agree that you should consider which are the words people expect you to use for certain topics and which terms are commonly used, I also think putting too much focus on keyword optimization can…

Social Media Research: Does Social Change the Way People Interact with Brands?

Hubspot recently published a study on how Social Media changes the way people interact with brands. I am not the first one to respond to this study. Jay Baer wrote about how “New Social Media Research Uncovers the Big Problem for Businesses“. I have to admit, I am rather surprised about how insignificant the „changes“ through Social Media seem compared to my…

The Difference Between Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing and SEO

If the title of this post doesn’t sound very original to you – that’s because it’s not. There are many posts about this topic. But I am still surprised on a daily basis by the ignorance with which the differences between these different areas of online marketing are met by various people… even members of the online marketing community. So…

Personal Branding – 9 Reasons Why YOU As a Person Are Important

I was recently asked to give a quote as a marketing influencer (wow, I still feel very honored to be included on some of these influencer lists!). The task was to complete the sentence “You know you are a marketer when… “ As there are multiple things that make you a marketer, Jonathan and I had a little discussion about…