The Simple Question of WHY

Applying the Golden Circle to Content Marketing Strategy

This post was first published by Carrie Owens on Interprose’s blog, Interprose Voice.

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek, author, speaker, and consultant

At a recent Knoxville American Marketing Association meeting I was reminded of Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle concept on how great leaders inspire action. In short, his message is this: “Every organization on the planet knows WHAT they do and HOW they do it, but very few organizations know WHY they do what they do. What’s your purpose, your cause, why should anyone care? Always build your story from the inside out, starting with the WHY.”

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Four Tricks for Your Content Marketing Strategy

This post was first published by Rachel DeFrank on Interprose’s blog, Interprose Voice.

Content Marketing. You’ve heard the term, but have you got a strategy in place? It’s crucial in this day and age to populate your social media with interesting and relevant content to keep the engagement levels high, but where do you even begin?

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PR: Ahead of its (Content Marketing) Time

This post was first published by Martin Jones on March Communications‘ blog M+PR Nonsense.

content marketing whiteboardContent marketing remains firmly planted near the top of most brands’ priorities these days. Organizations are weighing their options and trying to figure out what their next step should be. Do they grow their own internal content capabilities and do some trial and error — getting it right is going to require a significant investment in a number of different resources. Or, do they take the less risky route and turn to one of their external agencies to see what they can learn? Well, let’s take a look at the facts.

While the evolution of the Internet and social media is a great thing, it has brought with it the unfortunate side effect of enabling brands to devise some very suspect content marketing activities. Read more

Want to Get Your Guest Post Published? 3 Keys to an Effective Contributed Content Program

This post was first published by Beth Brenner on March Communications‘ blog M+PR Nonsense.

contributed content

You can spend just a few minutes on Google and find guest post guidelines that tell you how to get your content published on many major websites and blogs. But, before you start filling out submission forms and firing off emails to editors, take some time to be strategic about your contributed content.

There’s no doubt that there’s an appetite for it. Tech companies love contributed content because it offers access to new, larger audiences, with whom they can share their ideas, opinions and expertise. And publications rely on contributed content to fill their editorial calendar, add new voices to their website, and, in the case of paid engagements, bring in a source of revenue. Read more

Content Marketers: I Hope You’re Not Making These Grammar Mistakes

This post was first published by Sarah Love on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

Grammar in Content Marketing

It should come as no surprise that content marketing is growing in importance for PR. But, much of that value is eroded when content isn’t written correctly. With that in mind, here is a list of some grammar rules to keep in mind as you build out content for your brand or for yourself. Read more

Is Your Content Marketing Creating Headaches Down the Road?

This post was first published by Emily Hines on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

Content Marketing HeadachesLast Friday, March held a content marketing and copyright issues crash course, led by our peers Jim Young (@JW_Young) and Manny Veiga (@zmveiga). Jim and Manny offered several tips and tricks to navigating the world of copyright issues, discussing best practices when publishing and curating content.

The session included great discussions and insights that are useful to PR folk and content marketers, as we are confronted with copyright issues on a daily basis. Here are three tips that I learned not to do that may help others trying to stay out of legal hot water: Read more

3 Simple Tips for Effective SEO

This post was first published by Sarah Wheble on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

The March team recensearch engine optimizationtly sat down for a search engine optimization (SEO) training boot camp with startup marketer and SEO consultant drew Wallace (the lowercase “d” is intentional and drew’s personal preference) to discuss how to better utilize SEO to benefit our clients.

SEO is the practice of manipulating content to improve a website’s ranking in search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo. SEO might seem complicated at times with algorithm updates and constant changes to the ‘formula for success,’ but it really is only a matter of answering a few simple questions for your users, a concept which has been around for forever.

Just like the phone book, in which company names that start with the letter ”A” see the most success just by being the first result on the first page, optimizing your website and content online with key terms can mean your company comes up on page one of the Google search results.

Here are three tips we learned that can help clients better optimize their content for Google. Read more

Don’t Call It a Comeback: Google Just Made Press Releases More Valuable

This post was first published by James Gerber on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

Google Algorithm Panda Press Release Image via Creative Commons/Google Headquarters by Shawn Collins (CC BY-ND 2.0)


Recently, Reuters discovered that Google quietly changed its algorithm to increase the prevalence of press releases in Google News search results, which presents a tremendous opportunity for organizations to more widely raise awareness for their news.

Less than a year ago, Google’s Panda 4.0 update devalued press releases as a SEO tactic, in response to far too many companies distributing press releases with zero news value to boost search rankings. As a consequence of rooting out spammy content, legitimate announcements were unfairly penalized, and the traffic to most of the major wire services, such as Business Wire, PR Newswire, etc., dropped almost overnight.

However, despite numerous bad apples trying to game their site’s SEO, businesses have continued to utilize press releases for their original purpose, to publicly share important information that their target audiences, stakeholders and industry influencers will care about. Read more

Keys to — and an Example of — a Memorable Product Promo Video

This post was first published by Brendan Reilly on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

Product promo videos should recreate environments familiar to the target audience.What makes a good promo video? Do you need a huge budget and a Hollywood film director to pull it off?

The answer to the second question is a simple “no.” The answer to the first question is a pretty simple one, too. Take the video below as an example. This comes from Triune Films, an independent production company that runs a very popular YouTube channel, Film Riot. FYI,while they do absolutely amazing work, they are neither operating with Hollywood level budgets (not even close), nor are they spending any more than the amount of money that most CMOs could find between their couch cushions. Read more

How Social Media Can Help You Survive the SEO Hunger Games

This post was first published by Blaise Lucey on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

SEO is The Hunger Games. Here's why.Google has essentially become the Gamemaker of “The Hunger Games” and every piece of content is a Tribute trying to survive the search environment. With a sweeping change to the search engine’s algorithm, Google can instantly transform promising pastures into volcanic wastelands, burning old search engine optimization (SEO) strategies to ash.

Did you see what that poison fog did to Katniss in “Catching Fire”? That’s what Google can do to the content you’ve tirelessly spent creating and optimizing for search.

That’s left brands in a bind. Google is the only logical choice when you’re trying to build your company’s presence in search. No matter what Bing and Yahoo try to say, Google has about 68 percent of total U.S. search engine share. That number is growing, too, which means the search giant is only getting bigger. Read more