Lesson in Planning for Marketing Communications

A lesson in not counting your race cars before the engine starts. I’m a huge racing fan. Growing up, Memorial Day weekend was always celebrated by watching the Indianapolis 500. As an adult, I’ve only missed the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” once and it’s because I was 39 weeks pregnant. Anyways, my love for motorsports rarely intersects with my interest...

5 Simple Ways to Generate Helpful Content

We’ve all been there. You have a question so you take to search or social media to find the answer. Remind me, what did we do before Google when someone asked, “How much does a baby elephant weigh?” From Google and Yahoo to Facebook and Twitter, the way we find and exchange information has changed dramatically—even in the past decade....

content marketing strategy

Creating a Content Marketing Strategy in Eight Steps

It seems so easy that first time you sit down in front of your computer. I mean, how hard can it be? A quick blog post here, a newsroom item there, an infographic, a video, an ebook… oh, and another blog post, then another. Before you know it, that “side project” you started to increase the amount of indexable keywords...

Start crafting a solid crisis communication plan

United We Stand? A Lesson in Crisis Communication

Several years ago, I was sitting in an aisle seat on a plane heading home when a flight attendant announced they were looking for volunteers to deplane and take the next flight out. Of course, no one volunteered, so the attendant sweetened the deal and offered a gift card for meals in the airport while waiting for the next flight,...

Email Marketing

A Lesson on Email Marketing Best Practices

Email marketing has been around for a while and it's evolved quite a bit from its humble batch and blast beginnings. Take for example the need for and creation of the CAN-SPAM Act, to protect consumers and provide critical guidelines for marketers to adhere to when developing campaigns. Now, with the mass adoption of wearable technology, smartphones, and tablets, the...