How to Clean Up Your Blog

For years, bloggers were told that the key to a successful blog was a steady stream of content. So people created detailed content calendars and hopped on the content marketing treadmill. Many organizations are still on that treadmill, scrambling to crank out anywhere from one to several blog posts every [...]

2019-01-17T17:32:16+00:00

How to Use Stories to Build Your Brand

Every brand has a story. It’s the reason you exist. It’s what you do. It’s the problem you help your customers solve and the aspirations you empower them to fulfill. Maybe you inspire people to have a positive impact on their community. Or you equip pastors to lead their congregations. [...]

2018-12-05T22:37:00+00:00

What Is Native Advertising, and Should You Use It?

While most other forms of advertising disrupt a consumer’s reading or viewing experience in some way (like a forced a commercial break or a popup ad), native ads are designed to imitate the natural ways people expect to find content. Native ads blend in with the sites, apps, and platforms [...]

2018-11-14T18:45:15+00:00

What If Your Ads Didn’t Feel Like Ads?

Facebook is a place people go to kill time, keep up with friends, and follow their favorite brands—not to see your ads. But the more your ads imitate the things people actually enjoy about Facebook, the less they’ll feel like an unwanted interruption. The savviest digital advertisers are masters of [...]

2018-10-02T20:29:43+00:00

The Danger of Using Jargon in Your Marketing

Every industry has specialized vocabulary that describes its concepts, problems, products, services, tasks, and roles. Sometimes these are unique words that evolve from acronyms or concepts that other industries don’t deal with regularly. Other times, this specialized vocabulary might repurpose existing words in a new way. However it forms, this [...]

2018-09-24T19:52:04+00:00

Is Your Audience Working Too Hard to Understand You?

Nobody would be surprised if a pastor kept a Bible dictionary open while reading a theological commentary. When you read highly academic texts, you need tools to help you understand complex terms that the author doesn’t take the time to explain. But marketing isn’t academic, and your audience shouldn’t have [...]

2018-11-15T16:49:10+00:00

3 Ways Content Marketing Helps Increase Your Bottom Line

Content marketing is one of those ubiquitous buzzwords that’s infiltrated just about every industry, company, and marketing team. Ask someone what it is, though, and they’ll probably stumble through a lengthy, convoluted explanation. Basically, it’s the art and science of making free helpful stuff, and using that free helpful stuff [...]

2018-12-13T18:09:31+00:00