Less Logos: The Shift from Brand Logos to Brand Stories

Posted by Owen Matson, Ph.D. on Apr 26, 2017 6:27:39 PM

Less Logos: The Shift from Brand Logos to Brand Stories

On June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs, the legendary boss of Apple computers, addressed the students of Stanford University: “I am honored to be with you at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.”

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Topics: Brand Identity, Brand Story, Brand Development, Brand Strategy

How to Strategize Content Writing for (Distracted) Online Reading Styles (Infographic)

Posted by Owen Matson, Ph.D. on Apr 25, 2017 7:23:57 PM
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Topics: Content Strategy, Content Writing, Content Marketing, B2B Content Writing, B2B Content Strategy

Why it's More than "Content."

Posted by Owen Matson, Ph.D. on Apr 24, 2017 10:58:14 AM

Somehow, the vast variety and scope of information created and published online has been condemned to reductive summary in the vacuous designation "content."  We may be stuck with the word.  Ubiquitous usage of the term has too deeply embedded itself into the culture and practices surrounding the production and consumption of online work.

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Topics: B2B Content, B2B Digital Marketing, Content Writing, Content Marketing, B2B Content Writing

One Brand, Many Targets: Developing Content Across Verticals

Posted by Owen Matson, Ph.D. on Apr 24, 2017 9:02:56 AM

Marketers know all-too-well that successful content strategy requires the ability to engage a target audience.  Engaging a single audiences in is challenging enough. But brands often target markets in multiple verticals.  As a result, Marketers commonly grapple with greater challenges:

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Topics: B2B Content, B2B Digital Marketing, B2B Content Strategy, Marketing Across Verticals

Differentiating Brand Voice in an Age of Excessive Exclamation!!!

Posted by Owen Matson, Ph.D. on Apr 21, 2017 7:16:16 PM

Excessive Exclamation Points?!!!  Who? Me?  

I recently received a note expressing concern over my “overuse” of exclamation points: “You might want to reconsider your tendency to overuse exclamation points.” Overuse?  Overly emphatic?  Me?  OK.  Fair enough. Still, I requested an explanation. I wasn’t offended by the feedback.  I was just curious about the commentary.  I sensed a big discussion behind the advice. Alas, I received no reply. 

So I began to think about the meaining of my reader’s feedback.  I "might" want to reconsider my overuse of exclamation points?  Was this a complaint?  A soft recommendation?  Sarcastic criticism?  

At the end of the day, the use of exclamation points is about communicating tone.  And tone is largely a matter of taste—as in “there is no accounting for…”

For my part, when it comes to issues of usage and style, I tend to be rather pragmatic: Whatever works, I say!!!  

Still, tone is hard to determine in online communication.  But then that's the whole point: Communicating tone in digital media requires content writers rethink the traditional rules and tools of style--including the use punctuation to project meaning and tone.  Effective brand writing across digital channels is a complex issue, one that requires more than placing a ban on multiple exclamation points. Here's some issues to consider...

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Topics: Content Strategy, B2B Digital Marketing, B2B Brand Writing, Brand Voice, B2B Content Writing, Digital Marketing, B2B Branding,, Brand Strategy

SEO Zen Wisdom: To Enhance SEO, Do Not Aim for “SEO”

Posted by Owen Matson, Ph.D. on Apr 20, 2017 6:44:51 PM

The Danger of SEO as “SEO”

In the content marketing biz, one tends to get a lot of questions about Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  Certainly, concerns about enhancing SEO make sense.  After all, publishing content on a company blog site will not generate business growth if prospects can’t find that content when searching the web.

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Topics: Content Strategy, B2B Digital Marketing, SEO

Tips for Networking on LinkedIn--Infographic

Posted by Owen Matson, Ph.D. on Apr 19, 2017 4:22:23 PM

Want to grow your network on LinkedIn?  Check out this infographic!

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Topics: LinkedIn, B2B Digital Marketing, B2B Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing, Networking

Why B2B Content Marketing?

Posted by Owen Matson, Ph.D. on Apr 19, 2017 12:39:26 PM

How do B2B Brands Benefit from Content Marketing?  Check out the Stats on this Infographic...

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Topics: B2B Content, B2B Digital Marketing, Infographics, Content Marketing Statistics

The Value of Infographics in B2B Marketing

Posted by Owen Matson, Ph.D. on Apr 19, 2017 12:17:02 PM

The Value of Infographics in B2B Marketing

Infographics have emerged in status from powerful option to essential strategy. Consider the stats:

  • According to Hubspot, "blog articles that included infographics generated an average of 178% more inbound links and 72% more views than all other posts." 
  • Demand for infographics has increased 800% in the past year.
  • Infographics are liked and shared on social media 3X more than other any other type of content. -MassPlanner

The most powerful infographics do more than simply present information; they can telegraph a complex story in simple visual terms to a broad range of audiences in creative and engaging ways.

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Topics: B2B Marketing, B2B Content, B2B Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, Infographics

Why Marketing and Sales Need to Collaborate on Content Strategy

Posted by Owen Matson, Ph.D. on Apr 19, 2017 9:30:45 AM

Marketing and sales tend not to have a reputation for collaboration—in terms of partnerships, the two are more likely to inspire comparison to King Kong and Godzilla.

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Topics: Content, B2B Marketing, Content Strategy, Marketing and Sales

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