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The Power Of An Emotional Response

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Emotion is a powerful motivator.

Consider the iconic Superbowl ad where the Budweiser Clysdale races through city streets to reunite with the trainer who raised him. The ad touches the hearts of even the most stoic among us.

Or the Cheerio’s box packaging themed “Made For Little Hands.” For any parent, it recalls days of tiny sticky fingers and the overwhelming intensity of parental love. Again, our response is visceral and emotional.

The Budweiser ad never mentions any product attributes, while Cheerios cites the nutritional benefits of the product only as a post-script with the tagline “Learn more about the goodness inside.”

Can you imagine if your client interactions were even half that intense?  (more…)

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Do Your Website Visitors Hate Your Content?

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Is your website content attracting visitors or repelling them?

 

 A client considering a website redesign requested I review the effectiveness of their current site. Developed by a web hosting company that specializes in the client’s niche, the site was built from a template which included industry-relevant copy, with designated fields to “personalize” the site.

In fact, the resulting site was impersonal, perfunctory and no more engaging than a Yellow Pages listing. The user experience was inefficient and cumbersome, and the images (obviously stock photos) neither reinforced the copy nor enhanced the client’s credibility. The client and I were in agreement that the website wasn’t particularly compelling or effective. (more…)

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Is Your Blog A Bedtime Story?

Is your blog hibernating? Or are your readers?

Many people launch a blog without considering the commitment. Maybe you wrote a maiden perfunctory post or two when you launched your website. Or you publish something unremarkable occasionally just to assuage your guilt. Perhaps (please, no) you have a single post on your website which smartly states (being cheeky here) “Blog coming soon!”

Whatever the state of your blog’s hibernation, it’s not good. While you understand that consistent blogging is a great way to build authority, demonstrate your knowledge and drive traffic, you’re not inspired. Conceptually, you get it. The actual writing — you’re just not feeling the passion.

Chances are, your readers aren’t inspired either. Creating compelling content is a skill, and like fine carpentry, accounting or ballroom dancing, not everyone has a natural aptitude or affinity for it. The answer isn’t to push through and publish dull content; it’s to drill down on a way to connect with your target audience. (more…)

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Move Beyond “Like” To Authentic Engagement

IsolationLike? Really?

Do you ever see a post on social media that links to a tragic story — and the post has hundreds or even thousands of likes? While we intuitively understand that all those “likes” are acknowledging, as opposed to endorsing, the tragedy, “like” is a big disconnect in relation to the story. While we may truly empathize, our action (“like”) can appear to trivialize the significance of the story.  (more…)

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Create Once And Leverage: 3 Ways To Repurpose Your Content

repurposed contentCreating fresh and compelling content week after week, month after month, year after year can be a challenge, to say the least. An editorial calendar can facilitate the creative process by offering a structure which helps to maintain cadence. Content themes and topics are identified in advance, providing a jump-start to the writing process.

Still, it can take hours to craft an effective blog post, and how many people really see it? Well, that depends. By repurposing your content, you can create once and leverage, dramatically increasing the visibility of each article. Content marketing allows you to expand the reach of each content element while saving you time and resources.

Frequently Asked QuestionsFrom website to blog … or blog to website? 

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