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Marketing experts shared invaluable insights about how to market in turbulent times through the effective use of content online, in print, and in person. Custom publishing has gone from being an ancillary, add on component of marketing strategies to becoming a vital ingredient.  Why?  Because content marketing is so important to an increasing number of marketers and companies of all sizes. Therefore, creating custom content is no longer a nice to-do, if you have the money.  Rather, it has become an absolute must-do as part of an integrated content marketing strategy. The strategic importance of content marketing, and of its first cousin, social media, was front and center at this year's Custom Content Conference. Here are 8 great takeaways that I brought home with me from the conference: 1) Savvy small businesses can replace much, if not all of their traditional market... (more)

Why Local Newspapers Require Radical Reinvention to Escape a Very Grim Future

Local newspapers and business-to-business publications face similar challenges as drastic drops in ad revenue drive equally drastic drops in relevant and compelling content.  But for newspapers, ad revenue declines are exacerbated because the highly profitable classified advertising sections have almost disappeared as readers flock to the Internet.  Moreover, business-to-business magazines that are well positioned still offer uniquely valuable niche content that helps readers succeed. Their readers still count on them. That’s not so true for our local dailies. I believe that the... (more)

Herman Miller: Great Chairs, Great Company, Great Content Marketing

A Company That Gets It on so Many Levels Minimizes Traditional Marketing Expenditures. I was surprised, but not too surprised, to learn from a friend and colleague, David Drickhamer, that the famous maker of ergonomic chairs spent almost no money on traditional advertising. Herman Miller tends to be well ahead of the curve on almost every business front.  After all, this is a company that was into sustainability before it was cool–and before Al Gore was invented global warming (or was that the Internet?). Back in 1984, they stopped using Rosewood when they determined it was an e... (more)

Six Secrets to Making Online Video Work for Small Business

Even a micro business can use video effectively to communicate with its customers online. But, as we amateur carpenters know, you can wind up with a mess instead of a masterpiece unless you understand how to use a potentially powerful tool well.   In that spirit we’re happy to can share with you six terrific tips for using video successfully from talented Southwest Florida professional, Kathy Saenz. We recently caught up with Kathy, who is Neighborhood America’s corporate communications manager, for a brief interview on the best ways to communicate with video. Kathy’s unique ba... (more)

Six Reasons to Embrace Social Media Today

Social Media on Ulitzer Social media marketing is a trend, not a fad. But,  most small to medium-sized businesses have yet to participate fully and enthusiastically. We have just written about a powerful new research study that paints a picture of how thousands of smart companies are already benefiting from the inclusion of social media.  What’s clear from that research is that when we evaluate social media, we are not talking about the marketing longevity equivalent of the hula hoop or the Lambada. Social media marketing is here to stay.  Because you want your organization to b... (more)