Recommended Reading for Marketers – Week of 11/26/12 – 11/30/12

This week I’ve been sinking my teeth into product marketing with a high concentration on the balance of tactics, leveraging of details, and methods for execution. Here are a few good reads on entrepreneurship and effective, long-lasting product marketing. Enjoy!

What I Wish Entrepreneurs Talked About More Often – I saw this post pop up on my LinkedIn feed and boy did it hit home. After writing my somewhat gritty piece on startup failure it was refreshing to see a great example of an entrepreneur who looked the challenge in the eye and faced it with courage. We do doubt ourselves, far too often, and this read may just help you get that in check. Continue reading

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Recommended Reading for Marketers – Week of 11/19/12 – 11/21/12

Turkey week!! Despite being distracted with thoughts of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and turkey with gravy, I managed to pull together a list of good reads this short week. Have a great thanksgiving and enjoy!

Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough – This has by far been one of my favorite pieces to read these last few weeks. Mark Suster did an amazing job outlining the importance to entrepreneurs of taking some quiet time to think through things. He dives into several interesting topics within this including an excellent list of differences between key individuals founders should surround themselves with. I highly recommend you read this if you’re an entrepreneur. Continue reading

Recommended Reading for Marketers – Week of 11/5/12 – 11/9/12

Who else is thankful to be free of political ads finally? Now that we can stop spending the majority of our time sifting through that crap it shouldn’t be hard to pick up on the best reads fast. Here are a few I dug up this week I thought you might also enjoy.

Do Native Ads Work? – This is an important piece for publishers and advertisers both. While I agree with some of the findings MediaBrix brought to light from the survey they commissioned, I believe it may partially be because people have yet to find something they enjoy engaging with when it comes to native ads. The important thing to consider here is how publishers can utilize this data to continue generating revenue for their businesses/advertisers. I really like what LinkSmart is doing when it comes to helping publishers discover new ways to monetize content – this is the kind of advertising I could buy into if I were a publisher or advertiser who partnered with a publisher. Continue reading

Here’s How to Pitch Content Marketing to your Management Team

Like most marketers faced with a sometimes overly conservative management, I too had to find a way to pull out every stop to sell the value of content marketing and prove my case for implementing it. This meant I had to get my hands dirty with our website’s analytics and show them why we weren’t doing a good enough job getting visitors to our website and keeping them there; that lack of regular content and a fluid way of delivering it were contributing to the problem. So, if you know you need to get your management team on board but you haven’t yet figured out how, here’s what I did and 5 selling points I used to win over the “suits”. Before we begin, remember to keep it simple and have real data to support your recommendations, keep marketing lingo off to the side.

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5 Easy SEO Tactics Every Online Marketer Should Know

I’ve been making it a point to brush up on my SEO knowledge lately partially inspired by Google’s recent algorithm update. As much as optimization should be near the top of my to-do list on a daily basis, I openly admit it sometimes gets left on the back burner. As I work through aging content and landing pages in the name of optimization, I’d like to share a few easy SEO tactics that will help you get started, or restarted, optimizing your content.

5 Easy Optimization Tactics You Should Know

  1. Write page titles like a boss. Your page titles are an extension of your page content and brand. There are a thousand ways to write them, but unless you’re a billion-dollar brand I recommend keeping it simple and effective. Start by reviewing the content on the page and determine what was, or is, your keyword strategy. After that, compose your page title in under 80 characters to include several of the most important keywords (no keyword stuffing!), be sure to leave room for your company name at the end. So for example, for this post if I were to add a proper page title I would write it as so: “5 Easy SEO Tactics Every Online Marker Should Know – Joshua Hays”. Continue reading