Content marketing: how to unlock creative ideas

After I graduated from university my first real job was playing the role of junior copywriter at Canada’s largest ad agency.

I had an office, clients – even a secretary to type memos and schedule appointments. I was in the company of Mad Men…almost.

The thing that excited and scared me most was coming up with that ‘Big Idea to Wow the Client’ – my chance to shine and live up to my department’s name.

This usually started with a brainstorm and I’d walk into the room ready to take centre stage. And then…brain freeze.

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Content pollution: it’s time to de-clutter de content

“If you visit American brand, you will find it very grand, just two things of which you must beware – don’t click the content, you don’t want to share…”

Anyone who remembers Tom Lehrer’s iconic and hilarious social satire, Pollution, will know those aren’t the words to the song.

And apologies to the author, but I think his premise is a wake-up call for content marketers today.

There’s an overabundance of content production – and that includes this post. A veritable Thanksgiving of blogs, photos, videos, podcasts, infographics, updates, pins…you name it. 

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Online crisis training: real-time scenarios sharpen skills

For the past few years, I’ve been going back to school in the fall – as lead instructor in University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies Digital Strategy Certificate program. You can follow our Twitter conversations #digitaledu.

This semester, I’m teaching the Advanced Practices in Digital Reputation Management course again – as well as developing it into an online format.

And one of the things I say to students – working professionals, really – is that when it comes to an online issue or crisis, the question these days is not an if, but a when. And you need to ask yourself if you and your organization are really prepared. 

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Get into the Zen of content marketing by finding your inner Ps

Summer may be over, but if you’re like me, you’re still feeling more centred and relaxed… In a bit of a Zen-ish state. Though one that will soon be replaced by the hustle and bustle of fall.

Which got me thinking about communications and how we agonize about so many things. And no wonder.

Marketing communications – especially on the agency side – has long been considered a stressful path to follow. You work endless days (and nights), often at warp speed. You’re bombarded by deadlines as well as questions and requests from clients, suppliers, partners and colleagues. And that was in the olden days of legacy media.

Now, with content marketing added to the mix, not to mention the daily social media updates (or the new platforms that haven’t even been dreamed up yet), we’re under even more pressure.

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Supercharged storytelling for startups at SXSWV2V: 10 ways to get started

These days it’s not enough to be in the news, you need to create, produce and share it. And in order to do that you need to think like a newsroom and amplify stories via social and digital channels.

We live in a world with an overabundance. So how can you break through? That was the subject of my workshop at SXSWV2V.

Here are 10 tips to get started: 

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