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Content Mission Statement – Critical to Telling Your Story

As I gear up for Content Marketing World 2017, my fifth CMW in a row, I’m reflecting on my most valuable insights gleaned by attending. I’m not going to bore you with a list, but I kind of created one anyway. I really just want to share with you the most important one — creating a content mission statement. For Tell Your Story, the development of a content mission statement as part of our strategic planning process has been critical to our ongoing work in developing content and being entrusted as social media community managers for our clients.   Here's a link to what the Content Marketing Institute said about content mission statements in 2015. Some good stuff in the article, but here’s our take.   If your overall marketing, communications and sales efforts are driven by purpose — why you do what you do — your content mission statement and subsequent content becomes...

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Be Real, Be Courageous & Lead— My Big Takeaway from #ANAB2B

When I go to marketing industry conferences these days, I get more inspired by intangibles, rather than the tangible. Give me something that will really move me or get me thinking deep thoughts. Give me something that I could do in my every day life, not just in my job.   I want to meet people, be inspired by stories, and feel moved to do something different or be reminded of what I need to do to be more successful and fulfilled.   That said, my highlight of the 2017 Masters of B2B Marketing (I still call it BMA) Conference earlier this month in Chicago was one great slide by keynote speaker Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary).     Tamara’s talk was on innovative personal branding and becoming an influencer. The slide and discussion that really hooked me included three simple things to think about:   Be real. Be courageous. Lead.   Simple. Powerful. Moving. These are the types of things that...

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Join Our Team: Summer Internship

Tell Your Story is looking for a Summer Intern! The candidate would need the flexibility to work at our downtown Chicago office, as well as at a shared office space in Wilmette. Hours would range from 30 hours to 40 hours per week for an agreed upon month-to-month stipend.   Responsibilities would include assisting the Tell Your Story team in development, implementation and management of marketing, business development, social media and public relations efforts for a variety of Tell Your Story clients, including healthcare, senior living, building products, software, and more.   Day to day responsibilities to include: Create engaging content for social channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) Blog post and press release writing Measurement and reporting for social media metrics Content curation and research   We will be evaluating candidates based on the following criteria: Major in Marketing Communications or Public Relations Knowledge of available tools and platforms in the social media space Previous internship or...

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Deep Thoughts: Why I Do What I Do

"Why do I do what I do? Plain and simple answer – I want people that I know and like to be happier and more fulfilled." It doesn’t happen every week, but several times a year I am able to take a step back and really think about what I do for a living and the purpose of what I do. And it all comes down to that simple idea -- I love to help people be happier and more fulfilled.   That’s my why.   The most recent example of that happened this past weekend with client MAXDigital at the National Automobile Dealers Association show in New Orleans.   Read about it in my post on LinkedIn Pulse: Why I Do What I Do....

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Getting To a Great Purpose for Powerful Storytelling

“I had a great day today.”   A simple sentence you may hear often. You may actually say it often. Or maybe not.   “I had a great day today.”   At the opening of our client's OutMatch Insights: Live!, OutMatch CEO Greg Moran talked about what drives him and what drives OutMatch. Simply stated, he wants more people, after a long day of work, to say, “I had a great day today.”   Say it. “I had a great day today.”   That struck me as an incredibly powerful and purposeful reason “why” a company exists. Especially for a company who uses data, analytics and psychology to determine success factors of specific specific people for specific jobs.   “I had a great day today.”   How many people can actually say that after a long day at work?   How many people can say that half the time after a long day of work?   Most of our lives is spent at work or worrying about work. So...

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I Am Not a Content Marketer

  “So, what do you do?” I asked a woman I met at Content Marketing World. “I’m a content marketer,” she replied.   “What do you guys do?” I asked another person I met at the conference. “We developed a content marketing platform for content marketers,” he exclaimed.   Excuse me for finally saying something that has been bugging me for quite some time, but didn’t know how to articulate.   Here it goes.   I consider myself a marketer. I am not a content marketer. I am a marketer.   To all attendees of Content Marketing World 2016, we are not content marketers. We are marketers.   We don’t market content. We market stories. We market organizations. We market people. We market causes.   We are marketers.   We build plans and we are strategic. We provide counsel. We develop great and purposeful stories. We implement technology to make our stories more effective and measurable. We learn and we improve. We lead.   We are marketers.   We were inspired...

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5 Reasons Why I Attend Conferences

I’m heading off to Content Marketing World 2016 in Cleveland this morning. This is one of the several investments I make each year to attend conferences, luncheons, webinars, training sessions and other events that get my networking juices flowing.   Why do I attend conferences? Why should you? Here are a few things to think about.   1. I genuinely like networking. I know that not everyone likes to network as much as I do. And sometimes, believe it or not, I have to psych myself up to network. But almost all of the time, I get benefit from making the effort to attend these events and you will too. You just have to try.   2. I actually learn things. Yes, there are always snooze-fest presentations and people you don’t want to be stuck with. But information that is useful sometimes appears when you don’t expect it. So you need to be ready and willing...

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Top 10 Takeaways from BMA15 Chapter Leader Day

[caption id="attachment_3162" align="aligncenter" width="500"] #BMA15 kicked off today with the Chapter Leader pre-session[/caption] No long blog posts here this week! The 2015 edition of the National Business Marketing Association National Conference, BMA15 / Be More, kicked off today with a pre-session of Chapter Leaders. Chapter Leaders are those who serve in leadership positions at the 20+ local chapters that make up the BMA.   As promised, no long blog posts from Tell Your Story this week. So here are my take-aways from today. Watch for our other lists from my colleagues at the end of each day.   10. Chapter Leaders are passionate. We have all built great communities. That needs to continue – local B2B community building.   9. The merger with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) could potentially be a good thing in terms of promoting the profession of B2B Marketing, but the beauty of BMA is that we are not too corporate. ANA is...

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“The story is everything.”

Without a doubt, one of the high points of Content Marketing World 2014 was Kevin Spacey's closing keynote. Storytelling was at the heart of his address, and he challenged all content marketers to tell better stories. During his presentation, he talked about the three important elements of storytelling: conflict, authenticity and audience. Watch this video of keynote highlights for more words of wisdom from Kevin Spacey:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJnP2wsgnoA&feature=youtu.be...

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