Author: George Rafeedie

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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Let’s Just Call It Marketing: Content Marketing World ’14 Recap

Watch Our Video Recap of Content Marketing World 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gro1xK66wIE Read Our Recap of Content Marketing World 2014: For various reasons, some people hate the phrase “content marketing.” To me, after attending the 4th annual Content Marketing World, it is clear that content marketing is just marketing.  And always has been.  So let’s drop the word content and call it Marketing World.  What do you think? Anyway, the name aside and with the spotlight shining on what we love to do as communicators, there is a golden opportunity to get back to concentrating on the fun and impactful side of marketing – developing and telling great stories.  The themes that resonated with me the most were around developing stories that are emotional, inspirational and aspirational.  We heard about developing an editorial mentality, and to think like TV producers and film directors.  We were challenged to think about the elements of a great story. And although one...

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Tripling Down at #BMA14

Dispatches from BMA14: Series of Short Reports from the Tell Your Story Team at #BMA14 in Chicago    [caption id="attachment_1998" align="alignright" width="168"] Gary Vaynerchuk[/caption] Gary Vaynerchuk is a crazy F@&K.  But he speaks the truth. If you’ve seen him speak, you know what I mean.   I love one of his messages about tripling down on your strengths. Don’t waste time doing things you are not good at or not passionate about. If you concentrate on your strengths and passions, you will be fulfilled and probably be successful.   I guess I’ve tripled down on a few things, but listening to Gary made me think that I could do a whole lot more and will be.  In between all of his insults and F-Bombs, Gary’s message really hit home with me. Thanks. I will be tripling down more often now, starting tonight at our #bma14 happy hour.    ...

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You Should Be Proud of Your BMA Chapter Leaders

Dispatches from BMA14: Series of Short Reports from the Tell Your Story Team at #BMA14 in Chicago     On the eve of #BMA14, we had the opportunity to attend BMA Chapter Leader Day in Chicago as a pre-conference event. There must have been nearly 75 chapter leaders in attendance from cities across North America. Some were there to figure out how to start a BMA chapter in their city. Others were there to share their knowledge on what has worked and what hasn’t. Everyone was there to learn to make their chapter better and more valuable for their members.   Bottom line is that we should all be proud of our chapter leaders. Long time national board members Elton Mayfield (Kansas City) and Greg Olson (Colorado) stressed time and time again throughout the day (and at previous chapter leader days) that the chapter is the heart beat of BMA. Without strong chapters, the national...

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Visiting Professional for the Week

    [caption id="attachment_1843" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Jerry Sloan & George Rafeedie[/caption]   This week I am the Jerry Sloan Visiting Professional of Public Relations at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. What an honor – and incredibly surreal. He was my advisor and professor when I attended OU in the early 1990s. I've loved keeping in touch with him since and am proud to serve in a teaching capacity this week in his name. Not only is Jerry Sloan a mentor to me professionally, but personally, since the day I met him, he has been a role model. He cares about his students, alum, his former colleagues and especially his family in a way that has been inspiring to me.   Also inspiring, even to this day, are memories of lectures that made vivid imprints on our brains that helped us visualize what we could achieve in this great world of public relations and marketing...

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