I was running on a treadmill the first time I heard the song “Closer” by the Chainsmokers. The pre-chorus came through my headphones. Wow! I started to run faster. I wanted to sing along.
So did millions of others. The band has been nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2017. The music video has been watched more than 1.1 billion times – more than Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself which had an 8 month head start and received two Grammy nominations in 2016.
If you’re a marketer paying $0.30 a view to YouTube then wouldn’t it be nice to trade metrics with the Chainsmokers? People are finding the “Closer” video and clicking the play button all by themselves. The band isn’t paying YouTube for these views.
This post is about one technique you can use to stand on the band’s shoulders and increase views of your stories. The technique is adding imagery. The Chainsmokers used 10 pieces of imagery in “Closer” which propelled it to the top of the charts.
I am reblogging this post because it is an example of a big idea.
What would more traffic to your blog post mean to you? Image source. What would 100,000 views on a blog post mean to you? Depending on the goals of your blog, it could mean thousands of new subscribers and fans. But it could also mean new customers — big traffic means big exposure and big…
The Tipping Point is a business book that sold 2.5 million copies. In it, author Malcolm Gladwell pitches a theory on epidemics called the Tipping Point. This blog post attempts to reverse engineer the process Gladwell took to explain his idea.
Explaining an idea is hard. My favorite articles on the Engel Journal blog are ideas, and readers often ignore them. Reflecting on my work, I asked, “What can Gladwell teach me about selling my ideas?” I found the answer in the opening pages of the Tipping Point.
Here are three steps Gladwell took to lead readers through his theory on epidemics:
I just created the writing app your content marketing team needs to create thought provoking blog posts that stand apart from your competition. My app, named Rudyard Kipling after the system of writing, frees up your company’s experts to focus on sharing insights while writers focus on wordsmithing.
The writing app works by dividing the labor of writing an article into six steps:
Email is 43 years old. GIF is 29. As much as these two get around and despite the age difference, you’d think they would have found each other… fallen in love… and made animated email babies a lot sooner. At least what’s what I thought when I opened the above email on June 17, 2016.
My tenure at Review Concierge (2012 – 2015) was a highly educational and (net) rewarding experience. Some of my happiest moments were spent chatting with our nation’s top doctors at all hours of the day and night figuring out how to respond to their online reviews.
While my stories about individual clients are off the record, I did produce quite a few educational stories for the larger community. Many of these portfolio pieces are referenced in the projects section of my LinkedIn profile.
If I were to point to my two favorite written portfolio pieces from my time at Review Concierge, they would be:
These pieces took a great deal of time to distill into written form because they tackle abstract concepts. After spending five hours per night for two weeks (after working full days), I finished the Online Review Survival Course and headed straight to acupuncturist to fix the carpal tunnel that I acquired from writing it. Fortunately, it was fixed in one session.
As I get ready to turn 30, I am upping my commitment to share more of the specialized knowledge that I regularly invest time acquiring. My hope is that I can share valuable tips that enhance the profitability of your sales and marketing campaigns.
Customers would get their first experience with the concept via #TellOdyz #Freebies, which were sponsored Facebook posts questions (pictured above). Once they signed up for the $99/mo program, daily questions were sent via text message. The final posts were published on customers’ Facebook pages. Continue reading →
I’ve been on a content marketing kick lately. It all started when I was scratching my head about how to spice up our “Call Your Concierge ASAP” campaign and an AdAge email for the Going Native: Content Marketing Strategies report came across my desk. Needless to say, I bought it.
Page 14 mentions a Nielsen study, commissioned by Virgin Mobile in 2012, that showed 150% brand lift in consumers who had seen content sponsored by Virgin Mobile. I thought, “that’s exactly what we need.”
And so my fellow concierges and I have begun writing content that answers doctors’ most basic questions. Questions like, “How do I remove a bad review?” When doctors type these questions into Google, we want to provide the answers.
I’d appreciate any comments or insights you might have about content marketing.
Here is one trick that will immediately increase your response rates: make your emails look like they’re coming from a detail-oriented person.
These three elements will help you pull it off:
Make the email come from the same IP of the email domain (this will eliminate “sent on behalf of” disclosure that many email programs make)
Suggest a specific call to action, like an appointment
Embed your compliance statements in the signature and footer.
When you incorporate these three elements into your emails, people will be much more likely to respond. Here is an example of an email that got an 8% company level response rate off a list of over 1,200 people at pharmaceutical companies: