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Content is King!

Why We Love Content Marketing!

Content Marketing

And Why You Should, Too!

Stop worrying and learn to love content marketing. What is content marketing? Content marketing is when you utilize content such as videos, blogs, and other multimedia to capture the attention of specific demographics. Content marketing is typically not a direct seller of the business’s product, service or mission, but is closely related. This type of marketing is useful, entertaining and it converts audiences into buyers. But, why do we love it?

Love is such a strong word.

Content marketing is genuinely lovable, and that is why it is so powerful. Genuinely lovable? I suppose that needs a little more detail. The keyword is genuine. With the advancement of technology, we all notice that advertisements bombard our daily lives. New platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide advertisers with new opportunities. On top of the development of more television stations and more ways to watch movies and sports, we have even more technology-enabled platforms to explore, such as podcasts and VR. We run the risk of ad fatigue with our clients. Content marketing is a marketing strategy to offset this ad fatigue by providing the audience with beneficial or entertaining content that indirectly sells. In some cases, the content may not sell any product or service. Content marketing creates a value for potential customers.

This shifting of interruptive advertisements to value-driven content is genuinely lovable. I say “genuine” because this content should come from the heart; it should speak through the business or industry from an emotional and human looking glass. It’s not about savings, coupons or features. And, it’s not about comparisons or benefits. But, it’s about the mutual emotional connections and the values that your community shares.

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The Worst Advice I’ve Heard About Video Production

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Business owners, marketers, and entrepreneurs know that video is one of the sharpest tools in the brand growing shed. As a producer and entrepreneur, I can tell you from first-hand experience some of the worst advice I’ve ever heard about video production. We can get you on the right path. The more time that passes without an effective video strategy, the more opportunities you are losing Let’s review some of the common bad sayings that we video producers hear often.

“It’s got to be super short”Vermont Video production

Video can be any length that performs well. Length and timing is connected to the platforms on which they will be uploaded. 10-second ads are good for video view campaigns on Facebook, and Instagram, and in juxtaposition, a 2-minute long, unboxing review video on YouTube is good for influencers. It will depend on the platform that you decide will be most effective for your audience. It’s best to perform A/B testing to further ensure effectiveness. You may find that your individual audiences respond differently.

“It’s pricey”

At its very core, video production is storytelling, not expensive. It’s a technical way of sharing stories around the campfire. The good storytellers get all the attention because their content is engaging! It doesn’t matter if it’s filmed by Hollywood or on an iPhone. If your video is thoughtful, compelling and appropriate for your audience, then it will be a powerful marketing advantage. Focus more on the content and less on the glamour. Some of the most effective YouTube videos are individuals filming themselves on their web cameras. Find your niche and press hard.

“Just shoot it on an iPhone”

Even though I just mentioned this above, this does not imply laziness or cost savings. Shooting “it” isn’t just something to be tossed off lightly. Shooting on any format or platform should be strategic to your brand-building goals. Cost saving is not a brand strategy; it is an accounting task. Work within your budget to develop a strategy that reinforces the brand’s imagery appropriately. For example, if your strategy includes having a “homegrown” or “organic” feeling, by all means, shoot on an iPhone. It is a smart and thoughtful implementation of iPhone commercial production. If you are Cartier, Audi, or Rolex, your forward-facing imagery must convey luxury and hold the standard to the absolute best quality. Those type of luxury brands may have employed Hollywood professionals to produce their fantastic campaigns, but the feelings and emotions, the production value and the messaging that pour out of those productions are entirely on target for the audience they are trying to reach.

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Yo Adrian! I Need Some Marketing Help! (Fighting Your Way to the Top With Marketing)

There is nothing that gets the heart pumping and the goosebumps bumping like a classic underdog story. When the circumstances seem too severe to overcome, and the likelihood of success is meager at best, only the perfect combination of motivation, belief, and effort can lead to triumph. In the film industry, some of the most popular and enduring underdog stories are derived from boxing cinema. Examples include Raging Bull, Million Dollar Baby, The Fighter, Cinderella Man, and many more critically acclaimed prizefighting tales. Although Hollywood is full of these inspirational ‘rags to riches’ boxing storylines, there is one that remains the undefeated champion. The iconic 1976 film “Rocky” set the groundwork for the archetype of the boxing movie, and, indeed, has been one of the most successful and enduring film franchises of all time. How is Rocky like marketing?

Just like Rocky, small businesses across the United States are fighting to become the reigning champions of their industries.

“Rocky” tells the story of a perennial underdog from the city of Philadelphia, Rocky Balboa, a small time heavyweight boxer and reluctant debt collector with more bruises on his face than dollars in the bank. His only companions are his pet turtles, Cuff and Link, and his cynical best friend, Paulie Pennino. Unlike later underdogs, who are generally shown on their way up, Rocky was already approaching middle age by the original film, and his hopes of boxing glory were fast waning. To add to his troubles, his primary trainer, Mickey Goldmill, has recently substituted him with a newcomer because he believes Rocky to be a “bum” – a perpetual loser unable to achieve his full potential. However, Rocky’s luck is about to take a surprising turn when the world champion, Apollo Creed – a charismatic showman clearly based on Muhammed Ali – and his team decide they want to give a small-time fighter a championship match for publicity purposes. Apollo chooses “The Italian Stallion”, Rocky Balboa! Finally, the habitual undercard fighter has a shot at the title, but he will need to effectively marshal all his resources in order to stand the slightest success.

Apollo Creed chose to give the underdog a chance because he wanted an easy win, but also because of his belief that America was the “land of opportunity”. Just like Rocky, small businesses across the United States are fighting to become the reigning champions of their industries. Nonetheless, before a startup can put on their gloves and step into the ring, there are some essential marketing actions that must be considered.

Here is how the main characters in the movie “Rocky” can be seen to relate to the necessary support that a strong marketing mix can provide to a new business.

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5 Marketing Lessons Businesses Can Learn From Black Mirror

Black Mirror is a haunting anthology television series that takes a deeper look into the many ways in which technology has affected our lives–or could in the near future. Rather than demonize technologies such as virtual reality or social media, it takes an introspective look into how the human condition is affected by these technological advances. What’s this got to do with marketing?

If you’re a business owner or are part of a marketing team, there are valuable lessons that can be taken from this series.
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A Steamin’ Slice of Brand Consistency

Imagine that you’re a lover of pizza. A pizza pie aficionado. A bro just looking for some ‘za. We have certain expectations after we pay the delivery guy–he provides for us, and we trust him. When we open that box, we’re hoping for that supportive crust, those well-placed toppings, and, perhaps more than anything else, that gooey, well-cooked cheese.

In 2016, making pizza is more than tossing some cheese on a saucy piece of flatbread and calling it a delicious day. It’s a new age of pizza–it requires technique, creativity, a well thought out cheese-to-sauce-to-topping ratio. And damn it, we deserve it.
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So you made a video. Now what?

Now that you’ve spent hundreds of hours concepting and thousands of dollars producing your new video, what are you supposed to do with it? Unless you’re working with a marketing firm or a media buying agency, you’ll most likely just put it on your website and wait for the clicks to roll in.
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7 Reasons to Hire Out Your Marketing

If you’re struggling to grasp the nuances of marketing in today’s digital world, you’re not alone. With all the data streaming in from channels you don’t even remember that you’re using, it can be a truly crazy process. As a business owner, you can no longer get away from the looming specter of customer information that dictates how your marketing campaigns run, and the personal experiences that customers expect require you to analyze that information and turn it into something amazing, engaging and far better than what the competition is offering.

Like most businesses, you probably don’t have even close to enough staff to use all this data to optimize creative campaigns. Putting everything on hold to hire a dedicated team or fully staffing your existing marketing department could easily leave your business on the launching pad while your competitors rocket into the stratosphere. Outsourcing your commerce efforts, on the other hand, gives you the edge you need to come out on top.
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[Infographic] Marketing Strategy as an Engine

When developing a marketing strategy, we ask ourselves at every step: Does this move our client closer to their goals?

One of the foundational tenets at RetroMotion Creative is the idea that marketing should not be a cost center, but an active revenue generator. Technology enables us to build strategies that place the right message in front of prospects at the right time and place. This is your robot army salesforce, generating leads and moving product while you sleep.
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Social Media Professional Self Service

Why your horn hath tooted the wrong note

Why do some professionals continue to boast about their drunken antics and personal political views but not their professional effectiveness? Why not use social media to your advantage? Why not build a personal brand as strong as your professional brand? Sure, it’s great that you like the Rolling Stones, but do we really need to know that your first kid was due to whisky and listening to “Honky Tonk Women” in the backseat of a Buick?
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