“Visuals” is a big buzzword when it comes to social media marketing. It’s becoming a well-known fact that people can process and understand a visual exponentially faster than plain-text content updates. While images are extremely helpful in getting eyes and interest on your content, not everyone would describe themselves as a graphic designer.
“Every order sold is a story waiting to be told. Everyone has a story to tell.” You won’t meet a bigger advocate for story and its ability to move people than Bobby Lehew. As Chief Branding Officer at ROBYN, he employs story every day in redefining this growing business. While story is an exciting topic for marketers, it’s also misunderstood. I couldn’t wait to unpack story — why it matters and how we can use it more — with Bobby on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.
So, you’ve tackled your writer’s block and established a strong content strategy with some of Nick’s blogging tips. You’re consistently producing quality content. You’re on a roll! Don’t stop there. Whether you’re blogging to increase brand awareness, establish thought leadership, or connect with potential customers, tracking your blogging KPIs (key performance indicators) will help you optimize your content.
“Nothing is ever, ever going to challenge a good, solid, legible, readable, scalable, beautiful, crafted mark. It’s got the right DNA.” As one of the leading designers working today, Aaron Draplin has a thing or two to say about brands. This past week, Draplin was in Iowa City on his fall tour “Tall Tales from a Large Man,” which he presented at the University of Iowa. I was fortunate enough to be able to chat with him after his workshop and before his evening lecture about identity and the new dynamics at play today.
“I’ve been blogging for … well, 10 years exactly.” I found myself saying this phrase during a client meeting and was taken a back. It’s true. I have been blogging for 10 years. Almost to the day. I published my first blog post (creatively titled Hello Blogosphere) on October 20, 2005. So what have I learned about blogging over the past 728 posts? And, more importantly, what about the future of blogging?
“Most brands don’t risk enough — there’s too much jargon and too little personality.” As a designer, brand builder, and agency president, Nathan Sinsabaugh has spent his career bringing design thinking and innovation to applications outside of a traditional design context. Along the way, he’s worked to infuse B2B brands with more personality and purpose. I couldn’t wait to discuss all of this with Nathan on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.
On this week’s Social Sound Bite – recorded live at the KXIC studios in Iowa City – Jay and I discussed some some new data on Facebook use. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, most of us are lurking more and posting original content less. While this may not seem like a big deal it could lead to a less engaging social experience which could threaten Facebook’s emerging ad network. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.
“Your brand can’t just be a promise. It must be a promise delivered.” Denise Lee Yohn knows a thing or two about great brands. Specifically, What Great Brands Do — the title of her best-selling book. The follow-up Extraordinary Experiences examines the principles of her first book at work in the restaurant and retail industry. I couldn’t wait to discuss great brands, extraordinary experiences, and more this week with Denise Lee Yohn.