Content creation goes by many names, but one of the most intriguing is a relatively new term called “brand journalism.” The phrase itself is a bit of a head-scratcher to begin with. What would brands be doing in the journalism business? In truth, brands have long been integral to the media as the advertisers who paid the lion’s share of the cost of newsgathering. Now, however, they’re disintermediating the news media just like everyone else and going straight to consumers and B2B prospects with news, information and content. Some of that content is advertising, some of it is marketing materials, and some of it could be classified as “brand journalism.” Read the remainder of this entry »
Archive for the Copywriting Category
As a trained journalist and former newspaper reporter, I’m conditioned to look and listen for details. It’s a skill that obviously comes in handy when you are doing marketing work. But you may have noticed that a lot of marketing and public relations content is oddly free of details. Companies would rather claim to be a “leader,” to offer “comprehensive solutions,” and tout their “fast-growing” status than provide information that would prove (or possibly disprove) these claims. This is not an accident, nor is it an unconscious action by corporate marketers. A tension exists between peoples’ natural curiosity and the desire on the part of businesses to keep details and specifics to themselves.
Many of the other bloggers here on Biznology focus on the technological aspect of digital marketing, i.e., coding the content so it is likely to be found more easily via search. But no matter how much optimization you do, when your visitors arrive, what they will be looking for is not optimized content but interesting, well written, largely non-promotional content that’s worth their time to read and share. That’s what I’m here to blog about. Read the remainder of this entry »