Author: Heidi Cohen

Heidi Cohen is an actionable marketing expert. As president of Riverside Marketing Strategies, Heidi works with online media companies and e-tailers to increase profitability with innovative marketing programs based on solid analytics. During the course of 20 years, Heidi has obtained deep experience in direct and digital marketing across a broad array of products including soft goods, financial services, entertainment, media entities and crafts-oriented goods. Heidi shares her actionable marketing insights on her blog. Find Heidi Cohen online at Twitter @heidicohen, LinkedIn and Facebook.

By heidi-cohen published December 10, 2012

Content Marketing Trends: 5 Awesome Examples from 2012

Five 2012 marketing trendsContent marketing reached a tipping point in 2012. While B2B and B2C marketers have used content marketing for years, it became the must-have element of every 2012 marketing plan, driven by the exponential growth of social media and the disruption of search rankings by Google Penguin and Google Panda.

Here are the five content marketing trends that were awesome this year, and some tips to help you leverage them for your 2013 marketing plans. Continue Reading

By heidi-cohen published October 1, 2012

3 Cases that Prove the Power of Content Marketing

power of content marketing - cover, CMIFor marketers who are always looking for ways to stretch their budgets, content marketing provides excellent, cost-effective opportunities across an array of platforms, devices, and formats. The caveat, though, is that to be successful, content marketing requires consistent efforts in strategy, branding, creation, promotion, and distribution. Therefore, you must make both a human and financial investment if you want a quality content program that works. Continue Reading

By heidi-cohen published August 14, 2012

Content Marketing Checklist: 13 Things You Must Do Before You Publish Content

imagesWhat content creator hasn’t hit “submit” without taking that extra couple of minutes to check over what is about to publish? While it’s understandable (particularly when you are under the gun with a looming deadline), luck often dictates that the one time you don’t stop to give your piece the once-over will be the time it contains a glaring error.Continue Reading

By heidi-cohen published July 9, 2012

10 Tactics for Integrating Photographs into Content Marketing

integrating photos is maget driving content, CMIImages, particularly photographs, are content marketing’s magnetic force since they’re driving social media across platforms. As a result, you need a tailored image strategy within your content marketing plans.

Don’t take my word for it. Recent research shows photographs are the engine driving social media activity. Look beyond the high growth of sites like Pinterest and Tumblr and you’ll see measurable activity that translates to sales. On Facebook, Dan Zarrella of HubSpot found that photographs yield greater likes, comments, and shares.Continue Reading

By heidi-cohen published May 29, 2012

Three Content Super Powers that Will Transform Your Social Media, Search, and Sales

content super powers, CMIContent marketing is like the quiet kid who sits in the back of the class to whom no one pays attention. Yet, below the surface lies a superhero who can transform your content marketing into a powerhouse via its integration with social media, search, and sales.

So how can content marketing supercharge your social media, search, and sales?Continue Reading

By heidi-cohen published April 17, 2012

7 Ways to Use Photographs to Support Content Marketing

Photography is the content marketing darling of 2012. It’s the subtext of the recent headlines regarding Facebook’s purchase of Instagram and Pinterest’s meteoric growth this quarter. In large part, this is attributable to the fact that photographs provide an easy way for people to create and contribute content on social media, helping to reduce the high proportion of lurkers.

Before examining how you can use photographs to expand your content marketing offering, let’s look at the usage of each of the hottest new photography sites.

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By heidi-cohen published February 29, 2012

7 Social Media-Inspired Content Marketing Lessons

Content is at the heart of social media. It fuels social media engagement through the stories and communications we exchange across a variety of social networks. By understanding how these social media-related interactions take place, marketers can create content that can more effectively meet their business goals.

Here are seven content marketing lessons I gathered from New York City’s Social Media Week 2012.

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By heidi-cohen published January 18, 2012

Want to Create Content That Pulls Prospects In? Follow These 7 Tips

According to a recent Content Marketing Institute B2B study, marketers’ biggest content marketing challenge is creating a steady stream of must-read information at every step of the purchase process that stands out amidst the endless messages available on social media, tablets, smartphones, computers, and other devices.

 

How do you consistently develop content that pulls prospects and customers in, meets their needs, and does so right when they’re ready to consume it? To help you in this mission, here are seven easy-to-follow tips:Continue Reading

By heidi-cohen published November 2, 2011

5 Actionable Tactics for More Efficient Content Marketing

Content marketing supports B2B marketers’ top marketing goals: generating leads, converting qualified leads into paying customers, and building branding, reputation, and awareness. As a result, 45.3 percent of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend (based on Bizo’s “Strategic Marketing Priorities” research).

This shift is attributable to the fact that prospects are increasingly using web-based information to research purchases and vet suppliers and that content marketing-driven leads are more cost effective. The problem is that B2B marketer’s budgets aren’t properly aligned with channels’ use and effectiveness because most B2B marketers allocate 30 percent or less of their marketing budget to content creation and dissemination (according to Curata’s B2B Marketing Trends 2011 Survey Report).

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By heidi-cohen published October 5, 2011

13 Content Options to Support Purchases

Is your marketing organization on the fence about using content marketing? If so, consider recent research from Cone Inc., which shows that across formats consumers are increasingly going online to find content that will help them make purchase decisions.

While Cone Inc.’s research highlights that consumers continue to turn to ratings and reviews and that blogs have gained customer interest, the reality is content marketing can support every step of the purchase process. If you don’t provide useful content, your competitors, other consumers, and the public will.

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