ChatGPT Prompts for Blog Posts & Marketing Content

ChatGPT is all the rage nowadays, as are other AI engines such as Google’s Bard. There are a lot of general posts about how to use ChatGPT for this or that, but in this post I want to focus on using ChatGPT for a common marketing / SEO task: creating a blog post. Or, at least creating a “rough draft” of a post. Continue reading

What is a Business Value Proposition (BVP)? | The Marketing Workbook

Business is about providing value for customers. That’s kind of self-evident, but you’d be surprised how many businesses and how many marketing managers can’t really state what their business does that provides value for customers. Not to mention who their target customers, or “buyer personas” are; nor what’s unique about what they offer. A business value proposition is thus a statement of what the business sells (product or service), who wants it (target buyer personas), and what’s unique about it. Continue reading

Content Marketing Chipotle Style: Reverse Engineering a “Brand to Emulate”

In both my book on Social Media Marketing and my online social media marketing course for Stanford Continuing Studies, I recommend that you identify a few “companies to emulate.” These are not your competitors; these are brands that you admire, brands that (hopefully) you engage with as a real consumer, brands that are “aspirational” to you in the sense of social media. Then, along the way – you can “reverse engineer” their strategies, whether it’s for their overall social media marketing, their content marketing, or within a specific platform such as YouTube or TikTok. In this post, I want to talk about a brand that I admire: Chipotle. Full disclosure: I also like to eat Chipotle! Continue reading

GA4 Tutorial: A Tongue-in-Cheek Tour of GA4 with Links to Resources

Google, in its infinite wisdom and (monopoly) power, is forcing us all into the world of GA4 (Google Analytics 4). Goody-goody! Oh, great joy! Please, sir, can I have another? GA4 is universally condemned as a trainwreck of a user interface, but few are brave enough or confident enough to get the attention of the Googlers on the GA4 team who are forcing us all to adopt it by summer, 2023. I’m not going to sugar coat this.  I hate GA4.  It’s the worst. Maybe over time Google will listen to user feedback… but for now, we’re stuck with it. Let’s make the best of it and learn the basics of GA4. Continue reading

Link-Building Ideas: The ‘Definitive List’ of Link-Building Ideas for SEO

Link-building is fundamental to SEO. In this post, I am not going to explain what links are, nor why they matter. I’m going to ignore nofollow vs. dofollow, domain authority, relevance and all the technical details. I’m assuming you know that. You’re ready for “link-building.” What you need is a list of ideas. A checklist of ideas on how to build links, that you can run through looking for easy link ideas. Continue reading

Content is King on Social Media: You are the Court Jester

In my book on Social Media Marketing, I remind people that “social media is a party” and “you are the party-thrower.” That’s totally true. People (customers, potential customers…) come to your Facebook, Instagram, TikTok… to “have fun” and to “consume content.” In this post, let’s dig into content. They say, “Content is King,” especially on social media… and we are all content marketers now. That’s true as well. You are the “Court Jester,” the person responsible for creating, nurturing, spurring, encouraging, and otherwise getting a reliable stream of text posts, text, pictures, photographs, infographics, videos (oh, yes, videos) onto your social platforms.

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Digital Marketing: Strategy, Skills, & Attitude

That “marketing has gone digital” is pretty much a platitude by 2022. Yes, there still exists “traditional” marketing, especially “word of mouth,” and to a greatly diminished extent since the Pandemic, trade shows. But traditional print media – magazines, trade press, and daily newspapers… are all but extinct, reaching only the most “traditional” and “elderly” of consumers. Billboards? OK, yes, they still exist. Direct mail – not dead (yet), and so on and so forth. Some of the traditional venues and methodologies are “hanging on” but they’re more like a 99 year old woman in a nursing home, than a young vibrant lad of just 16. Continue reading

Managing Your Facebook Business Page: You Have (Too Many) Choices

A “business page” is a must if you want to use Facebook for marketing. Whereas individuals have “profiles,” businesses have “pages.” A “page” is the foundational element to using Facebook for either organic or paid advertising. Facebook has more than one way, however, to manage your business page. In this post, I will focus on “organic” marketing on Facebook and the different tools that Facebook (Meta) has for managing your business page. My examples are also drawn from the desktop, although if you’re a 100% phone person you can also manage these resources via the Facebook app.
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What is a Hashtag?

The goal of social media marketing is to “build your brand” and (ultimately) “sell more stuff.” One way to do this is to engage in online customer conversations. “Hashtags” are essentially the markers of “online conversations.” People who are talking about “organic food” will mark their conversations (on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok – primarily) with hashtags such as #organic or #organicfood or #natural. Continue reading

Social Trust Indicators & Social Media Marketing: Becoming a Trustworthy Brand

“Social Trust” is a buzzword you hear a lot among marketers. Either you’ve got “social trust” or you don’t. But what is “social trust,” and more importantly how can you – as a small business marketer – influence it in a positive direction? Let’s investigate. Continue reading