Why Content Marketing Needs a Human Touch

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This blog is not written by a robot—at least, not yet. Perhaps you’ve heard about the new “journalistic robots” that news wires like the Associated Press are now using to create simple financial stories using numerical data. With robots capable of producing written content, what effect will it have on human-created marketing? Well, not much. While robots might be able to generate stories about stocks, they can’t create content marketing as entertaining or engaging as a human can. Here’s why:

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Interview or Investigation? 5 Tips for Content Consultation

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When it comes to figuring out the essence of your business, you need someone to sit down and talk you through learning exactly what you stand for. Making sure your brand is well-established is so important, but there’s a right and a wrong way to conduct that interview. A poor interview can mean terrible content, and the content you produce can make or break a sale. Make sure your interview follows these easy tips.

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Small Business, Large Market: The Importance of Content Marketing

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It seems like you hear about it everywhere nowadays: the words “Content Marketing” seem to be cruising through your mind daily, but what do they really mean? Content marketing can be anything from writing and maintaining your blog to posting on social media, to anything that will strategically market your business online.

However, studies are showing that small business owners are struggling to keep up with their content marketing for two main reasons: lack of time and lack of content. These are no excuses, though! Here are a few reasons that content marketing should be a main focus for your business.

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Are You Mobile Friendly?

Starting April 21, Google will now be sorting websites based on how mobile friendly they are. This means if your site is not compatible with mobile devices, it will be more difficult to find via Google.

They are using a new algorithm that prioritizes these sites because they feel it will boost “undeniably legitimate” sites and remove outdated sites. To check whether your site is compatible with mobile devices, visit the website here for a test. A pass means there is nothing to worry about, but if your website fails, some changes need to happen immediately.

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Built Brands: 4 Unique Ways to Develop Your Brand

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Logos, websites, taglines, slogans, values… it’s what the average brand-builder thinks of when they consider what goes into creating a brand. But there are only so many ways to build an average brand, so sometimes they end up looking similar. You don’t want to copy someone else’s brand, so what other ways are there to build it?

At Red Mallard, we are all about building your brand in a way that makes it stand out among the rest. We have a couple outside-the-box ideas to help you get started.

  • Important Interior: Believe it or not, the interior of the business can send a powerful message to potential clients. A serious interior says this business is all about commitment. A more fun atmosphere can convey that a company is easy to work with. While ultimately it probably will not be the deciding factor as to whether a client will use the services, it can help give them the right feel for the company.
  • Social Butterflies: On the clock or not, a business owner and their employees are always representing their brand. Social events, whether for work or not, help the owner meet new people that can always become a potential client. Hosting a party is even more beneficial, as it requires the business owner to interact with everyone.
  • Constructive Cars: Some brands are known for their cars. Think Geek Squad or Oscar Meyer—their brand is emblazoned on their car. Though sometimes they can get a little silly, a well-branded car can help promote your business without thought.
  • Utilize YouTube: YouTube is an easy way to build a brand without spending much money. Use the videos for white papers, testimonials, behind the scenes, or whatever works best with the brand. Just make sure the production value is high, as most viewers will not accept homemade videos as legitimate.

Red Mallard wants to help you create the strongest brand for your business. If you have any questions about how to build your brand, give us a call today.

The Culver City Face-Slap

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Alan Mendell and Barry McGovern expertly playing Becket’s Hamm and Clov in his master work “Endgame.” McGovern’s expression sums up how I felt about the shopkeep.

My father and I went to LA to see a Samuel Beckett play called “End Game.”  We’re both of a certain philosophical/existential bent, so we enjoyed it, but that’s not what I wanted to tell you about today.

What happened after the play was far more interesting.

Walking to the theatre, we happened upon a type of store I haven’t been in for years: one of those chic, upscale places that sell off-the-wall greeting cards, cocktail recipe books… things I don’t need, but now want.

I said to Dad, “Let’s stop in there after the show.”

Lunch was fine—Brussels sprouts had bacon and an apple gastrique, a word I needed to look up—and we enjoyed the show. Time with Dad is always great and this was no exception.

We headed to the store, which has me feeling a bit excited and expectant of what treasures we’re about to behold.

Near the checkout counter, my eyes stop on a collection of necklaces in a glass case. They’re not exactly what my wife would wear, but close enough. Plus, it’s a “just because” gift which, as we all know, just about everybody appreciates.

So, I see one I like. Sure, she might like it. Price tag reads $50. Not too steep so, I figure, “why not?”

Apparently, my glasses weren’t on that day.

When I asked the shopkeep to show me the necklace, she instead said, “well, you know this is $350…”

With her tone of voice, she might as well have ended the sentence with “…and we both know you can’t afford that.”

Now, a few things flew through my head in that moment…

First, a little bit of sticker shock since, frankly, seven times what I thought was the price is enough to exhaust the “just because” budget and put us squarely into “you spent how much?” territory.

More than that, I’m more than a little put off by her assumption that I wasn’t planning to spend that much.

The fact is, she’d only known me for 90 seconds before sizing me up and assuming a $350 necklace would put me in the poor house (though, my wife would have looked fabulous).

In reality, she didn’t know me. And she made enough of a negative impression that I’m telling you about it today.

Here’s the point:

Know Your Audience.

If someone is in your store, on your website, or asking you about your business, don’t assume they’re dumb or making a mistake. Answer their questions, help them out and make them feel like they want to return to you for their next question.

Your clients and customers want to like you and trust you. The right messaging in the right tone can build that trust. The wrong messaging will alienate your clients and prospects much like the necklace lady.

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Red Mallard’s 2015 Year in Review

RM-SlideYearEnd-NewSize-NoButtonWhat a great year at Red Mallard! We moved into our new office in Brea, added three more team members and produced more content than ever before. Each year we continue to solidify our process to bring quality marketing services to clients across the country. Thank you to those who partnered with us in 2015. It’s a joy to see your brands come to life as we work together to migrate your message.

Check out our year in review here

 

You’ve Got Mail: 4 Reasons Email Marketing is Still Important

email marketingOnce upon a time, the words “You’ve Got Mail” gave everyone a little thrill of excitement. Fast forward 20 years and a million spam emails later, the sound isn’t so exciting. It seems as if one in ten emails we receive today are spam or ads… Why would you want to contribute to that, right?

Wrong. There’s a good kind of email marketing and a bad kind. The bad kind is sending emails to addresses you paid for. The good kind is marketing yourself to those who want to hear about your service: the contacts that opt into your lists. With that in mind, here are a few reasons email marketing is still important today:

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Writing the Right Blog: The Dos and Don’ts

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You’ve finally made the commitment. Decided to delve in, sit down, and write what you know: it’s time to blog. But do you know what you’re doing? Though you might think you do, there’s a lot more that goes into a blog than typing some words on paper. There’s a method. Whether you’re trying to direct traffic to your website with keywords or generate revenue through ads, blogging is an art. It’s the creative side of marketing.

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