Content Marketing

Ask Yourself These Three Questions Before You Dive Into Online Video

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada
Lisa Ostrikoff

This is a great place to start when looking at your overall video strategy and deciding what content to include and what stories to tell. Come up with three key messages for potential customers to absorb, and then work on simplifying them. Get someone to view your businesses from an outsider's perspective, which can add additional insight.

Get Back To the Basics When It Comes To SEO

Jeff Quipp | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

If you're in the process of building out content to bolster your SEO efforts, start with the content on your website. Are visitors able to discern what you do? Do you describe your services or products adequately? Is your copy informative and helpful based on what potential customers are searching for? Next, you should create a blog, if you don't already have one.

Mailbag -- eCommerce, Digital Marketing on a Budget, Content Marketing and More

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Welcome to another edition of the Digital Marketing Mailbag! Thank you to everyone that asked a question and some will be used in future columns as well. Feel free to submit questions for future mailings!

WATCH: Video Is A Great Tool For Quality Storytelling

Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Business

A lot of people equate content marketing with great storytelling, says AOL Canada's Brad Cressman. "If you are going to tell a great story, obvious...

How Intrusive Can 'Acceptable' Online Advertising Be?

Lucy Leiderman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada
Lucy Leiderman

Facebook has also used 'sponsored' stories, allowing advertisers to opt-in to generating ads with real people profiles (a face and a name) endorsing the ad. On March 18, 2014, however, Facebook eliminated the fact that this is a choice -- from now on, all ads may be delivered as sponsored stories.

How Will the New Electronic Speaker's Corner Affect the Mayoral Election?

Nick Cowling | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada
Nick Cowling

Humans love telling the world what they think about anything and everything. Hey, it's why I write this blog. This powerful need to be heard has been...

Why You Should Be an 'Expert' in Something

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

I became fascinated by what it takes for someone to become known for their expertise, and over the past two decades, I've honed the skills of positioning people and organizations as experts. To advance professionally, we all must demonstrate and share our expertise, putting ourselves and our talents into the spotlight.

What Content Marketing Can Do for You in 2014

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Business
Lisa Ostrikoff

There are various methods in which content marketing can work for businesses in virtually any industry, with the information provided in a variety of formats. You can either do this in-house, or hire professional content creators in a variety of mediums to do this for you. Here are some ideas that could work for you.

If I Can't Read Your Website on My Phone, You're in Trouble

Hana Abaza | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Business
Hana Abaza

It has been argued that 2014 is the year of content, but what about how your audience consumes your content? Bottom line: if you aren't optimized for cross-platform usage, you're missing out. Here are a few key takeaways about marketing to cross-platform audiences in 2014.

Looking Back At The Top 2013 Marketing Trends [Infographic]

Hana Abaza | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Business
Hana Abaza

Looking back can be a great way to gain insight into the direction we're currently headed. Despite all of the changes in the marketing landscape over the last decade, the past 12 months alone indicate we're in for another big year of changes in 2014.

Should Your Brand Try its Hand at Content Marketing?

Hana Abaza | Posted 12.24.2013 | Canada Business
Hana Abaza

Is content the future of marketing? Looks like it. But with all the hype surrounding branded content creation that is less self-serving and more useful, how are consumers feeling about brands that have chosen to go down this path?

You Think You Know Google's Algorithm, But You Have No Idea

Jeff Quipp | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

There are few things in life we can count on: death, taxes and changes to Google's algorithm. What does that mean? It means the same tricks that helped a company rank high last year may no longer help. In fact, they may hurt.

How Inbound Marketing Levels the Playing Field for SMEs

Jeff Quipp | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

Fortunately for small and medium business owners (SMEs), the Internet, while changing the marketing game, has also leveled the playing field and has paved the way for marketing efforts to be increasingly efficient and effective through a concept known as inbound marketing.

Is Automated Marketing the end of Creative Advertising?

Mitch Joel | Posted 06.02.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

We live in a world where hip creative directors are being positioned against ad monitoring technology that is able to create and serve the best-performing ad... regardless of how lacking it may be of creativity and a big idea.

The Future of Advertising: Messages on Your Toaster?

Mitch Joel | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Everything is getting connected to the Internet. From your toaster and home thermometer to your fridge and your car. As these appliances do "come online," can you even begin to imagine the media opportunities that arise from such a wealth of human information?

Antelope: Making Content its Own Kingdom

Hessie Jones | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Business
Hessie Jones

These days content is king. The consumer attention is moving away from blatant advertising and focusing more on content value. This article profiles Daniel Robinson, President and Founder of Antelope. When I spoke to Daniel, he was doing something that many marketers sought an answer for: The Real Value of Content.

The Perfect Marketing Strategy That Fell Out of the Sky...

Mitch Joel | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada
Mitch Joel

When someone jumps from the edge of space back to earth and it's all supported by one brand, you know you are staring at a winner. Felix Baumgartner's supersonic freefall from 120,000 feet not only broke the speed of sound and a world record to go along with it, it practically broke YouTube as millions upon millions of people watched the drop from space online. And with that event, Red Bull also captured the hearts and minds of marketers all over the world.

Is Podcasting Poised For a Comeback?

Mitch Joel | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

In short, everything that you thought the Internet wasn't about in a world of 140 character tweets, Facebook status updates and YouTube viral video sensations. These deep and rich treasure troves of content are also gaining mainstream attention, and it all seems to be drawing more and more energy towards podcasting: a medium that many have already written off.

Social Media and the Humiliation Effect

Mitch Joel | Posted 04.07.2012 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

The true humility and humiliation of social media is not what the web analytics tell us: it's what the audience does (or doesn't do) with the content. You can buy audience, links, and clicks, but you can't buy people who care and want to share whatever it is that you are doing.