Recently I’ve been watching this show called Rick and Morty. If you don’t know what it is, its like Back to the Future mixed with Family Guy. I say that because the show airs on Adult Swim and is clearly not meant for children. There are two protagonist, a foul mouthed, uncaring mad scientist grandfather by the name of Rick and an uncomfortably awkward, noble 14 year old kid named Morty. Well just like Back to the Future, Rick and Morty often travel through space, interdimensionally and sometimes through time.
I was driving into work today and ESPN was discussing a rather interesting topic. Many of their reporters are also their broadcasters or radio personalities. What was being discussed was the viability of UFC and if the sport needed its stars more than the stars needed the league. It was brought up that many reporters who write about certain sports will tend to follow narratives. They gravitate towards certain players rise or journey or in Football ‘s case, they discuss the tradition and hardship of the city.
While I was still in college, I was at an entrepreneurial conference that was held for university students. It was called CEO and it was all about inspiring students to really go at that start up life. I remember at one of these sessions I was listening to a senior discuss what had helped him be successful. He had started a college start up that helped men deliver gifts to their girlfriends. I know right, a college senior WOULD create a business like that.
Just because you don’t like a message does not mean it is bad marketing. The best marketing targets a certain group and does a great job tailoring their message to that market. I’ve repeated this many times, but if you are marketing to everyone, you are marketing to no one. Therefore, when you watch commercials, see advertisements or witness a campaign, don’t jump to conclusions if it doesn’t resonate with you.
A part of my time I spend at a coworking space down in Costa Mesa. While there I’d fielded questions from many start ups and small businesses. Something that comes up a lot is that the business knows who their target customer is. They know who they want to reach out to. Where people need help is in finding the audience.
Numbers offer comfort. We like to use them as a crutch. That way whatever happens, we can say it wasn’t me, it was what the numbers said. In business, you are going to be inundated with numbers. Every software and online provider will be feeding you numbers so they can prove that their service is worth it.
When your in marketing, you enter a world that borders the world of creativity and data. Saying this, the success of your marketing stops becoming systematic and more about your ability to leverage creativity and talent. This is a constant battle that I have to fight as I specialize in internet marketing and SEO. This conundrum has made me try to balance a level of creativity that can help create original content for clients while also harmonizing that with a commitment to tracking and analyzing data.
What is Content and Why is it Such a Big Deal?
You ever heard the term, “Content is King”? Yeah I have too and just like you, I also hate hearing it. It is one of the most overused terms used in the business and marketing world right now. It is being used for the right reasons though and the adage “Content is King” overuse is the unintended consequence. Content truly is now the focus of many agencies and corporations. Now it may not necessarily be the king, but it definitely is the fuel powering campaigns.
Whether your an entrepreneur or a business who has never conducted a marketing campaign, your going to run into a problem. The only solution is marketing your marketing. Its a phrase I coined during my time at my university. The best way for me to explain what this means is by providing an example we all most likely have faced.
Search Engine Optimization in the last five years has catapulted to the very core of any online marketing campaign. What once was a new fad has quickly become a non negotiable, vital pillar of any successful business that wants to survive in the 21st century.
This hyper speed growth has produced a wide gap between those who know SEO and those who don’t. If your like most people, Search Engine Optimization is a mammath of a term. Knowing what it means is a whole other story that quite understandably is sometimes not worth it for many business people. Today I’ll go through Search Engine Optimization, most often represented as SEO, what you need to know and best practices.