In order to be the best at your craft you must learn from the best. But “the best” doesn’t have to be limited to fellow marketers; recently I’ve picked up some valuable, if seemingly unlikely, insights from TED, an organization that hosts seminars around the world to discuss “ideas worth spreading.”
In this post, I’ll share what I’ve learned about using storytelling, seduction, ideas, and perception to make your content stand out.
The Importance of Storytelling
“Maybe some of you have tried to convey your idea, and it wasn’t adopted and some other mediocre idea was adopted. The only difference between the two was the way it was communicated.” So says Nancy Durante, speaking on storytelling structure. But how do you tell a story through your pitches? Durante says that communicators (like Steve Jobs) use a specific shape to tell a story, and it looks like this: (more…)
Hiring for an outreach position can be fairly difficult, because no matter how impressive an applicant’s hard skillset may look on paper, soft skills are much more critical to success in this role. By learning to recognize the applicant’s key skills and to read between the lines during the vetting process, you can be sure that your new outreach hires will be well on their way to becoming outreach all-stars!
Because you’re building a team that will impact both your company performance and culture, your vetting process should be very comprehensive (if not rigorous). I would suggest including several steps between the traditional resume → interview process. (more…)
While there are several aspects of outreach that aren’t necessarily easy, finding the correct email address for a writer you want to contact can sometimes prove particularly difficult, especially for those new to the game. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were one centralized resource that housed every email address you’d ever need? Never fear – we’ll walk through this process and after you’ve finished reading this post, I dare say you’ll have everything you’ll need at your disposal.
After finding an appropriate journalist you’d like to contact, the first thing you should do is go to their bio page on the publisher website. (If you’re using BuzzStream, you can hit the BuzzMarker to let BuzzStream check for you.) (more…)
In a survey of 500 top-tier publishers, Fractl discovered that 81% of editors prefer email pitches over other channels like social media, contact forms, and phone calls. We also found that 85% of editors open pitches based on your subject line. With subject lines being the ultimate gatekeeper for your open rates, Fractl and BuzzStream decided to collaborate on a new publisher survey to discover how they would improve your subject lines.
1. Lifestyle, Entertainment and Technology writers take the brunt of your pitches
In our study, we found Lifestyle, Entertainment and Technology writers account for 60% of the verticals getting pitched over 300x/day. Knowing that these verticals suffer the most news release fatigue, you should trim down your pitches to the preferred 100-200 word count. In comparison, there is significantly less competition in verticals such as Jobs, Animals, and Climate, each of which receive an average of 10 pitches/day. (more…)
Every marketer dreams of creating the next viral hit; however, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to go viral. In fact, some of the most successful campaigns simply ride the wave of the social phenomenons sweeping the web.
Let’s use #selfies as an example. While self-taken photographs have existed since the 1800s, Google trends reveals that the term “selfie” went mainstream in late 2012:
Today’s guest post comes from Brad Shorr, the B2B Marketing Director of Straight North, a SEO agency headquartered near Chicago. Brad writes frequently on content marketing, SEO and social media.
Publishers are inundated with spammy content pitches 24/7/365. Thanks to the plethora of pitiful pitch slingers, a good pitch from a serious SEO is no longer good enough; it takes a great pitch to get the attention of busy, successful publishers.
Being a writer, a publisher and part of our agency’s SEO group, I see content pitches from all sides. Based on that experience, here are several suggestions to transform your good pitches into great ones.
Many content marketers view “promotion” as a phase that begins once content goes live. The truth is, promotion should begin much earlier than that, running parallel to production, and most of the promotion work should be completed before launch. Here’s a plan framework you can use for your next content campaign.
A good promotion plan begins with audience research and the development of targeted messaging.
If you have the time and budget, doing research like survey analysis is really helpful. At BuzzStream, we’re a bit more informal. Our planning stage usually involves a discussion of who we’re creating the content for and what their needs are. We use analytics data from previous pieces, information about what we’ve seen performing well on Twitter, and insight from conversations we’ve had with customers. (more…)
We’ve talked before about best practices for pitching journalists and bloggers when you have news to share, but what should you do when your goal is partnering with a blogger to promote a product or brand? I reached out to a few lifestyle bloggers to see what they had to say about pitches, priorities, and PR people. Read their advice below.
First, A Little Bit About the Bloggers
I interviewed bloggers from Hither and Thither, OhDearDrea, PopCosmo, and Small Fry Blog. According to Moz, the bloggers had Page and Domain Authority scores ranging from 34-54. Most have at least a few hundred linking root domains. Each of the bloggers had between 6K and 16K followers on Pinterest, 1K and 5K followers on Twitter, and 2K and 40K followers on Instagram.
Kelsey Libert, VP of Marketing, and Ryan McConagill, Promotions Supervisor, oversee the Media Relations team at Frac.tl. Libert and McConagill partnered with BuzzStream for a webinar to share exclusive research on what publishers want for content creation and media outreach. They interviewed over 500 writers, editors, and publishers to present a story about a noise:value ratio that has gotten out of whack.
Libert created a survey that helps us master the art of the perfect pitch. Here are her findings:
When you understand what your competitors are saying and doing, you become more confident in what makes your brand different and special. You get better at targeting and create more compelling messaging. An audit of your competitors’ marketing campaigns is a great place to start.
5 Steps to a Competitor Campaign Analysis
The following process will help you conduct an audit of your competitors’ marketing campaigns.