A Very Good Day: Guest Speaking at Wesleyan University about Branded Content

A Very Good Day: Guest Speaking at Wesleyan University about Branded Content

Well, this is great news. Based on feedback on last year’s presentation, Dr. Rachel Besharat Mann asked me back to Wesleyan University to educate students about branded content. Last week, I led a 90-minute interactive session for Dr. Mann’s Contemporary Literacy class. The students were fantastic — prepared, engaged, and eager to ask questions and […]

What I am Writing about this Summer

What I am Writing about this Summer

One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to learn and write about so many different topics. Here’s a quick roundup of some of my current projects. Hope you are staying business this summer, and finding time for fun and relaxation, too. An eBook about 5G sponsored by T-Mobile, in partnership […]

The Time I Got to be a Branded Content Professor for a Day

The Time I Got to be a Branded Content Professor for a Day

When branded content is done right, everybody “wins”: the audience, the sponsor, and the publisher. But we need to educate audiences about this fast-growing space: what it is, and isn’t, how it differs from traditional journalism, and how to tell if you are are engaging with content that has been paid for by a sponsor. […]

Just in Case You Want to Know My Life Story

Just in Case You Want to Know My Life Story

In October 2015, my husband and I made one of the best decisions of our life: we moved to Ridgefield, CT. We love the town’s family values and strong sense of community. We value its schools, commitment to the arts and theatre, vibrant restaurant scene, and pro-small business climate. I also appreciate that it is […]

Why Now Is a Good Time to be “a Little Guy (GAL!)”

Why Now Is a Good Time to be “a Little Guy (GAL!)”

I have been noticing a trend. When brands are contacting me for help with their content marketing or PR and thought leadership strategies, a growing number are sharing that they are parting ways with large agencies. Instead, they are assembling their own teams of independent contractors or boutique firm owners like me–people who have the […]

We Earned Our Editor Credit on Amazon

We Earned Our Editor Credit on Amazon

Last spring, JR Lisk helped Brian Jones, founder of Nuts & Bolts of PR, create a PR workbook that teaches people how to take PR into their own hands. Brian had so many tips, tricks, and success stories to share—he needed help organizing his insights and presenting them in the most useful way possible. Brian […]

Why Your Business Needs Video

Why Your Business Needs Video

Businesses of all sizes are investing in video. Here’s why: People prefer them. Research shows that 60% of site visitors will watch a video, if available, before reading text. (Source) They are shareable. Content that includes a multimedia element is more likely to be shared than text-only content. They are effective. After watching a video, […]

The Content Marketing “Sweet Spot”

The Content Marketing “Sweet Spot”

When working with clients to document a content marketing strategy, I always end up talking about the “sweet spot” – that magical moment when an audience’s needs and interests intersect with the company’s products, services or expertise. Here are a few “sweet spot” examples: One of my clients is a managed IT services company. We […]

The Surprisingly Tricky Task Of Writing Company Summaries

The Surprisingly Tricky Task Of Writing Company Summaries

Helping a new company boil down what it does into a few sentences is a surprisingly challenging task. The last four years, I have been helping businesses, big and small, do just that. Writing a company description is especially hard for a nascent organization that is still working out exactly how its products or services […]

Why Aren’t You Blogging?

Why Aren’t You Blogging?

When I get busy, I tend to neglect my own blog so I can focus on creating content for my clients. I am not proud of this, but it is a deliberate decision. Blogging doesn’t fall through the cracks. It is not something I forget about. The truth is, there is only so much content […]