Marketers: Don’t Miss The Boat(y McBoatface)

(Seriously, how many lame ass copywriters you think came up with a similar headline, but probably like 3 months before I did?)

In case you forgot all about this, since I’m super late to address it, our friends across the ponBoaty McBoatfaced ran an online contest to name a $288 million dollar research vessel because science. Because the internet, at times, is fantastic, the contest got gamed and the name “Boaty McBoatface” quickly shot to the top of the leaderboard. It actually ended up winning the contest as well as capturing the glory of the global media for a few brief days. We’re talking from the NY Times to the BBC and everywhere in between.

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Upwork: How To Find Clients And Make Money

Here’s a thing that happens: sometimes early-stage entrepreneurs find themselves light in the old wallet and needing to make some side cash while growing their startups. That’s been me at several points in my career, including recently. So, in true ego-centric marketer fashion, I figured why not combine my consulting efforts with a new experiment that builds upon the most-read blog post I’ve ever written? And so, our hero embarks upon a new journey into the depths of the freelance hell known to many as Upwork.

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Gary V, Jay Baer, and 500 Startups all missed this email marketing opportunity

My life is overtaken with email marketing. I even built a startup that runs primarily on email. Over the past 12 months I’ve written, designed, and pressed “SEND” on well over 1 million emails. I also happen to read A LOT of email newsletters, which means I go through the sign up process multiple times a week. I present you these numbers not to share the sadness that is my life, but to back up the claim I’m about to make: such marketing luminaries as Gary Vaynerchuk, Jay Baer, Ann Handley, and 500 Distro (among others) have completely overlooked a huge opportunity to make an impression on their audience through email marketing. Here’s where they dropped the ball….

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Is Everything We Know About Startup Marketing About To Change?

At the celebratory cocktail party immediately following our end-of-cohort demo night for the accelerator BoomboxFM completed last summer, I found myself chatting with Henry Copeland, the founder of Blogads, amongst other ventures. We had spoken a few times throughout my time in Durham and he always pushed us to think a little differently about varying aspects of our business, particularly how we approach startup marketing. On this night, mere minutes after we razzled and dazzled the crowd with our impressive (or so I thought) growth engine that was acquiring 2,000+ new users every single week, Henry posed a question that quite frankly scared the ever loving shit out of me: “What would happen if you turned off all marketing for the next 6 months?”

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Content Marketing Strategy: Steal This Model

Confession time: I used to suck at content marketing. Don’t get me wrong, I was good at writing blog posts, even finding pretty interesting topics to cover and having my own take on them. But that’s kinda where it ended. Write what I think is cool stuff, create some level of value for my audience, then blast the link on Twitter, LinkedIn, and my email list. It wasn’t good enough back then, and it’s definitely not going to cut it today. A while back I committed myself to improving my game, and that culminated in a new content marketing strategy that was easy to model, easy to execute, and easy to measure. Here are the basics of my set-up. Yours might, and probably should, differ based on what it is your ultimate goal for creating content is. But this is a good start.

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Selling a solution when there is no problem

What do you think ranks as the most under-publicized mistake most marketers and sales people make? From my purview, it’s assuming I give a shit about your product, service, or pitch. But this goes deeper than the general public’s aversion to ads or distrust of traditional sales tactics. There exists a fatal flaw in many marketing strategies out there, and it’s hamstringing your results.

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