Dec 292015
 
Giving Thanks for a Super 2015

Merry New Year to all! 2015 was an eventful year and I’ve many things to be thankful for this season. The success this past year however took time and attention away from Chrisparente.com. I needed to be focused on serving my clients and building my content marketing firm, StoryTech Consulting LLC. Working with clients almost […]

Nov 092015
 
Forrester Says B2B Marketing is Complicated

Last week I read an interesting post from Laura Ramos, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. Laura is Forrester’s point person for B2B marketing, and she was sharing her thoughts on how complicated what she refers to as “contextual marketing” has become for B2B companies. The biggest reason she cites is the proliferation […]

Sep 222015
 
Content Marketing Includes Many Different Tactics

Content marketing means different things to different clients. There are consistent threads in StoryTech Consulting content marketing campaigns — for example, understanding of the target audience, a commitment to top quality content and integration with the client’s sale process are typical elements. But there are a number of different tactics we can employ, based on […]

Aug 132015
 
A Thank You from Wikipedia

Yesterday I donated a small amount to Wikipedia. Like millions of others I use the site frequently as my online encyclopedia and research tool. Periodically I’d be served messages about how Wikipedia depends on donations to remain¬† subscription fee and advertising free. Until yesterday I ignored the requests. I didn’t donate that much, less than […]

Jul 222015
 
A Conversation with Simply Measured

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, most of my clients are running social media advertising campaigns. Major platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook have limited the effectiveness of organic sharing and promotion, making changes clearly intended to steer companies towards paying for reach and exposure. Typically when money is spent companies want to see reporting that […]

Jun 112015
 
Mary Meeker's Internet 2015 Report

Mary Meeker released her annual State of the Internet report at last month’s Re/Code conference. As usual it was chock full of interesting stats, this year expanding to almost 200 slides. I wrote about her previous State of the Internet reports in 2012, 2013 and last year. In addition to the quality of the research, […]

May 262015
 
Primer on Social Media Advertising

Last October I wrote about differing views on how social media advertising should be conducted. My take on the debate between leading social media practitioners Maddie Grant and Jay Baer drew a lot of views and a number of excellent comments on LinkedIn. To some degree Maddie and Jay were talking about B2C brand advertising, […]

Apr 242015
 
Stop Talking About Yourself When Marketing

Does you company know the kind of information prospects want to receive from you? According to a survey released last month by research firm Market Connections, many government contractors talk about themselves rather than share information government buyers are seeking. Titled the Federal Content Marketing Review 2015, the report is a good read and available […]

Mar 172015
 
Requiem for GigaOm

The technology publishing company GigaOm closed its doors last Tuesday. As a consultant working in the technology space for many years, this news really struck me. Back in the day I’d occasionally pitch GigaOm for my technology clients. You really had to know the space to have any chance, which I always respected. And way […]

Feb 232015
 
The Placed Byline -- Earned or Owned Content?

When putting a marketing effort together, it’s important to understand how various types of content contribute to the overall campaign. I’ve written previously about the PESO acronym for content types — Paid, Earned, Shared and Owned. This way of looking at content makes it easier to distinguish the different types and how they complement each […]

Feb 072015
 
The Principles of Quality Content Marketing

Here’s one of the best, most succinct videos I’ve seen defining quality content marketing. It was done by a former client of mine, George Stenitzer. A few years back Tellabs, a manufacturer of telecom and optical networking equipment based near Chicago was a major client of mine. I have telecom experience so I enjoyed the […]

Jan 192015
 
Embracing Continual Learning

To be an effective marketing consultant today, you have to embrace continual learning. That’s something that is easy to say, but hard to do. It’s hard to follow through on for two main reasons — human nature and time. We all say we will pursue continual learning, but human nature prefers to focus time and […]