Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories

[TRAVEL] How to maximize international speaking or business trips 

Christoph

November 10, 2016

Strategies, Travel

This article discusses how to get the most out of international business and speaking trips. Tips to get even more business out of one trip by global speaker Christoph Trappe.

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Content marketing is more about hitting singles than home runs 

Home runs are certainly fun to watch. Did that make it into the water outside the San Francisco Giants park? Did that make it onto the street outside the Baltimore Orioles diamond? You get the picture. Things can happen with home runs and they can be entertaining and look powerful. And of course they count […]

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How to be more like an eight-year-old when sharing our authentic stories

At the end of an October 2016 family trip, my eight-year-old daughter found a “writing lamp” in the hotel room and started writing as we were packing up on the last day. She was basically writing down the most important things from the trip and was telling a story.  How they went to the zoo, […]

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Why “being busy” shouldn’t be a content marketing success metric

This brochure, blog post, whatever piece of content I just finished took me a while to produce. Hours that added up to days and maybe even weeks, but I don’t even want to consider the actual amount of time it took, because, well, that’s a lot! Wow, it took that long to produce this thing? […]

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KEYNOTE VIDEO: The six steps to tell better stories

I spoke to the Iowa CPA conference in Des Moines in October 2016 and shared these six steps you need to take to share authentic stories to be successful. (I start at 1:18 mins if you want to fast forward to there.) In summary, here are the six steps with short overviews: 1) The decision […]

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Why it’s important to keep track of your search engine rankings [Google Search Console]

Search is not dead – in case anyone was wondering or about to declare it to be. 🙂 In 2016, about 70 percent of all traffic to this content marketing blog came from search engines. That’s an interesting statement for a social media guy. Social media, by the way, sent 11 percent of all traffic […]

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Always do this when your website copy tells us how awesome you are!

Much of the copy I read on websites is so laden with self-congratulatory, back patting and superlative-driven that it even puts the perfect social media lives of some people to shame. Everything is oh-so perfect. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. It’s sentences and phrases like these:  We are the best in our field. […]

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How long does it take to write a blog post?

However long you’ll allow it to take. There’s always one more edit we can do. One more hour of research or reflection that’s “needed.” It can go on forever if we let it. And then we are are disappointed that the post that took us 30 hours to produce didn’t go viral. Don’t get me […]

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What’s crap content?

I throw the term crap content around quite a bit on social media, during keynotes and workshops.  The context usually revolves around this:  We have to stop creating crap content.  There’s too much crap out there  Etc. Related reading: The No. 1 reason why there’s crap on the internet At one point I wrote it […]

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How come nobody is sharing my POSITIVE brand story?

Influencer marketing and outreach. Brand ambassador programs. Social media amplification. You name today’s buzz phrase to help us (the brands)  get our stories shared.  All these tactics actually work. Seriously. But, they can and will backfire when the product stinks.  Marketing – whether content, product or traditional – isn’t usually in charge of product development […]

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What industries can benefit from content marketing or authentic storytelling?

It’s always dangerous to throw round absolutes, but I have yet to come up with an industry where content marketing is absolutely not possible or zero percent helpful. Basically authentic storytelling content marketing comes down to these pillars:

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What equipment do I need to do a successful Facebook Live or Periscope broadcast?

A camera (aka your phone) and maybe an external mic will do for most broadcasts. There are always technology tools that can help us make our stories better. Some make a huge difference – especially when they make the process more efficient – and some have incremental impact. Most tools in addition to the camera […]

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Don’t fake it until you make it but grow into it 

During a 2016 speech at a marketing conference I shared the story of a football coach who told me to appear confident even if I wasn’t. If other players didn’t think I was confident of my call as a center, they may lose trust. A valid concern. After I shared that story somebody said: “it […]

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Why I won’t be doing roundup posts

Roundup posts are a bit of the rage right now in the content marketing world. Bloggers interview real and perceived experts and people who have large followings. They will then publish a post with all their opinions, link to the experts and most of the experts will also link back to the post and even […]

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Why your website content needs to be specific

Web content needs specificity. Every once in a while, people say to me: Why do we need to be so specific? We didn’t do that previously? We just shared the typical stuff. And that’s the problem, many people are sharing the typical things. These are the facts. In the case of healthcare you can easily […]

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How to make the most out of event apps!

Christoph

September 5, 2016

Strategies

I’m very protective of my iPhone storage – mostly because I constantly run out of space. Like all the time. So, when people ask me to download yet another app, especially, when I don’t see the immediate value, I scoff and usually decline. But, downloading event apps, especially if those apps are well designed actually […]

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The No. 1 trick to grab (and keep) people’s attention in content marketing [EXAMPLES]

Christoph

September 4, 2016

Strategies

“Daddy, look at that skywalk,” hollered my eight-year-old at me as we were strolling through the streets of downtown for the Cedar Rapids Farmers’ Market. Of course, she wouldn’t point out any old skywalk. Something had to be different. Different things catch our eyes and attention. This skywalk was displaying some colorful art on it and, […]

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Why some content marketing strategies fail: They are too safe

Christoph

August 28, 2016

Strategies

And I’m not talking about always going for the sensational headlines and topics. But a lot of content marketing strategies, including blogs and social media, are just too safe. They share stuff that was approved by 59 people and is so watered down that there’s virtually no relevance or usefulness to the end audience. Recommended […]

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Why news media and content marketers can’t just publish what everyone else is publishing 

News publishing and content marketing publishing have a lot in common and here’s another one to add to the list: Publishing what everyone else is publishing won’t set you apart.  Let’s start with content marketing in health care. February is Heart Month and many healthcare organizations publish healthy heart tips or how to spot a […]

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Once you have an audience, don’t exploit it, but offer even more value!

Social media, blogging, really anything online (and offline, too) is really a numbers game.  The more relevant audience members (aka interested community members) you connect with the more impact your content can make and that ultimately leads to more meaningful connections and also business conversions.  More things to read:  How to find your organization’s content […]

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Why production time isn’t always the best way to measure content marketing effectiveness 

I solve problems and mentally write blog posts while getting gas, going on a run and sometimes while taking a shower. That, of course, happens because our brains are freed up to think about those problems and stories without artificial pressures. That’s why some of us – me, too – wake up at 2 a.m. […]

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How to avoid having unrealistic expectations in content marketing

Let’s publish and go for 1 million viewers… by tomorrow.  That sounds like a good dream but not a realistic  goal for many brands and organizations who are just getting started in content marketing. We all start at zero audience though some of us have an existing audience that helps us start a bit higher. […]

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[PUBLIC SPEAKING] What to do with the podium during a talk

Christoph

August 4, 2016

Strategies

I don’t need a podium to hold myself up when giving a keynote, workshop or any talk really. It hasn’t always been this way. When I first started public speaking I would cling onto the thing. My hands sweating at the end. Heck, I was lucky not to have pushed it over.  Those are the […]

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Why every strategist needs a team to execute content marketing strategies

As I’m continuing to help  hospitals and health plans coast to coast start and implement their content marketing, content creation, social media and eNewsletter strategies one thing has become super clear in the last 5-10 years: Content marketing and storytelling is a team effort. I notice this especially when I hear some speakers at conferences […]

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What I’ve learned from the blog-to-book strategy

Now that my first book is out and available on Amazon, it’s a good time to reflect on what worked well and what I have learned for my next books’ productions. During the summer of 2015, I publicly announced that I was writing that book. Yes, that helped and even though nobody was officially checking in on me […]

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[FITNESS BLOG] Does competition or peer pressure help us be more active?

I like to think I’m in charge of my own life and decisions so without any data my answer would be: No. I don’t need tracked competition to be more active. I got it! #boom After all, I’ve been getting close to 10,000 steps per day, lost 130 pounds in recent years and bulked up […]

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What value-based healthcare means to me – the patient

Christoph

June 10, 2016

Health, Strategies

I’ve been reading some pretty interesting books on patient experience and value-based healthcare. In addition, I keynoted at the Population Health Forum in Boston in May 2016 and discussed how storytelling can help people be healthier. Also, in May, I keynoted at the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit and was able to catch up with […]

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How to scale content marketing (or any) strategies 

One person presents a new idea, concept or technique to a group of people (dare I say committee members?). Another person – often one with a fancy title – chimes in: “But, but, but how do we scale that?” “Um, I don’t know. I was just coming up with an idea.” And with that the […]

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[STORYTELLING] How to get access to the people with the good stories

It’s virtually impossible to share good and meaningful stories if we don’t have access to the people who lived and participated in those stories. That’s why personal storytelling is so much easier than organizational storytelling. We already have access to the person who lived the story – us. When we work in an organization’s communications […]

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How to take better selfies [SOCIAL MEDIA]

This article discusses how to take better selfies and includes tips from smiling, looking at the camera (and not the screen) and more.

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