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Technical Marketing Writers: Why You Need One When You Already Have an SME

They are questions that arise often at the beginning of marketing planning. You’re in the middle of content calendar creation and ready to start marketing to engineers and assigning subject matter experts (SMEs) and writers to each task. You wonder aloud, “Why should we have a writer handle these content projects? Can’t our engineers write the content?”

How to Message Meaningful Differentiators

You must know and define your brand if you expect others to follow it. For your brand message to stand out, it has to be distinct, defining you as different than your competitors. 

Take Control of Your Company’s Story

Is it time for a new corporate slide deck? Your corporate deck contains a brief story – an overarching presentation about your company. It should include your potential customer’s pain points, the industry challenges, your company overview, your solutions, and results or a testimonial.

Stop Expecting Engineers to Write Marketing Content (and vice versa)

You likely have many subject matter experts and levels of marketing expertise floating around your marketing organization. For that reason, creating content often becomes everyone’s problem (read: no one’s problem). There are a lot of hallway conversations and a lot of big ideas, but very few actual words on paper. 

5 Ways to Promote Your Brand Message

This is part 3 of a blog series on brand positioning and messaging. Learn more by reading part 1 on developing your brand position and part 2 on brand messaging. Once you have developed your brand position and used the positioning language to develop your brand messaging, you should be ready to use your messaging. But how should you start?

5 Tips for a Tagline that Sticks

 Brainstorm notes on hotel bar napkins. Conversations that take you so far down tangents you’ve forgotten what your company does. You need something that’s memorable but not too off-the-wall, specific but not excluding, and exciting but accurate … Your tagline.

Creating a Killer Corporate Pitch Deck

Once your message is set, you’ll need content to share and deliver the story of your company. A great way to do this is to have a well-designed corporate slide deck. A corporate slide deck can be disseminated through your company so that multiple teams can give presentations that have the same look, feel, and message. I recommend writing a script for the slides and including it in the notes of the slide. Presenters don’t need to use the script verbatim, but an available script allows a presenter to understand the main point for each slide and get a feel for the key related messages. They can then use whatever words and personal stories they need to articulate the corporate message with their own voice.

Are News Releases Dead?

In short, no. News Releases are still very much alive and well. While anyone can make a “news” section on their website and include blog post-style announcements, today we will talk about official, wired news releases, paid to be published online via a newswire at a certain time.  

Six Key Factors To A Successful PR Campaign

Public Relations is part of a comprehensive marketing campaign, and an effective way to spread the message of a new product, technology initiative, or other significant milestone or shift for your company.

How to Define and Market to Your Customer's Pain Points...Accurately

Content that attracts and resonates with the right audience must focus on what your customer needs most. Whether you’re creating a headline for your homepage, a topic for your new white paper, or overhauling your corporate brand position and message, if you can’t connect with your customers’ pains and help them see how you or your products can solve them, they’ll move along quickly.  

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