collaboration

November 2020

Got To Be Real

“What you find-ah What you feel now What you know-ah To be real” The opening lyrics to Cheryl Lynn’s 1978 hit song “Got To Be Real” reflects the understanding, acceptance and compassion I see being shared between workers and enterprises as, in many cases, business is now conducted remotely during the pandemic. And, if recent real-life examples are any indication, the new virtual world is working for most of us, even when the occasional mishap...

Got To Be Real

I’m in the process of selling my home. This is a big project … one that I’ve found should be started six to 12 months in advance of staking a “For Sale” sign in the front lawn—especially if you’ve been in your home for decades like me.   Early on in the readying process, I thought I could save money by selling my property without using a professional real estate agent. I researched the pros...

When to Abandon a DIY Project and Seek Expert Advice

Last week I wrote a piece on LinkedIn about the seismic changes in cybersecurity since I hitched my journalism wagon to that field 20 years ago. I talked about what constituted a “content producer” back then. I noted how easy it was to break into the industry as both a practitioner and paid observer. And I discussed some of my most amusing moments to illustrate how far we’ve come as professionals. What I didn’t delve...

Lessons Learned from Building a Company

Your creativity peaked as a young child (98% of 5-year-olds possess a genius category of imagination), but by age 31, you likely plummeted to 2%, according to the Imaginative Thinking NASA Test. Children innately think and solve problems in creative ways because they have the freedom to make mistakes without judgement. Creativity is a skill that can be developed and a process that can be managed. You need to regain that lost creativity to generate innovation in the...

Business Survival Tip: Be Creative (Again)

Here’s the truth: I skip over your online content marketing (blogs, media announcements, videos, knowledge center resources, websites, social media posts and more) when your imagery, or lack of, fails to capture my attention. And, as a career creative director, it’s not a unique response that just I experience; it’s a universal human response.  People react to and process visual data better than any other type of content. The human brain processes images 60,000 times...

Hey, Look at Me! Why and How to Leverage Imagery in Content Marketing

Emergency plans are in full swing as our nation and those around the globe mobilize to fight the spread of COVID-19. It’s encouraging to see our country’s mayors and governors, coupled with our brilliant scientific community, leading the charge in facing this public health crisis. On the business front, many leaders are calling for the federal government to alleviate the pain small businesses and their employees are facing.  Thrust to the forefront is the importance...

Practicing Social Isolation and Social Solidarity

It’s easy to continue a pattern of avoiding making changes in how you work, or in the products and services that you offer … there’s no complexity, resistance, adjustment period, financial or reputation risk. However, if you don’t explore new ideas, innovations will roll on by without you, gobbling up your once-customers and prospects. Author and professional speaker Catherine DeVrye was spot on when she said, “Remember that the six most expensive words in business...

What’s Your Innovation Process?

There are numerous ways to make headlines—as in craft a great title to a piece of content marketing in order to grab attention. Just make sure that it’s the kind of attention you want for your article, blog post, white paper, case study, advertisement, and so on. Here are some tips to create great headlines for a wide variety of deliverables. The medium influences the message The first step in creating a compelling headline is...

How to Make Headlines

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