But What Does So-and-So Do? An Intro to Your Many Project Managers as a Freelancer
When you work as a freelancer or consultant, you have at least one project supervisor, and possibly up to 10 if you’re really busy (or really micro-managed). But who does what? And why should you care? Lena Katz breaks down common project manager roles to give you better clarity.
You Can’t Be Serious: An April Fools’ Prank Campaign Retrospective
Social media has turned April Fools’ Day into a sort of Super Bowl for online pranks. Certain companies put as much thought into creating over-the-top ways to fool their customers on April 1 as they do into any other serious sales-driven campaign. Here are five brands that clowned expertly on April Fools’ past.
Health + Wellness: Comparing Three Successful Content Creators in a Thriving Category
When in a crowded category, competitive forces drive differentiation. So people who are true niche experts often balance their writing work with a separate full-time practice, like a fitness instructor who writes about health or a full-time nutritionist who writes about diet. Today we’re looking at three content creators who have taken three specific approaches to their work within Health/Wellness.
Spinning Your Content for a Seasonal Ritual: Springy, Clean and Spendy
Marketers have tried many ways to engage people’s spending habits around spring cleaning, because although it’s a time when people are decluttering and organizing, it has the potential to be that season when people spend a crazy amount of money. Let’s look back at how some brands have to tapped into the yearly ritual.
The Words and Wisdom Behind Your Video: Essential Docs for New Producers
With so many brands going solo with video, not all set themselves up for success. Don’t forget that pre-production matters. Every video team should have their own set of essential documents, but the following are a few of the universally recognized docs that create a blueprint to follow on set.
Brands Marketing at the Championship Level for March Madness
Although not all brands are a fit for content marketing around sports, here’s a look at brands that play the game of March Madness marketing at the championship level, from dominating pizza to towering over the food aisles at brick-and-mortars.
Get Uncomfortable, Get Results: Energize Your Content Career With a Shift in POV
Fear is the mind-killer. If you’re a content creator, getting too comfortable in your work habits can limit your future prospects and hamper your career. Full-time freelancer Lena Katz offers some tough love for those skittish about change, with suggestions on pushing yourself outside your comfort zone with actionable tips.
St. Patrick’s Day Marketing Traditions: Guinness to ‘Green Ice Cream in a Can’
Is green ice cream in a can your thing? Unless you’re a brand that can easily incorporate bearded magical beings and shamrocks into your seasonal advertising, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t much of an aesthetic fit. Let’s take a look at some St. Patrick’s Day marketing traditions, from the Shamrock Shake to the sponsored parade float, and be on the look for some dos and questionable don’ts.
Fit to Freelance: A Fitness Editor Reflects on Her First Year of Self-Employment
Not all freelancers just write. For this installment of the Niche Freelancer, we’re chatting with Abby Lerner, a former fitness editor at a legacy publication who went freelance as a content strategist after moving away from New York City. Just one year after bidding farewell to her last staff job, Abby shares her shift from creating content to planning it.
For Your Consideration… A Retrospective of Oscar-Ancillary Content Marketing
Flashing back to Hollywood’s awards seasons of yesteryear, let’s honor the somewhat inadvertent marketing moment in 1954 that created the “red carpet” spectacle of today, as well as other top moments where brands capitalized on the golden glow of the Academy Awards.
Building the Story: Nora DePalma Is the Voice of Construction Trades and Manufacturing
Beyond the millions of Pinterest pins in home design, there’s a whole other world of content for the tradespeople who actually make those dream homes materialize. Discover the other side of interior design in our Q&A with Nora DePalma, co-founder of an agency that specializes in PR for the construction trade.
Why Presidents Day Became More of a Marketing Thing and Not a Civic One (Really?)
What do the Founding Fathers have to do with low-low-low priced mattresses? Honestly, we don’t know. But we explored the link between marketing and the vacuum of civic traditions for Presidents Day, with several humorous examples of past ad campaigns centered around the holiday.
Gifting for Gratitude: Generous Gestures Never Go out of Style With Clients
When you’re a freelancer who relies on networking and relationships to find and keep good clients, a little gratitude can go a long way. But what’s appropriate, or even ethical, when it comes sending gifts or tokens of thanks to a client or someone who gave you a referral? We asked several professionals about their favorite ways to show gratitude.
How Brands Warm Up to Valentine’s Day: Classic to… Um… Soggy Campaigns
Hows does your brand approach holidays or themes? Let’s review four major brands’ campaigns with sites on Valentine’s Day and love, love love. From Coca-Cola’s classic sweetness to IKEA’s soggy (arguably pushing the limits of icky) sense of marketing panache.
The Niche Freelancer: Tackling the Crowded Smorgasbord of Food Writing
The world of food writing is highly competitive. Pay rates can vary widely based on brand status. And wannabe star chefs or influencers can rocket from nowhere with just the right tweet. Get perspective on staying in the game from a food writer who’s been in the biz (and food blogging circuit) for more than 15 years.
More Than Words: Online Courses to Improve Your Freelancer Toolbox (and Stay Competitive)
Digital marketing, coding with mentors, academic certifications… Here are some of the best companies providing online courses that help freelancers — and all professionals, for that matter — stay competitive in the job market and win more freelance jobs.