What a Waste!

What a Waste – How Much is Your Content Marketing Process Costing You?

Everyday, companies walk through our virtual front door with gruesome tales of how their current process (or lack there of) is failing them. One company told us how they wasted $20,000 due to a duplication in video production. Two of their US-based marketing teams (siloed by geographic market) use separate advertising agencies, and they unknowingly created the same video.

Another company told us about one of their engineers who became irate after having to do five separate video interviews in preparation for a new product launch. The different silos within his company obviously weren’t collaborating, so he had to give the same interview 5 times. I’d be peeved too.

These types of situations happen everyday in large, siloed companies. Many probably go unnoticed until a curious controller in the accounting department raises a red flag. Having a “Chief Content Officer” at the helm to keep tabs on everything that’s being produced across an organization is a good first step. Another smart move is implementing a solution like DivvyHQ to be your company’s shared hub for all content planning and production.

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Midwest Marketing Podcast - Jeff Julian

Brody Dorland Talks Content Planning, Content Strategy on Midwest Marketing Podcast

Before the holidays, Brody Dorland, DivvyHQ Co-Founder, did a fun interview for the Midwest Marketing Podcast, hosted by Jeff Julian of Aji Software. Repost coming atcha!

Originally posted here: http://ajisoftware.com/Media/MidwestMarketing/03-BrodyDorland

Show Description: This week our guest is Brody Dorland of DivvyHQ.  He is a marketer, web content guru, and entrepreneur based out of Kansas City with an amazing online service built to provide tools for content planning.  Brody has an extensive understanding of content marketing and ways to solve many of the problems business face when planning content.  During this episode, Jeff Julian and Brody discuss DivvyHQ, content strategy, and content planning.  We look forward to having Brody on future shows.

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Luna Park Entrance

Keeping Lunatics in the Content Loop: Luna Park Finds Success with DivvyHQ

Are you riding a Hair Raiser of a roller coaster when it comes to content creation? Is every day a Wonky Walk at work — where your editorial calendar is becoming more complex, your deadlines are overlapping and your content mix expanding? It’s an all too common theme we hear as more companies crank up their content marketing efforts – but not necessarily their staff levels! Organization and efficiency are crucial. It’s a Tango Train to crazy – if you don’t have the right tools.

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Confab Higher Ed 2014 Cake - Make Me First on Google!

Confab Higher ED 2014 Recap: Content, Comradery and Cake

Less than two weeks ago, we gathered in the conference lobby of the Loews Hotel in Atlanta to share some snarky themed cake and bid farewell to fellow Confab attendees. My favorite cake-topper was “All of our audiences are important.” A variation of the theme, “to honor all is to honor none.” “Make us 1st on Google” and “Let’s add a carousel” also gave me a giggle!

I’m not sure how it works. But turning those uber-maddening comments you hear at work into birthday cakes – somehow blows it out the other side – and makes the madness melt away for a moment.

The cakes of Confab Higher Ed 2014

Which cake reached out and tickled your funny bone the most? Or conversely, which cake theme was so on-target and close to home, you wanted to take a photo and send it to all of your colleagues!

My Takeaways

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Divvy Bit Social Publishing Integration

Divvy Bits: Favorite 80’s Band & Next Social Publishing Integration

Since I talk with lots of Divvy customers each day, I thought it might be good to make those conversations even more productive (and fun) by asking a few additional questions. I started doing this last month. The first question was product-related, to help us understand how we can add value for our customers. The second question was just for fun, to learn more about their personal interests. Hey… while I’m at it, why not turn their answers into a monthly blog series?

Introducing: Divvy Bits – A little bit of product insight, a little bit of fun.

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Manage your recurrence settings.

Alert: Daylight Savings Support in DivvyHQ 2.0

This Saturday night, November 1st, USA “falls back” an hour for Daylight Savings. At this time, DivvyHQ does not compensate for the Daylight Savings time change. What this means is that your existing content and production deadlines also fall back an hour. For example: Let’s say you have a recurring Twitter post scheduled for 10 a.m. every weekday. On Monday, November 3rd, that deadline will now display as 9 a.m. Continue reading

Mike Johnson of MikesLessons.com at Big Kansas City 2014

Getting Buy-In: Show Them the Cake at the End of the Tunnel

I’m writing this from Big Kansas City, a great conference for entrepreneurs put on by Silicon Prairie News. When I walked into the venue this morning, I noticed something large sitting on the speaking stage, covered with a black sheet. As the MC announced the second speaker, Mike Johnson of MikesLessons.com walked on stage and immediately removed the sheet from the conspicuous mass. Under the sheet was a drum set, and he sat down and started into a sweet drum solo.

Now let me back up a few decades…I am a former drummer. One of my fondest memories from high school includes me and my snare drum leading the Shawnee Mission West Marching Band down the streets of downtown London for the New Years Day parade of 1994.

Needless to say, I was enamored with Mike’s intro. As he got into the meat of his presentation, I was equally enamored with one of his main points. Specifically, his bullet point read, “Show them the light.” Continue reading

New Story Idea...What's your distribution strategy?

New User Question: Why Can’t I Select Multiple Content Types for a Single Content Item?

A few days back, one of our account execs was onboarding a new customer and he was asked about why we don’t allow a content item to have multiple content types. The short answer is…You shouldn’t use the exact same content for multiple channels. So we’re not going to let you.

Here’s Why…

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What’s the Big Story?

“What’s the big story today?”  That’s what a former TV News Director of mine used to say when walking into my newsroom each day.  The staff of reporters, producers and anchors would say what we thought was important for people to know.  But the answer was usually No, No… and No.  The answer was ALWAYS not necessarily what people need to know… but what people want to know.  There’s a difference.  There’s a correlation here to content marketing for companies.  There’s a way to give people what they want… AND what your company needs them to know. Otherwise, they will tune out in…3 …2 …1.

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DivvyHQ Announces Social Publishing and 2.0 Content Import Tool!

DivvyHQ 2.2 Release: Introducing Social Publishing & 2.0 Content Import Tool

After months of hard work, I’m very happy to officially announce the launch of our Facebook and Twitter publishing integrations! Along with these new features, we’ve also completed the 2.0 version of our content import tool, which allows marketers and content teams to get existing, spreadsheet-based editorial calendars uploaded easily into the platform.

A Little Perspective

Our focus has always been to solve the challenges of managing content planning and production workflow, but our customers have continually asked us to extend DivvyHQ’s functionality into direct publishing to various social channels and digital platforms. We have listened and are excited to give marketers and community managers (across the globe) the publishing capabilities they want, along with the upfront planning and approval workflow tools, on which many social media management platforms fall short.

To support the launch of these new features, we’ve created video demos to show you how to set up and use each feature. Ready for a closer look? Continue reading