We are in the midst of a golden age for #comics and #cartoons. Long overlooked as childish and simplistic, comics are finally getting the respect they deserve. From Hollywood Marvel blockbusters, to the haunting ferocity of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, to renowned literary graphic novels like The Watchmen, comics are taking center stage.
And with good reason. Yes, cartoons and comics are fun. But they also do a masterful job of combining dialogue and visuals to create a lasting impression.
The days are getting shorter, there’s a hint of autumn in the air, and it’s our last chance to throw one great, big, end of summer barbecue. But what goes into a truly epic barbecue? Sure, nice weather, good company, and a generous spread can’t hurt, but the kind of barbecue you’ll remember for years to come is more than the sum of it’s parts—it has to be a transformative experience.
Staying on top in the tech word is a daunting task. It’s easy to become consumed by benchmarks, budgets, and trends, not to mention the daily rigmarole. That’s why HBO’s Silicon Valley has felt like a breath of fresh air in this technology-driven rat race.
With season 2 of Silicon Valley underway, you may find yourself asking, which of these tragically flawed yet irresistibly relatable characters are you? Take the quiz to find out.
B2B #tech marketing isn’t for the faint of heart. We marketers are held to the task of telling stories about complex technological solutions. Sure, we mean well and try our best to nurture our audience with helpful content at each step of the buyer journey, but often we recycle the same old language. Read more
I love Cindy Alvarez‘s book, Lean Customer Development (full disclosure: I edited that book). Cindy takes Steve Blank’s customer development work and brings it right down to earth, offering strategies for making sure you’ve got customers before you spend “months and millions” developing your product. It’s a very practical book aimed at helping both lean startups and established companies. Read more
With a slew of statics and recent articles championing the business value of visual content, it’s hard to deny the importance of visual design to any content marketing program. But all visual content is not equal, and inadequate design can hurt more than it helps. Before you begin fueling your B2B 2015 content marketing engine with design-driven marketing collateral, take a moment to go back to the basics of good design.
Stage 2 of tech startup marketing blog was the do-it-yourself phase. In stage 3, startups find that they need some very specific help to scale their marketing: someone who deeply understands their product and can help them define its personality. Stage 3 as outlined here is informed by a role Mark Lorion, CMO of Apperian, calls the marketing architect, as well as Catherine Juon’s book, Internet Marketing Start to Finish. In the final stage, marketing becomes part of your organization’s central nervous system. Read more