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One-Minute MarketerIn a COVID-19 World, the Most Important Content Improvement

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In a COVID-19 World, the Most Important Content Improvement

Prior to, during and I’m sure after COVID-19, we’ll still be talking content.

Marketing Charts published this information from before COVID-19 (which I hate to share any thinking prior to the pandemic because it is too dated). It shows what we were thinking about with content. You’ll notice it is about things. Blog content marketing

Not one mention of quality. These are all things. And if there is one “thing” we can all learn from COVID-19, it is that you must put people over things.

A good story is about people. Real people. You can do all the marketing automation, geotargeting and actionable reporting you want, but if your stories are braggadocios, then watch this video and remember why you consume content.

Test and learn strategies? Learn about empathy.

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Mark wrote his first direct-mail fundraising letter in 1981 for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. The effort raised a few million dollars in undiscovered wills and legacy gifts. From that day forward Mark discovered a love of the big idea that moves the needle. After 12 years at KWWL, Mark became a business owner as a co-founder of ME&V — rebranded as AMPERAGE in 2015. After 25 years of leading creative teams in video production, graphic design, PR, writing and web development, Mark transitioned out of ownership in 2021. Today he serves in an employee role as special projects consultant. He is creatively ambidextrous — son of an artist and engineer — and famous for distilling complex ideas down to a few words and a few visuals. Mark is a writer. When he found that many nonprofits struggled with complex branding puzzles, he wrote the book, “NonProfit-NonMarketing .” He also wrote a novel called “Reenactment.” Mark is an active blogger OneMinuteMarketer® with nearly 1,000 readers each week on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. One of his most popular YouTube videos is on “How to Look Good on Zoom.” One of Mark’s fondest business memories was being named to INC 500 two times and attending the INC 500 conference with other winners. Mark is considered by some a Civil War expert (and that explains his novel). Mark also served as an adjunct professor in the business and in the communications departments at Wartburg College. Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is currently vice president of the University of Iowa Journalism and Mass Communications Advisory Board. Mark is married to state Sen. Liz Mathis, and the two love to travel, even when it means being trapped by a volcano in the Czech Republic for three weeks.