Words and deeds: Are you a racist if you talk like one?

Words and deeds: Are you a racist if you talk like one?

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Can you be a nice racist? After two black men were arrested for refusing to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks because they’d tried to use the restroom, a Trump-supporting white man uttered the N word to my face. Is this guy a racist if he doesn’t act like one but only talks like one?

Message Platforms: 3 Practical Reasons You Need One Now

Message Platforms: 3 Practical Reasons You Need One Now

When a customer reads different content from you, do they know it comes from the same company? Do they hear what you want them to hear? If your content suffers from inconsistency, it’s time to develop a message platform. In this post, learn three ways message platforms benefit your marketing and public relations efforts. And how to get your writers to follow the script.

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Marketing to Utilities: 10 Takeaways from the Utility Dive State of the Utility 2018 Survey

Marketing to Utilities: 10 Takeaways from the Utility Dive State of the Utility 2018 Survey

Utility Dive’s 2018 State of the Utility survey offers important insights into the challenges, concerns and goals shared by companies in the electric utility marketplace. In other words, if you're a cleantech marketer, it’s an invaluable tool to stand inside your customers’ shoes and see what their world looks like.

Here are 10 takeaways from the report to make your marketing more relevant to utility customers.

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Longer Blog Posts Beat Short Blog Posts. Here’s Why.

Longer Blog Posts Beat Short Blog Posts. Here’s Why.

Want to rank higher in searches? Get more backlinks? Get shared more often on social media? Write longer blog posts.

That’s the advice of experts who study the behavior of online readers.

Coming from a writer, that may sound self-serving. But it also is supported by evidence. In this post, you'll learn why longer posts can boost search rankings, linkbacks, social media shares and reading time. You'll learn the ideal lengths for each of those metrics. And I'll give you some tips on how to write longer posts.

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10 Tips for Writing News Ledes that Get Editorial Attention   

10 Tips for Writing News Ledes that Get Editorial Attention  

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The problem with most news releases is that they’re not newsworthy. But presuming you actually have something to say, the next problem is how to say it to get an editor’s attention. First, you have to write a great subject header and headline. If you’ve gotten that far, congratulations: You’ve gotten the editor to open your email.

Then comes the next big hurdle: the lede.

What climate leadership means, and how the U.S. is losing it

What climate leadership means, and how the U.S. is losing it

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement was widely criticized as abandoning the United States’ leadership role in climate change policy and the global transition to a clean energy economy.

But that begs some fundamental questions: What does it mean to have the climate leadership role? Did the United States ever have it? If it did, who will take over?

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12 Storytelling Strategies to Supercharge Your Case Studies

12 Storytelling Strategies to Supercharge Your Case Studies

Case studies make for ideal content marketing vehicles. Here are a dozen strategies that activate the power of storytelling to draw in more prospects, intrigue them with your solutions and convert them to leads. Use this model to develop your questions and structure your case study. Photo credit: Dominik QN | Unsplash

Utilities foresee a coal-free future, despite President Trump

Utilities foresee a coal-free future, despite President Trump

If you get caught up in the headlines about the Trump administration’s energy policies, you might envision a nightmare of fuming smokestacks, billowing cooling towers and fat coal trains lumbering toward the horizon. But if you ask the people who run the nation’s utility companies, they’ll tell you a different story. Their vision includes solar panels, wind turbines and natural gas pipelines. And a grid that increasingly runs like the internet. Photo credit: Karsten Wurth | Unsplash

Message Platforms Fail Without a Champion in the C-Suite

Message Platforms Fail Without a Champion in the C-Suite

A message platform can unify, clarify and vivify how you position your company to the world. But it's only as good as it's supported from the top of the organization. In this post, I'll take you on the journey of one creation process that started on a promising note but then went awry. And I'll provide a post mortem on how it could have all turned out on a sunnier note. Photo credit: Todd DeSantis | Unsplash