Friends, business partners and occasional housemates, Carla Erasmus and Christa Botha met each other through mutual friends at a braai one Friday night in 2014. Less than a week later they had established Bofred – the name a quirky combination of Christa’s surname and Carla’s second name, Frederika – a boutique art, furniture and design business based in Cape Town.
Meet Karike Norval. Foodie, business owner and koeksister lady with a secret affinity for the graphs in her business spreadsheets! Continue reading
Or: The artful seduction of getting someone to sign up to your newsletter.
Newsletter popups. You know those irritating things that pop up on a website the minute you land, or obstruct your screen while you’re trying to read? The variation is endless and yet the message is essentially the same (“Sign up to our newsletter”) with the intent generally also being the same (“We want your email address to market at you”). Maybe it’s to sell things to you, maybe it’s to get you to read articles to get advertisers to sell to you… you get the drift.
Yes, that is a clickbait title. But you don’t have to signup for anything or click on more or first figure out how to block the popups to find out what that thing is. And, sorry to say, you probably won’t be blown away by the answer… One of the most effective content marketing tools is a newsletter.
We recently started a monthly dinner event in Cape Town for young women business owners and entrepreneurs. It’s called One Day By Night and the idea is to create a safe and galvanising space to share our experiences of running a business. More a “book club” than “networking event”, it’s a chance to sit around a table with likeminded women in an intimate setting and talk frankly over a glass of wine about the daily reality of our work lives.
“What do you do?” or “what does your business do?” can be quite a daunting, if not laborious, question. Especially when it’s your own business and you don’t have a title per se, and the reality is that you do everything and that the exact nature of what you do is sometimes simply undefinable (even to yourself!). If you’re a business owner you’ll understand.
When you’re obsessed with content, like we are here at One Day Company, and when you spend a great deal of the day looking at the content of various brands on different channels, as we do, you find all kinds of gems. Whenever I see something clever, amusing or stupid that is related to content, branding, storytelling, content marketing and the like, I take a screenshot and save it to a folder.
Inspiration is everywhere. Of course it has always been everywhere but it seems to be more of a commodity these days thanks to the internet and social media.
Grandiose a term as it may be, inspiration is also somewhat wishy washy. Defined as “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”, it implies that the capacity for action exists but it doesn’t mean the action will happen.
While content definitely exists to please your reader it also needs to serve your brand.
The right content helps to build your brand’s authority, elevating it to a position of trust with your target audience.
Content needs to be interesting, engaging, informative and entertaining. It also happens to be competing with, literally, millions of other pieces of content that are likely to be equally interesting, engaging, informative and entertaining. And then on top of all of this you also need to ensure that your brand’s content isn’t always self-referential.