Reading is Candy for the Mind

To inspire and to be inspired, to learn and to teach, to surprise and to be surprised, to broaden one’s mind and to gain that sparkling new energy for our upcoming adventures in the Business LaLa Wonderland.

Based on the most photographed slide of my keynotes: the inspirational booklist, frequently asked and even more often shared. Alternating between business and inspirational motivational titles.

Books appear in random order.

  • ‘Start with Why’ by Simon Sinek
  • ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’ by Sarah Knight
  • ‘How not to Plan: 66 ways to screw it up’ by Les Binet and Sarah Carter
  • ‘Copywriting Secrets’ by Alan Sharpe
  • ‘Eat your Greens’ by Wiemer Snijders
  • ‘Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day’ by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky
  • “The ONE Thing” by Gary Kelly and Jay Papasan
  • ‘Let my people go surfing’ by Yvon Chouinard
  • ‘Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes’ by Ben Bergeron
  • ‘Life Scale’ by Brian Solis
  • ‘Thrive’ by Arianna Huffington
  • ‘TED Talks Storytelling: 23 Storytelling Techniques from the Best TED Talks’ by Akash Karia 
  • ‘Good Strategy, bad strategy’ by Richard P. Rumelt
  • ‘Everybody writes’ by Ann Handley
  • ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie
  • ‘Epic Content Marketing’ by Joe Pulizzi
  • ‘If I Could Tell You Just One Thing…: Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice’ by Richard Reed
  • ‘Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People: Living the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Every Day’ by Stephen R. Covey
  • ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’ by Richard Carlson

In addition to the books, check out my list of best apps

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Future-proof your Content

Why you need to think like a publisher to become future-proof on content.

  • How to prepare for a future without Facebook
  • Decrease your dependency on social and Google
  • Avoid silo and channel thinking
  • Combine creative production with media buying
  • Set up a central content department including stakeholder management and editorial board
  • Balance between brand building, thought leadership and marketing campaigns
  • Report on business objectives instead of vanity metrics

In my book, I collect my 20+ years of experience with the best books on strategy and content. Crafted and written with a little help of AI :)

The outline in a nutshell. Tune and tweak in the details and pick what is relevant for you.

It’s a belief: First things first. Why the belief and the support from the C-suite is non-negotiable

• Part 1: Basics and Fundamentals. What do you need as a basic before you can even think about creating and publishing content

• Part 2: Structure. How to bring structure to your content and use data and research to make decisions.

• Part 3: Organization and Content Team. What you need to realize the central content production and media buying. From the employees to an organizational structure. Including that important stakeholder management. And to make a decision to in-house or not.

• Part 4: Tools and processes. What you need in workflows, processes, and tech. Plus: how to improve your brief to your agencies. ‘Sh*t in is sh*t out’ and having great content starts with yourself.

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Content Podcast

Sorry for non-Dutchies … it’s in Dutch :), date of recording May 2017.

Facebook engagement 2019

Key takeaways
• Engagements dropped significantly between 2017 and 2018, but they appear to have recovered at the start of this year
• Political content is dominant on the web, making up more than a third of the most engaged posts
• Fox News had the most stories in the top 10,000 stories for the year so far, with 438 between it and its subsidiaries
• Native video is still the most engaging native content, with average engagement on the top posts nearly 50 percent higher than any other
format
• Outside of political content, there were not many angry reactions on Facebook’s native content, and Angry reactions made up fewer than one percent of the reactions to the top 10,000 posts

Search and Video

“People move through the purchase journey on their own terms, seamlessly shifting between search and video.” “Our research shows that, on average, advertisers who run YouTube video ads in addition to Google Search ads see 3% higher search conversion rates and a 4% lower search cost per acquisition compared to advertisers who run Google Search ads alone.”

Instagram stats

All stats about instagram, including engagement rate, reach and more divided by industry

Digital trends 2019

Research by Forrester and SoDA, http://sodareport.com/forecast/trends-shaping-tomorrow/

Speed, value, agility and transparency wanted by marketeers.

What do client-side business leaders want? Brilliant strategies? Mind-blowing creative? Category-busting innovation? Technological wizardry? Lower billable rates? The rock sensation Queen said it best…. they want it all and they want it now! And even though (half-jokingly), this is most certainly true, a more pragmatic look at the market shows marketing leaders with a growing desire for partners that can operate collaboratively, nimbly, quickly and effectively.

Creative leaders gain currency in c-suite

In business, the creative discipline has historically been confined to the marketing function and deployed as an adjunct to business or product strategies cooked up elsewhere in the organization. The phrase, “make it pretty,” best captures this ethos. But times are changing, and design leaders increasingly find themselves at the helm of successful start-ups, in an advisory capacity at VC firms, or in newly minted C-level roles at traditional brands. 

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