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The #ContentChat Bulletin: The Key to Standing Out—The One Question Every Content Marketer Must Answer

Published 8 months ago • 5 min read

I’ve interviewed hundreds of marketers throughout my career. The positions—and the companies looking to hire—all had different goals and objectives. Yet, they all had one thing in common: they wanted to hire people who were passionate about their work and had a genuine interest in the company.

To attain that goal, I outlined core competencies and sample questions the members of our interview team could use to find the right person for each role.

When it was my turn to talk to a candidate, I always had one critical question that I’d insert into the middle of our conversation to get an authentic read on the person’s interest in marketing.

The question is a simple one: “How do you keep up with the latest marketing trends and strategies?”

SPOILER ALERT: There isn’t a right answer to the question. I mean, I have some answers that I really like, mind you. But, there are so many great answers that tell me a lot about how this person prefers to consume content, how curious they are, and how likely they are to want to continue in a marketing career.

There are, however, several undesirable answers I’ve sadly heard more than once, such as:

  • “Oh, my degree is in marketing. I don’t have plans for more marketing courses.”
  • “I just get everything I need from my network and friends.”
  • “I don’t like to read, write, listen to podcasts, or watch videos.”
  • “I read all the sites.”

I’m not making any of them up—not even the last one (which may remind some of you of another quote you may have heard.)

When I’m looking to hire someone for a content marketing role in particular, I am looking for someone with a genuine interest in the career field and who wants to be mentored and supported as they grow in their career—in my role and beyond.

And those ‘wrong’ answers up there tell me the candidate will not necessarily be open to learning, growing, and adapting to change. And they are likely seeing the job as a way to get into the company to pursue something else they *are* passionate about.

Since I *am* a curious person with a goal to always be learning, I’d like to pose this question to you: Where are you going to keep up on all the trends, strategies, and tools that are making a difference in how we approach content marketing? Hit reply and let me know!

Coming Up on #ContentChat

Content Chat is my weekly Twitter and LinkedIn video chat focused on sharing expertise and ideas amongst the content marketing community. Join the conversation on Mondays at noon Pacific / 3 p.m. Eastern. Be sure to mark your calendar to join the #ContentChat community and me for these upcoming guests:

  • There is no #ContentChat today since just about everyone I know (including me!) is taking the day off due to its proximity to the U.S. 4th of July holiday. We hope everyone has a fun and safe celebration!
  • Next Monday (July 10), we’ll join Dayana Cadet, marketing consultant, certified clarity coach, and graphic designer, to discuss branding considerations for companies and thought leaders. We’ll explain how you can create more purposefully crafted content that aligns with your identity, and ways to design and use unique visuals that reinforce your brand. If her name sounds familiar to you, that's because she authored the excellent content marketer's guide to using Canva on our blog.

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More than 50,000 companies use Freshworks for its customer experience and employee experience software. The company is hiring a content strategy manager in Seattle (or San Mateo) to drive the content vision for web experiences, creating and optimizing strategies for personas, templates, copy, layout, flow, navigation, and information architecture.

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Until next time, stay safe and be well!

Cheers,

Erika



Erika Heald, Founder & Lead Consultant
Erika Heald Marketing Consulting
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The #ContentChat Bulletin

Erika Heald

Erika Heald is the host of the weekly #ContentChat LinkedIn Live video podcast for content marketers, held Mondays at noon Pacific. As a B2B marketing consultant, she helps organizations define and execute content marketing strategies that drive business and professional growth. As a creator, and gluten-free blogger helping people discover gut-friendly farm-to-table food. She frequently speaks at B2B marketing industry events on employee brand advocacy, content strategy, customer experience, AI readiness, and social media topics. You can find her on her blogs erikaheald.com and erikasglutenfreekitchen.com.

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