Author: Nate Riggs

Nate Riggs is the Founder and CEO of NR Media Group, a Columbus, Ohio-based marketing agency that works to change the way businesses use digital media to connect with customers, earn their trust and win their business for life. Nate will be releasing the Video Engineering Playbook early in 2015, and you can download sample chapters for free.

By nate-riggs published December 2, 2013

3 Ways To Use Google Media Tools for Content Marketing


Google Media Tools suite

Search results are great, but if you had the opportunity to get deeper insights from Google, would you dive in for your content marketing efforts?

As of late October, that opportunity has become reality with the launch of Google Media Tools.  The suite debuted to a small audience at the Online News Association digital journalism conference held in Atlanta, Ga., and was introduced to the public following the conference through a post on Google’s official blog.Continue Reading

By nate-riggs published October 14, 2011

7 Basic Content Marketing Principles for the Corporate Marketer

The last time you heard from me on CMI was just before Content Marketing World in Cleveland.

Since then, I’ve changed gears a bit, moving from the entrepreneurial life of an independent social business consultant to the team-focused corporate environment at Bob Evans Restaurants. It’s been an interesting move for me, especially in terms of building out our own content marketing department.

In the process of doing this, I’ve forced myself to step back and really try to drill down on what I feel are the most important principles in content marketing that will guide my own decisions now and going forward. My hope is that by sharing some of these principles, I’ll be able to help you guide your decisions when doing the same for your company.Continue Reading

By nate-riggs published July 27, 2011

6 Things to Know About Using QR Codes in Content Marketing

In 2010, we started to talk about QR codes … a little.

This year, QR codes are on the rise, popping up at every interactive conference, in magazines and books and anywhere you can print the fancy little squares. You’ll find some interesting statistics on consumer adoption of QR codes in this fascinating presentation by Austin & Williams.Continue Reading

By nate-riggs published July 19, 2011

3 Ways To Use Google Plus In Your Content Marketing Efforts

Google PlusIf you’ve been on the web in the last few weeks, you are well aware of the buzz surrounding Google’s new social network: Google Plus.

Forward-thinking efforts of companies like Ford and Mashable jumped into early company adoption and use of the network. Though Google has announced brand pages are coming soon, it’s discouraging the use of personal Google+ profiles as branded company pages.

So what are we to do? How can content marketers like you and I apply this new social network in our everyday business practices?Continue Reading

By nate-riggs published June 20, 2011

Mastering 3 Styles of Blog Lists for More Effective Content Marketing

As a CMI reader, you probably don’t need to be sold on the benefits of blogging as a hub in your content marketing mix, but you’re probably looking for ways to be more effective.

As blogging has become more common, certain post styles have become popular because they get attention and interactions from readers:

  • “How to” posts
  • Narrative story posts
  • Sectioned posts that use a series sub headers
  • The monologue-style video posts often used for book reviews or Q&A

But one of the most popular types of post is a list. While this style may seem straightforward, there are a few forms it takes, and a number of ways to make it more effective in your content marketing. Continue Reading

By nate-riggs published February 25, 2011

3 Examples of Media Production Equipment That Will Enhance Your Content Marketing Program

For most businesses working to integrate online content into their marketing mix, it’s essential to produce high-quality video and image content.

If you don’t have a background in media production, it can be a daunting challenge.  While having a solid strategy for your media production efforts is important, so are the tools you choose.Continue Reading

By nate-riggs published January 14, 2011

5 Ways to Measure Facebook Fan Engagement

As a CMI reader, your business is probably considering building out a  Facebook fan page.

Although Forrester Research predicts 2011 will be the year when marketers will begin to “think outside the Facebox,” C-suite business leaders and content marketers alike can’t deny the attractiveness of establishing a presence inside the social behemoth that is now an online home to more than a half-billion people.Continue Reading

By nate-riggs published November 22, 2010

Framework for Productive Online Customer Conversations

We’re nearing the end of 2010, and I think the buzz around content marketing and social media is starting to get more practical.

It’s not surprising that more  companies are wising up to the opportunities to engage with existing and potential customers on platforms like Twitter, Facebook and across the many facets of LinkedIn.  And, there’s a lot of traction that can come from paying attention to the conversations that happen inside of more niche-focused networks like DailyMile or even FohBoh.

But with all the hype around listening and the need to participate, the question still remains: how exactly do corporate human business teams join in the conversations with customers?Continue Reading

By nate-riggs published October 28, 2010

5 Simple Steps To Using Yammer for Content Marketing Team Collaboration

Content marketing can take a good deal of collaboration and teamwork. And, oftentimes,  getting and keeping everyone on the same page can take some time. One of my favorite tools for this is Yammer. Read on to see what this tool is and how it works. Continue Reading

By nate-riggs published September 24, 2010

3 Strategies for Changing Your Company Culture To Support Content Marketing

For most companies, adopting the mindset of content marketing is going to require some level of a cultural shift within the organization. That can be a daunting task, especially for larger organizations with hundreds or even thousands of employees.

For organizations where policies and procedures that govern certain behaviors are the norm, change towards a content marketing mindset can be scary. Good content marketing promotes transparency across all levels of the organization, both internally and externally.

Here are three key strategies to help you to begin to move your company towards a content marketing-friendly culture.Continue Reading