Persuasive Picks – Week of September 21, 2015

Huffington Post contributor, John Rampton, offers insight and practical tips on how to automate social media for your small business. This article called ” Your Small Business Can Automate Social and PR” simple, yet effective ideas to start automation of your efforts now so you can quickly see ROI.

Forbes once again covers the important topic of social media in an article called “7 Warning Signs That Your Social Media Campaign Is Failing“.  Contributor, Jayson DeMers, offers seven warning signs that your campaign is not effective, including the amount of time spent on the campaign, posts seem self-promotional and your strategy was an afterthought.

Laundry Service CEO Jason Stein Breaks Down Social Media Economics in an AdAge article called “How Much Is A Social Media Influencer’s Audience Really Worth?”  This is part of a digital crash course in the publication focusing on authenticity and great content.

Persuasive Picks – Week of September 14, 2015

How Marketing Got More Personal”, written by contributor, Julie Ginches, focuses on how the mobile industry has created a level of intimacy and become more personalized over the years. We are now in the “mobile era” and there is much more to come.


Ever wonder how most companies define content marketing? This is the focus of Business2Community contributor, Carly Murphy’s article called “Where Does Blogging Fit Into Your Content Marketing Strategy?” Blogging contributes significantly to your content marketing strategy and helps bring traffic to your website

Entrepreneur contributor, Adam Toren, pens a piece called “The 5 Ultimate Content-Marketing Tools”, which offers insight on which content-marketing tools entrepreneurs need to jump start their creative marketing efforts. ClearVoice, HubSpot, Copify and others are mentioned in the top five tools to utilize

Persuasive Picks – Week of September 7, 2015

Next Generation CMO: How To Succeed In The Future Of Marketing”, written by contributor, Stuart Levine, discusses the role of the CMO as it relates to collaboration, communication, creativity and flexibility.


Millenials are the topic covered by eWeek’s article authored by Nathan Eddy. This article called “Millennial Workforce Values Flexibility, Social Media”, identifies five unconventional benefits that Millennials find particularly important including flexibility in when and where they work.

Huffington Post contributor, Vala Afshar, pens a piece on the ever popular topic of digital marketing. This article called “The 5 Cs of Digital Marketing” offers tips on what the focus should be for digital marketers moving forward, including Content, Context, Content, Commerce and Convergence.

Persuasive Picks – Week of August 31, 2015

How to Master Social Media to Get Ahead”, written by Amy Elisa Jackson and Levo League, offers new rules for social media from Internet guru Gabriel Sands. This Fast Company piece includes which social media sites matter most and how to tailor your approach to each one accordingly.


Entrepreneur contributor, Pratik Dohlakiya, covers the topic of “social listening” in his article called “2 Cases That Show How Social Media Can Change Your Business Trajectory”. This thorough and thought provoking article includes examples by Hallmark and Progressive.

Best selling author, Jon Acuff, pens a piece for Time called “7 Lessons I Learned From Taking 10 Days Off Social Media and Email”. This piece offers insight on what happens when you take a break from your phone and social media.

“Influencers Who Inspire” – Interview with Jessica Bartlett, Boston Business Journal

We continue our “Influencers Who Inspire” series with Jessica Bartlett, Health Care Reporter for Boston Business Journal. Jessica shares what types of stories she is on the lookout for, her favorite book and more.



Tell us a little bit about your role at BBJ?

I’m the health care reporter at the Boston Business Journal, which has me covering everything from hospitals to digital health companies to promising research to policy makers to insurers to startups to the occasional biotech and pharmaceutical story. We have digital newsletters we put out throughout the weekday and a weekly print product as well, so my time is split writing content for these products.

You are very passionate about writing and publishing. What is your favorite book or author?

My favorite book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck. The writing is beautiful, and the character development is unlike anything else I’ve ever read. It is a talent to write characters a reader can hate but still understand.

As a child, what did you envision yourself doing? Favorite subject in school?

As a child, I wanted to be on broadway! It was a career I had in my mind through high school, with decades of dance lessons and dozens of plays under my belt. But I wanted a job that would give me health insurance (irony, now that I cover health care), and the reality of always looking for work seemed overly stressful. I’ve always loved to write, and English was always my favorite subject in school. I decided journalism was the best way to do something artistic while still making a living, and came out of picking classes during orientation at the University of Vermont and declared to my mother that I’d be a journalist.

How did your education prepare you for your role today as a journalist?

My preparation for journalism truly happened outside the classroom — I worked for the school newspaper at the University of Vermont and learned how to write for a newspaper there. During an internship at the Patriot Ledger, I learned what professional newspaper writing should look like and be. I don’t have a degree in journalism (I majored in English and Studio Art with a focus in photography), but my education offered me a love of writing and reading, and a general curiosity about a variety of subjects — perhaps the most helpful part of my education. As a journalist, you never know what you’ll be covering, and curiosity and a desire to learn has always been my biggest asset.

As managing editor of your collegiate newspaper, what was the most interesting part of your role? Most challenging?

The most interesting part of being managing editor was being able to have a broader view of what we were doing as a paper, and all the people who worked within it. I read every article before it went to print, had meetings with editors to come up with ways they could better manage their writing staff — it afforded me a great view of a paper’s entire operations, and allowed me to have a more meaningful impact. Most challenging was perhaps running a newspaper filled with my peers, none of whom were paid to be there. But I learned a lot about leadership and people, that you have to manage personalities, hold people to high standards, but appreciate that they showed up.

As a reporter covering healthcare, what types of stories are you always on the look out for?

I’m looking for health stories that haven’t already been covered, and are things people will want to read — whether it’s why Medicaid insurers are losing millions, a breakthrough diabetes treatment or the new app that could change how people interact with their health. Because of our readership, I’m also looking for news that has a direct tie to Massachusetts and has a tie to business, even if it’s that the discovery could one day lead to an industry partnership or drug.

Do you feel PR folks are helpful and if so, in what way?

A helpful PR person is like a waiter, in that he or she is friendly, brings me what I ask for in a timely manner, recommends things I might truly like and is cognizant of my time. An unhelpful PR person is like a bouncer, in that he or she stands between me and what I’m looking for, bars me access to exciting things, and makes me jump through lengthy and exhausting hoops to gain entry. I have many valuable relationships with PR people that I talk to frequently, I also receive many pitches from others who seem to be pushing me content from a client, rather than thinking through news I might be interested in receiving. It truly is a mix.

What is next for you for the remainder of 2015?

The Boston Business Journal has some exciting events to look forward to, including our 40 Under 40 event and Power 50. I’m also working on a number of exciting stories that I’m eager to share with readers. On a more personal note, I’m getting married in September!