|“Yeeeah, I’m gonna need you |
to stay late tonight to
finish that release on our
new TPS reports if we want
to hit that Friday deadline.”
“I’m proud of you guys! I’m not going to kid you; those three days of silence from the big guy upstairs had me a popping Mylanta. I thought we were looking at a major rewrite for sure. But when Samantha dropped that interoffice envelope on my desk this morning, I just knew it was good news!”
The fact that the press release didn’t generate any press was inconsequential. The kids in public affairs had done it again and a wave of contentment washed over everyone.
You’d be amazed at how many nonprofit organizations—and for-profit companies, for that matter—still employ this one-shot-a-month “Guns of Navarone” communications strategy.
|"More edits from legal. |
And the old man wants
it out by the High Middle
Ages at the latest. I'll
get you a Starbucks."
These content ninjas are never satisfied, never relaxed. They are constantly on the prowl for ideas, inspiration, and intelligence that will entertain and engage their audience. Posting a blog entry doesn’t fulfill them. It just reduces their discomfort a little, like scratching a mosquito bite through a combat boot.
And that’s why those guys are kicking your ass.
A lot of organizations are closing in on these communications warriors. Press releases announcing the "recently hired Chief Content Officer"—a new position—are lighting up the Internet like tracer rounds.
These shiny new CCOs have a tough mission: they must mold every facet of their company into a storytelling battalion or the victories will be few. But they also have a lot of motivation--the future of their organization depends on them. Yes, a good CCO is that important.
To learn more about CCOs—what makes a good one, how to find one, how to become one yourself—check out these sites. They’re worth your time.
- How to Hire a Great Editor (by Ann Handley, the world's first CCO!)
- CCO Job Description from the Content Marketing Institute (publishers of Chief Content Officer magazine)
- "How CCOs can resurrect marketing communications" from the good folks at Fast Company
- A great blog post on CCO leadership by "Chief Warrior of Enthusiasm" Kista Kotrla featuring even more helpful CCO-related links
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