I am not a natural “systems person.” There was a time, not so long ago, when the only routine I followed consistently was to brush my teeth every morning. And I know I’m not alone.
What exactly is content marketing and what does it have to do with doing good in the world? Take a moment to check your inbox, and you may be surprised by the quantity of “content” from new and forgotten subscriptions — retailers, media outlets, nonprofits, politicians and experts in every field are constantly vying for our attention online.
In January 2014 a man walked into the Cleveland Public Auditorium during the annual Homeless Stand Down event hosted by Hands-On Northeast Ohio. The auditorium, which can hold up to 10,000 people, was filled that day, buzzing with activity from those in need and volunteers offering their services. Individuals facing homelessness could come and enjoy a day of pampering, community, and support through free haircuts, medical screenings, breakfast, lunch, professional photographers, and personal shopping.
There are more than a few ways the nonprofit sector could benefit from the advice and habits of our peers in the “for-profit” ecosystem. And, to be fair, the reverse is equally true. In my role as managing editor for Good Cause Creative and WISH Cleveland, I am constantly striving for the sweet spot between doing good business while doing good in the world.