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Linda Pophal

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Content marketer/business writer with expertise in HR, healthcare, digital marketing, social media and SEO.

About Me

My background as a freelance business journalist, advertising copywriter and corporate communication professional provides the foundation for understanding how to produce and use high-quality, personalized content to inform, motivate and engage audiences. This, coupled with expertise in online marketing, SEO and social media, serves as a foundation for working with clients to find the most cost effective combination of communication tactics to get the results they're looking for. We work primarily with B2B clients in healthcare, human resources and business consulting to help them establish themselves as thought leaders and drive sales. Strategic Communications helps clients attract, educate, engage and retain their audiences through targeted communication planning and content marketing. We use a content management strategy that leverages the creation of new, and the repurposing of existing, content from a variety of channels (including web content, e-letters, blog posts, media outreach, whitepapers, video and more). We implement those tactics through a strategic framework that involves consistency, analytics and continuous improvement. The process begins with an in-depth analysis of your current communication practices, with a focus on SEO and web site analysis. The fee for this evaluation is waived for clients that come on board to work with us to implement the strategies and tactics we recommend. We report monthly on progress and make modifications as necessary to generate increasingly higher results. Strategic Communications, LLC, has Woman-Owned Business (WBE) Certification through the State of Wisconsin. Specialties: Strategic marketing planning, content management/content marketing, PR/media relations, branding and brand management, social media, writing/editing, We work exclusively with service related clients, primarily B2B, in the fields of healthcare, training and development, coaching and consulting.

Industries I Write About

Human Resources

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Financial Services

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Internet

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Executive Office

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Hospital & Health Care

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Information Technology & Services

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Staffing & Recruiting

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Marketing & Advertising

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My Writing Samples

Credit list with links to published material

Credit list included books, articles, blog posts, etc., written for a variety of audiences.

http://lingrensingpophal.com/uploads/Credit%20list%202019%20-%206-4-19.pdf

Planning for Succession: Locating Tomorrow's Leaders

It takes a team of individuals, carrying out their various roles, to ensure your credit union effectively meets members' needs. And while many say that no one individual matters more than the others, the CEO holds the key strategic positon. Finding and retaining a visionary, effective CEO is one of the board's most important tasks.

http://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G69249_nafcu_novdec2016/index.php?startid=28

Is Programmatic Expertise Moving Inhouse?

In January, the global ad automation firm Kiosked released early insights from research that suggests that brands are pulling their programmatic and creative agency expertise inside. This is with an aim toward assuming more control of what's happening with this increasingly important element of their branding and marketing efforts.

http://www.econtentmag.com/Articles/News/News-Feature/Is-Programmatic-Expertise-Moving-In-House-109857.htm

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Content Marketing

In today’s marketing environment, content is king. Content is what drives potential customers to your website and gets them to know your brand and what your organization has to offer. Often, potential customers are first and foremost content consumers. They don’t care about your products or services, but if you have something interesting to show or tell them, they might keep returning to your site and getting to know your brand in the process. But content marketing isn’t easy, and there are many

http://wc.iabc.com/avoiding-the-pitfalls-of-content-marketing/

Digital Communications and the Local Movement

One interesting trend has been the move toward local, or targeted, communications and away from a broad-brush approach to connecting with the masses.

http://chippewa.com/business/businessreport/columns/marketing-digital-communications-and-the-local-movement/article_d1d4184e-b524-50ae-835a-ed5768c8b396.html

Publishers Are Tapping into the Chatbot Craze to Deliver Personalized Reading Experiences

As Google, Facebook, and Amazon double down on chatbots, publishers must prepare for a future where these platforms become the vehicle for content discovery and personalized reading.

http://www.pubexec.com/article/publishers-are-tapping-chatbots-craze-deliver-personalized-reading-ex

Is Your Content Review Process Out of Control?

Companies crave content—high-quality, timely, and accurate content that is brand supportive and designed to connect and compel target audiences to some desired action. To achieve these goals content providers, publishers, and organizations must establish content review processes. But they need to be both effective and efficient. Time is money.

http://www.econtentmag.com/Articles/News/News-Feature/Is-Your-Content-Review-Process-Out-of-Control-How-to-Fix-It-131585.htm

4 Best Practices for Onboarding Freelancers

A mistake many companies make when bringing in freelancers is relying on the fact that these freelancers have industry experience and expertise and assuming they can hit the ground running, which overlooks the need to educate them on the company’s business, goals, challenges, and culture—in other words, onboarding.

https://lddailyadvisor.blr.com/2019/05/4-best-practices-for-onboarding-freelancers/

The ROI of Managing Talent: The Metrics That Matter (white paper)

We all know that attracting top talent takes time—and money, but how much is too much? In a competitive recruiting environment, managing the metrics of talent acquisition can help talent leaders identify opportunities for improvement as well as areas of best practice. What metrics really matter and how can you set up manageable methods of tracking, and reporting on, results that resonate with the C-suite?

http://lin.adc4web.com/uploads/White%20Paper%20-%20The%20ROI%20of%20Managing%20Talent.pdf

Succession Planning: Six Top HR Strategies (white paper)

HR is in a position to minimize the unexpected nature of these successions and minimize the time, cost and angst of filling key roles when they become vacant. Each of these situations—and many potential others—lead to the urgent need to replace a key individual within your organization. Unexpected succession situations happen in any industry and every company.

http://lin.adc4web.com/uploads/White%20Paper%20-%20Succession%20Planning%206%20Top%20Strategies.pdf

Building Trust: Critical Currency in a Competitive Job Market

Edelman’s research revealed that 64 percent of respondents felt that CEOs should take the lead in building trust. There’s good news on this front as CEOs were one of the groups that gained in credibility from 2017 to 2018—by 7 percentage points, a statistically significant shift. HR professionals are in a key position to work with their CEOs, and the senior leadership team, to help hold these gains in 2019.

http://lingrensingpophal.com/uploads/White%20Paper%20-%20Building_Trust%20-%202019.pdf

Are You a Slave to SEO Keywords

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a very important consideration in today’s digitally-driven content environment. After all, if you can’t get visitors to your site, and get them to engage with your content, you’ve obviously missed the mark. But, in an increasingly competitive quest to rank ever higher in Google SERP (search engine results page), some content marketers may go a bit overboard when it comes to chasing the numbers.

http://www.econtentmag.com/Articles/News/News-Feature/Are-You-a-Slave-to-SEO-Keywords-Why-You-Should-Write-for-Readers-Not-Bots-131144.htm

Reimagining Monetization in a Post-Advertising World

From rock-bottom prices to ad blockers, advertising is a tough way to monetize digital content. It always has been, of course, but the challenges are increasing in an environment in which content consumers are becoming more demanding, less patient, and jaded about the exploding number of intrusive ads they find themselves dealing with across a wide range of devices.

http://www.econtentmag.com/Articles/Editorial/Feature/Reimagining-Monetization-in-a-Post-Advertising-World-130764.htm

How Serious is Mark Zuckerberg About Keeping Facebook Data Private?

On March 6, Mark Zuckerberg made a commitment to spending the next several years reorienting Facebook’s apps toward encryption and privacy. Can we take him at his word? Find out what digital marketing and data privacy experts think.

http://www.econtentmag.com/Articles/News/News-Feature/How-Serious-is-Mark-Zuckerberg-About-Keeping-Facebook-Data-Private-130585.htm

Hiring Tech Has Potential, but Beware Automation Bias

Are we getting to the point where technology can nearly replace humans in the hiring process? It can screen applicants' resumes and conduct prescreening outreach—and much more. But beware the misconceptions and risks involved in having tech take over for HR professionals, particularly in decision-making processes.

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/talent-acquisition/pages/hiring-tech-has-potential-but-beware-automation-bias.aspx

Creative and Compliant Ways to Check References

Reference checking is a necessary evil of the hiring process, but it's fraught with challenges. The references that candidates provide can be overly biased toward the applicant. But searching beyond those references can lead to potential risk for the employer. And company policies often limit to salary and dates of service the information HR representatives, managers and others can share about a former employee.

https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/talent-acquisition/Pages/Creative-Compliant-Ways-Check-References.aspx

Do New Tax Rules Throw Cold Water on Employee Events?

Tax changes that took effect last year now limit employers' ability to deduct employee entertainment events. But if businesses carefully navigate the new rules, exceptions allow them to continue deducting many employee meals and parties, at least in part.

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/do-tax-rules-throw-cold-water-on-employee-events.aspx?_ga=2.158976382.596514852.1558358570-167956184.1493842508

The 4 C’s of Achieving a Workplace Culture Fit

There’s much talk in HR circles these days about the importance of culture fit. Companies not only want to hire employees with the skills to do the job, they also want employees whose personalities and passions align with the organization.

https://www.xperthr.com/blog/2019/04/29/the-4-cs-of-achieving-a-workplace-culture-fit/?cmpid=SOC|USAG|HUGMN-2019--Linkedin_Generic_Tracking&sfid=7012X000001WR5c

What is Customer Communications Management?

Customer communications management—or CCM—is a term that has been making its way into marketing and customer relations circles and conversations lately. But, is it something new, or just a repositioning of the same, classic approach to communication management that marketers have been using for years? Is this a term just used to apply to what is also known as digital marketing, or does it have an analog component as well?

http://www.econtentmag.com/Articles/News/News-Feature/What-is-Customer-Communications-Management-125468.htm

C-Level Execs Share the Best Career Advice They Wish They Had Had Early in Their Careers

Hindsight is 20/20 they say, and that’s certainly true of careers. Senior level executives in particular, have powerful insights to share about things they wished they had done differently. Here’s a round-up of insights from C-level executives about the things they wished they had known earlier.

https://www.ivyexec.com/career-advice/2019/c-level-execs-share-best-career-advice/

Payday Lending A New Opportunity for Community Banks?

Conduct a Google search for “payday loans” and you’ll turn up 13.6 million results. The loans, offered through storefronts in virtually every city around the country, are so named because they originated as a means for people to “get enough cash to tide me over until payday.”

https://www.bankbusiness.us/payday-lending-a-new-opportunity-for-community-banks/

Driving Down Time and Cost

The production cycle for many manufacturers, including box manufacturers, has been significantly shortened over the past several years, driven to a large degree by technology and consumer demand for faster and faster turnaround for all the various types of interactions and transactions they take part in daily. With Amazon providing two-day shipping at no cost through their Prime program, and other retailers following suit, companies of all kinds are finding that whatever customers are ordering o

http://www.aiccboxscore.org/2019/03/driving-down-time-and-cost/

A Worthy Investment

Every company—indeed, every individual—has a brand. A brand is an indication of how they are perceived and might be thought of as a personality. People have them. Products have them. Companies do, too. Importantly, while a brand is often considered to be such visible elements as logos, signage, typeface, colors, and tag lines, it is actually the sum of all consumer and customer interactions. Those visual elements are important—they’re a reinforcement and reminder of the brand, a visual way to ti

http://www.aiccboxscore.org/2018/09/a-worthy-investment/

Embracing Disruption

First there were live plays, then radio, then film, then television, and today, streaming video, mobile devices, and a wide range of other ways of viewing entertainment. The introduction of each new method didn’t replace the prior options; today consumers can still view live plays as well as enjoy the myriad other forms of entertainment based on their interests and preferences.

http://www.aiccboxscore.org/2018/07/embracing-disruption/

Adaptation in the Digital Landscape

As more companies are adapting to new technology, digital printing and converting is becoming increasingly prevalent—at least from a “thinking about it” perspective. Packaging manufacturers aren’t the only manufacturers—or organizations—faced with critical go-forward decisions about the role that digital transformation is likely to play for their organizations.

http://www.aiccboxscore.org/2018/04/adaptation-in-the-digital-landscape/

The Value of Marketing in the Packaging Industry

Today’s competitive landscape for packaging manufacturers means that they can’t simply let their work speak for itself. While word-of-mouth continues to be an important way to build business, for most it is not enough. Increasingly, manufacturers are turning to marketing agencies to help them deal with what has become a very cluttered media landscape.

http://www.aiccboxscore.org/2017/09/the-value-of-marketing-in-the-packaging-industry/

Labeling Conundrum

How regulations and standards are impacting lube manufacturers.

http://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ILMA/g105803_ILMA_vol69_no4/index.php#/34

Experience

Business Journalist

Independent business journalist specializing in content marketing, online communications, marketing and HR/employee relations. I am the author of more than 15 books, and hundreds, if not thousands, of articles on topics ranging from customer service to how metalworking fluids impact the food manufacturing industry. I’m a prolific writer and enjoy the process of digging into a topic and conducting research to create content to address readers' needs and interests.

Company: Various publications

I worked there from 1/2000 until now

Lecturer

Courses on a variety of communication and marketing related topics including consumer behavior, marketing research, business presentations and PR management for both undergraduate and graduate-level students, in live and online formats.

Company: UW-Eau Claire

I worked there from 1/2002 until now

Content Marketing

Owner/CEO of Strategic Communications, LLC, and a marketing and communication strategist with expertise in strategic planning, B2B content marketing, PR/media relations, social media and SEO. Her background as a freelance business journalist, advertising copywriter and corporate communication professional provides the foundation for understanding how to produce and use high-quality, personalized content to inform, motivate and engage audiences.

Company: Strategic Communications

I worked there from 1/2000 until now

Content I Write