Experiencing Art and Culture in Lockdown: What’s Changed and How Will We Adapt?

The Wallace Collection

Before lockdown, we might have filled our Saturday afternoons with a trip to a museum after brunch with friends, ending the day in a South Kensington pub to discuss the exhibition we’d seen. Now the galleries, museums, cafes, pubs, and other weekend hangout spots are closed due to COVID-19, we’ve had to make our own […]

How to Make the Most of Your Content (Without Reinventing the Wheel)

Keeping up with your business and personal wellbeing is particularly overwhelming at the moment. It’s a constant challenge to try and be productive, stay connected to colleagues, clients and customers, and come up with fresh content ideas. Today, we’re here to help lighten the load by making that last to-do item – content creation – […]

Get Creative and Stay Connected During Lockdown

As we find new ways to connect with our community and adjust to this ‘new normal’, it’s difficult to know how we should be offering to help. Like always, we want to provide solutions and make it easier for people to reach their goals. Only today these problems and goals look a lot different. Now, […]

The New Cork Street: 5 Reasons to Visit Mayfair’s Galleries

For Londoners and visitors alike, Mayfair retains a reputation of opulence, wealth and exclusivity. Take the dozens of art dealerships off Piccadilly, for instance, selling collectors beautiful authentic paintings with seriously steep price tags. While I certainly wasn’t looking to buy any art when I visited Cork Street for the first time, I wasn’t sure […]

New Year, New Directions: CBA Content in 2020

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A new year means unmarked pages waiting to be filled with exploring, learning, growing and creating. It also represents a fresh and refocused start – a time to reflect, set goals and channel positive energy into the next phase of the business. At the end of 2019, we kickstarted our reflections and ran a series […]

Like Mary Quant, Dare to be Different in Your Content Marketing

Mary Quant Fashion Exhibit

London-born fashion designer Mary Quant has gone down in history for her striking, daring and exciting takes on ordinary clothes in the 1960s. She is best known for popularising – some even say inventing – the miniskirt, and making fashion fun, accessible and practical for the modern woman. Fast forward to 2019 and you can […]

Use This Victorian Trick to Know Your Readers Better

Victorian fashion

Thomas and Jane Carlyle’s home in London was the place to be during the Victorian Era. Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Lord Tennyson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are a few of the literary giants who visited the writers’ home, engaging in worldly debates and friendly chats by the fire. The Carlyles moved to Chelsea in 1834 […]

A Summer of Content Adventures and Sunny Outlooks

Summer roadtrip

It’s the last Friday of August and the start of Labor Day weekend in the US – the perfect time to look back on summer and ahead to the fall. These past three months have been full of travel and content adventures. Both uncovered new territory and CBA Content, in particular, benefitted from new collaborations […]

My Favorite Way for Coming Up With New Ideas (and How to Generate Your Own)

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Consider these three facts: The best pizzeria in the world doesn’t use menus that’s how easy they make it for you to decide – Marinara or Margherita. Growing lavender is a gradual process that takes some nurturing if you want it to last for years. Shakespeare is the master of capturing and holding an audience’s […]

A Shakespearean Guide to Writing Killer Landing Pages

Shakespeare

“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” The playwright behind this quote and many other famous lines of speech is none other than the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare. The house where Shakespeare was born and grew up. Like most of his plays and poems, this quote […]

The Magic of Matilda: How to Use Content to Help Others

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By the time she was two, Matilda had learned what most people learn in their early 30s: how to take care of herself. I’ve always thought being able to take care of yourself is an achievement in its own right. So doing it while you’re learning to talk? That’s a superpower. Rewatching the film adaptation […]

5 Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Online Business

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Overheard in the office this morning: “The sun’s out so I can’t complain.” After a few grey days and long months of winter, that pretty much sums up my feelings exactly. Spring has officially sprung in the British capital! Even if I’m still in boots and a jumper (hey, it’s London) the sunnier weather signals […]

Dare to be Like Dracula: The Mesmerizing Power of History & Horror

vlad dracula

Vampires look like humans. Some so beautiful they hypnotize people. Three such mesmerizing vampires seduced a lawyer from England, Jonathan Harker, when he visited Castle Dracula for the first time. It’s not until after Harker escapes from the female vampires’ deadly spell that he realizes Dracula, his host, only wants one thing: human blood. This […]

March of the Penguins: 3 Rituals to Enrich Your Client Relationships

Emperor penguins are extraordinary animals. For starters, they return to the same stretch of frozen water every winter to mate and give life to the next generation of penguins. In between finding a mate and nudging their chick onto the ice for the first time, they endure brutal weather elements (up to -60°C / -76°F), […]

How to Immerse Readers in Your Content

Notting Hill Carnival

When we arrived at the Music Box Village, people had already taken their seats. The film hadn’t started yet but it was plain to see that the show had already begun. We were the actors and actresses, lovers and mistresses, dancers and revellers, dressed as Voodoo maidens and Rio Casanovas. Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, the […]

The Crystal Ball of CBA Content: 5 Bright Visions

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It’s only natural, or supernatural rather, to look at the year ahead each January. In the past, I kept my goals largely to myself, but now that I’m fully responsible for the direction and success of my work life, I’ve decided to spend some time reflecting on the past year and set goals for this […]

Why French Cuisine is Good for Content Marketing

“[T]hey know what to do with every scrap of hoof, snout, entrail, and skin … Because they grew up with that all-important dictum. Use everything! (And use it well.)” This is how Anthony Bourdain describes the French style of cooking in his book, A Cook’s Tour. I picked up his collection of food and travel tales before […]

3 Ways Mary Poppins Can Magically Boost Your Business

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 If you want this choice position  Have a cheery disposition  Rosy cheeks, no warts!  Play games, all sort Does that bring back any childhood memories? Luckily for Jane and Michael Banks, the qualifications set out in their Perfect Nanny advertisement brought Mary Poppins down from her cloud and into their playroom. A little magic could’ve had […]

How to Grow Your Content Strategy Like Lavender

Fields of lavender

Walking through lavender fields in south London last weekend, I was filled with happiness. The beauty, the sight, the smell was all a delight. This new experience wandering through rows of lavender got me thinking — is it possible to give your audience a similarly positive experience through content? Turns out, yes it is. Lavender […]

For the Love of London: What This Content Creation Venture Has Taught Me So Far

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Keep laundry and other chores on Sundays. Set alarm clock (and get up) on weekdays. Grab a newspaper from the tube station every day. This sounds more like personal to-dos than work ones, doesn’t it? That’s because ever since I decided to go it alone and start my own content creation business, I’ve had to […]

Real Talk: What’s Content (and Why Should You Care About It)?

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You’ve heard this term, “content”, being thrown around a lot lately. “If you’re not producing content, then do you even exist?” they say. The word even makes up half of my business’s name. But really, what is it? And why does it matter to your business? Since there is no one-size-fits-all answer to these questions, let’s […]

The Royal Wedding’s Guide to Bonding With Your Readers

Royal Wedding Crowd

“She looked back at us!” “We totally made eye contact!” That’s pretty much how it went (times 100) after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry rode past my friend and me during their wedding procession around Windsor. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry riding down the Long Walk in Windsor.Photo by Sydney Bailey. We felt a real […]

3 Compelling Content Ideas to Win Over Your Audience’s Heart

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The last bite of seafood pasta had been twirled onto my fork and finished off. None of us wanted to leave this restaurant, its beachy, open-air construction built right into the cliff. To remember it, we took a photo with the very friendly staff before saying ciao and grazie. It was a 30-minute walk back to the ferry, but […]

This Content Checklist Will Make More People Want to Visit Your Site

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Bathing suit…check. Passport…check. Boarding pass…check. If only improving your website’s content was as easy as preparing for a trip to the coast of Italy (I may be going there this weekend and it may be consuming all my thoughts). Well, if you knew how to prep your content and had a focused checklist to follow, […]

3 Meaningful Ways to Connect with Your Online Community

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We had 30 minutes to kill before the next bus to Chatsworth, so we started making our way to a coffee shop around the corner. Before going in, I noticed a man in a big green coat and checkered Sherlock Holmes hat talking to my boyfriend. He had just arrived from Baslow, a town over, […]