Over the years, we’ve written some blog posts and insights that are clear favorites, consistently finding their way to the top of the reading list. Year after year, these include our pieces about how to use quotation marks, five typography rules to design by, misconceptions about graphic design, and, for a change of pace, how to throw a great office baby shower.
As for our 2019 blog posts, there’s a recurring theme to the best-performing pieces, and his name is Allan R. Gold. Allan joined our team as a senior adviser halfway through this year, and he’s been shaming us all on the blog ever since. See below for this year’s top 10 best-performing blog posts, including pieces by Allan and about Allan—as well as a few pieces from the rest of us (but mostly Scott).
This post, published just over a week ago, has already eked into the top 10. In it, Allan awards companies for writing the best content he read this year by topic, including pieces on agile, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability.
In this post, Heather breaks down the content-marketing continuum, from brochures to journalism; explains what classifies as thought leadership; and highlights why thought leadership is what you want to publish—even if you loathe the term.
In another recent post, Scott reveals our new competitive-audits service line, created to help companies take stock of existing content and identify and take advantage of white space.
See the October Gold Standard for Allan’s dissection of great thought-leadership pieces from Bain, BCG, Deloitte, McKinsey, and PA Consulting on topics spanning from the rise of insurtechs to the issues transforming the mining industry.
Getting sick of this yet? Allan shares pieces by Bain, BCG, Deloitte, Heidrick & Struggles, and KPMG in this installment of everyone’s favorite blog.
Brittany and the design team worked together to bring you this interactive piece that walks you through the Leff office and the development path a piece of content typically takes. Maybe people just want to see what our office looks like? Spoiler: includes vinyl and beer.
If you haven’t already heard enough from Allan, Scott sits down with him in this piece to get his take on why firms should write thought leadership (answer: $), how thought leadership has changed, and some of his pet peeves (which, it turns out, he has a lot to say about).
Scott does it again with his take on our four-part framework for assessing pieces of thought leadership, which involves gauging the piece’s freshness and provocativeness, analytical rigor, depth of prescription, and overall readability.
Ringing in at number two is—surprise!—Allan’s first Gold Standard post, featuring a breakdown of the success of pieces from Accenture, Bain, BCG, McKinsey, and Oliver Wyman.
1. The enduring power of the spoken word: A conversation with Professional Speechwriters Association Executive Director David Murray
And our most-read piece of the year is yet another from Scott, in which he chats with Chicago-based speechwriter David Murray about what separates speechwriting from other forms of writing and how to tell a good story.