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The Zen of Content Marketing: Higher Consciousness, Better Performance

Let these highlights from Robert Rose’s zen-sensible columns in 2017 give you an opportunity to step back from the demands of your job and rekindle your enthusiasm for what this marketing business is all about. Continue reading

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6 Content Marketing Ideas to Steal From the Awards Finalists of 2017

To paraphrase a familiar quote, “Good content marketers copy. Great content marketers steal.” We want you to be great. That’s why we suggest you steal these six ideas executed by Content Marketer of Year finalists. Continue reading

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Community Management: A Social Media Expert Spills Her Secrets

Do you know the key attributes for successful online community building? What about the tools to make an engaged community efficient, effective, and manageable? Learn from the social media expert’s expert on how to do it well. Continue reading

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3 Aha Moments to Improve Your Content Marketing in 2018

She’s read thousands of articles and written hundreds of posts about content marketing. But this author still had some aha moments on the subject in 2017. Find out her three lightbulb moments that can help you in 2018. Continue reading

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The New Marketing: How to Manage a Media Arm Within Your Company

What does it look like for a brand to run a media organization? Discover the key points learned by Arrow Electronics after it acquired 50-plus media properties and formed Arrow Media Group. Continue reading

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Voice Search: Is Your Content Prepared for the Verbal Revolution?

Voice-enabled search is a big topic in SEO circles, but many content marketers haven’t embraced the implications. A Moz SEO and content architect shares what you need to know to respond to the growing power of voice search technology. Continue reading

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The One Thing Killing Your Most Creative Content Ideas (and How to Stop It)

If your creative content marketing ideas are met with a big “no!”, don’t get discouraged. The problem may be how you’re presenting the idea. Here’s how to stop bad pitches from killing your best ideas. Continue reading

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10 Ways to Make Videos Your Customers Can’t Resist

Ever lose track of time watching videos online? What makes them so hard to resist? TechSmith’s learning and video ambassador knows. Here are 10 ways he suggests to make your videos as engaging as possible. Continue reading

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3 Simple Tools for Hiring Great Content Creators in Less Time

Do you find hiring great content creators takes too much time? Do you struggle to weed out the vast applicant pool to find quality candidates? Discover some digital tools for a more efficient and effective selection process. Continue reading

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Video Storytelling Secrets From an Award-Winning Series

Great video storytelling doesn't require a great budget. But it does require planning, well-selected subjects, and a willingness to adapt. Discover the 10 must-dos from the creators of Visa's award-winning Solo Traveller series. Continue reading

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6 Mistakes Ruining Your Charts and Infographics

Want tips guaranteed to result in bad charts? Probably not. Yet sometimes you can learn best from things gone wrong. Discover six ways data visualization mistakes confuse, bore, and bother your audiences­ – from the guy who wrote the book on it. Continue reading

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How Content Marketing Can Save Your Digital Marketing Strategy

In a world where most companies don’t have an integrated digital marketing strategy, now’s the time for content marketers to step up their leadership. Let CMI’s chief strategy advisor explain. Continue reading

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Five things which ecommerce managers will worry about in 2018

2017 was a tough year for brands. Sales continued to shift from stores to ecommerce, and ecommerce was increasingly dominated by marketplaces.

So how are ecommerce managers at brand reacting to this threat?  And what else will be on their minds in 2018?

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How to deal with cart abandonment: Inside the mind of a customer

Buyers abandon carts. It’s normal. In fact, about three of every four retail shoppers simply leave their items behind in their online cart.

To understand how to deal with this, you really need to get inside your customers’ heads. The key to getting them back is understanding why they left.

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Three brand campaigns that successfully engaged Gen Z

Today’s youth – or ‘Gen Z’ as they’re also known – can be a tough crowd. 

Well-informed, digitally-savvy, and particularly cynical when it comes to brand marketing – 16 to 24-year olds are an entirely new breed of consumers. 

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Three content marketing trends for 2018

Over the past five years, content marketing has gone from being the 'shiny new object' in marketing to one which is taken as seriously as SEO, SEM, and social media.

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If PPC is a line item on your media plan, you're not very good at it

Biddable media is not the same as traditional media. You do not do deals, buy it upfront and report on the results later.

In AdWords, for example, you bid on trillions of different data points in a live auction.

So why do I keep seeing PPC as a line on the media plan? It’s a nonsense that weeds out the amateurs.

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AudioBoom on why podcasts are an advertisers dream

Podcasts have exploded in popularity in the past couple of years. Once a forgotten medium, it’s now a burgeoning market, with the number of monthly listeners steadily growing year on year. 

So, what’s behind the boom and what are the opportunities for brands? I recently caught up with Oli Walters, head of Sales at Audioboom, to get his thoughts on the matter.

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Is the influencer marketing bubble set to burst?

Last year, influencer marketing became a billion-dollar industry, with reports suggesting that it could be worth a whopping $2.38bn by the time 2019 rolls around.

Other research suggests a similarly positive outlook.

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A day in the life of... a design strategy lead at Fjord

It's a cracking 'day in the life' this week, as we spend time with John Jones, global design strategy lead at Fjord.

Let's see what makes Jones tick. And remember, if you're looking for a new role, check out the Econsultancy jobs board yourself.

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Four digital transformation secrets, revealed

After years of discussions, digital transformation has finally become a reality at many organisations.

And along with actual transformation projects has come the realisation that digital transformation in practice is quite different than digital transformation in theory.

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

We hope you enjoyed a happy and healthy start to the new year, dear readers. 

Let’s start as we mean to go on, shall we? Here’s a top-notch roundup of this week’s best digital marketing statistics, including news about TV ads, cybersecurity, QR codes, and ecommerce sales.

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Why the ‘working backwards’ method is key to a superior customer experience

When you think about the reasons you might buy an Apple product, the specific features of a smartphone or iPad might not necessarily come to mind. Similarly, you probably don’t think about all the products you’ve bought when discussing the benefits of using Amazon. 

Instead, you might be more likely to think about the brand as a whole, the over-arching customer service it offers, or even the role it plays in your life. 

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What is cross-channel marketing and why do you need it?

Today’s consumers are more connected than ever before - constantly checking emails, social media apps, and even interacting online via voice technology. 

For brands, the challenge is to cut through the noise to be able to reach consumers at the right time. This is where cross-channel marketing comes in: an approach that allows brands to seamlessly communicate with consumers across multiple touchpoints.

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The best APAC digital marketing stats from December 2017

It's a relatively brief but interesting roundup this month, with India featuring heavily.

Reports from Google, YouGov and Unicef all provide interesting reading. Remember to check out Econsultancy's Internet Statistics Compendium for more.

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Why fashion and beauty brands are still betting on chatbots

Chatbots have gone in and out of favour during the past couple of years. First touted as the ‘next big thing’ for marketing, many brand examples have since died a death due to the tech lacking sophistication or failing to provide any real relevance for consumers.

That being said, the fashion and beauty industries still appear attached to the concept, with many more brands launching AI-powered chatbots in the past year or so.

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