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The One Thing That Can Make a Big Difference in Your Infographics

If your process for infographics is chaotic, content random, and design guidelines unclear, the final product is rarely engaging or effective. Create this one document following a few simple steps to map a clear road for better infographics. Continue reading

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The Business Story Argument: A Working Framework to Pressure Test Your Story

Want an easy-to-follow test to see if your story is well-crafted, entertaining, engaging, and ultimately convincing? Learn Robert Rose’s new three-act pressure test (and how to create the framework if you don’t have one). Continue reading

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Slow Your Content Marketing Down

Much as the slow food movement argues less-but-better food delivers improved health results, the slow content marketing movement believes less-but-better content delivers improved marketing results. Here’s how to go slow. Continue reading

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Thinking of Creating Original Research? 8 Things to Consider

Conducting original research to gather data for e-books, reports, blog posts, etc., requires planning. These eight things are essential for high-quality research to position your brand as a thought leader and helpful resource. Continue reading

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Oops! 17 SEO Misfires to Avoid With Website Content Marketing

No marketing team can perfect its SEO and content marketing. But you can take steps to avoid or at least minimize the common misfires. Let’s start with these 17 frequent mistakes. Continue reading

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How to Use Non-Obvious Thinking to Create Better Content

Though we’re in the middle of a believability crisis, as Non-Obvious author Rohit Bhargava says, don’t be discouraged. Get inspired by the deeper meaning uncovered – and steal these non-obvious ideas for your content marketing. Continue reading

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Chatbots, AI, and Context: Top Takeaways From Intelligent Content Conference

What do we do as technology outpaces our ability to comprehend what we can do with it? Listen to the counsel of Intelligent Content Conference presenters and these three takeaways around chatbots, artificial intelligence, and context. Continue reading

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An Alternative Approach to Developing Content Marketing Personas

Audiences are not just buyers. They may help us connect with new customers. They may amplify our reach. They may strengthen our trust with other audience members. That’s why we must change the way we go about developing our personas. Continue reading

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Dataviz: A Critical Skill for Modern Marketers

Do you know how data visualization can transform your content – and make research more accessible to your audience? Let’s walk through the what, how, and why of dataviz for marketing, including key tips, tools, and helpful resources. Continue reading

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5 Steps to Strategically Reboot Your Brand’s Content Marketing

Content is a brand’s currency to demonstrate relevance and get closer to its customers. But to succeed, company-driven content needs a more strategic approach that rebuilds a brand’s foundational and experiential elements. Continue reading

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How to Create Unified Content That Works in Diverse Global Markets [Examples]

As a marketer in a global company, your content must be unified everywhere in the world. But rigid consistency across cultures can backfire or undercut your business goals. You need a two-direction approach – top-down and bottom-up. Continue reading

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Road Map to Success: Content Distribution Essentials That Win Eyeballs

Your content efforts can live or die based on the distribution and promotion choices you make. Read on for a handy tutorial on the best techniques for driving optimal content discovery, engagement, and performance. Continue reading

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7 Powerful Tools to Automate Tedious Content Marketing Tasks

You know what every content marketer loves? A good tool that saves hours of time (and money). Here are seven favorites to help with SEO, influencers, project management, and much more. Continue reading

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Are Personas Just a Nicer Word for Stereotypes?

Are personas the same as stereotypes? Whether it’s soccer moms, NASCAR dads, or lazy millennials, marketers draw conclusions. Now, 10 marketers share how they view personas and stereotypes in their audience development. Continue reading

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Falling Behind Your Competitors? Build a Content Brand

Though clients trusted the company, its marketing was immature. It lagged in thought leadership and digital marketing – far behind its competitors. Then, the financial services company created a content brand. Continue reading

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A five-step planning process for content marketers (with eight useful tools)

If we’ve got the ability to get publishing to a company blog or other content stream, then the temptation is to start publishing, just get the thing moving and see what sticks. 

I don’t doubt this approach has worked for some companies and people out there, but I often find that a lot of content marketing falters in the long term because of a lack of planning. A lack of planning means a lack of structure, and more than likely a lack of objectives. Not having these means increasing the probability of losing steam.

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

Before you get stuck into that stack of choccy eggs, don’t forget to sample the finest digital marketing stats around this week.

The roundup includes news about US ad spend, programmatic budgets, and online influencers. Check out the Internet Statistics Compendium for lots more to boot.

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Waze opens up location-based advertising to SMEs

Location-based advertising can be a powerful tool for businesses with storefronts and yesterday, brick and mortar SMEs gained a potentially significant new location-based advertising tool. 

That's because Waze, the popular mapping app owned by Google, announced the launch of Waze Local, a new offering that allows SMEs to advertise to drivers as they're on the go.

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Why GDPR means it’s time to get to know your customers

The European Union is dishing up some tough love to brands and advertisers.

And the introduction of the GDPR is set to mark the most significant shift in how brands collect, use and store consumer data in 20 years. The rules for targeting consumers based on third-party data and cookie IDs are changing.

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How Philips is experimenting with shoppable social media

With up to two billion active users it’s clear that platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp simply cannot be ignored when it comes to doing business in the 21st century.

With access to such a vast customer base it’s hardly surprising that businesses have gravitated to social media to cultivate their online persona. Increased brand awareness has been the result, but it's less clear, perhaps, how this has translated into tangible benefits to businesses’ bottom lines.

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DBS Bank now earns twice as much income from digital customers

Singapore's DBS Bank, the largest bank in Southeast Asia, is profiting from its digital investments in a big way.

At an investment conference, DBS CFO Chng Sok Hui revealed that the bank now generates double the income from digital customers as it earns from traditional customers.

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How to optimise your Amazon product ad campaigns

More brands across multiple sectors – such as consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics and fashion – are interested in running product-led advertising on sites such as Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy,Target and others.

This is because online advertising and shopper marketing is going through a major transformation which is being driven by a shift in online shopping behaviours. 55% of all product searches in the US start on Amazon, which suggests more people are searching directly on the large retail and ecommerce websites than on traditional search engines such as Google.

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Facebook will soon require marketers to confirm they have user consent for Custom Audiences

The long-term effects of Facebook's ongoing data abuse crisis are still unclear, but one of the most popular and powerful tools Facebook offers marketers could be changing as a result.

According to reports that have since been confirmed by Facebook, the social media giant is planning to require that marketers using Custom Audiences certify to Facebook that they have obtained consent from the individuals whose data they provide to Facebook.

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10 examples of Cadbury's sweetest marketing campaigns & creative

Not only is Cadbury one of Britain’s most well-known brands, it’s also one of the nation’s oldest - first established in 1824.

Though taken over by Mondelez International in 2010, it has managed to retain its British headquarters (and its decidedly British disposition).

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The best APAC digital marketing stats from March 2018

Here's your latest roundup of Asia-Pacific digital marketing stats, with some great research on ecommerce, payment, industry salaries and adspend.

You can get even more in Econsultancy's Internet Statistics Compendium. On we go...

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