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This Week in Content Marketing: Facebook Is Worth $400 Billion and Just Getting Started

We review some top U.S. media trends impacting content marketing, and explore Edison Research's new findings on Facebook's smartphone. Our rants and raves include last-click attribution and Walkers Crisps; then we wrap up with a tasty example of the week from Williams Sonoma. Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical Content Marketing: How to Cure What Ails You

Do you have trouble communicating the benefits your business provides in terms that the government will allow and that consumers can relate to? Content marketing can help you address these issues and strike a healthy balance. Continue reading

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Is It Time to Invest in PPC Campaigns for Your Content?

Pay-per-click and content marketing can seem like contrasting ideologies -- but the two can work together. Find out how PPC can act as a secret weapon for your content marketing, supercharging your content campaigns and giving you an edge over your competition. Continue reading

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The Future Model for Content Marketing and Media Are Identical

Cosmo’s mission statement focuses on its audience and doesn’t mention what it sells. Exxon Mobile’s only talks about what it sells. Which mission connects to a lasting business content model for many brands – traditional media or not? Continue reading

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Interactive Content Fuels Customer Experiences [Research]

Nearly half of marketers surveyed by CMI are using interactive content. Their top reason? Engagement, followed by audience engagement and brand awareness. Learn more about marketers and interactive content in our latest research. Continue reading

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Agile Practices: How to Avoid Mistakes Our Marketing Team Made

A marketing team practicing Agile project management made so many mistakes that half of them locked themselves in a room and didn’t leave until they addressed significant shortcomings in their approach. Here’s what they learned. Continue reading

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Is Your Brand Really Who It Says It Is?

Are any of us – brands and individuals alike – really who we say we are? Welcome to the quagmire that is authenticity in social media and watch your step. It’s a minefield. How can you be authentic in a self-selected shiny world? Continue reading

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This Week in Content Marketing: Mary Meeker Dedicates Entire Slide to Content Marketing

We dissect Mary Meeker's 2017 Internet Trends report, and discuss a new way to feed ravenous content appetites. Our rants and raves include No Wasted Opportunities; then we close the show with an example of the week from Land Rover. Continue reading

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Nonprofit Marketing in 2017: Challenges, Strategies, and Examples

Nonprofits have something many B2B and B2C marketers don’t have: a mission, a reason for existing that doesn’t boil down to “sell something.” But that’s just the start of what you should have for successful nonprofit content marketing. Continue reading

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5 Editorial Experiments You May Want to Try

In the early days, we experimented with content. As we learned what worked, we focused on that. But that doesn’t mean we should stop trying new things. This summer, we’re conducting five experiments and inviting you along for the ride. Continue reading

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This Week in Content Marketing: Could Digital Advertising Be Ready to Pop?

We discuss the state of digital advertising and debate whether it has truly become a "nightmarish joke." Rants and raves include CPA Australia and the crazy-creative connection; then we close with an art-inspired example of the week. Continue reading

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Do You Know Your Why? Your Content Marketing Success Depends on It

What you sell often is primary to the company mission, and in turn, to your content marketing mission. That results in self-serving content that does nothing for the audience and wastes brand resources. What if you focused on the why? Continue reading

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Hacking Your Buyer Personas: The Only 3 Questions You Need to Ask

If you have the time for extensive buyer personas, that’s great. But what if there’s a quicker way? You won’t get the same meticulous data, but you will have a solid foundation – and the time – to create relevant content. Continue reading

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Content Marketers in Sports and Showbiz: Examples and Tips to Help You Win Loyal Fans

If you’re a content marketer in the sports and entertainment field, you know it’s not all fun and games. Here are a few things – and some examples – to help you win more loyal fans and influence purchases in this landscape. Continue reading

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Excellence in Content Marketing: Be Inspired by Some of our Judges’ Favs

Excellence in content marketing involves many things – audience, intent, format, design, ROI, and more. Learn six of the central themes seen in the winning entries of the 2017 Content Marketing Awards, which were announced today. Continue reading

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Six consumer brands with picture-perfect Pinterest strategies

While Instagram and Facebook might be the first port of call for brands on social media, Pinterest is certainly one platform to watch.

Last month Pinterest was valued at $12.3bn, and it’s predicted to generate more than $500m in revenue by the end of this year. This is mainly thanks to the platform's growing potential for advertising, with new visual discovery tools and shoppable content driving interest. In turn, many brands are also starting to take the platform more seriously.

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The tech & CX challenge: Playing safe doesn't cut it any more

Over the last 10 years, businesses have changed dramatically. Gone are the days when companies decided who they communicated to, when they communicated and where they communicated.

Customers now want to do things in whatever way is easiest for them, and with this type of expectation growing, businesses are no longer calling the shots when it comes to customer wants and needs.

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Customer experience in Amazon's New York book store: Why not just buy it online?

The first and overwhelming impression when visiting Amazon’s first New York location is that of familiarity. 

The look and feel, wooden shelves with white on black signage just above is reminiscent of the British retailer Waterstones, which operates in the same sector. Further, second-tier typography, this time white on royal blue, has shades of WHSmith, another old-hand.

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The best APAC digital marketing stats from June 2017

Better late than never, here's your roundup of all the best digital marketing stats from Asia-Pacific in June 2017.

Topics include misconceptions of adland, mobile video in India, ecommerce in Malaysia, and VR in China.

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17 No-Cost Ways Writers Can Extend Reach of Their Editorial

Writers spend most of their time writing, but they and the entire team need to make sure there is ample time to promote – to extend the reach of their content. CMI takes you behind the scenes to share how we do it. Continue reading

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Bingeable Content: How to Move Buyers Through Your Sales Cycle Faster

What if you delivered content like Netflix? Enticing prospective customers with content they can binge on? If you did, you’d never waste another click to a dead-end content asset. You’ll keep people hooked after they click. Here’s how. Continue reading

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Content Marketing Industry: What’s Happening in Hiring [Research]

Hiring and retaining talent is an ongoing struggle. Learn what the research shows about content marketing hiring – from the biggest geographic markets to role-specific salaries, and from desired skill sets to retention activities. Continue reading

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This Week in Content Marketing: Special Episode – How We Create Content

In this special episode, we share details of our personal working styles and processes, offer some content marketing predictions for the remainder of 2017, and share an example of the week that got Robert's engines revving. Continue reading

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How to Beat the Battle of an Ineffective Blog

Considering how powerful a role blogs can play in achieving content marketing goals, it's somewhat surprising to see such a gap between those who use it and those who rank it the top factor of success. Here are some ideas to bridge that gap. Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Page Ranking for One Keyword

How can you guide Google to improve the ranking of a page for the keywords you want? Let’s see how you can optimize a page for a keyword and improve its rankings in an efficient way by avoiding over-optimization mistakes. Continue reading

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7 Things You Need to Have a Productive (and Happy) Content Marketing Team

Individual tricks are useful, but what does your team need to make sure they are working in the best possible way? Read on for a mix of tools and ideas to help your team focus on creation, not process. Continue reading

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20 Lesser-Known Tools for Smart Content Creators

You’ll want to bookmark this post with 20 lesser-known but extremely helpful content-related tools. From headline analyzers to research and SEO resources, and from infographic creators to meme designs, these tools can be a big help. Continue reading

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