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This Week in Content Marketing: Marketing Associations to Blame Publishers for Allowing Bad Ads

We discuss the publisher's role in battling bad online ads, and media companies' loyalty rankings. Our rants and raves cover Nielsen's flawed Netflix measurement model, then we close with an example of the week from Polyface Farms. Continue reading

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A Content Marketing Love Letter

CMI founder Joe Pulizzi pens a letter from his heart. Beginning with one of the worst days in his professional life, Joe shares how content marketing took off for him and CMI and looks at what’s ahead for him. Continue reading

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Proofing and Editing: How to Make Your Content Less Frightening

Want to know a scary truth ignored by too many content creators? Editing and proofing are not the same thing. Make your content less frightening with these two distinct processes for editing and proofreading. Continue reading

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How Brands Use Pop-Up Experiences to Make a Lasting Impression

How can pop-up experiences deliver something a little more meaningful? Maybe an experience that transcends the selfie moment and has more staying power? Discover how five brands are doing just that. Continue reading

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Audience Strategist: The New, Critical Role on Your Content Team

Content marketing must provide more than one type of value to be worth the investment. It must provide value across multiple business areas. Are you ready for a new role in addition to the one you have? Enter the audience strategist. Continue reading

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How to Use How-To Content to Create and Retain Loyal Customers

Too many marketers fail to create content for the bottom of the funnel. But content for people who are on the verge of buying, who have just bought, and who are between purchases is essential. Learn how outdoor retailer REI does it. Continue reading

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6 Ways Manufacturing Marketers Can Improve Their Content Marketing [New Research]

With today’s release of Manufacturing Content Marketing 2018: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America, we share six ways sophisticated/mature content marketing programs are operating differently than young/first step programs. Continue reading

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4 Ways to Shift Your Thinking to Truly Focus on Your Audience

Are you tired of hearing the mantra, “Audience first.” We are too. But too many marketers aren’t putting the audience first (even though they say they do). Test your own audience-first mentality by answering these four questions. Continue reading

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This Week in Content Marketing: Blogging Research – Longer and Less Frequent for the Win

We reveal news about PNR's future. Meanwhile, advertising's future remains uncertain, and LinkedIn drops the ball on original content. Mumbrella makes our rants and raves; then we share a This Old Marketing example on Lloyd's List. Continue reading

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5 Types of Content That Naturally Attract Links: Insights From 628 Advanced SEOs

Want to earn more backlinks with your content? And subsequently look better in the eyes of Google? Learn the five most effective types of content used by 628 SEO experts to secure links for their brand and its content. Continue reading

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What to Do After You Press Record: A Formula for Videos People Love

People are flocking to Amy Schmittauer’s YouTube series, Savvy Sexy Social. Why? Her popularity comes, at least in part, from her discovery of a formula for making videos that people love. Here’s her nine-part formula. Continue reading

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A Quick-Start Guide to Paid Content Promotion

If you want your content to get discovered by the right audience at scale in today’s noisy landscape, it might be time to consider paid promotion. Here’s a detailed guide on the top options you should consider. Continue reading

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The Rare White Squirrel Who Eats Pumpkins (and Other Stories of Creativity)

How does a white squirrel inspire creative content? Learn that and discover more ideas to make your content more creative – even if you work in a boring industry – with practical tactics from CMI’s Content Creativity Day presenters. Continue reading

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Building Your Content Marketing Team? 14 Skills for New, Growing, and Mature Programs

Who do you need on your content marketing team to make it successful? Let’s take a step back and first look at what skill areas your content marketing team must cover – for the young, growing, or mature content marketing operations. Continue reading

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Content Creation Robots Are Here [Examples]

What’s the role of bots (AI) in content creation? A growing one. From corporate earnings reports to election results coverage and even reports from the Olympics, high-profile media are using them, and brands are too. Continue reading

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This Week in Content Marketing: Is There a Crisis in Content Marketing?

We discuss revenue moves from CNN and Guardian, and whether content marketing is in crisis or on the verge of opportunity. Rants and raves cover audience building and the flight to video; then we float an example of the week your way. Continue reading

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Six excellent hotel websites (and how they encourage direct booking)

Online travel agencies (OTAs) have enjoyed huge growth over the past few years, with the majority of consumers now booking hotels and accommodation via third-party sites. 

However, new research from Kalibri Labs suggests that consumer favour could in fact be be shifting, reverting back to brand hotel sites rather than OTAs.

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From zero to CMO: Five essential steps

Almost everyone is planning their next career move and they often think about what they need to do to make it happen.

Some, however, have a longer time horizon and bold ambitions. They may be writing email copy now, but they have visions of becoming the chief marketing officer (CMO) one day.

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The role of copywriters in a GDPR-ready world

The GDPR will apply to any company that holds data on EU citizens, so affects global as well as European-based companies. 

Those companies that don’t comply with the regulation could face massive fines. And it’s likely that could be more than a few – some estimate that 75% of current marketing data won’t comply with GDPR.

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10 interesting digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

We’ve got a shedload of stats for you to enjoy this week. The roundup includes news on consumer trust, predicted retail spend, AI, and some rather positive updates about Amazon.

The trusty Internet Statistics Compendium is also ready and waiting, should you require any more statistical goodness to round off your week.

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Why online shoppers abandon their baskets and how to stop them

Basket abandonment remains a big challenge for ecommerce retailers, with the latest stats suggesting a global abandonment rate of 76.9%.

How to reduce this is just one of the topics discussed in Econsultancy’s Ecommerce Best Practice guide, which also delves into other important areas of ecommerce such as search data and landing page design.

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What marketing leaders can learn about professional development from the military

While conducting research for Econsultancy’s How Marketers Learn report, I spent some time wondering about what company or industry represented best practice in terms of providing development opportunities to its staff which in turn would result in a more effective organisation.

Fortuitously, at around this time I bumped into a retired member from the British Armed Forces. It turns out that there's quite a lot that professional organisations can learn from the military.

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US online sales to surpass in-store sales this holiday season: report

Every year, online retail smashes new records during the holiday shopping season and this year is expected to be no exception. In fact, 2017 could be the year in which a significant symbolic milestone is achieved.

According to global consultancy Deloitte, for the first time ever this holiday shopping season, American shoppers will buy more online than they purchase offline.

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A close up look at Maybelline’s brow-raising success with visual content on social media

According to a recent study by ShareIQ, Maybelline has seen the highest levels of engagement for a cosmetics brand across visual social media platforms so far this year. 

It has generated nearly 60m likes on Instagram, which is 49x the amount of rival brand Revlon. Meanwhile, Maybelline now has over 100,000 followers on Pinterest, while brands like Estee Lauder and CoverGirl are trailing behind with an average of 60,000.

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Ebay becomes latest ecommerce brand to offer visual search

Ecommerce pioneer eBay doesn't make headlines nearly as often as peers like Amazon, which appears well on its way to taking over the world, but that doesn't mean that eBay isn't trying to rekindle growth through innovation.

Case in point: on Wednesday, the company, which had already applied visual search to its Motors app, announced broad new image recognition features for its mobile apps which allow users to "use pictures instead of words to search eBay's 1.1 billion listings."

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