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Looking for Content Strategy Buy-In? Don’t Rely on the Same Old Arguments

What is a more foundational argument for content strategy? How can you make the case to the C-suite and to mollify skeptical colleagues? It requires you to flip your thinking with this one twist recommended by Robert Rose. Continue reading

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How to Develop and Grow a Successful Podcast

How can a brand’s podcast lead to nearly 2 million downloads with listeners in 200 countries and generate about $500,000 in direct revenue in four years? Joe Pulizzi goes step by step into how This Old Marketing was created. Continue reading

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How to Adopt a Customer-Centric Strategy for Your Content

If products hog the spotlight in your content, opportunities are missed to build customer relationships and revenue. Learn how one company’s customer-centric content framework led to better results for the business and its customers. Continue reading

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Pre-Event Content: 5 Tips for Creating Excitement (and a Bit of FOMO)

Marketers often center campaigns on content, but unfortunately too many marketers of events think about content too late. Learn how to create high-quality and engaging pre-event content with these five tips and examples. Continue reading

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Publishing Frequency: Why (and How) We’re Changing Things Up

How often do you read the weekend blog posts on Content Marketing Institute the day they’re published? Based on traffic, the answer is “sometimes” for many of you. And further analysis led us to a decision on publishing frequency. Continue reading

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Are B2C Content Marketing Teams Getting What They Need to Succeed? [New Research]

B2C marketers soon may find the pressure to do more outpaces the content marketing team’s ability to keep up. That’s just one takeaway from today’s release of B2C Content Marketing 2018: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America. Continue reading

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Education as a Marketing Strategy: 8 Brands Doing Online Classes and More

Marketers often create and distribute educational content through a blog, white paper or how-to video. However, some brands develop full-fledged online and in-person classes and curricula. Look at what eight diverse brands are doing. Continue reading

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The Murky World of Influencer Marketing: How Non-Disclosure Can Hurt Your Brand

If consumers are skeptical toward brands talking about themselves, fire up the social media machine and get more trusted and relatable influencers talking about you. But wait, what about those transparency and disclosure rules? Continue reading

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Less Brand, More Identity: The Zombie Business Cure

Do your brand and identity align? Or is your company a zombie that does whatever it takes to keep going? Learn how to avoid (or cure) your zombie-like behavior by making brand and identity work together in your content. Continue reading

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Are You Ready for Content Marketing in 2018? 60+ Predictions

What changes are content marketers likely to encounter over the next 12 months and beyond? Find out what dozens of experts see on the horizon in Content Marketing Institute’s 10th annual e-book of content marketing predictions. Continue reading

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Content Syndication: More Than a Traffic Boost

Discover how a documentarian-turned-marketer discovered content distribution, syndication, and SEO by accident. Learn the difference between content syndication, licensing, and discovery engines, and the reasons you want to use each. Continue reading

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How publishers are using augmented reality to bring stories to life

Print sales might be on the rise, but that does not mean publishers are turning their backs on digital content altogether. 

While pop-up books used to be the only way to make reading an interactive experience, the rise of augmented reality means that publishers are now able to bring stories to life in a whole new way. 

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Amazon won Thanksgiving and Black Friday as retail strategy varied

Amazon's dominance of online retail in the U.S. was on fully display this Thanksgiving and on Black Friday according to data collected by Hitwise.

According to the competitive intelligence and consumer insights firm, Amazon processed 5.6m transactions on Thanksgiving Day and 7.1m transactions on Black Friday.

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Why SEO is getting vertical-specific

A couple of years ago, Google revealed it was using AI and machine learning techniques, such as its RankBrain system, to improve search results.

This helps it better understand the intention behind the words that searchers type into the search box, with the ultimate aim of making results more relevant and providing the best possible results for each and every keyword.

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10 must-have B2B marketing tools

Whether you’re a marketing veteran, or are brand new to the game, keeping on top of the latest technologies and tools available is a tough ask.

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SEO trends in 2018: What do the experts predict?

What can 2018 throw at us that can top the un-ending dystopian nightmare of 2017?

Thankfully, in this article we're concentrating solely on SEO (..and breathe). We've already looked at the big trends from this year, now let's look into the crystal ball with the help of some search experts.

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

This week’s selection of stats is like a tin of Quality Street (a particular diverse type of English chocolate). You might not like every single one, but there’s bound to be someone out there who will. So, why not share it with your nearest and dearest (or, you know, people you don’t talk to on Twitter)?

The roundup includes talk about personalisation, packaging, and regrettable social media posts. Don’t say we don’t spoil you. 

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Four key traits of ‘human’ brands

As the year draws to a close, talk naturally turns to what the biggest trends of 2018 will be. Will AI dominate? Is personalisation yet again going to take centre stage?

Interestingly, it seems the one thing consumers will look for in the year ahead is a brand that sounds exactly like they do. In other words, emotional intelligence – i.e. the ability to empathise and engage like a human – will become the biggest consumer expectation of all.

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Four key digital trends impacting travel and hospitality brands

The end goal for travel and hospitality brands used to be securing a booking. Now, in an increasingly competitive market, many are placing a greater focus on securing the best all-round ‘experience’.

In fact, this emphasis on customer experience is so high that it has now collectively overtaken customer acquisition as the biggest business priority in travel.

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Target is the latest retailer to launch a mobile wallet: Will it work?

2017 has been a record-breaking year for retail, and not in a good way.

Under pressure from a number of factors, including the growth of ecommerce, brick and mortar retailers have closed thousands of stores this year and some, including big names like Toys R Us, Sears Canada and Payless, have filed for bankruptcy.

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Four steps to optimizing customer experience using data & analytics

Few would argue that two of the most important marketing topics at the moment are customer experience (CX) and data analytics.

Which is interesting as CX and analytics seem worlds apart. CX tends to be a soft, holistic study of how to make customers happier and analytics consists of the cold, hard numbers which fuel return on investment (ROI) calculations.

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What were the biggest SEO trends of 2017?

Well, folks, 2017 is on its last legs (though it's felt that way since January), and that means it's time to look at what happened this year in digital marketing.

Let's start with the big daddy, SEO. What do the experts think was particularly pertinent in 2017?

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Three ways to boost brand safety in the programmatic age

A perfectly planned ad campaign, sabotaged by brand messages popping up next to extremist or inappropriate content. This nightmareish prospect is enough to fill most marketers with fear - and for some, unfortunately, it has become a reality. 

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The best APAC digital marketing stats from November 2017

Unsurprisingly it's been a big month for Chinese ecommerce, with Singles Day dominating the headlines.

Our roundup for November is therefore focused on China and ecommerce, but never fear – we bring you a range of fascinating insights into consumer behaviour, as well as some stats from India, too.

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Is the Calvin Klein & Amazon deal a step-change for multichannel fashion retail?

Last month, Calvin Klein announced a new collaboration with Amazon Fashion for the 2017 holiday season. Along with an exclusive online shop, it has opened two pop-up stores in New York and Los Angeles to run until the end of December.

Previously, Calvin Klein has given department stores first access to its new ranges. This time, however, shoppers won’t be able to get their hands on fresh Calvin’s anywhere but Amazon until January – long after the Christmas period has finished.

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Eight steps to landing page success

A well-designed landing page can make or break a campaign. 

Sure, your ads or emails might be perfectly optimised, but that certainly does not mean guaranteed conversion once visitors arrive on your site. So what makes an effective landing page?

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