erin nelson

  • 36 Case Studies That’ll Help You Understand Content Marketing ROI

    Content marketers are obsessed with tying their work to ROI, and rightfully so. Whether you create content to drive brand awareness, generate leads, or spark a sale, you have a responsibility to show the tangible impact of your investment. ROI means different things to different people, but on a basic level, it’s just proof that your department knows what it’s doing.

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  • Why All Brands Need an Editorial Workflow

    When I first imagined being an editor in New York City, I saw myself tucked away beside a fireplace in a cozy cafe—article and red pen in hand. While this fantasy remains a weekly ambition, it looks nothing like my actual life as a digital editor in 2016. Unlike my fireplace reverie, digital publishing involves a regimented system of checks and balances.

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  • Webinar: How to Leverage Content Across the Enterprise

    Marketing analyst Rebecca Lieb likes to say, “Content is the atomic particle of marketing.” But as we get closer to 2017, we should probably tweak that to: “Content is the atomic particle of all communications.” For the last few years, marketers have tapped into the power of storytelling by creating content that inspires brand awareness, promotes thought awareness, and generates leads.

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  • Here’s Why Infographics Outperform Blog Posts

    For months, my health-nut brother has encouraged me to develop a meal plan. (“Dumplings are not a food group, Erin.”) To humor him, I decided to map out what I would eat. Suddenly, my menu was no longer determined by drunken noodle cravings. I started to classify food by value. I organized components into categories—protein, fats, grains, and vitamins—that would provide enough ...

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  • Contently Case Story: Inside Babbel’s Global Video Strategy

    Two polyglots sit down for coffee and croissants in a cozy Berlin apartment. “I try to speak Portuguese because I really like Brazilian music,” Erika explains in Portuguese. “But why?” Matthew asks in Italian. “Because you like samba or bossa nova music, or do you like fado?” “Well, I also like Portuguese music from Portugal, fado, but it’s very sad,” she responds, switching ...

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  • Webinar: The CMO’s Guide to Hiring for Content

    One of the biggest mistakes a brand can make is to hire someone for a content role without first considering whether that person is equipped to execute within the company’s larger content strategy. Some people excel as creators, writing and editing till it’s time to go home. Others have a knack for the marketing side, understand how content ultimately fuels and serves an entire corporation.

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  • How We Built Our Content Marketing Stack to Drive 10x ROI

    Five years ago, the term “marketing stack” was barely used outside of discussions between the most tech-savvy CIOs and CMOs. There were roughly 150 tools you could use to manage how people interacted with your brand. If you were enough of a marketing geek, you could memorize them over your morning coffee. The scene has changed dramatically since then.

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  • How Content Marketing Teams Are Evolving in 2016

    Late last year, Cisco laid off over 100 marketing staffers. “Now we’re restructuring and hiring two hundred content marketing people globally,” said Katrina Neal, the head of content marketing for Cisco’s service provider segment. The move signifies not only a change in marketing tactics, but also an effort to refocus the company around storytelling. Cisco isn’t the only one to make this move.

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  • How Global Citizen Became the BuzzFeed of Social Activism

    A few weeks ago, comedian Chelsea Handler stuck her face in a bowl of spaghetti bolognese. The video was not a stint on one of her late night appearances. Instead, it was a call to action for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzei to pledge his allegiance to fight world hunger. Orchestrated by Global Citizen—a nonprofit that brings awareness to global issues through social acti ...

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  • How to Build a Content Team

    One of the biggest mistakes a brand can make is to hire someone as part of its content team without considering whether that person is equipped to execute within the company’s larger marketing strategy. “What I usually see a lot is the organization has not enabled enough transition time,” said Baron Manett, former senior vice president of Ariad Communications and founder of Pe ...

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  • Contently Case Story: How Lifetime Daily Used Tech to Scale Its Content

    Harold, a burly 66-year-old man, was devastated when he lost his wife. Exhausted from depression, he could barely get out of bed, let alone run his business. After a few sessions with psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Simon Gunn, Harold took her advice and began an endurance training regimen. Each day, Harold increased the distance he rode his bike and lifted more weights. Slowly, he grew stronger. Dr.

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  • How Coca-Cola Turned Its Digital Publication Into a Global Phenomenon

    Coca-Cola is often hailed for its ability to tell stories that celebrate diversity and inclusion. It’s hard not to be touched by the ad that shows a Coke machine uniting people who live near the hostile Pakistan–India border. And most people probably remember the “America the Beautiful” Super Bowl commercial from 2014, which showed Americans of all ages and ethnicities enjoying ...

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  • How to Hire Superstar Content Marketers

    Last year, Fractl and Moz scoured Indeed.com to understand the demand for content marketing roles. After parsing through over 75,000 job listings that contained digital marketing keywords and content marketing terms (think “social media marketing,” “content strategy,” and “Google Analytics”), researchers found that while brands were on the hunt for content marketers, the right ...

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  • 3 Keys to Great Content Marketing Design, According to The New York Times

    Rachel Gogel is not a fan of the term visual storytelling. To her, it doesn’t capture the unique challenges designers face when telling a brand’s story. Gogel, the creative director for The New York Times’ T Brand Studio is, of course, an expert visual storyteller herself, helping companies tell their stories through native advertisements. “As people, we are storytellers,” she explained.

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  • Thinx’s CEO Talks Feminism, Advertising, and Conscious Capitalism

    When I first asked people what they thought about the concept of ‘period panties,’ they responded with scrunched faces and genuine confusion. “Wait. How does that work?” “Why would anyone want to bleed in their underwear?” These are the questions that Thinx CEO Miki Agrawal has attempted to answer with content campaigns spewed across New York City’s public transportation sys ...

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  • Period Piece

    Miki and Radha Agrawal didn’t plan on disrupting the feminine hygiene industry when they entered a three-legged race. All they wanted to do was win. And the identical-twin soccer stars were well on their way—until Radha felt blood dripping down her leg. She had her period. If you’re a biological female, chances are you’ve got a story like this.

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