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Last week, we gathered 200 of the top minds in content marketing at the Bowery Hotel for the fith annual Contently Summit. In truth, I can’t believe that it’s been five years. When we held the first Contently Summit in the fall of 2012, Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comment qualified as a debilitating political gaffe. “Call Me Maybe” was still lingering near the top the pop charts.
A little over three years ago, Sam Slaughter, Contently’s VP of Content, asked me to run The Content Strategist. I’d been writing for the site for a couple years, and I often fantasized that Sam would notice me on the sidelines, admire my immaculate jew fro, and hand me the ball. In true Contently fashion, I ran the blog for the first month as a freelancer, working remotely from Tel Aviv.
Consider this group therapy, in comic form. (All comics by Martin Kozlowski for The Content Strategist.) When it’s your first day on the job… You don’t even want to know what happens when you ask for a new lede. When your boss asks you to audit your company’s existing content… Most of it is spam, which never expires.
As I sat down to write this month’s column, I decided to do something that I should have done months ago. For the first time, I Googled “content marketing mailbag” to see if anyone else is doing this. It turns out they’re not. No one else on earth is as big of a dork as I am. It goes to show: You can plan out all the research and intelligent content strategy choices, but some ...
On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went head to head to make their case for why they should be America’s next leader. The stage also doubled as Facebook Live’s coronation. The social giant partnered with ABC to live stream the debates via Facebook Live, putting the much-hyped feature on the national stage. Early reports show the debate drawing a Super Bowl-sized audience.
Flying 2,500 feet over Lake Michigan in a two-seater airplane, GE Reports Editor-in-Chief Tomas Kellner had some tough choices to make. Should he keep his Periscope live stream going for his captivated audience, or use his phone to switch over to GE’s Snapchat? Would his signal hold? Should he switch over to his DSLR camera to snap photos for the GE Reports blog? What he didn’ ...
By the late ’90s, not everything was awesome at Lego. After a string of product launches that deviated from its core product, Lego was stretched thin. In 1998, it lost money for the first time. The iconic toy company struggled to compete for the attention of children enraptured by video games. With the consumer internet coming into full swing, the brand seemed destined to bec ...
Yesterday, Adblock Plus announced it was launching an ad network called the Acceptable Ad Exchange. The Wall Street Journal reported that Adblock Plus had partnered with Google, AppNexus, and ComboTag on the network, and that they’d all split the revenue. The response from some in the publishing world was swift, angry, and confused.
The ceasefire between Facebook and Adblock Plus is about to end. In an interview at the dmexco conference in Cologne this morning, Adblock Plus co-founder and chairman Tim Scumacher told me that his company would counter Facebook’s latest move to stop its popular ad blocker within the next couple of days. For most of August, Adblock Plus and Facebook have engaged in a hacking war.
Content Marketing World recaps have become a cottage industry in their own right for tech vendors. Everyone is eager to dish about what you missed at the annual bacchanalia of hideous orange outfits, dad jokes, and content talks. Sure enough, there have been a ton of recaps already, including a few very good reads. (Here are three I’d recommend.
It’s almost September, which means a few things: I’m going to have to stop wearing tank tops in the office; Joe Pulizzi just dropped off 17 orange suits at the dry cleaners; and it’s time for another edition of “Ask a Content Guy,” my monthly content marketing mailbag. This month, I’m going to get my Tony Robbins on and talk about story inspiration.
Most companies are thinking about content all wrong—or at the very least, in a very limited way. Content is primarily thought of as a marketing tool—a way to boost brand perception, reach potential customers, and drive leads. But in truth, content can wield a powerful inﬂuence on divisions across the enterprise—particularly any that are external-facing.
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On Monday, Gawker published its last story. It was the media world’s favorite blog, and its shutdown inspired hundreds of thinkpieces. I wrote my own brief memoriam here. But since I cover content marketing for a living, I couldn’t help but contemplate what lessons brands can learn from the site that we loved to hate yet still visited every day.
Apple commercials are normally known for relentless optimism. They’re a sparkling mirror of us at our most creative—curing diseases, making music, laughing in a cashmere sweater. But the one that auto-played in my Instagram feed a few nights ago was strangely depressing. It only got more depressing the more I thought about it. The video opens with an attractive bowl of panang curry.
Last month, YouTube’s biggest star declared war on the media industry. After a slew of media outlets (including us!) covered the FTC’s crackdown on Warner Brothers’s shady influencer marketing campaign with PewDiePie and other YouTubers, PewDiePie struck back. The video game vlogger—who made over $12 million last year—accused the media industry of something worse than hackery: irrelevance.