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Want to know why content marketing has become one of the hottest media trends? Look no further than the fact that brands that excel at content marketing are 27x more “on fleek” and 7x more likely to generate “all the feels,” according to an unverifiable infographic of content marketing stats we just saw on Twitter.
It’s time to panic about another social network. Last week, Medium CEO Ev Williams announced that the company was laying off 50 staffers, closing its offices in New York and Washington DC, and ceasing it’s ad-sales operation. In Williams’s estimation, the company’s Outbrain-esque ad structure to push advertorials on people contributed to a “broken system” of ad-supported media.
When the Content Marketing Institute releases its annual Benchmark Reports, I beeline for one stat: How many people had a documented content strategy? Every year, the shockingly low number of marketers who have a documented content strategy has been the most troubling stat in the robust report. I always expect to see a dramatic rise, but it usually lingers around 33 percent.
The Furrow, John Deere’s magazine for farmers, has been in print since 1895. A few years ago, we published an article about the esteemed magazine, looking at how it’s managed to stay relevant in print even as digital outlets started to dominate. In marketing circles, The Furrow is a legendary entity, the Adam of brand publishing. In 1912, it had a peak circulation of more than 4 million readers.
I’m about to confess something that’ll probably come back to bite me in the butt during my next job interview: I’m a disorganized person. I’ve heard this since kindergarten. “You’re going to have to learn to organize your stuff better if you’re going to make it in the first grade,” my teacher, Miss Jessica, told me.
When it comes to digital advertising, a “big four” have emerged: social ads, display ads, video ads, and native advertising. According to a Salesforce survey of 4,000 marketers, native advertising is currently the third-most popular tactic, tied with video. Native advertising has come a long way since The Atlantic was shilling for Scientology and giving Jeff Jarvis a panic attack on Twitter.
Six years ago, I started working in content marketing. At 23, I helped start an online newspaper out of a Park Slope, Brooklyn coffee shop, and by some stroke of luck, we connected with an upstart digital agency that offered us office space and a small retainer. In exchange, we promised that our small squad of editors and freelancers would serve as the company’s on-call editorial team.
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As 2016 comes to an end, the media industry faces an uncertain future. Fake news has flooded Facebook, captivated the attention of people across the nation, and likely influenced a presidential election. A BuzzFeed report found that the top 20 fake news stories about the election were shared 1.4 million times more than the top 20 real news stories.
My buzzword of the year is “scale.” At some point over the past 12 months, everyone seemed to simultaneously realize that simply saying the word “scale” would make them sound smart as hell in any meeting. When I wrote “scale” into the headline of this article, my first thought was that I’m an all-powerful god. My second thought was that this headline is going to absolutely kill it in search.
Advertisers typically prefer to stay out of politics. Why risk ostracizing half of your potential customers with some divisive statement that alienates the left or the right? But in the sinkhole of a month that’s followed the election, brands are starting to get sucked in. Lately, brands have been getting into more political beefs than Joe Biden after he polishes off a bottle ...
As I write this, a single algorithm controls the flow of 40 percent of all web traffic to publisher sites. It’s the main source of news delivery to 62 percent of all American adults. And chances are that it played a big role in whether you read this article at all. I’m talking, of course, about the Facebook algorithm—the most mysterious part of Facebook’s all-powerful platform.
“We just really need to build a community around ____.” This is the fill-in-the-blank cliché that marketers and entrepreneurs bandy around at every tech and marketing conference. That includes Web Summit, which brought 70,000 tech folks around the globe to Lisbon to pitch, drink, and wonder just what the hell happened in America on Tuesday night.
One big issue has been hanging over this year’s Web Summit, the tech cornucopia that inspired over 70,000 investors, corporate giants, and startup hopefuls to flock to Lisbon this week. No, it’s not the specter of a Donald Trump presidency. Instead, it’s the sudden decline of apps, which casts a cloud over the optimistic pitches that tech companies like to tout with every mobile release.
Reddit can be a dangerous place for brands. Everyone from Nissan to Google to REI has seen attempts to engage users on the platform go horribly wrong. But as Fortune explained in a big profile of Reddit earlier this year, that danger has dissipated as the platform has focused its latest ad efforts on native content.
In the past half-decade, dozens of notable journalists have transitioned into content marketing roles. The most notable of all was former Forbes and Newsweek editor Dan Lyons, whose disastrous experience at HubSpot became a hilarious and tragic best-seller. But aside from the occasional tragedy, these career switches have actually turned out pretty well.
Seventy percent of marketers plan on creating more content in 2017 than 2016. Yet roughly two-thirds of them do so without any documented strategy, and over half don’t know what a successful content marketing program looks like. This is insane. How can we expect to get the budget and resources we need if we don’t actually have a strategy for success? In this webinar, HubSpot ...
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.