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What big content marketing trends do you see for next year? -Jake, New York As I sat down to write a navel-gazing trends piece for the fifth straight year, I couldn’t help but think of this cartoon by The Marketoonist for two reasons. 1. This cartoon is way too real. I own that outfit. I’ve had that exact conversation at six different conferences this year.
At 4:40 pm on Thanksgiving, as I was explaining how I’d found synergy between two family recipes to optimize the juiciness of the turkey, I realized that marketing speak had finally sabotaged my vocabulary. “What are you talking about?” my cousin asked. She was looking at me like I was an alien from a planet where everyone was born with four tentacles and two MBAs.
This summer, I jumped at my first opportunity to head to Cannes. The awesome folks at Index Exchange invited me to host their video studio and interview a couple dozen different ad-tech leaders over the course of the five-day festival, which gave me a convenient excuse to buy aviators and white pants.
Last month I started working at a Mexican e-commerce company as the content manager. The truth is that content marketing is pretty much new around here. The first thing I did when I got the job was to do research, and I’ve been doing that ever since. I’m worried that I’ve been overdoing it, and now I’m at that point where I don’t how to start.
If you’re a marketer with a pulse and a subscription to Ad Age, you’ve heard that great content is the key to building relationships with your target audience. But amidst all the top-of-funnel engagement metrics, lead attribution data, and fancy Powerpoints designed to convince our bosses to double our content marketing budgets, one question often goes unanswered: What type of ...
This decade, native advertising has been one of the hottest—and most controversial—media trends. It’s been heralded as both a savior of the media business and a slayer of reader trust. The truth likely falls somewhere in the middle. Like it or not, native advertising has become a key revenue stream for publishers and a go-to tactic for advertisers.
Over the last few years, Vox Creative—the native ad arm of Vox Media—has shot to the A-list of native advertising options, earning perhaps the best reputation of any shop not named T Brand Studio. Its high-quality branded documentary series, like “Two-a-Days” for Russell Athletics, integrate well into Vox’s portfolio of sites.
The Economist’s Mina Seetharaman has a message for brands: If you’re not solving a real problem for people, you shouldn’t create content. “People tend to think about content marketing or branded content as longform advertising,” Seetharaman, the global managing director of marketing solutions, told me. “You really have to look from the outside in.
Rob Holzer remembers the first time he came to Cannes six years ago after starting Matter Unlimited, an agency focusing on ad campaigns that drive positive social change. “People would sort of just tilt their head nicely and be like, “Oh. That’s nice,” Holzer recalls. “But, like, how are you guys going to make any money?” Since then, Matter Unlimited has thrived helping brand ...
Six years ago, I launched a site to cover the intersection of advertising and technology in New York. One of my first profiles was on Huge—a small, red-hot Dumbo design agency that had designed a mobile streaming app called HBO Go. This past summer, I caught back up with Huge founder Aaron Shapiro, who has since turned his small shop into a full-services operation with thousan ...
Last week, the world got wind of the biggest Facebook algorithm change in years. Google officially reclaimed its spot as the top source of referral traffic since Facebook overtook it in August 2015, which means the world’s biggest social network has been pushing less and less traffic to content. According to a Parse.ly data analysis of over 2,500 sites, Facebook referral traffic now sits at 35.
What makes GE’s content a hit while other brands fall flat? Why do some Super Bowl commercials make us tear up while others leave us staring blankly at the nachos? In all likelihood, your answer boils down to “because it’s good.” But according to Brian Millar, founder of the Emotional Intelligence Agency (EIA) and one of the UK’s top content research firms, there’s a deeper sc ...
“You really have to check out…” Whenever my friends used to say this, the recommendation at the end of the sentence would be a restaurant or bar or TV show. Now, it’s a podcast. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Over the last decade, audio storytelling—one of our oldest mediums—has seen an unprecedented explosion in popularity.
Netflix drives how we think about so much: dating, friendship, introversion, internet memes. But I’m a total dork, so when I think of Netflix, the first thing I focus on is content strategy. In a book I co-wrote with Contently founder Shane Snow that’s being published this fall 1, we write about Netflix’s foray into original programming.
For years, publishers and brands have had a contentious relationship with Facebook. Brands took a huge hit two years ago when average organic reach on Facebook plummeted below two percent. And publishers have struggled to figure out whether Facebook is a friend or foe when it comes to both relying on the site for traffic and promoting native advertising.
What are your go-to content marketing metrics? That’s one of the toughest questions for marketers to answer, and one I heard repeatedly at both Content Marketing World and Cannes this summer. When I asked Ann Maranovich, SVP of Content Strategy and Partnerships at Forbes, at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, she was adamant that one of the best things any marketer can d ...
A common mantra at Content Marketing World, the aggressively orange extravaganza held in Cleveland every September, is that marketers need to think more like journalists. But for the past year, I’ve been a journalist trying to think more like a marketer. Even though I gave up full-time journalism years ago when I went from overseeing a news site to running editorial and conten ...
Let’s talk about the content marketing industry’s favorite chart. We love this chart! It pops up in about 75 percent of all content marketing talks, showing the explosive growth in searches for “content marketing” this decade. I use it in three different presentations. It’s basically our industry’s version of the “Everything is Awesome” theme song from The Lego Movie.
Vice. Vanity Fair. UBS. This unlikely trio may seem like the setup to a very geeky “walk into a bar” joke. But over the past three years, financial services giant UBS has been partnering with Vanity Fair and Vice on one of the most ambitious and intriguing partnerships in finance content: Unlimited, an editorial site designed to reach wealthy women and millennials.
Welcome to Ask a Content Strategist, the column where I answer the questions you’re terrified your boss will ask you in the next marketing all-hands meeting. It’s July, which means two things: seething with jealousy over the out-of-office messages of your European colleagues (“On Holiday until September!”), and a chance to take a breath and reflect on our biggest marketing challenges.