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  • Content Marketing Evolution: 5 Major Content Marketing Trends for 2018

    Do you remember upgrading from an old square TV to a high-definition model? It was an amazing leap forward in the viewing experience. Then came 3D televisions…and no one really cared. Then even bigger screens, then curved displays, OLED, smart TVs, 3D and 4k. None of these advances have really fired up the imagination of the TV-buying public.

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  • 4 Search Trends That Made Waves in 2017

    For the past two decades, the pinnacle of search sophistication was talking to a search engine like you’re Tarzan. “What are the best hiking boots for men?” became “best hiking boots men.” “How many ounces are there in a pound?” became “number ounces pound.” Question words, articles, adjectives, or any such linguistical fanciness would confuse the humble algorithms.

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  • 5 Outdated Content Marketing Tactics (And What to Do Instead)

    Can I interest anyone in an iPhone? No, not the iPhone 8 or X. I’m talking about this bad boy: No takers? But it has a 320X480 pixel screen, 128 Mb of RAM, and a single 2-megapixel camera! Back in 2007, this was the hottest phone on the market. People lined up in front of stores just to get their hands on one. You get the point: State of the art quickly becomes laughably outdated.

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  • Content Marketing Lessons from 4 Holiday Ad Fails

    Making a great holiday ad should be simple. Start with a heartwarming message about love, peace, and goodwill. Add twinkling lights and evergreen trees and families getting warm by a fire. Then add your brand’s logo discreetly toward the bottom right. There you have it – a holiday ad that won’t offend, creep out, or annoy anyone.

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  • Values in Marketing: How Taking a Stand Boosts Your Business

    What do Home Depot, Ikea, Dillard’s and REI have in common? They all will be closed for Thanksgiving this year, joined by dozens more major retailers. REI in particular will remain closed through Black Friday as well. On some of the biggest shopping days in the U.S., these retail giants are encouraging potential customers to stay home. On the surface, it seems like a risky move.

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  • 5 Questions to Answer BEFORE You Develop a Social Media Strategy

    Last weekend I decided to build something. So I went to Home Depot and asked a nice man in an orange apron to tell me what supplies I needed. “Okay, what are you building?” he asked. “Oh, you know, something…maybe out of wood? Perhaps a birdhouse, or some furniture, or a planter,” I replied. “Don’t worry; I have lots of tools and I’ve seen other people build things, so I’m ready to go.

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  • 4 Spooky Marketing Lessons from Classic Halloween Monsters

    Halloween is objectively the best holiday of the fall-winter season. You don’t have to go broke buying people gifts. You don’t have to cook an enormous meal (then pass out after gorging on turkey). The only obligations for Halloween are to play dress up and eat candy! Not to mention I’m somewhat partial to the holiday’s aesthetic.

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  • B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks: How We All Can Do Better

    B2B content marketing is having a moment—a moment that’s rapidly becoming a movement. We’re finally breaking free of the idea that “professional” means “boring.” Transparency and authenticity are becoming more than just buzzwords. Unique, emotionally compelling content used to be the outlier; soon it will be the norm. It’s thrilling to see B2B content marketers find a new groove.

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  • How to Choose Dynamic Images for Your Blog Posts

    I’m a content writer, not a graphic designer. My job is to make the words dance, to convey useful information in an entertaining way. As such, for a long time visuals were just an afterthought for me. Yeah, a blog needs a header image. So after I’m done writing I’ll slap something on there, check that box, and send it off to the client.

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  • LinkedIn Native Video: What Works, What Doesn’t, What Marketers Need to Know

    Video content is eating the internet. It started with video-specific platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. Then Twitter and Facebook added support for live and pre-recorded video. Now these insatiable moving pictures are becoming serious business: LinkedIn now supports native video. What would compel a buttoned-down, professional networking site like LinkedIn to embrace video? Si ...

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  • How to Find the Stories in Your Data for Compelling Reporting

    Our hyper-connected digital world is defined by an overabundance of data. Everything’s measurable, trackable, and quantifiable. Want to know how many people died on screen in your favorite movie? Or how much ice cream the average American eats per year? The data’s at your fingertips. The ready availability of data is great for marketers.

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  • Make Your Audience a Community: Put Culture at the Core of Your Content Marketing Strategy

    Jean Giraudoux once said, “The secret to success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” It’s a funny indictment of how to take exactly the wrong approach to authenticity. But too often, brands and marketers miss the sarcasm. We target an audience, then carefully cultivate an image to appeal to them. We create the appearance of a culture that matches theirs.

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  • Tips for MakingVideo Content that Earns Attention from Andrew Davis #CMWorld

    The inimitable Andrew Davis is the best-selling author of Town, Inc. and an in-demand marketing speaker. After his presentation at Content Marketing World 2017, I can see why. He made me feel stupid. And I’m incredibly grateful. The best presentations make you feel stupid in retrospect. Of course! It’s so obvious that this is the way to do it! Why haven’t we been doing it th ...

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  • Final Boarding Call for Content Marketing World: Don’t Miss these 10 Presentations

    Does anyone look forward to getting on an airplane anymore? Sure, you may be excited about where you’re going or what you plan to do when you get there. But anyone happily anticipating the screening, boarding, and flying part—well, I’ll have whatever vitamin supplement they’re on. If you’re headed to Content Marketing World, odds are there’s a flight in your immediate future.

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  • Why HTTPS Matters for Content Marketers: Website Security, SEO, and Customer Trust

    Full disclosure: As a content marketer, I’m still trying to round out my technological knowledge. The complex inner workings of the internet might as well be some combination of elves, gnomes, and unicorns. As long as it delivers my content (and a steady stream of memes and status updates), it doesn’t matter how the internet works, right? But it’s time for all content markete ...

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  • 20 Jokes Only a B2B Marketer Will Get

    Lately, there’s been a big push for adding humor and personality into B2B marketing. I’m all for it—not only does it play into my natural strengths, it means that B2B marketers can bring more creativity and fun into their day-to-day. It may be hard to cast off the idea that we on the B2B side have to be buttoned-down, professional, and above all, inoffensively bland.

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