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  • [eBook] Influencer Marketing: It’s Time to Get Real

    If you’re interested in influencer marketing, let’s do a little thought exercise: Imagine being invited to a party full of influential people. The moment you walk through the door, you approach the first famous face you recognize and say, “Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but can you help me move this weekend?” Imagine the stunned silence…the sideways glance…the “And you ...

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  • 5 Cool Ways to Make Marketing Magic with Interactive Content

    On the occasion of the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I was thinking about the fantastical wizarding world of Harry Potter. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world with magical items like pictures that move, newspapers that automatically update themselves, portraits that speak? Then it hit me: My smartphone can show moving pictures and auto-updated news ...

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  • What Social Media Marketers Need to Know About Facebook Live

    In the age of Netflix and DVRs, it’s weirdly ironic to watch the growing popularity of live video for social media marketing. Sure, most of it is recorded so you can access it later, but it has far more in common with the nightly news than with modern on-demand, personalized content. It turns out, there’s something about watching an event unfold live that’s hard to replicate.

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  • Avoid Content Ennui: 10 Creative Blog Types to Serve Your Audience

    When it comes to blog content, a lot of us are serving breakfast when we should be serving dinner. Let me explain. Odds are you have a go-to breakfast that you eat nearly every day. A bowl of cereal with a banana, some oatmeal with maple syrup, a haunch of beef seasoned with the tears of your enemies—generally there’s not much variety from day to day.

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  • The 4 Essential Questions Your Content Must Answer in Less than 15 Seconds

    A rodeo cowboy gets eight seconds to become a champion. What can content marketers do with nearly twice that time? HubSpot reports it takes less than 15 seconds for a reader to decide whether or not content is worth the effort. Think about that: In half of the Jeopardy theme, your reader’s mind is already made up. You’re probably familiar with that statistic–it’s a marketing classic.

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  • 11 Common (and Avoidable!) Content Marketing Mistakes, As Explained by Memes

    Question: How do you get better at content marketing? Answer: You learn from your mistakes. Follow-up Question: What’s even better than learning from your mistakes? Answer: Learning from other people’s mistakes. If you’re looking for bad content marketing, it’s a buyer’s market. Every brand is a publishing company now. Some are doing amazing work. Most are…not so much.

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  • 20 Must-Have Content Marketing Tools for Writing Better Blog Posts

    Fans of high culture rejoice. We have finally realized our potential as a species. We have reached the pinnacle of creative expression. That’s right. MacGyver is getting a reboot. For those of you born in the 90’s, MacGyver was a TV show starring Richard Dean Anderson and his amazing mullet: Image via Telestar Breathtaking, isn’t it? MacGyver was a secret agent who used t ...

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  • How B2B Marketers Can Rise Above Roadblocks with Influencer Marketing

    As the old joke goes, there are two seasons in my home state of Minnesota: Winter and Road Construction. Right now, we are smack in the middle of the latter. I’m a guy who doesn’t like pony-sized potholes on my streets. So I try to make peace with the endless lane changes, reroutes, and slow-downs.

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  • The Content Marketing Kitchen: 4 Tips for Writing Delicious Copy

    What does the color blue taste like? How does boredom taste, or the mental image of a square? Pastry chef Taria Camerino could tell you. She has synesthesia, a kind of wire-crossing of sensory input, and her memory works almost entirely through flavor. She’s a pastry chef by trade, making delicacies with flavors based on her unusual gift.

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  • What Does ‘Mobile-Friendly Content’ Really Mean?

    If you’re a 90’s kid, you likely have fond memories of Saved by the Bell and its star, precocious Ferris Bueller type Zack Morris. You could tell Zack was unique among the students at Bayside High. For one thing, he could stop time and address the camera directly. But more importantly, he had a cellular phone. Sure, it was the size (and probably weight) of a brick.

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  • Now Hear This: 10 Digital Marketing Podcasts to Educate and Entertain

    How much time out of your life do you sacrifice to your commute? It’s amazing how quickly it adds up. If you drive/bike/bus just 30 minutes each way, that’s five hours a week. Do that 50 weeks out of the year, and it’s 250 hours, more than six full work weeks. Yeesh. Now, I don’t mean to bum you out. Just pointing out an opportunity.

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  • Learn How to Master Your Content Marketing Supply & Demand

    Marketers who are far smarter than I am have talked a lot about “content shock.” The idea is that content creators keep churning out more and more content, but readers have the same limited time and attention to consume it. It’s simple supply and demand: Supply increases, demand stays the same, and content gets devalued.

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  • New Short Story: How GREAT Marketers Win at Digital Advertising

    How can you help your brand knock out the competition and win customers’ attention? Sometimes great content and a solid content marketing strategy aren’t enough to achieve the results you hoped and planned for. Despite all your training and drilling on tactics, you enter the ring and end up hitting the mat face-first. It’s nice to think that people would be magnetically drawn to your content.

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  • How to Turn Undervalued Content into Content Marketing Gold (The Trick is Repurposing)

    Have you ever lost hours watching Antiques Roadshow marathons? Or do you lead a substantially more exciting life than I do? I can’t help it; there’s something so compelling about finding treasures in your attic. That ashtray is really a Civil War-era candy dish! That punch bowl is really a 12th-Century chamber pot (we sincerely hope you washed it first)! Even though the most ...

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  • Influencer Marketing Is (not) Dead: How to Breathe New Life into Your Program

    What’s a marketer to do? We heard that influencer marketing was the next big thing. We heard about companies getting amazing results with it. But it seems you can’t go anywhere online recently without seeing headlines like this: And this: Note the social shares on those two articles: 242,000 for the first one and nearly 50,000 for the second one.

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  • 7 Infographics Every Digital Marketer Needs to See

    I love infographics as a marketing tool, don’t you? They can convey a huge amount of information in a compact form. It’s an easy way to hit the highlights of your chosen topic without losing the reader to text fatigue. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, so it makes sense that infographics are more effective than text alone.

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