• Content shock re-visited, the content marketing myths and realities

      By Mark Schaefer For the past few years I’ve been a contributor to The Harvard Business Review. I submit my very best article once a quarter or so, an editor reviews it, she suggests some minor modifications, and then it would be published. Last week, I received a note from my editor that stabbed me in the heart: Mark, this is an excellent article.

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    • Should your content generate leads or relationships?

      A few years ago I had an interesting conversation with a Hubspot executive (now a former executive … but that’s another story). His business goal was to generate an ever-increasing number of leads from his company’s blog content and he wanted my ideas on what they might try to kick the number up. “Are you sure that’s the right goal?” I asked.

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    • What to do if the president tweets you

      By Mark W. Schaefer I was interviewed this week about my views on how the new U.S. President has used and abused Twitter. I was asked if Donald Trump has changed Twitter, perhaps even pumped the channel with new life and vitality. And even more important, how has he changed the dynamics of PR … any company or public figure could become a tweet target! Twitter is consistently ...

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  • The world is flat, if we let businesses keep it that way

    By Mark Schaefer Every few years, I find a business book that upends my way of thinking. One of those events occurred in 2005 when I picked up The World is Flat by economist and columnist Thomas Friedman. The book envisioned a world where businesses — not governments or politicians — would help create a safer and more predictable world.

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  • 5 Steps to conduct a superior podcast interview

    By Mark Schaefer With the release of a new book, I’ve probably done 100 interviews in the last three months. And I found a stark contract in the quality of the interviewers! Creating a great interview can be an extremely effective and time-efficient way to do a podcast, blog post, or video but it takes some skill to pull it off.

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  • How I totally screwed up my blogging strategy

    By Mark Schaefer A few weeks ago, I sat down to prepare for the upcoming week’s blog schedule and I became paralyzed. For the first time in years, I seemingly had nothing to write about. I knew if there ever came a time when I had to “force” content onto {grow} it was a sign that I needed to stop blogging so this was a bad sign. It is quite sickening to reach a point where the ideas stop.

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  • Tearing down the house: How to handle social media haters

    By Mark Schaefer I live in a quaint lake community where there is a mix of new, modern homes and cottages built in the 1960s and 70s. As the value of lake land goes up, we are seeing many of these smaller houses being torn down to make away for a bigger and more modern structure. Such was the case this week when a house on the other side of my cove was torn down.

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  • How often should I blog? Five steps to answering the question

    One of the questions I am asked most often is “how often should I blog?” So let’s get into that one today. I’ve seen a lot of studies declaring optimum posting schedules but like everything in marketing, the answer is, “it depends.” There is no formula, only guidelines, and it’s up to you to find a consistency that’s right for you and your business.

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  • Three proven tips on finding niche markets hungry for your work

    By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist Bestselling author Larry Correia once gave advice on how to be a professional author who actually WRITES for a living. His two-point advice is deceptively simple: 1) “Get good enough at your writing that people give you money for your stuff.” 2) “Find the people who give you money for your stuff” Even though these examples ...

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  • The big shift: Ads, TV, and the content monetization challenge

    By Mark Schaefer For decades, I’ve been a big fan of the sports channel ESPN. They have a great brand — serious about sports, but not too serious about themselves. Their bold style of storytelling went far beyond the cable TV channel to web, print, apps, satellite radio, social media, and podcasts.

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  • Does corporate storytelling work? Some mega-brands say no.

    By Mark Schaefer With much flourish, Coca-Cola announced in 2011 that it would be moving from “creative excellence to content excellence.” It made an epic, two-part animated video on their strategy, explaining that they would be creating such amazing content that it could not be contained. Shortly after this announcement, the company launched a magazine-style site called Coca-Cola Journey.

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  • Internet founder speaks out on AI fear, the singularity, and beautiful robots

    By Mark Schaefer It was quite a thrill for me to hear Sir Tim Berners-Lee speak before a capacity crowd at Dell EMC World in Las Vegas. Berners-Lee is universally regarded as the founder of the world wide web and is also the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees the continued development of the Web.

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  • The raw truth about “I work harder than you”

    By Brooke B. Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist “I work harder than you.” Those five words are devastatingly destructive. I had this terrible fight with a good friend about a year ago. She basically told me that because I work from home and “play on Facebook all day” (I own a fast-growing social media marketing agency, but let’s go with it) have no idea what it means to ...

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  • Carthage must be destroyed – and Facebook competition too.

    By Mike Allton, {grow} Community Member For years, I’ve tried to push back against the narrative that this or that social network is “winning” or “losing” against other networks. Often, the idea that there’s such a high level of competition is created by industry pundits to generate more hype and interest in their clickbait articles. In other words, fake social media news.

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  • The 30 possible ways you can create customer value

    By Mark Schaefer I’ve been immersed in the digital marketing world for many years and if somebody asked me, “what is the number one tip shared about content/social media success” it would be this: This may seem like simple — even rudimentary — advice, but it’s also quite true. Any communication we put out there today is not just an expression of our brand, it is part of our ...

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  • Unraveling the secrets of B2B influencer marketing

    By Mark Schaefer It seems like wherever you turn these days there is another mention, post or case study about influencer marketing. Without question this is a real and important trend but it’s really just starting to creep into the B2B space. I recently had a chance to catch up with Andrew Grill, global managing partner at IBM, to discuss the special considerations of influ ...

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  • 20 Extraordinary Content Marketing Insights

    By Mark Schaefer This headline is a bit misleading. In fact, you will probably receive far more than 20 incredible insights from our Marketing Companion conversation with BuzzSumo founder Steve Rayson. The episode posted a few days ago and we have already received more comments on this conversation than any other episode.

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