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The day many marketers and publishers have dreaded has arrived: Facebook is changing its algorithm to send less traffic to content sites. In a blog post this morning, the social giant announced it will increasingly prioritize posts shared by friends and family over those from publishers, brands, and other pages.
Workplace clichés have become the elephant in the room, popping up every time we reach out or touch base. When we have too much on our plates, we don’t have the bandwidth to take a helicopter view of these annoying—and overused—phrases. Luckily, GoToMeeting’s done the work for us, creating a new infographic of 50 workplace clichés that need to be banned from our collective vocabulary.
It feels like social media editors only have fun on Twitter and Facebook. Those platforms may be the go-to places for celebrities and “sexy” B2C brands—if Denny’s is ever going to be sexy, this is it—but when it comes to B2B marketing, LinkedIn has them beat. According to a new infographic from WebpageFX, 80 percent of B2B social media leads come from LinkedIn.
In the November 2016 elections, marijuana lit up the ballot. Voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada legalized recreational marijuana. In Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas, constituents approved medical marijuana measures. And in Montana, where a restrictive 2011 law threatened to shut down dispensaries, voters chose to protect and expand access to medical cannabis facilities.
At the start of 2017, I made the shift from ad tech to martech. In the last decade, I had helped build and steward the brands of two successful ad tech firms recognized for their innovation and amazing cultures, but it was increasingly difficult to ignore the headwinds facing the old media model. The consumers had spoken, and they didn’t want interruptive advertising experiences anymore.
Welcome to the March edition of Ask a Content Guy, which we’re now renaming Ask a Content Strategist! It’s the same old column in which I answer your most pressing content marketing questions, except now with a name that makes a little more sense considering I’m not Bill Simmons. Like I always say: Never stop iterating, and when in doubt, go with the more SEO-friendly title.
Einstein. Sensai. Watson: Three important words for the future of martech and artificial intelligence. Salesforce’s Einstein launched late last year, Adobe’s Sensai two months later, and IBM and Salesforce announced a partnership to sell their AI together, earlier this month. As an IBM representative told TechCrunch, “Within a few years, every major decision—personal or busines ...
I may work in marketing, but as someone who appreciates privacy, I’m a marketer’s worst nightmare. When it comes to data collection, I want my information hidden from companies as much as possible. Fortunately (for me, at least), various search settings and browser options let me limit what I share. Plenty of others feel the same way, which has led to more stringent laws governing personal data.
Chief marketing officers have one of the hardest jobs in the corporate world. According to research by the consulting firm Russell Reynolds, it’s only getting harder. Last year, CMO turnover reached its highest point since Russell Reynolds began tracking the data in 2012. After years of swift technological development disrupted marketing to its core, CMOs and their teams are n ...
Your content is only as valuable as the audience it reaches. That’s why it’s critical to understand how your content performs across different distribution channels. Contently’s source analyzer measures the number of engaged people who find your content from each source and the number of leads generated by each channel.
Early social networks had life spans like house flies. Friendster enjoyed a brief run of glory before passing the torch to Myspace, which looked set to succeed for years but soon faded away. Then Facebook came along. It grabbed the throne in the mid-2000s and didn’t let go. Thirteen years after its humble dorm-room beginnings, it has managed to stay relevant and powerful.
Yesterday kicked off my favorite event of the year. No, I’m not talking about SXSW Interactive, the annual tech festival where I attempt to turn myself into a beer-soaked taco. I’m talking about NFL free agency. This year, the Moneyball approach to team-building has finally made its way to the NFL, and I’ve spent the past two days texting fellow data/football geeks at Contentl ...
Twenty-three years ago, the PDF, or portable document format, was released. In the digital timeline, that’s practically the age of dinosaurs. Yet the PDF, which is the go-to downloadable format for most businesses, has barely changed since its prehistoric beginnings. When Contently acquired Docalytics—now called Document Analytics—a year ago, we knew it had the potential to ch ...
You may have heard about “A Day Without Women,” the strike that falls on International Women’s Day. The idea is if women refuse to do any paid or unpaid labor and hold on to their dollars in solidarity, the economy will feel the impact of a world without an entire gender. This is an incredibly important message to send.
Every year, ChiefMartec publishes a chart of the marketing technology landscape, dotted with the vast library of industry players. In 2012, around 350 martech logos filled the poster. By 2016, that number had jumped to over 3,800, broken down into six main categories and 49 subdivisions. With nearly 4,000 options available, how many martech solutions does a brand use? Conducto ...
In 2014, Tony Haile was in the midst of leading a publishing revolution. As CEO of Chartbeat, a web analytics company, he pushed the industry past the pageview and toward metrics that valued quality over quantity. His Time article “What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong” was a call to arms: “We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read.
Here’s what you missed in marketing, media, and tech while you triple-checked every envelope you sent out this month… The Atlantic: The Facebook Algorithm Is Watching You Selected by Joe Lazauskas, editor-in-chief On the surface, this is a story about Go Rando, a browser extension that randomizes your reactions in order to trick Facebook’s algorithm so it can’t profile you to a dystopian degree.
Most days, I sit at my desk writing and editing articles, working on Contently’s marketing collateral, and trying not to let our company Slack take over my life. But every so often, I get to go to sales meetings to talk about the nuances of content marketing. It’s nice to get out of the office, trading my t-shirt and sneakers for blazers and dress shoes.
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