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A few weeks ago, my bathtub faucet started spraying water all over the bathroom. I’m a pretty handy guy, so I decided to search for practical advice on Google and buy the parts to fix the problem on Amazon. That way, I could save a few bucks avoiding the plumber. However, despite all the articles that offered five easy steps to fix a faucet or vowed to tell me everything one n ...
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.
Every night, when I come home from work, I walk by a little billboard in the Hoboken PATH station that makes me gnash my teeth. It’s an ad for a yoga studio. I’ve seen two variations, one for men and one for women. The billboard meant for women contains 15 words of copy: “I am a sister. I am a runner. I am authentic. I do hot yoga.
Want to know why content marketing has become one of the hottest media trends? Look no further than the fact that brands that excel at content marketing are 27x more “on fleek” and 7x more likely to generate “all the feels,” according to an unverifiable infographic of content marketing stats we just saw on Twitter.
Here’s what you missed while changing your Gmail settings as fast as possible… The New York Times: Davos Elite Fret About Inequality Over Vintage Wine and Canapés Selected by Dillon Baker, tech editor It’s no secret that populist movements are gaining ground across the globe. While the causes are complicated, few would disagree that evolving technology, wealth inequality, and ...
“Get us a nurse or a doctor… who can also write.” While working as an account representative at Contently last year, I often heard this type of request from customers interested in our freelance network. Regardless of the industry, be it finance, insurance, technology, etc., many of our clients came in with a desire for that perfect hybrid of writer-professional.
I’m technically a millennial, but I don’t always act like one. I was born in 1981, which puts me right at the edge of the millennial generation—and which also defines, whether I like it or not, the way I interact with digital content. Last Saturday, for example, I ordered takeout through Amazon Restaurants.
In the 19th century, the streets of New York City proved to be the perfect incubator for cholera. The disease made its debut during the summer of 1832, when 3,000 New Yorkers died within a few weeks. By 1849, more than 5,000 deaths could be traced back to cholera, becoming a full-blown epidemic. To show when the disease was most rampant that year, the New York Tribune publishe ...
The more that martech evolves, the more it sounds like some far-off future. Automation, AI, predictive analytics—what was once the realm of science fiction has now become reality for marketers. One company leading that futuristic charge is software giant Salesforce, which announced its new AI late last year, aptly named Einstein.
Here’s what you missed while deciding to avoid billboards forever… Deadspin: Craven Reporters Scold BuzzFeed For Reporting News Selected by Joe Lazauskas, editor-in-chief Earlier this week, BuzzFeed released a 35-page dossier compiled by a person who claimed to be a British intelligence official. It reads like a bad spy novel, and claims, among other things, that Russia is bla ...
It’s time to panic about another social network. Last week, Medium CEO Ev Williams announced that the company was laying off 50 staffers, closing its offices in New York and Washington DC, and ceasing it’s ad-sales operation. In Williams’s estimation, the company’s Outbrain-esque ad structure to push advertorials on people contributed to a “broken system” of ad-supported media.
For years, Facebook has denied that it’s a media company. Sheryl Sandberg, COO; Chris Cox, CPO; and Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder and CEO, have all flatly said that Facebook is a tech company. But over the last few years, that position has become less tenable. Now, it seems that Facebook has finally accepted the premise that it is, at the very least, inextricably linked with the media industry.
A Clinton running for president. The Full House cast on TV. Millions of people catching Pokémon. Crop tops, platforms, and chokers. A headline from a BuzzFeed article sums it up well: “In Case You Haven’t Noticed, 2016 Is Basically The ’90s.” Now, stock-imagery and video-licensing platform Shutterstock is tapping into this nostalgia.
According to Forbes, 93 percent of B2B marketers claim content marketing drives more leads than traditional marketing. Why? Because content gives marketers the opportunity to have a voice and help their potential customers solve pressing issues. However, simply publishing an insightful blog post isn’t enough to generate leads or revenue.
There’s a smart tea cube To help you brew chamomile, And virtual reality shoes In case your Crocs are too real. There’s a camera for your fridge So you can live-stream your juice, And there are web-connected jeans To log in your caboose. There’s a Bluetooth toaster And a smart sous vide machine, Because a truly balanced meal Includes 4G LTE.
Some people claim print is dying. As a journalist, I don’t really like these people, even if they may be right. So it was comforting to find out that consumers still value print, at least when it comes to one crucial metric. According to an October 2016 survey by MarketingSherpa, 82 percent of U.S. internet users trust print ads when making a purchase decision, more than any other medium.
When the Content Marketing Institute releases its annual Benchmark Reports, I beeline for one stat: How many people had a documented content strategy? Every year, the shockingly low number of marketers who have a documented content strategy has been the most troubling stat in the robust report. I always expect to see a dramatic rise, but it usually lingers around 33 percent.
Content marketing industry news and analysis, by Contently