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There’s a hidden world of social sharing that often gets overlooked. For every tweet, pin, and Facebook link, there are certain shares that people have struggled to measure for years. As brands and publishers push for better engagement and tangible ROI, unlocking this data has never been more important.
Contently has a book coming out! You can order it here. And if you’d like to subscribe to our free email course on becoming a more powerful storyteller, you can sign up here! A little while ago, my mother sent me an email with the subject line, “The Youngest Storyteller.” There was a picture of a three-year-old kid holding a big microphone on a stage with a big smile on his face.
In 1994, a high-ranking FBI officer was murdered. He leaked information about a government cover-up to a couple FBI agents willing to investigate—and paid the ultimate price. His dying words were, “Trust no one.” The murdered officer, codenamed “Deep Throat,” was actually a fictional character in the Season 1 finale of the television show The X-Files.
At any given time, you can find some major tech journalist, thought leader, martech blogger, or digital marketing guru declaring search engine optimization dead. These harbingers of the digital doomsday usually aren’t being literal. The practice of SEO isn’t dead, but the way SEO experts, consultants, and agencies have traditionally approached the subject might be.
What big content marketing trends do you see for next year? -Jake, New York As I sat down to write a navel-gazing trends piece for the fifth straight year, I couldn’t help but think of this cartoon by The Marketoonist for two reasons. 1. This cartoon is way too real. I own that outfit. I’ve had that exact conversation at six different conferences this year.
At 4:40 pm on Thanksgiving, as I was explaining how I’d found synergy between two family recipes to optimize the juiciness of the turkey, I realized that marketing speak had finally sabotaged my vocabulary. “What are you talking about?” my cousin asked. She was looking at me like I was an alien from a planet where everyone was born with four tentacles and two MBAs.
I think today’s marketing is just a little too obsessed with data. Cue the gasps and snaps and oh no she didn’ts. At a recent networking even, I was talking to a marketer who’d just gotten married. Given her profession, she wasn’t surprised when her momentous life occasion triggered an onslaught of promos and offers.
Even though I am [redacted] years old, I follow a bunch of trendy Instagram humor accounts aimed at people in their 20s and teens. I’d like to tell you I do this because I think it’s important to keep up with the latest digital trends… but it’s also possible that I just have an immature sense of humor.
Once upon a time, Snapchat was in line to take over the social network throne from Facebook. It had unique features, fast growth, and celebrity superusers. But as the hype faded over the last year, one thing has become clear: Snapchat doesn’t have a good revenue model. As Snapchat’s standing dipped, Instagram took off.
When you’re upset, those closest to you can see it in your eyes, your posture, perhaps even your appearance. They’ll ask those two magic words—“What’s wrong?”—and then you’ll launch into a play-by-play dialogue of work drama about how Doug was rude to you, where Divya was sitting in relation to you at the conference table, and why you’re never going back to that office again (until tomorrow).
When it comes to writing and editing, my mantra has always been “less, but better.” That also applies to titles. Think of the editor slicing words off the computer screen, trying to chisel out the perfect headline that’s clear and entertaining. Print titles still manage to pull this off, which is probably why I get so much enjoyment out of our brainstorming sessions for The Contently Quarterly.
Now that this quiz lives in our CMS, we’d love for you to identify the most common marketing ...
Think back to the last time you had a terrible-no-good-very-bad-I-want-to-move-to-Australia day at work and needed to talk to someone about it. You may have turned to an amazing partner or friend who let you ramble on near endlessly and incoherently, asked appropriate questions at appropriate intervals, handed you Kleenex when needed, periodically interjected with horrified gu ...
This summer, I jumped at my first opportunity to head to Cannes. The awesome folks at Index Exchange invited me to host their video studio and interview a couple dozen different ad-tech leaders over the course of the five-day festival, which gave me a convenient excuse to buy aviators and white pants.
Last month I started working at a Mexican e-commerce company as the content manager. The truth is that content marketing is pretty much new around here. The first thing I did when I got the job was to do research, and I’ve been doing that ever since. I’m worried that I’ve been overdoing it, and now I’m at that point where I don’t how to start.
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