Content Ignition Strategy

  • Social media engagement is a lousy metric

    … and hundreds of thousands of likes, tweets, and mentions. Many of these “regulars” have become extremely close friends. But I’ve been doing this long enough now to see a pattern in terms of relationships and commerce. My business has increased steadily for a decade, entirely built on content marketing. But 95 percent of the time when somebody hires…

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  • Achieving escape velocity: The content discovery challenge

    … show intro. Be sure to check out his amazing newsletter The Full Monty and his new podcast available here: CoSchedule is the world’s number one marketing calendar utility, used by more than 8,000 companies. The application allows users to build out their entire marketing strategy from one master calendar, collaborate…

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  • Content marketing success and the crappy quality myth

    … a quality product in the first place: You can work on your brand to improve awareness and social sharing. You can focus on audience development, particularly the audience that shares your content the most. You can work with influencers to ignite your content. You can develop new distribution channels (like publishing in a trade journal…

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  • 10 Epic Shifts that are Re-Writing the Rules of Marketing

    … By Mark Schaefer I’m often asked: “What is the next big thing in marketing?” This seems like a simple question, but I’m not sure I know any more. I started thinking about this and came up with at least 10 “big things” that will profoundly impact my career, and yours. I first posted this list on Facebook and it provoked some interesting comments…

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  • Why content is your enemy and experiences are your friend

    … that feeds Google,” he continued. “If Google wants corn this week, we feed it corn. If Google wants steak, we feed it steak. Maybe we try to create better steak so Google will choose us, but it’s still a content buffet that benefits Google, maybe more than it benefits us. I’m in the personal services business. I wonder if serving that buffet helps us…

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  • 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…

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  • The five great questions of content marketing

    … By Mark Schaefer I recently attended a conference where marketers wrote about their single biggest challenges. These issues were posted on a board and it was fascinating to observe! These five content-related posts stood out as the great questions representing the minds of the conference attendees: 1. Breaking through the noise “We can create…

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  • What is the role of content marketing in an ad-free world?

    …, and a commitment to quality content to work. Even in a noisy marketing world crippled by Content Shock, there are still plenty of unsaturated niches to find and dominate. And in an increasingly ad-free world, every business needs to at least consider a role for content marketing in its strategy. Mark Schaefer is the chief blogger for this site…

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  • The business case for breaking the content marketing rules

    … By Mark Schaefer There are so many tutorials, webinars, and free guides out there about how to create content for the web but nearly all of them miss one critical idea — the most successful content doesn’t necessarily follow the rules. It is uncommon. Here’s a step-by-step content creation process I saw in a recent blog post: Business…

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  • Why it’s a very good sign that people don’t read your content

    … on here? What was I doing wrong? The Heroic Brand There are a lot of reasons why people share content, but there are three big ones. The first reason is, by sharing content, people want to look cool, informed, or funny. It is an extension of their own personal brand. Second, they want to help people. There aren’t many ways we can help the world…

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  • Why Content Shock is coming to a Facebook ad near you

    … better ads” part seems more difficult. Facebook will either need to do a better job proving its ads lead to sales, which it’s already trying to do, or offer more premium ads, like the commercials you might see on TV. A few years ago, I wrote a post called Content Shock: Why Content Marketing is not Sustainable which predicted this eventuality…

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  • Should your content generate leads or relationships?

    … with our social media and content strategy. Can you work with us? The email was from an executive with Adidas and it resulted in one of the biggest consulting contracts of my career. I didn’t have to fill out any paperwork to provide a quote. I didn’t have to compete with other agencies. They just wanted me, because through my content they felt…

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  • How do you make your content the signal instead of the noise?

    … courtesy Flickr CC and Robin The post How do you make your content the signal instead of the noise? appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Related Stories Why “rich content” is central to your social media strategy The silver lining in the bad news about content marketing The business case for unbranded content Brand bullying and other things that need to change Are you ready for the mega-shift from social media to private media? …

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