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

    … By Mark Schaefer My Marketing Companion co-host Tom Webster told me that within a few weeks, three of his clients all came to him with the same question: How do we get our content discovered? The answer you typically hear in our space is “create quality content and it will rise to the top” but that does not work any more. Perhaps it never has…

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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

    … printing will revolutionize marketing by creating entirely new business models. The goal of marketing is value creation and customer acquisition and perhaps there is no greater impact on this than the revolution in how we deliver products to customers. Laura Kessler believes this might be the most important trend in business today: “Through new…

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  • Why content is your enemy and experiences are your friend

    … the word “experience” three times. He’s not serving the content buffet. He’s cooking up an experience. And in a world where the traditional news magazine is dying, The Economist is thriving with their “experience” mindset. Should that be our goal? Forget about content and create a unique experience? Branding versus experience Perhaps the idea…

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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 article.

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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?

    …. Many content marketing best practices are still just advertising in disguise and that needs to change. “Lead nurturing” is a kind way to say we’re going to keep bugging you until you tell us to go away. Pop-up ads are so annoying that Google is taking action to penalize sites that use them. Ultimately, we have to treat people with respect online…

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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 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?

    … 77 Click here to download the latest episode or subscribe in iTunes Complete Marketing Companion Episode Guide Click here for the show’s RSS feed – for Android listeners. Find the podcast on Stitcher References for this podcast Ad blocking to cost $12 billion Kickstarter project for print-only tennis magazine Most people watch…

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