Content Ignition Strategy

    • Making content count: How to perform a content gap analysis

      By Kiki Schirr Content shock is real and in his book, The Content Code Mark Schaefer outlined the necessity of finding open waters for your content, whether it be video, text, or other media. To help you perform this analysis, I would like to introduce the concept of content gap analysis. Traditional gap analysis compares the performance of a company or service with its idea ...

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  • 10 Profound digital marketing trends to you need to know about now

    … to change. The power has shifted from Madison Avenue to Main Street. It’s time to transcend our marketing arrogance, our traditional organizations and silos, our budgets built on an iteration of what we did last year, and start to market our businesses in a way that reflects reality. 2) Virtual spaces Recently Facebook gave us a glimpse of what…

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  • 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

    … when people assume that when companies aren’t successful with their marketing, it’s because they’re producing “crappy content.” Says who? Quality content is simply the stakes to get a seat at the table today. It does NOT assure triumph. Digital marketing success requires a complex cocktail of skill, strategy, and persistence. Here are a few…

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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

    …). Here she is as a Ghostbuster: When Isadora creates her cooking videos, she never thinks about keywords, SEO, or a content strategy. She is delivering a fun and unique experience that has become her brand. And now, she is known. What are your thoughts? As we strive to stand out in an increasingly competitive and information-dense world, should…

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  • Content shock re-visited, the content marketing myths and realities

    …. Many reputable voices in our field have weighed in and said “yes, content shock is here” including BuzzSumo, Buffer, TopRank, Rand Fishkin of Moz, Christopher S. Penn of Shift Communications and many more. Track Maven has reported on this extensively. In a recent post they noted that the output of content per brand increased 35% per channel in one…

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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?

    … By Mark Schaefer Here’s the current state of my advertising consumption. I subscribe to digital versions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and my local paper. I have not seen a newspaper ad in five years. Maybe longer. With the exception of the news or a live sporting event, I never see ads on TV. Nearly all of my video…

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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

    … By Mark W. Schaefer Over the past year, I have really enjoyed delighting audiences with tales from my book The Content Code. And my favorite story from my speech goes like this: When I started out as a blogger, I had no idea what I was doing. I was working so hard, and creating content that was pretty darn good. And yet, nobody was reading my…

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

    … load is really a mix of art and science,” Wehner said. “We also want to be thoughtful about making sure each person’s overall feed experience has the right balance of organic and ad content.” This was surprising to analysts, as evidenced by the fact that many of them then asked Facebook’s executives to elaborate on what this means. So what does…

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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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