By Joe Pulizzi published April 4, 2014

Content Marketing News: Fresh Tools and Acquisitions

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This week, Robert and I report live from Content Marketing World in Sydney, Australia — our first live podcast ever! In this episode, we talk about a new report on sustainable digital business models from Pew Research, LinkedIn’s new content marketing tools, the acquisition of Klout by Lithium, and Copyblogger’s controversial decision to remove comments from its blog. Joining us are two special guests — another first for This Old Marketing — who provide valuable perspectives on this week’s news. 

This week’s show

(Recorded live on March 31, 2014; Length: 54:42)

This week’s episode is sponsored by King Content.

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Show overview

1. Content Marketing in the News

  1. Pew’s State of the Media — In Search of a Sustainable Digital Business Model (2:23): A new report says digital publishing is struggling, and that advertising revenue isn’t enough to build a sustainable business. Robert and I expect to see a blurring of the lines among traditional media companies, digital production companies, and agencies that provide strategic services to brands. Traditional publishers will need to sell a variety of products and services to survive (contributing article: emedia vitals).
  2. Lithium Acquires Klout (8:13): Robert and I saw this coming several months ago, but as far as our live audience is concerned, it’s a non-issue (contributing article: TechCrunch).
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    Our First-Ever Guest Speaker Joins the Conversation (9:35): Robert and I introduce Todd Wheatland, who recently joined King Content as Head of Strategy after a successful stint as CMO at KellyOCG. An expert on LinkedIn (among other things), Todd provides some keen insights into our next news item…

  1. LinkedIn Adds Content Marketing Tools (12:58): The social media giant recently debuted new content scoring and curation tools for large brands. But who stands to benefit most — brands, or LinkedIn itself? And will these tools provide any value for the average content marketer? Robert, Todd, and I each offer our verdicts (contributing articles: TechCrunch and AdvertisingAge).
  2. Copyblogger Removes Comments from Its Blog (21:40): This controversial move by the thought-leading Copyblogger has Robert, Todd, and I divided on what it might portend for the future of guest blogging. Though there are questions about how this completely removes all long-term context for posts, I believe this model is poised to become the standard for blogs, due to the massive amounts of conversation already taking place on social media channels (contributing article: Copyblogger).

2. Guest Speaker

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    Tim Washer, Senior Marketing Manager of Social Media for Cisco Systems (33:50): In his current role at Cisco and his previous job at IBM, Tim has succeeded in bringing humanity, emotion, and humor to technology products, thanks in part to his background as a comedy writer, storyteller, and stand-up comic. Robert, Tim and I talk about finding your voice, being honest and vulnerable, and fighting against corporate forces that tend to water down any content they touch.

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Join Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose at CMI’s Content Marketing Master Class, where you’ll find the tools you need to create exceptional content, engage your audience, and grow your business. April 30, 2014 in Toronto, ON, Canada. 

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Author: Joe Pulizzi

Joe Pulizzi is the Founder of Content Marketing Institute, a UBM company, the leading education and training organization for content marketing, which includes the largest in-person content marketing event in the world, Content Marketing World. Joe is the winner of the 2014 John Caldwell Lifetime Achievement Award from the Content Council. Joe’s the author of five books, including his latest, Killing Marketing. His third book, Epic Content Marketing was named one of “Five Must Read Business Books of 2013” by Fortune Magazine. If you ever see Joe in person, he’ll be wearing orange. Follow him on Twitter @JoePulizzi.

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  • Grace

    Hallo, am doing Digital Marketing which entails a lot of content marketing and I want to be really really good. Can I be getting more info from you on new ideas and new trends. Thank you

    • aemrekiran

      You can just search on Content Marketing Institute and whatever you searching, you’ll find.

  • Doug Kessler

    ‘Nother great show.
    Don’t know why I’m commenting when all you want is my share!

    If commenting hadn’t been invented yet, and someone just invented it… it would be huge. “Wow! Have the conversation right on your site!”

  • Carlos Abler

    I hope you guys don’t succumb to the trend of removing comments. I don’t buy the “because the conversation should be happening elsewhere rationale.” To me, that rationale is devoid of any user-experience sensibilities and use-case thinking. For example if I link to a ablog article from an email, I consume the article THERE, at the blog location. I have no knowledge of what’s happening on any other or 50 other channels. My subjective FOCUS is THERE, where the article IS. I came from an email/, and now I am THERE. Not in some balkanized location where someone else is thinking I should be. For all intent and purpose that other location does not exist. Therefore there is no logical relationship between the place of the article, and the place(s) of all these other social channels. Not from the audience perspective. If the thought is that the discussion should be happening in another location, then the commentless articles should link to that location. If that rationale were a real user-focused engagement channel strategy. But I doubt it is.

  • marketgoo

    guys, please put your awesome podcasts up on soundcloud!!

  • Jen Dennis

    Whether it was the wine or the live audience–this was one of your most fun & thought-provoking episodes.