By Michele Linn published December 29, 2014

125+ Most Thought-Provoking Tweets from the 2014 #CMWorld Twitter Chats

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If you’re not making friends, you’re doing it wrong #contentmarketing #CMWorld

Andy Crestodina @crestodina

This sentiment from Andy Crestodina aptly describes our feelings about our #CMWorld Twitter chat community, which is hundreds of content marketers strong.

Today, we share a smattering of the 42,000-plus tweets shared on our #CMWorld Twitter chats from 2014. These are some of the most retweeted and thought-provoking tweets organized by category. If you like sound-bite nuggets of wisdom, you’ll love learning from our community.

We offer sincere thanks to all who have joined us for a chat this year. And, if you have been thinking about joining us, please do so. The community is very welcoming and fun – and we learn A LOT each week. The #CMWorld Twitter chats are at noon (U.S. Eastern time) every Tuesday (upcoming schedule).

Content marketing strategy

I’m hopeful brands move away from awareness as #1 goal to 1) customer retention and 2) demand generation. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

I like to explain CM as being a way to transform customers from a static audience into a source of research, innovation & sales. #CMWorld
Jake Parent @JakeDParent

@PatrickHayslett Content strategy by buying cycle is 1 of the biggest differences between leaders and laggards in #contentmarketing. #CMWorld
Michael Brenner @BrennerMichael

Inspiring content sends you on a quest. Useful content helps me choose. Entertaining content drives loyalty. #CMWorld
Andrew Davis @TPLDrew

There are still too many brands running content marketing with a campaign mentality – short-term results vs. bldg audience. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

My top frustration – people confusing content itself with the desired outcome of content marketing. #CMWorld http://t.co/1yO47pWAQf
Simon Kemp @eskimon

@RtMixMktg If looking at strategy, here are some tips of what should be “sticky”, what to revisit when: http://t.co/3zbK9IXvPu. #CMWorld
Michele Linn @michelelinn

Look at your strategy, see what other people are doing … if something isn’t working, change it! #CMWorld
Brandie McCallum @lttlewys

RELATED: The Essentials of a Documented Content Marketing Strategy: 36 Questions to Answer

Content strategy

In content strategy, content is viewed as an asset. The strategy is to help manage and use that asset correctly. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

Creating an agile strategy that focuses on real-time while listening to the community to find right-time! #CMWorld http://t.co/PCWBxgWOn8
Brian Fanzo @iSocialFanz

Content strategy looks at content as an asset for the entire organization. Content mktg uses it to attract/retain customers. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

It’s important to remember #ContentStrategy helps you PLAN for #ContentMarketing; they are not interchangeable terms. #CMWorld
Heather Meza @HeatherMeza

Consider how to “re-imagine” your content before you create it. This reduces content creation time. #CMWorld
HeidiCohen @heidicohen

Do a content audit and gap analysis 1st. Look at metrics to see where you need to go next. #CMWorld
Amy Higgins @amywhiggins

From a business perspective, content reuse across different channels = efficiency + less resources. #CMWorld
Melissa Breker @melissabreker

Matching messaging to the customer journey enables a frictionless buying experience. #CMWorld
Jenny Magic @JennyLMagic

A big trend for 2015 will be using content as a real asset. What @Carlos_Abler would say “unanticipated reuses” of content. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

“UpCycle” content … test, tweak and reuse it across networks, in different formats & w/different goals! #CMWorld http://t.co/i1na5fnuPI
Brian Fanzo @iSocialFanz

RELATED: Join us at Intelligent Content Conference to learn more about content strategy

Operations, teams, and processes

Find the gaps in marketing talent, technology and strategy that present growth opps, and fill them. #CMWorld
Paul Roetzer @paulroetzer

Create opportunities for collaboration. If you enable people, and give them a space, they will jump in. #CMWorld
Stéphanie Montreuil @Steph_Montreuil

Marketing folks blame executives a lot for not “buying in.” But it’s their job to be skeptical. Yours is to convince them. #CMWorld
Jake Parent @JakeDParent

Too much process turns content marketing into a sausage factory. I’m a bacon guy. #CMWorld
Doug Kessler @dougkessler

For brainstorming: get the team out of the office and into the pub (or park or pizza place). It’s ALWAYS better. #CMWorld
Doug Kessler @dougkessler

Earlier collaboration between writers and designers leads to better work every time. Not always possible, but always desirable. #CMWorld
Doug Kessler @dougkessler

Marketing needs to stop focusing on the “hand-off” to sales and commit to supporting the entire customer journey. #CMWorld
Shelly Lucas @pisarose

Get sales involved with content topics/focus – find out what they/customers NEED, not what we think they need #CMWorld
Danalynne Wheeler @dwheeler11

Think of sales people as customers. Create personas of them to understand how they engage with your content. #CMWorld
Carla Johnson @CarlaJohnson

There will be a resurgence in the value of a journalist/storyteller … we will see this in new roles and higher pay. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

It’s important to note that workflows aren’t static. Different content types require different workflows. #CMWorld
Jesse Noyes @noyesjesse

Focus on creating great content with repeatable processes … Communicate & Collaborate as a team! #CMWorld
Brian Fanzo @iSocialFanz

I’m honestly not sure how repurposing gets done without workflows. At least not in a sustained way. #CMWorld
Jesse Noyes @noyesjesse

It doesn’t matter who produces your content. As long as it’s focused on triggering the right journey. #CMWorld
Andrew Davis @TPLDrew

Absolutely. Content and social should share unified strategy. Your customers don’t care about your org chart. #CMWorld
Jay Baer @jaybaer

Content marketing stops being one department’s job – and starts to become infused in the entire direction of the enterprise. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

It’s exciting how many new opportunities there are for marketers, writers, journalists and IT folk in #contentmarketing. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

A ‘reasonable’ schedule should be defined by the convergence of your audience and your medium. What do they want/expect, when? #CMWorld
Mike Myers @mikemyers61

Planning is important, but at some point we have to start publishing. Over-planning can kill any good strategy. #contentmarketing #CMWorld
Christoph Trappe @CTrappe

RELATED: Learn how to make your processes more scalable and efficient at Intelligent Content Conference

Building your audience

Being ultra-focused means you can connect with potential customers quicker and laser-focus into the content they want. #CMWorld
Susyn Elise Duris @SusynEliseDuris

A landing page with no strategy might as well be a trampoline … Visitors will just bounce! #CMWorld
Brian Fanzo @iSocial_Fanz

A landing page must deliver on whatever promise was made to get someone to visit it. #CMWorld
Ardath Albee @ardath421

@Brewbom #CMWorld Right – as long as a lot of important traffic goes there – it’s a landing page – whether you control it or not.
Tim Ash @tim_ash

Get out of your bubble and get to know your audience. Know their problems, not just the ones you solve. #CMWorld
Eric Wittlake @wittlake

@CMIContent – #leadgeneration is more focused on “top of funnel” contact acquisition and does not focus on a holistic approach. #CMWorld
Carlos Hidalgo @cahidalgo

BIG issue I find in most companies use of marketing automation is they don’t create a persona for influencers who are not customers. #CMWorld
Andy Newbom @Brewbom

Nurturing takes time – and it’s not your timeline – we tend to forget this. #CMWorld
Ardath Albee @ardath421

My take: Nurturing helps the lead warm themselves! Not intrusive, not pushy. Educates. Informs. Even inspires. #CMWorld
Deana Goldasich @goldasich

Nurture Mistake: Too much frequency – fatiguing your prospects – what other emails do they get from your co? #CMWorld
Ardath Albee @ardath421

If you want to inspire people to go on a journey, you’re going to have to get to know what motivates them. #CMWorld
Andrew Davis @TPLDrew

We get tired of something waaayy faster than external audiences do, but it’s hard to remember that sometimes. #CMWorld
Mike Myers @mikemyers614

Companies with high conversion rates never assume their assumptions, they test them! #CMWorld http://t.co/o7pZtzByfh
Ian Cleary @IanCleary

Use email marketing as a tried and tested route to building your sales funnel. #CMWorld http://t.co/Jb6O3ZhLW7
Ian Cleary @IanCleary

With the right content, people will convert themselves to the channel that suits them & their needs – Twitter, FB, Email etc. #CMWorld
Nick Kellet @NickKellet

Conversion is your destination and optimization is improving how you get there. #CMWorld http://t.co/BAsY569UKr
Ian Cleary @IanCleary

Don’t chase acceptance. Be good. Be who you are. Let your audience select and prefer you. #CMWorld
Rick Short @RickShort21

Knowing your audience should be your biggest challenge even if you don’t see it that way. #CMWorld
Victor Garcia @EducationNews1

RELATED:  More articles on how to build your audience

Content creation

“Leave out the parts that readers tend to skip” – Elmore Leonard #CMWorld
Phaedra Hise @HiPhaedra

You sound a hell of a lot smarter when you create content specifically for a certain group of people … can be meatier. #CMWorld
Traci Browne @tracibrowne

Not having original content is like being @ the prom & three girls are wearing your dress. You blend in rather than stand out. #CMWorld
Deborah Ng @debng

Best Q I heard on what to get from prospects – @rapleaf CEO “What’s 1 piece of data on your customers that would change your biz?” #CMWorld
Andy Newbom @Brewbom

Original content isn’t as much of a point as relevant content – context is important :) #CMWorld
Ardath Albee @ardath421

It is time to change #mobile from a noun to a verb. Be mobile, not do mobile. h/t @bradmays #CMWorld
Tim Hayden @TheTimHayden

Mobile has made us all mobile speed. All of your content should be digestible and chunked #CMWorld
Andy Newbom @Brewbom

Think #mobile behavior BEFORE #mobile technology. #CMWorld
Tim Hayden @TheTimHayden

Brands need to pay attention to their writing as a differentiator re: personality, too. Good writing is often undervalued in content. #CMWorld
Ann Handley @annhandley

I think your personality or voice is consistent. But your tone changes depending on the platform/customer mindset. @CMIContent #CMWorld
Ann Handley @annhandley

Write how you speak instead of how you *think* you should write. #CMWorld
Linda Dessau @lindadessau

Many 1st-time authors are surprised to learn that readers LIKE insight into their personality. #CMWorld
Rick Short @RickShort21

I encourage new authors to take time to find their voice & style. It’s a process. #CMWorld
Rick Short @RickShort21

I like to write the “evil twin” of a post. Write the best practices … then write the common mistakes. Make it a guest post. #CMWorld
Andy Crestodina @crestodina

I’ve never consulted for a company that didn’t have great stories – most times they just were not in “story” form. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

RELATED: CMI’s most popular articles on content creation

Podcasting

Podcasting is a perfect fit for mobile & more companies are getting that. #CMWorld
Pamela Muldoon @pamelamuldoon

A podcast is not like Field of Dreams. If you build it … they will not come. Promotion, community & ease of sharing are critical. #CMWorld
Pamela Muldoon @pamelamuldoon

Podcasts have become an important way to reach an increasingly busy public. #CMWorld
Mike Myers @mikemyers614

Podcasting is the most intimate form of content we have as marketers. It is a perfect platform for storytelling. #CMWorld
Pamela Muldoon @pamelamuldoon

Every person & brand has a story. Even if it’s a short story, it’s worth sharing with your community/audience. #CMWorld
Crowd Content @CrowdContent

RELATED: Check out CMI’s Podcast Network with shows from Joe Pulizzi, Robert Rose, Pamela Muldoon, Todd Wheatland, and Andrew Davis

Visual content

Print is tangible. Even though we read a lot of online content, it sometimes feels less so. #CMWorld
Ardath Albee @ardath421

Best thing about print? You have audience’s COMPLETE attention. How many distractions are popping up on your screen right now? #CMWorld
Luke Sackandy @LukeNPC

@lttlewys I never realized it, but having a print magazine became a competitive advantage for us. Go figure. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

Think VISUAL content where possible. It doesn’t need translation. 2014 is the year of visual content. #CMWorld
HeidiCohen @heidicohen

Not just writing, imagery is a huge area to consider too – pictures and video must also be sensitive to cultural mores #CMWorld
Natalie Howells @NHowellsFW

Quite often video is treated as a standalone. How does it fit in with your content strategy and storyline? #CMWorld
Ardath Albee @ardath421

To me a video should ENHANCE and amplify great copy and photos NOT always replace it. #CMWorld
Andy Newbom @Brewbom

Be in control and you’re doing things intentionally. Arbitrarily selecting art will cheapen the experience. #CMWorld
Buddy Scalera @MarketingBuddy

Be descriptive even with visuals. Limit your text where feasible. Make the message be as direct as possible. #CMWorld
Carmella Lanni @vegecomgirl

Seems simple, but always always ask “what story does this visual fit into”. #CMWorld
Joe Cardillo @joecardillo

Use it to LEARN. @SlideShare is my first stop every morning while I drink my coffee. I’ve learned so much there! #CMWorld
Jonathon Colman @jcolman

Placing original design between templated pieces. The mixture of the 2 promotes creativity & consistency at the same time. #CMWorld
Joseph Kalinowski @ringo66

“Design by committee” can bring the whole project to a grinding halt. #CMWorld #ugh
Joseph Kalinowski @ringo66

RELATED: CMI’s most popular articles on visual content and design

Getting the most from in-person events

The internet has raised the bar for events. You have to be providing content attendees can’t get online. #CMWorld
Traci Browne @tracibrowne

Everyone you meet is a source of content – @crestodina’s yearbook proved that at last year’s #CMWorld.
Nick Kellet @NickKellet

Cover the #event like a #journalist. What would your audience want to know/ask if they were there? #CMWorld
Mike Myers @mikemyers614

Organize notes and prioritize based on need and length of time needed. Make a goal to implement “quick ideas” within 30 days. #CMWorld
Cathy McPhillips @cmcphillips

I always try to find 1-2 ah-ha ideas at any event; find that nugget that sings to YOU & take immediate action (Pronto!); Take risks #CMWorld
Peter Loibl @PeterLoibl

Content marketing allows brands to provide value in new ways and track customers thru conversion. #CMWorld
Scott Lum @ScottLum

Introverts often have better networking experiences. We don’t walk away w/a pocket full of cards, just a few solid connections.#CMWorld
Traci Browne @tracibrowne

The 2 tricks to making connections at a conference: 1) Research before the show. 2) Follow up after! #CMWorld
Andy Crestodina @crestodina

The best content marketers are constantly networking. The very best use the phone, in-person meetings and live events … #CMWorld
Andy Crestodina @crestodina

Good speakers also pre-schedule a tweet with a link to their slides, right after they finish speaking. Classic. #CMWorld
Shannon Doubleday @shhh

Life cycle of a speaking engagement: blog posts & tweets pre-event and post-event, spanning 6-10 weeks depending on engagement. #CMWorld
Leslie Brand @LLBrand

RELATED: Join us at the world’s largest content marketing event: Content Marketing World

Influencer marketing

The secret about influencers is that often they themselves may not think they are influential. #CMWorld
Andy Newbom @Brewbom

#CMWorld Help your influencers look good in front of their audiences. They love social currency.
Marc Lawn @businessgp

Influencers are not like Pokemon – you shouldn’t try to collect them all! 😉 #CMWorld
Erika Heald @SFerika

“Co-create with someone famous & they’re your friend for a day. Help someone become famous & they’re friends for life.” #CMWorld
Lee Odden @leeodden

Co-created content invests participants in the end product, incentivizing them to share & make it a success. #CMWorld
Lee Odden @leeodden

Start growing a network NOW, not when you need them. I had to start somewhere :) Find ways to create value, then level up. #CMWorld
Lee Odden @leeodden

RELATED: The Complete Guide to Influencer Marketing: Strategies, Templates & Tools

Content distribution and promotion

“Blasting our content on every channel in the same form” is not a channel plan or at least a good one. #CMWorld
Cathy McPhillips @cmcphillips

Please remember – advertising is not the only way to amplify content. Don’t forget PUBLIC RELATIONS & MEDIA RELATIONS! 😉 #CMWorld
Kris Huson @Vruno

I used to think paid social was an oxymoron but now it’s a necessity. #CMWorld
Scott Lum @ScottLum

RELATED: More ideas on how to distribute and promote your content

Social media

I don’t look at social marketing and content marketing as two different things anymore – they feed each other. #CMWorld
Scott Lum @ScottLum

The contacts feature is one of most underutilized / known features on @LinkedIn. #CMWorld
Bernie Borges @bernieborges

Pulse and #LI Influencers have created a content hub too rich too ignore. #CMWorld
Bernie Borges @bernieborges

Social strategy is required even if you do ZERO content, because consumers are using social like a telephone. #CMWorld
Jay Baer @jaybaer

Remember that social (and content) success is about the wizard, not the wand. The tool is a means to an end you determine. #CMWorld
Jay Baer @jaybaer

Remember that once you leave a social channel, it’s not easy to return. So you better be SURE you’re out forever. #CMWorld
Jay Baer @jaybaer

RELATED: How to Build Social Media into Your Content Marketing Processes

Measurement and ROI

Numbers matter, but so do anecdotes and stories. Don’t discount storytelling in your measurement. #CMWorld
Eric Wittlake @wittlake

Industry benchmarks are not that helpful. Benchmark yourself and work against that. #CMWorld
Ardath Albee @ardath421

It’s also important to think about what you’ll do with the metrics – what do they inform? #CMWorld
Ardath Albee @ardath421

Dig into @GoogleAnalytics. Look at trends. Look beyond page views and into conversions, better yet conversions by topic. #CMWorld
Cathy McPhillips @cmcphillips

RELATED: More articles on measurement and ROI

Technology

Marketing is now a technology-powered discipline. Every marketer should become comfortable with that #CMWorld
Scott Brinker @chiefmartec

With marketing and tech changing so fast we need to test and fail fast – learn faster. #CMWorld
Scott Lum @ScottLum

Tools that operationalize your content strategy are the way to go – not tech then strategy. #CMWorld
Ardath Albee @ardath421

Ask yourself this question – which apps are duplicating efforts? Which can drop? Save yourself time to make what you have work. #CMWorld
Nick Kellet @NickKellet

Marketing automation tools simply automate your process. They don’t automate creating the process. #CMWorld
Andy Newbom @Brewbom

This diagram shows them as facilitators between 4 constituents: CMO, IT, non-tech marketers, and vendors. #CMWorld http://t.co/wYhGC7xYOw
Scott Brinker @chiefmartec

I love file sharing programs such as Dropbox. Having a hub for all files between artists & editors is clutch. #CMWorld
Joseph Kalinowski @ringo66

#Tools? I love: @buffer @SumAll @Canva @GetSwayy @treble_io @followspruce @Nuzzel @warblealerts @listly #CMWorld
Christin Kardos @ChristinKardos

RELATED: 12 Questions to Ask When Making a Technology Decision

Miscellaneous wisdom

Big brands can learn from small brands by acting smaller and more local. By letting people in. Being more open. #CMWorld
Nick Kellet @NickKellet

Mass markets are really a collection of niches that overlap across general needs. #CMWorld
HeidiCohen @heidicohen

#mindmaps help me see things I wouldn’t otherwise see. #CMWorld
Kip Meacham @kiporama

I think there is often an opportunity to “connect the dots” for people – contextualize and make sense of info. #CMWorld
Michele Linn @michelelinn

I’m starting to feel, maybe for the first time, that content marketing is becoming a credible discipline of marketing. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

Content is evolving from communications to experiences, new tech for the 4th wave of content marketing. #CMWorld
Carla Johnson @CarlaJohnson

Other Startup Content Creator Hall of Famers include: @Wistia @priceintel @Buffer @intercom @helpscout @uberflip #CMWorld
Jay Acunzo @Jay_zo

Oreo probably did more to harm the real-time movement than help, because everyone thought it was so easy. It’s not. #CMWorld
Joe Pulizzi @JoePulizzi

The biggest misconceptions of #contentmarketing: content marketing is a mindset, not a tool set #CMWorld
Michael Brenner @BrennerMichael

Content is every company’s best product! #CMWorld
Michael Brenner @BrennerMichael

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Author: Michele Linn

Michele is the Vice President of Content at the Content Marketing Institute. She is one of those people who truly loves what she does and who she works with. You can follow her on Twitter at @michelelinn.

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  • Sue Duris

    Great collection of comments! Thanks for including me!

  • https://twitter.com/bldchris Christin Kardos

    These are SO good! Thanks for rounding them up all in one spot (and for including me). :)

  • http://www.contentmarketinginstitute.com/ Michele Linn

    Thank YOU, Sue and Christin for joining us during the chats. These chats work so well because of you and the rest of the community. Hope to see you in 2015!

  • John James
  • http://www.wordspicturesweb.com/ Buddy Scalera

    Excellent resource. And I’m not just saying that because you included me.

    Okay, maybe a little.

    • http://www.contentmarketinginstitute.com/ Michele Linn

      Well, you are key to the #CMWorld community, Buddy. Thanks for being a part of this!

  • جلیل مرادخانی

    thanks for your good post. دربهای پارکینگی اتوماتیک داشتید؟ راضی بودید؟ من که از کار تیم آچیلان در راضی هستم سفارش درب اتوماتیک پارکینگ خودم رو دادم به آچیلان در اومدن نصب کردن و درب اتوماتیک پارکینگی با گارانتی 2 ساله دادن بهمون