In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss Facebook’s latest changes to its feed algorithm and give kudos to a thoughtfully written article that debunks four myths about digital media. We praise Sparksheet’s interview with Marriott’s David Beebe, which gives an inside look at the company’s ingenious approach to content marketing. We also share our opinions on articles that predict a big increase in native advertising and the future of content marketing. Rants and raves include Airbnb’s new print magazine and an evocative Christmas ad from Sainsbury’s. We wrap up the show with a #This Old Marketing example from TD Ameritrade.
Each year we ask content marketers how effective they consider their organizations to be, and this year we saw a dip in Australia. Why is this and what can be done? Our third annual report, Content Marketing in Australia 2015: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends – produced with the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) and sponsored by Brightcove – provides insights.
In this special first anniversary episode of #ThisOldMarketing, Robert and I look back at the content marketing predictions we made for 2014 at this time last year. We share our opinions on a politician using native advertising for “endorsements” and urge caution toward Facebook, which is trying to convince brands to host their content on its website. We also share our concerns about a biased article that asks, “Is content marketing worth it?” Rants and raves include the “Alex from Target” meme and the Wall Street Journal’s questionable approach to article comments. We wrap up the show with a #This Old Marketing example: Our very own This Old Marketing podcast.Continue Reading
Disclaimer: This is one of those “inside baseball” posts. It is also devoid of any helpful how-to information (as we’ve become known for at CMI). I wrote this post because I believe it needs to be said. So there.
Update 11/7/2014 - I had a wonderful chat with the writer from the Wall Street Journal this morning regarding clarification on content marketing versus native advertising. Just wanted to commend her on following through to try to clarify her definition of content marketing.
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In recent weeks, we released our 2015 B2B and B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends, North America reports: the first rounds of findings from our annual content marketing survey. Now, for the second year, we’ll take a look at the content marketing practices of nonprofit professionals. In Nonprofit Content Marketing 2015: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America, created in partnership with Blackbaud and sponsored by FusionSpark Media, we present some truly exciting findings about this segment of marketers. Most notably, it’s been great to see how nonprofit marketers have grown in their use of content marketing, and are driving efficiency and making progress using the resources (even if limited) they have.Continue Reading
In this episode, Robert and I open Pandora’s Box of content marketing definitions and ponder if publishers can succeed with time-based metrics. We give some love to Mozilla’s new magazine and an excellent SlideShare about the reinvention of publishing for the digital age, but disagree with Snapchat’s approach on native advertising. Rants include a misleading infographic about content production costs and the Wall Street Journal describing content marketing as native advertising. We wrap up the show with a #This Old Marketing example from Scandinavian Airlines, formerly Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS).Continue Reading
Yes, it’s that time again.
Before we take a look at my failed 2014 predictions, I’d love it if you could throw your hat into the ring and share your predictions for 2015.Continue Reading
This week, Robert and I ponder the ANA’s acquisition of the BMA, and take issue with a column lamenting the “good old days of content.” We also dig into the smart reasons Copyblogger has given for killing its Facebook page, explore the implications of yet another content agency mega-deal, and discuss “priceless” advice from MasterCard’s VP of global digital content. I rave about a fascinating “Meet Me at Starbucks” video, while Robert applauds a timely reminder from the late management guru Peter Drucker about the period of great transformation in which we live and work. We wrap up the show with a #This Old Marketing example from Qualcomm Spark.Continue Reading
There has been no shortage of posts and articles regarding the onslaught of content in all areas of marketing. Yes, everyone’s a publisher … we are all competing for attention with the Googles and LinkedIns of the world. But what’s on my mind is this: Are we, as content marketers, creative enough with our stories and our distribution options? Do we do the same things our competitors are doing? Are we just trying to tell the same story incrementally better? Shouldn’t we look to carve out something new?Continue Reading