Author: Joe Pulizzi

Joe Pulizzi considers himself the poster boy for content marketing. Founder of the Content Marketing Institute, Joe evangelizes content marketing around the world through keynotes, articles, tweets and his books, Managing Content Marketing and Get Content Get Customers. Joe's latest book is Epic Content Marketing (McGraw-Hill). If you want to get on his good side, send him something orange. For more on Joe, check out his personal site or follow him on Twitter @JoePulizzi.

By joepulizzi published September 29, 2014

Two Critical Actions That Distinguish Great Content Marketers

pen with papers-written lettersFor a long time, I didn’t feel successful — though perhaps it’s more accurate to say that I didn’t really know what success was.

I graduated from Bowling Green State University (just south of Toledo, Ohio) with a degree in interpersonal communications. My major had been “undecided,” until the beginning of my junior year.  The only reason I chose Interpersonal Communications at that point was it was the only degree where I could actually graduate on time (with a few additional courses).Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published September 27, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Is Corporate Blogging Waning?

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In this episode, Robert and I reflect on Tribune Publishing’s decision to invest in a content marketing shop, review a horrible example of native advertising from a personal injury law firm, and question the accuracy of new research that shows corporate support for blogging is waning. We also praise a thoughtful article on the opportunities that podcasting offers to marketers, rant about a questionable strategy for managing digital and offline marketing, and rave about a presentation with a refreshing take on the challenges involved in native advertising. We answer a listener’s question on the ecommerce ambitions of Twitter and Facebook before closing out the show with a #ThisOldMarketing example from Steve Jackson Games.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published September 20, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Was Apple’s U2 Giveaway Creepy or Smart?

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In this episode, Robert and I debate whether Apple’s decision to give away 500 million copies of U2′s new album was a brilliant content marketing coup or a creepy cautionary tale. We marvel at the growing number of software solutions for content marketers, and explore the growing gap between ad agencies and client needs. Rants and raves include a brilliant response to an online advertising critic’s rant about its shortcomings, an amazing example of storytelling as advertising by a nonprofit, and a smart viewpoint on how Content Marketing World can evolve to help break down silos within organizations. Our #This Old Marketing example of the week focuses on AllRecipes.com.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published September 15, 2014

Beyond Storytelling: 7 Highlights from Content Marketing World 2014

rock hall-clevelandOne of the many things we love about Content Marketing World is that we can see the needle moving each year. We are no longer focused on simply determining what content marketing is and how to create it; we’ve progressed to working on how to make it more successful and how to integrate it into our organizations (which is why it’s critical for content marketing to be an enterprise team effort instead of an individual or siloed one).Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published September 13, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Live from Content Marketing World 2014

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This week, Robert and I report live from Content Marketing World 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Joining us are three special guests, who help us announce our new CMI Podcast Network: Pamela Muldoon, who will head up this new initiative, as well as contribute a podcast; plus Todd Wheatland and Andrew Davis, two of the five content marketing rock stars who have joined the Network. This podcast will also be incorporated into the network.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published September 6, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Authorship Is Dead, Journalism Isn’t

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In this episode, Robert and I talk about the excitement that’s building for next week’s Content Marketing World conference, speculate about why Google completely killed its Authorship initiative, and praise the changes made at The Washington Post since its purchase by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a year ago. Rants and raves include an iPhone app that may represent a powerful new ecommerce model, upscale moves in NYC by Denny’s, and the greatly exaggerated “death” of journalism, and then we wrap things up with this week’s #This Old Marketing example: MarketMinder.com.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published September 1, 2014

Confession: A Big Mistake We Were Making With Content Marketing

face-adjusting dark goggles-jarEvery now and again, we realize we aren’t following our own advice (gulp).

While we have been big proponents of offering unique content in each of our channels — and have a channel strategy for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and others — we were overlooking our most critical channel: email.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published August 30, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Long Live the Content Editor

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In this episode, Robert and I speculate on SlideShare’s decision to make certain Pro features available free of charge, and comment on Clay Shirky’s assertion that newspapers are “dead men walking.” We also applaud Yahoo’s decision to launch “content box” native ads, discuss why marketers ought to view content creation the way a news editor does, and provide an update on the lawsuit “patent troll” Personal Audio launched against podcaster Adam Carolla. Our rants and raves include Facebook’s recent moves to tag satirical articles and bury “click-bait” articles in users’ news feeds, plus Coin’s recent gaffe that has beta testers upset. We wrap things up with this week’s #This Old Marketing example, which comes from Endless Vacations.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published August 23, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: When Native Advertising Erodes Trust

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In this episode, Robert and I dive into the controversial issue of native advertising and talk about what happened when a blogger “liked” everything he saw on Facebook for two days. We also discuss the latest research on the growing pay gap between journalists and public relations professionals, rant about unscrupulous marketers trying to benefit from Robin Williams’ death and Amazon’s crazy idea on eBook pricing, and review The Compass magazine by UPS as this week’s This Old Marketing example.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published August 18, 2014

7 Thoughts That Will Change Your Content Marketing Strategy

image laptop-beside-newspaperThe month before each Content Marketing World event has always been an interesting time for me.

The first reason is because I stay in one place for a large chunk of time. That’s a big deal for me, as throughout the fall, winter, and spring I’m almost always on the road, traveling to all parts of the world. Second, it’s when I work on particular items for the show, like the Content Marketing Awards, the music sequencing, the video intros, or (most likely) keeping our exhibitors happy. And, last but not least, it’s when I get more family time — more time to ponder what’s truly important in life (and more time to question whether or not I’m doing this whole “parenting” thing right).

Long story short, I’m more sentimental during this time of the year. I’m less caught up in the day-to-day and more focused on the big picture.Continue Reading