In this episode, Robert and I discuss the important implications of LinkedIn’s acquisition of Bizo, congratulate blogger Scott Monty on his recent move from Ford to an agency role, and speculate on what will happen to Forbes now that it’s owned by foreign investors. We also ruminate on the continuing fall of newspaper ad revenue, puzzle over Time Inc.’s decision to form a new native advertising group, and rave about the marketing genius of Weird Al Yankovic before exploring this week’s TOM example: Makeup.com.Continue Reading
Last November, I keynoted the Niche CEO Summit alongside some amazing publishers, including Michela O’Connor Abrams, President of Dwell Media. If you are not familiar with Dwell, they have evolved from a small, niche print magazine focused on design to a fast-growing multimedia design brand.
Under Michela’s leadership, they’ve become one of the top websites in the world, have nearly 300,000 paid subscribers to their magazine, and have social media audience numbers that would make you blush (including over 500,000 followers on Twitter). Sure, they’ve struggled, like all of us have, with changes to how they create and distribute content… but it was one change that, in Michela’s words, made all the difference.Continue Reading
This week, Robert and I discuss Walmart’s big data move and what it means for brands. We also talk about new research indicating that sponsored content may have a trust problem and explore what an article looks like when a freelance writer “resigns” from content marketing. Our rants and raves cover NBA star LeBron James’ digital-only announcement of his return to Cleveland and an inaccurate portrayal of content marketing, and we cap off the show with a #ThisOldMarketing example from Credit Suisse.Continue Reading
In this episode, Robert and I discuss how content marketing is hitting the big time at Harvard Business Review. In addition, we chat about media agencies getting into the content production business, explain why email is far from dead, and then touch on a handful of research posts that are readily made fun of. Our weekly rants and raves include a great case study from Newcastle Brown, and we wrap up with this week’s #ThisOldMarketing example from Southern Poverty Law Center.Continue Reading
I’ve spent a lot of time recently with this Fast Company article on the future of Facebook (I highly recommend the read in its entirety). But there is one particularly critical part of this article that, if followed, could make all the difference for your content marketing plan.
After Facebook’s IPO in 2012, the stock dipped by over 50 percent, down to less than 20 dollars per share. Since that point, Facebook’s value has quadrupled. The major reason, according to the article, is a revision Facebook made to its management and performance structure.Continue Reading
In this episode, Robert and I discuss CMI’s purchase of the Intelligent Content Conference, then dive into P&G’s new edict that all marketing titles will change. In addition, we dissect Google’s decision to abandon Authorship pictures in search results, discuss some new research on how brands spend money to promote owned media content, and explore this week’s #ThisOldMarketing example: Chango.Continue Reading
In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss the top 10 brands on LinkedIn’s content marketing scorecard. In addition, we chat about an IKEA fan site gone wrong, reaching millennials with content marketing, and whether or not we can really tell if online ads are working. We then offer our thoughts on how prepared CMOs are to tackle digital marketing transformations and whether PR is a more successful discipline than content marketing, before sharing this week’s #ThisOldMarketing example from Albert Heijn’s supermarket chain.Continue Reading
In most cases, taking a content marketing approach that goes against the culture of an organization is an exceptionally challenging endeavor (see this article for more on battling organizational change). No matter how much passion you have for the concept of content marketing, more often than not, internal politics may get the best of you.
However, we’ve seen pilot programs in content marketing work dramatically well for many marketers, especially in the manufacturing sector. One senior marketer at a large manufacturing firm recently told me that their progressive content marketing approach can be credited to one thing: launching the program as a pilot (including referring to it as such).Continue Reading
In this episode, Robert and I discuss whether or not brands will destroy the native advertising opportunity and whether you can actually program native to audiences. In addition, we banter about the Red Bull Media House model and how many brands will follow its publishing structure. Then, Robert rants and raves about the Dumb Ways to Die franchise, while I rant about the closed atmosphere at the U.S. Open before discussing the week’s #ThisOldMarketing example: BeingGirl from P&G. Continue Reading
Quick test: Who’s the audience for your blog? How about your eNewsletter? Your podcast? If you are like most enterprises that sell multiple product lines to multiple audiences, you may have two, three, four or more different audiences you are trying to target with the same content initiative. How’s that working for you?Continue Reading