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.

By joepulizzi published March 11, 2017

This Week in Content Marketing: MarTech Industry Needs to Team Up Against FANG

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher.

In this episode, Robert and I look at the ridiculous valuation of the Snap Inc. IPO — can it be sustained? And will advertisers buy in? We wonder whether media companies truly have a problem with trust, and debate whether their next big opportunity will lie in the hands of brands. Then, we discuss the MarTech industry and why its leaders need to unite to conquer Facebook, Amazon, and Google. We share rants and raves on BuzzFeed’s Tasty brand and McKinsey; then we wrap up with a spicy example of the week on Chili Klaus.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published March 4, 2017

This Week in Content Marketing: Fake News Creates Huge Opportunity for Branded Content

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher.

This week, Robert and I discuss The New York Times’ business model – and why its future could be very bright. We also explain how the fake news crisis could be creating an amazing opportunity for brands, and prepare for some big media company acquisitions by brands. Rants and raves include a Pixar training course on storytelling; then we close with an example of the week on John Yocum Beaty.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published February 25, 2017

This Week in Content Marketing: Apple and Amazon Race to Content Dominance

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher.

This week, Robert and I discuss Apple’s launch into the content creation business. We also explain why we feel publishers are still too focused on their channel strategies, and explore how Spotify’s launch into original podcasts could set it up to be purchased by Amazon in the near future. Our rants and raves include the future of print and the failure of advertising tech; then we close with an example of the week from a company that refused to go extinct.   Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published February 21, 2017

Major Changes Come to Content Marketing World 2017

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A few months after every Content Marketing World, I review each and every survey response about the event.  In 2016, about 800 of the 3,600 attendees completed the survey. I always start with the good stuff – what did you like best, who was your favorite speaker. It’s like watching a video with both babies and puppies at one time.

Then, I find a quiet place to go through all the constructive feedback. Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing all the ways that we can improve or where we didn’t quite hit the mark. But I have to say, it does sting a bit. When you put everything into an event, one that is planned over a year in advance, and some people don’t like it, it hurts. It’s like whatever the opposite is of watching a baby/puppy video.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published February 18, 2017

This Week in Content Marketing: Medium Picked the Wrong Business Model

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher.

In this episode, Robert and I discuss Super Bowl commercials, some Valentine’s Day content, and Snapchat’s all-important IPO. We also explore the new subscription model Medium is pursuing, and conclude that it has chosen unwisely. Our rants and raves include dark content marketing and e-newsletters; then we close out the show with an example of the week on influential entrepreneur Sara Spencer Washington.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published February 11, 2017

This Week in Content Marketing: Could Snapchat Be the Next Myspace?

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher.

In this episode, Robert and I discuss how P&G is rewriting the rules for agencies and media placement. We also examine why a slew of publishers are recreating the media business model, and debate whether Snapchat’s performance decline is an indication that a Myspace-level fail may be in its future. Our rants and raves cover the value of sensibility and a likely strategy for acquiring Twitter; then a listener gets charged up about an example of the week from General Electric.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published February 7, 2017

One Thing Is Killing Content Marketing and Everyone Is Ignoring It

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Editor’s note: Most marketers are searching for the answers on how to make their content marketing more successful. This update of a previously published post shares one answer.

In 2016, I led a workshop on content marketing for about 50 small-business CEOs and operations managers. They came from all different industries. Some were consultants. There was a plumber and also a representative from an HVAC company present. Pest management? Check. A few small manufacturing companies, a nonprofit, and a jewelry store rounded it out. In other words, it was a diverse group of companies.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published February 4, 2017

This Week in Content Marketing: Digital Advertising Shrinking, Except for Google and Facebook

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher.

In this episode, Robert and I explore the Upworthy/Good merger and what it might signal for other agency/publisher M&A deals. We also discuss potential revenue models Medium might pursue, and talk about why it seems like digital advertising is shrinking for all publishers… except for Google and Facebook. Our rants and raves include CMO.com and Digital Sense; then we wrap up with some home-brewed enthusiasm for our example of the week. Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published January 28, 2017

This Week in Content Marketing: The Battle for Custom Content

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher.

In this episode, Robert and I discuss the ongoing battle among publishers, agencies, and brands to dominate the content space and gain audience mindshare. In other news, while The New York Times releases its annual health report, we define the true role of the journalist. We share rants and raves on commitment and climate change; then we close out the episode with a missed content marketing opportunity in our example of the week.Continue Reading

By joepulizzi published January 23, 2017

The 7 Traits of Successful Content Marketers

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One of the most influential authors of my personal and career journey is Napoleon Hill.

Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich was first published in 1937. Now, in its 80th anniversary year, Mr. Hill’s lessons are still extremely relevant and valuable.

I had the opportunity to dust off my copy of Think and Grow Rich (from 1960, with dog-eared and coffee-stained pages) a few weeks back during the holiday break. In its relation to content marketing, I noticed some clear takeaways that most corporate marketers simply do not embrace. In the book, 15 powerful chapters are helpful to all individuals, but seven chapters were spot-on relevant to content marketing. Here are quotes from the seven chapters with my notes for each one.Continue Reading