By Joe Pulizzi published October 11, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: The Real Cure for the Native Advertising Blues

In this episode, Joe and Robert go in-depth on Buzzfeed’s niche content practices and how progressive marketers are starting to think print. The boys also discuss native advertising in detail, and why the problem is not transparency. Rants and raves include Jerry Seinfeld at AdWeek and whether Coke and Red Bull are “wrong” for doing content marketing. This week’s TOM example: Swide.com from Dolce&Gabbana. Continue reading

By Michele Linn published October 10, 2014

How to Build a Better Content Marketing Strategy

While following a documented content marketing strategy closely can help keep it focused on your organization’s goals, you will often need to account for new insights and information you receive as time goes on. Here, we share some guidelines for determining which elements to keep consistent and which to update from time to time. Continue reading

By Pamela Muldoon published October 9, 2014

Using Backstories as a Way to Connect with Your Audience

Content Marketing Institute launches the CMI Podcast Network with a new podcast, The Pivot: Marketing Backstories. The series, hosted by Todd Wheatland, shares unexpected stories from content marketing professionals with a focus on the pivotal point in their lives that put them on the path to success. This week, Todd speaks with CMI Founder, Joe Pulizzi, and learns where his career might have taken him — if he had followed in his family’s footsteps. Continue reading

By Jonathan Crossfield published October 8, 2014

Are Social Media Content Agencies and Experts Taking You for a Ride?

Are some social media agencies, consultants, and “experts” taking advantage of their clients by over thinking and overcharging for mediocre or ineffective tactics? Take a look at how needless complications may be subjecting the whole social media content industry to credibility fallout. Continue reading

By Ann Gynn published October 7, 2014

How the Entertainment Industry Can Influence Your Content Marketing Job

Content marketers may not have cause to shout, “lights, camera, action.” But like Hollywood icons, we are all looking to make a connection with the audience. Take a look at how some of the presenters at Content Marketing World 2014 view a content marketing job through the lens of an entertainment studio. Continue reading

By Rebecca Watson published October 6, 2014

3 Tactics to Optimize Your Website Content With Social Intelligence

Social signals that can help you optimize your website content efforts are out there — but are you paying enough attention to them? Find out how to use the latest social sharing tool features to track key consumer behaviors and improve user retention and acquisition. Continue reading

By Vanessa DiMauro published October 5, 2014

Why Listening Communities Belong in Your Marketing Strategy

You’ve worked hard to make sure your content is well-written, well-produced, engaging, and useful. But how do you know whether your audience is really paying attention? We all know what it’s like when someone won’t stop talking — it’s difficult to stay engaged. Have you tried listening to your audience to guide your efforts? Find out why listening communities belong in your marketing strategy. Continue reading

By Joe Pulizzi published October 4, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Inbound Versus Content Marketing

This week, we speculate on why HubSpot has stirred up an age-old debate on inbound vs. content marketing, take issue with an article about rise of corporate journalism, and reveal why Marriott’s decision to launch a content marketing studio is likely to be a big success. Our rants and raves cover a spammy sponsored post on Facebook and a brilliant bit of emotional storytelling from GE. We wrap up with a rockin’ #ThisOldMarketing example: Guitar Center TV. Continue reading

By Michele Linn published October 3, 2014

Why Fewer People Are Using Content Marketing — and Why It’s Good News

In CMI’s latest research, the number of people who described their marketing efforts as content marketing actually declined — from 93 to 86 percent. At first glance, that stat was a bit startling, but it may actually be an encouraging sign. Find out why it’s a good thing that fewer B2B marketers say they use content marketing. Continue reading

By Roger C. Parker published October 2, 2014

Drive Retail Sales with B2C Content Marketing: 8 Tips + a Checklist

Helpful content is often scattered across a website, posted in multiple locations (and in multiple formats) rather than in a structured, centralized place. Find out how to drive retail sales with B2C content marketing. Get 8 tips and a checklist to help you create a resource center to organize — and help readers navigate to — all of your useful content. Continue reading