By Clare McDermott published August 28, 2014

7 Inspiring Lessons from 2014′s Top Content Marketers

Today we are excited to announce the finalists competing for the title of the 2014 Content Marketing Awards’ Content Marketer of the Year. They have already won in individual categories, and as we celebrate their accomplishments, it’s also important to understand what they’re doing well. As we review their work, we can get 7 inspiring lessons from the year’s top content marketers. Continue reading

By Brad Young published August 27, 2014

Use Experiments to Improve Your Content Marketing Plan: 9 Ideas

The need to strike a balance between creativity and commerce in marketing isn’t new. How do we do this? We let testing and experimentation play a major role. The digital/social age makes that process easier than ever before. Get 9 ideas for using experiments to unite the art and science in your content marketing plan. Continue reading

By L. Williams published August 26, 2014

6 Tips for Influencer Marketing from an Influencer

Influencers are busy, connected people who have worked hard to cultivate trust in their circles of influence. When they promote a product or service, their circles respond. But to get the benefits of that promotion, you must engage the influencer — and there are right ways and wrong ways to do that. Get 6 tips for influencer marketing from an influencer. Continue reading

By Carla Johnson published August 25, 2014

Build Strong Brand Storytelling From the Inside Out

Our employees are at the heart of what makes brand storytelling come to life and create meaningful experiences for customers. If we expect to be able to go “all-in” with successful content marketing, we have to think about the role our employees play in getting us there. Find out how to build strong brand storytelling from the inside out. Continue reading

By Pawan Deshpande published August 24, 2014

The Content Marketing Pyramid: Create More With Less

These days, content marketing teams are expected to create content in all shapes and sizes. Trying to keep up with the seemingly insatiable demand, team members often can feel overwhelmed and stretched too thin. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Find out how implementing the Content Marketing Pyramid can help you create more with less. Continue reading

By Joe Pulizzi published August 23, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: When Native Advertising Erodes Trust

In this episode, Robert and Joe 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. They also discuss the latest research on the growing pay gap between journalists and public relations professionals and rant about unscrupulous marketers trying to benefit from Robin Williams’ death. Listen in. Continue reading

By Ann Gynn published August 22, 2014

Purpose-Driven Content Marketing: Brands That Give and Get

Purpose-driven content marketing is a way for a business or brand to bond with a target audience based on shared needs and interests — including interest in supporting a worthy cause. Get more perspective on the topic — and examples of brands that do it well — from CMI contributors and online training instructors and Content Marketing World speakers. Continue reading

By Arnie Kuenn published August 21, 2014

How to Pitch the Power of Content Marketing to Your Boss

Though most marketers are coming to recognize the value that a well-planned and executed content marketing strategy can deliver, when it comes to getting buy-in from the boss, many are still being met with resistance. Find out how to pitch the power of content marketing to your boss. Continue reading

By Michele Bollig published August 20, 2014

Take Your Event Beyond Its Venue: 4 Content Marketing Ideas

Marketers continue to rate in-person events as their most effective tactic. You’re probably already using events as a resource for your overall content creation plan, but a common challenge is knowing how to best promote the event so that its value lives on. Use these 4 content marketing ideas to take your event beyond its venue. Continue reading

By Michele Linn published August 19, 2014

Marketing Research: How Enterprises Structure, Scale, and Spend on Content

While the vast majority of organizations seem to be adopting content marketing in some shape or form, there are still complex challenges for large enterprise organizations to face. In CMI’s research on the subject, we learned that no one formula for success exists, but many trends became apparent. Learn more about how enterprises structure, scale and spend on content. Continue reading