By Roanne Neuwirth published September 21, 2014

Why White Papers Still Matter: Their Role in Effective Content Marketing

The white paper is not dead. While versions of the concept may have proliferated and diluted its potential power, if done right the white paper still matters. Find out more about the best way to leverage this old marketing workhorse for effective content marketing given our plugged-in, multi-channel world. Continue reading

By Carlijn Postma published September 18, 2014

Why We Should Take the Brand out of Branded Content

Legions of marketing and communication professionals had their training during the era of mass communication, resulting in the belief that the best way to attract attention is to talk long and hard about themselves. The media produces content the public wants — content that’s not simply pushed into the faces of its audience but, rather, where the audience has made a conscious choice to engage in the content. Take a lesson from the media world and find out more about why (and how) to take the brand out of branded content. Continue reading

By Dan Kimball published September 16, 2014

Use These 3 ‘Cs’ for More Popular, Engaging Content

Simply signing up to play the game of content marketing and becoming an all-star are entirely different matters. As a marketer, the best way to learn how to create engaging content is to study the pros. Take a look at some examples from two brands that are nailing their content marketing strategies, and find out how they leverage curated content, context and conversion to create more popular, engaging content. Continue reading

By Joe Pulizzi published September 13, 2014

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

This week, Robert and Joe report live from Content Marketing World 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Three special guests join them to help announce the 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 new network. Listen in! Continue reading

By Neil Patel published September 10, 2014

7 Signs Your B2B Content Marketing Is Doomed to Fail

B2B content marketing stinks. It’s tough to blog about small niches that nobody cares about, writing about topics only four people on the planet understand. Many B2B content marketers are in a rut. They cling to old practices, perpetuating a plague of boredom. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Find out 7 signs your B2B content marketing is doomed to fail (and get a look at examples from several businesses that are doing it right in the B2B space). Continue reading

By Ann Gynn published September 5, 2014

The Content Marketing Myths We’ve Left Behind: Do You Still Believe?

With the spirit of innovation in mind, we share some evolutionary insights from a few of CMI’s blog contributors, training instructors and Content Marketing World speakers. Find out how they answered the question: What’s one thing you believed about content marketing that you no longer consider to be true, and what changed your mind? Continue reading

By Chuck Frey published September 4, 2014

10 Canva Tips That Will Help You Become a Visual Content Master

Canva has quickly emerged as one of the most powerful and popular web-based tools for creating visual content. But like any other tool, it must be used with great care to reinforce and strengthen your online branding, rather than detract from it. Get 10 Canva tips that will help you become a visual content master. Continue reading

By Jeff Freund published September 2, 2014

5 Vital Classes of Content: A Simple Framework

Content is the vehicle by which a company tells its story. It highlights the products, the team that stands behind them, and everything else that business has to offer — and is, ultimately, responsible for driving conversions. There are multiple layers to effectively telling the entire story of a company, and as such it is necessary to employ multiple classes of content. Get a simple framework for creating 5 vital classes of content. 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 Jodi Harris published August 15, 2014

Killer Content Creation: Learning from Inspiring Brands

Plenty of B2B businesses are achieving great success through their content creation efforts. We asked a group of CMI blog contributors, online training instructors, and Content Marketing World speakers to tell us which brands they think are killing it in the content game. Find out which brands most inspire them to be better content marketers themselves. Continue reading