By Joe Pulizzi published August 30, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Long Live the Content Editor

In this episode, Robert and Joe speculate on SlideShare’s decision to make certain Pro features available free of charge, and comment on Clay Shirky’s assertion that newspapers are “dead men walking.” We also applaud Yahoo’s decision to launch “content box” native ads and discuss why marketers ought to view content creation the way a news editor does. Listen in. 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 Joe Pulizzi published August 16, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Storytelling, Steroids, and the Southern Pacific

In this episode, Robert and Joe offer constructive advice on ways to address the issues raised in John Oliver’s recent diatribe on native advertising. They also cover content marketing’s use by venture capitalists, Demand Media’s poor quarterly report, and Budweiser’s “Whatever USA” program. Rants and raves focus on the NFL and Audible.com. 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

By Jonathan Crossfield published August 10, 2014

The Future of Social Media Content Strategy is Really Déjà Vu

To understand the future, social media marketers need to stop looking at the present and wringing their hands over the ever-changing landscape. The key to the future of social media content strategy is really the same as it ever was: Look closely at the relevance and quality of your social content and focus on creating the best possible experience for your potential customers. Continue reading

By Joe Pulizzi published August 9, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: John Oliver Vs. Native Advertising

In this week’s episode, Robert and Joe discuss TopRank’s new series of content marketing best practice eBooks, take issue with one author’s claim that content marketing can’t work in associations, and share observations on the success of Adidas’ awesome World Cup content marketing campaign. They also talk about Instagram’s fast-growing engagement numbers and chuckle about John Oliver’s funny take-down of native advertising. Continue reading

By Joe Pulizzi published August 2, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Beck Schools Us on Storytelling

In this episode, Robert and Joe discuss a musician’s mad content marketing moves, debate some potential causes of a decline in content quality, and reveal what the real purpose of native advertising is for brands. In addition, they discuss two shifts in the world of social media and take FourSquare to task for taking off in a new direction. Listen in. Continue reading

By Ann Gynn published August 1, 2014

Content Marketing Personalization: When and How to Use It

Nearly all B2B organizations (95 percent) make some attempt to segment their content based on their audience, but personalization is difficult to accomplish in content marketing. Is it worth the extra effort it requires? Get some advice from industry experts on content marketing personalization — like when and how (and if) you should make the effort. Continue reading

By Joe Pulizzi published July 26, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Weird Al’s Diabolically Brilliant Strategy

In this episode, Robert and Joe 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. They also ruminate on the continuing fall of newspaper ad revenue and rave about the marketing genius of Weird Al Yankovic. Continue reading