By Joe Pulizzi published October 27, 2014

How I Missed On Every 2014 Content Marketing Prediction

50 content marketing predictions

Yes, it’s that time again.

This will be our seventh year putting together content marketing predictions. (For the record, you can also view what was forecast for 2009201020112012, 2013 and 2014.)

Before we take a look at my failed 2014 predictions, I’d love it if you could throw your hat into the ring and share your predictions for 2015.Continue Reading

By Joe Pulizzi published October 25, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Have We Ruined Storytelling?

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This week, Robert and I ponder the ANA’s acquisition of the BMA, and take issue with a column lamenting the “good old days of content.” We also dig into the smart reasons Copyblogger has given for killing its Facebook page, explore the implications of yet another content agency mega-deal, and discuss “priceless” advice from MasterCard’s VP of global digital content. I rave about a fascinating “Meet Me at Starbucks” video, while Robert applauds a timely reminder from the late management guru Peter Drucker about the period of great transformation in which we live and work. We wrap up the show with a #This Old Marketing example from Qualcomm Spark.Continue Reading

By Joe Pulizzi published October 18, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: PR Pushes and Pulls to Define Its Role

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In this episode, Robert and I weigh in on Story Worldwide’s recent acquisition by Next Fifteen, and question whether Omnicom’s recommendation on shifting a big percentage of TV ad budgets to online video is a smart one. We also reflect on the meteoric growth of branded content at Huffington Post, and take issue with one PR practitioner’s rant about the death of traditional journalism. Our own rants cover the controversy surrounding an article on the role of journalists in brand journalism’s evolution, and a video from author Harlan Ellison on “getting paid.” Our #This Old Marketing example of the week explores a clever way space travel was marketed to the public.Continue Reading

By Joe Pulizzi published October 11, 2014

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

pnr logoIn this episode of #ThisOldMarketing, Robert and I praise BuzzFeed’s simple strategy to consistently craft viral content and Louis Vuitton’s decision to launch an exclusive print magazine. We also talk about opportunities in custom print publishing; Robert shares one popular but risqué example. We weigh in on an Advertising Week debate on native advertising, and share Rebecca Lieb’s sentiment that content is much more than today’s marketing strategy du jour. Rants and raves include Jerry Seinfeld’s take-down of advertising and an ill-conceived rant against content marketing. This week’s TOM example: Dolce & Gabbana’s Swide magazine. Continue Reading

By Joe Pulizzi published October 4, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Inbound Versus Content Marketing

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In this week’s episode, Robert and I speculate on why HubSpot has stirred up an age-old debate on the differences between inbound and content marketing, take issue with an article that laments the rise of corporate journalism and how it’s starting to compete with traditional news reporting, 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 that featured Lebron James and a brilliant bit of emotional storytelling from the innovators at GE. We wrap up the show with a rockin’ #ThisOldMarketing example: Guitar Center TV. Continue Reading

By Joe Pulizzi published October 1, 2014

New B2B Content Marketing Research: Focus on Documenting Your Strategy

b2b content marketing-cmi Today, we release the findings from our fifth annual content marketing survey — and it’s our biggest and best year yet.

For this year’s survey, we decided to ask some new questions, and change how we approached some of our regular questions, in order to provide fresher, more insightful findings. Thus, B2B Content Marketing 2015: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends — North America, produced by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs and sponsored by Brightcove, reflects the progress our industry is making in exciting new ways.Continue Reading

By Joe Pulizzi published September 27, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Is Corporate Blogging Waning?

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In this episode, Robert and I reflect on Tribune Publishing’s decision to invest in a content marketing shop, review a horrible example of native advertising from a personal injury law firm, and question the accuracy of new research that shows corporate support for blogging is waning. We also praise a thoughtful article on the opportunities that podcasting offers to marketers, rant about a questionable strategy for managing digital and offline marketing, and rave about a presentation with a refreshing take on the challenges involved in native advertising. We answer a listener’s question on the ecommerce ambitions of Twitter and Facebook before closing out the show with a #ThisOldMarketing example from Steve Jackson Games.Continue Reading

By Joe Pulizzi published September 20, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Was Apple’s U2 Giveaway Creepy or Smart?

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In this episode, Robert and I debate whether Apple’s decision to give away 500 million copies of U2′s new album was a brilliant content marketing coup or a creepy cautionary tale. We marvel at the growing number of software solutions for content marketers, and explore the growing gap between ad agencies and client needs. Rants and raves include a brilliant response to an online advertising critic’s rant about its shortcomings, an amazing example of storytelling as advertising by a nonprofit, and a smart viewpoint on how Content Marketing World can evolve to help break down silos within organizations. Our #This Old Marketing example of the week focuses on AllRecipes.com.Continue Reading

By Joe Pulizzi published September 13, 2014

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

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This week, Robert and I report live from Content Marketing World 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Joining us are three special guests, who help us announce our 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 network.Continue Reading

By Joe Pulizzi published September 6, 2014

This Week in Content Marketing: Authorship Is Dead, Journalism Isn’t

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In this episode, Robert and I talk about the excitement that’s building for next week’s Content Marketing World conference, speculate about why Google completely killed its Authorship initiative, and praise the changes made at The Washington Post since its purchase by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a year ago. Rants and raves include an iPhone app that may represent a powerful new ecommerce model, upscale moves in NYC by Denny’s, and the greatly exaggerated “death” of journalism, and then we wrap things up with this week’s #This Old Marketing example: MarketMinder.com.Continue Reading