By Joe Pulizzi published April 26, 2007 Est Read Time: 1 min

Why Content Marketing?

Why Content Marketing?Since I’ve left my previous role at Penton Custom Media, I’ve been asked by many, “Why content marketing, not custom media or custom publishing?” Here is my take:

It’s all about content, right? Content is what engages, influences, persuades, and ultimately, leads to product specification. Thus, the first part, content. Now to marketing…check out the formal definition on dictionary.com. It’s about buying or selling something, isn’t it?

Our industry is about creating content that helps people buy or sell something (that includes buying into an internal organization or buying into an association). Content marketing is the only term that I have seen that fits.

Heck, I may be wrong…maybe it is custom media. But what does that term really mean? It’s more a publishing term, not a marketing term.

One thing is for sure, it is the organizations, not individual users or publishers, that have the greatest opportunity (and possibly learning curve) to create valuable content that makes an impact on people. Smart organizations are doing it now. More will come. Things are going to get interesting.

Author: Joe Pulizzi

Joe Pulizzi is the bestselling author of seven content marketing books including his latest, Content Inc. He has founded four companies, including the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), and his newest venture, The Tilt. His podcast series, This Old Marketing with Robert Rose, has generated millions of downloads from over 150 countries. He is also the author of The Random Newsletter, delivered to thousands every two weeks. His Foundation, The Orange Effect, delivers speech therapy and technology services to children in 35 states. Follow him on Twitter @JoePulizzi.

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