By Lisa Dougherty published December 26, 2016 Est Read Time: 3 min

CMI Reveals the 12 Most Popular Posts of 2016

top-blog-posts-2016How many of the 366+ blog posts published in 2016 by CMI did you read? While I read all of them (it’s my job), I’m guessing few others did. I get that – we’re bombarded with content every day.

This list runs down the 12 most popular posts in 2016. We used BuzzSumo and Google Analytics to look at several factors (social shares, email conversions, unique linking domains) and added in a dose of editorial discretion. You’ll find they all have one thing in common: The authors dropped a bunch of knowledge bombs on us that we can use right away in our day-to-day marketing.

Given that you’re probably crunched for time, I ordered these based on least time to read to most time. I hope you find them as useful as I did.

1. 4 Tools to Create Interactive Content in Minutes

Yoav Vilner

What you’ll learn: How to create experiential content for your audience that captures their attention from the get-go and can challenge them to think and respond

Time to read: 3 minutes

2. Your Guide to Creating and Sharing Content in 2016 [Infographic]

Matt Banner

What you’ll learn: Five strategies to create content people want to share plus “cheat sheet” tips for each social media platform, ranging from image sizes to posting times, and shortcuts and sharing tricks

Time to read: 3 minutes for text, add more for the great infographic

3. How to Uncover Critical Content Marketing Insights Using Google Analytics

Jodi Harris

What you’ll learn: How to apply analytics data to make better content marketing decisions as shared by Orbit Media co-founder Andy Crestodina, plus the four types of analytic reports you should be using

Time to read: 4 minutes

4. One Thing Is Killing Content Marketing and Everyone Is Ignoring It

Joe Pulizzi

What you’ll learn: Why you should ask whether the content for your customers differs from anything else out there

Time to read: 5 minutes

5. What Is the Difference Between Content and Content Marketing?

Michael Brenner

What you’ll learn: Why you shouldn’t say “content” when you mean “content marketing” plus eight steps to creating an effective content marketing destination (with real-life brand examples)

Time to read: 5 minutes

6. 10 Mistakes Content Creators Need to Avoid

Neil Patel

What you’ll learn: 10 things the author has or almost has done wrong in his decade-plus of content creation – and none is about using effect/affect correctly

Time to read: 6 minutes

7. [New Research] B2C Marketers Need to Give Content Marketing Time and

8. Content Marketing Takes a Turn for the Better: New 2017 Research

Joe Pulizzi

What you’ll learn: Why the majority of B2C and B2B marketers say their organization’s overall approach to content marketing is more successful than a year ago (plus you can easily access the 2017 research)

Time to read: 6 minutes

9. The Biggest Content Marketing Trends in 2017

Joe Pulizzi

What you’ll learn: 19 trends affecting the industry, from influencer and purpose-driven marketing, to mobile, content technology, and the construction of media organizations

Time to read: 8 minutes

10. 2016 Content Marketing Toolkit: 23 Checklists, Templates, and Guides

Jodi Harris

What you’ll learn: How to think, plan, do, and improve your content marketing program with this DIY toolkit

Time to read: 10 minutes

11. 60+ LinkedIn Profile Tips for Marketers

Lisa Dougherty

What you’ll learn: A step-by-step process to make your online personal branding profile (LinkedIn) more relevant and effective

Time to read: 15 minutes

And we couldn’t end the year without sharing the most popular December post that’s on its way to becoming one of the most popular of the year.

12. BONUS: 50 Best Social Media Tools From 50 Most Influential Marketers Online

Aaron Orendorff

What you’ll learn: What 50 marketers say is their all-time, desert-island, can’t-live-without favorite social media tool

Time to read: 15 minutes plus infographic (though one commenter said she had been reading it for three days)

Thank you to all our contributors who share their smarts with us throughout the year. We wouldn’t be where we are today if not for you.

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Cover image by Joseph Kalinowski/Content Marketing Institute

Author: Lisa Dougherty

Lisa Dougherty is director, blog community and operations at the Content Marketing Institute. She will trade social media and blogging tips for warm pecan bread pudding. Her motto: "Life changes the minute you start doing what you love. And, guess what, it's never too late to get started." Lisa’s active on Twitter @BrandLoveLLC and on LinkedIn.

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