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The Weekly Wrap: Is Culture Eating Your Content Strategy for Breakfast?

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And that’s a wrap of the week ending Oct. 4, 2019

This week I’m thinking about how a tech snafu ate my interview. I also explore the need to create a new corporate culture club rather than fixing what exists. I offer a fresh take on a news piece that asks whether the days of TV advertising are finally over. And I point you to an article that explains why the content technology process is failing you.

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Here’s what we’re talking about this week.

  • One deep thought (2:58): If culture eats strategy for breakfast, maybe we should plan to do lunch. That’s because, when it comes to culture, Raydio sang it best: “You can’t change that, no no.”

Attempts to establish content as a strategic business function are a struggle because you’re trying to work within the existing culture with its existing processes and resources. That culture likely wasn’t designed to support the new approaches and ideas. Does that mean your content team will ultimately fail? No. But it often means it’s time to create something completely new. I explain how some of my clients did exactly this.

  • A fresh take on the news (7:38): Coming on the heels of Adweek, this article – Why Amazon Is About to Upend the $70 Billion TV Ad Market – really got me thinking. The article opens with a prediction Marc Pritchard, chief brand officer of Procter & Gamble, offered earlier this year at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show: “… the days of advertising as we know it today are numbered. We need to start thinking about a world with no ads.” Or, at least, this article argues, no TV ads.

Following the author’s logic, Amazon will move in to fill that void with measurable, contextual ads based on the purchase histories Amazon knows so well. I say … maybe. Listen to find out why I remain skeptical that Amazon will kill TV ads and create a nirvana for marketers.

Will @Amazon kill TV ads and create nirvana for marketers? @Robert_Rose #WeeklyWrap Share on X
  • One content marketing idea you can use (12:35): If you haven’t read 5 Things to Consider Before Investing in Content Technology, take a look before making any more content tech buys. In it, Kathy Baughman says that before you even look at technology, you have to nail other aspects of content operations, such as:
  • Understanding the needs of everyone who influences the buying process in your organization
  • Defining clearly your publishing processes, developing the necessary skills, and instituting governance
  • Architecting your content to be sourced, targeted, distributed, and reused

That’s really good advice I could have used this week – I hope it’s helpful to you, too.

Before you buy more #content tech, nail other aspects of content operations, advises @COMBLU. #WeeklyWrap Share on X

Love for this week’s sponsor: The Content Advisory

The Content Advisory was founded in 2010 by Robert Rose as the strategic education, consulting, and research group of The Content Marketing Institute. Over the last decade, we’ve built a series of frameworks and approaches to help implement intelligent content strategies. We combine independent and pragmatic thinking across a group of independent thinking analysts, data scientists, journalists, and creative artists. The Content Advisory assembles agile teams to address specific challenges and help businesses to understand and meet the challenge of transforming their marketing into customer experiences.

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