Author: Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis wrote for Charles Kuralt and produced for NBC. He's worked for the Muppets and MTV. He co-founded, built and sold a marketing agency. You might have seen him on The Today Show or in the New York Times. He's a best-selling author and one of the most influential marketers in the world. Follow Andrew on Twitter @DrewDavisHere.

By andrew-davis published April 25, 2013

Why You Should Create Content With a Hook

creating-content-hook-jetlev-devin-grahamWhat’s a hook?

If you’re going to create valuable content for your target audience, and you’re going to stick to a format, you must have a hook. Formats give your content structure; a hook gives it character. A hook is, quite simply, a unique content concept that is designed to ensnare and trap your unsuspecting audience into consuming and sharing your content.

Hooks enable your audience to build a relationship with your content each time it’s delivered. A twist on a familiar structure is what makes your content unique, but a hook is what gets people to talk about it.Continue Reading

By andrew-davis published March 19, 2013

11 Content Marketing Questions Answered About Brandscaping

brandscaping-new content marketingI had a wonderful time presenting to the attendees of CMI’s recent webinar, Brandscaping and the New Content Marketers. (For those of you who attended, I’m sorry about my cellular connection… I know it made it difficult in those first five minutes.)

The webinar generated 55 questions from our intrigued, interested, and extremely intelligent audience. We only got to four or five of those questions in the time allotted, so I offered to answer some of the questions that we were not addressed.Continue Reading

By andrew-davis published December 21, 2012

Content Creation: Who Could You Partner with on a Million Dollar Weekly Budget?

Content creation Geico_JPCycles

In 2010, GEICO spent $745 million on advertising. You know — the ads featuring the talking gecko urging us to save 15 percent by switching insurance companies. What if GEICO spent more on supporting content creation than on buying ads?

You may already know this (I didn’t), but GEICO sells 19 different types of insurance. Even if you divided its ad spend across all 19 lines, each product would still get $39 million to produce content instead of advertising.Continue Reading

By andrew-davis published November 27, 2012

Content Marketing Strategy at the Intersection of Two Brands

Geoff Cottrill sells shoes. As the CMO at Converse, that’s his job. So, why would a shoe manufacturer create content for musicians like this:Continue Reading

By andrew-davis published November 13, 2012

How Your Content Marketing Can Ignite a Movement

caines-arcade-content-creativityA charming film

If you haven’t seen Nirvan Mullick’s short (10-minute) film called “Caine’s Arcade,” watch it now. You’ll be glad you did — and the rest of this inaugural ContentVenn post is going to make a lot more sense. (If you have seen it, read on!)Continue Reading

By andrew-davis published December 1, 2011

What if You Sold Waffles With a Side of Content?

On a recent trip to Pittsburgh, PA., one of our clients introduced us to two intriguing retail experiments on using content creation to drive business at retail locations: The Waffle Shop and the Conflict Kitchen.
What’s interesting about both of these experiments is that they leverage a content-centric approach as the centerpiece of their businesses — it’s not a marketing project or a blog; in fact, the content is one of their products.

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By andrew-davis published August 13, 2010

How to Identify Where Your Audience is Participating Online

In my first post at Content Marketing Institute, I spent a couple minutes introducing you to two tools that are designed to help you better understand your web-browsing audience. Today, I’ll help you identify where they are hanging out online.Continue Reading

By andrew-davis published July 28, 2010

Creating Content Informed by Audience Analytics

Finding the right tone and voice for your audience isn’t always easy. Sometimes, finding an analogy, a case study or even a local reference that will engage your audience can mean the difference between an effective piece of content and just another article.

That’s where a deep understanding of your audience can really help.Continue Reading

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