Author: Ann Gynn

Ann Gynn edits the CMI blog. Ann regularly combines words and strategy for B2B, B2C, and nonprofits, continuing to live up to her high school nickname, Editor Ann. Former college adjunct faculty, Ann also helps train professionals in content so they can do it themselves. Follow Ann on Twitter @anngynn or connect on LinkedIn.

By ann-gynn published March 23, 2020

Get an A for Accuracy With This Fact-Checking Content Checklist

Let’s make this simple.

Factually wrong content is bad. Accurate content is a necessity.

Whether you’re a content creator or editor, use this checklist to help ensure that your content won’t spread misinformation and need to be debunked. And so your audience can trust your content.

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By ann-gynn published March 17, 2020

Should the News Disrupt Your Content Calendar? Here’s How to Decide

Editor’s note: You can follow this process during a pandemic like COVID-19 that affects nearly everyone. It’s also helpful when the impact of a news story isn’t as clear.

Your editorial calendar looks perfect. Your content team has done everything right.

Each week’s theme aligns with your brand’s content marketing strategy. Each day includes topics that will engage your audience in formats they want. The upcoming month’s content is ready to go – approved by all the necessary stakeholders.

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By ann-gynn published March 12, 2020

Successful Ghostwriting Demands Collaboration, Not Magic

Ghostwriters are like introverted ventriloquists.

They never appear on stage, but they speak for another when they write the content published under another individual’s byline or brand name.

Ghostwriting takes the writing process to the next level – it amplifies the value of some standard research and planning practices and adds a few more steps to walk in another’s “shoes.” And the writer doesn’t get the credit publicly. “Ghostwriting is a selfless job,” says Aisha Ahmed, editorial coordinator at Healthy Links.

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By ann-gynn published March 3, 2020

You Can Write Faster With This Guide

When you’re paid to write, you can’t afford to take hours to craft the perfect piece or luxuriate for weeks waiting for inspiration to strike.

You’re facing deadlines. You have multiple pieces to write. Maybe you’re just sick of the assignment taking so long.

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By ann-gynn published February 13, 2020

Brand Storytelling Gets a Rose from The Bachelor [And 2 More TV Partnership Examples]

Let’s play a game. Match the numbered brand with the lettered media property below.

(2) Ancestry
(3) Destination Cleveland

(A) The Bachelor
(B) The Crew
(C) Who Do You Think You Are?

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By ann-gynn published January 29, 2020

How to Get Valuable External Content Sources

To be seen as a valuable information resource – not a product-hawking brand – treat your content marketing like a media outlet.

The first step? Use more than your corporate in-house voices (i.e., the ones paid by your company) in your content.

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By ann-gynn published January 23, 2020

How to Do Diverse and Inclusive Content Marketing That Matters

A content marketer searches for a stock image to accompany a blog post titled The Top 10 Business Lessons Every Young Professional in Our Industry Should Know.

The first result for “business” appears:

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By ann-gynn published January 13, 2020

Curate the Ultimate Content Marketing Library With These 51 Book Picks

You can’t judge a book by its cover. You can judge it based on the recommendations of your peers.

Here’s some help to build a great shelf of books (physically or digitally) to improve your content marketing skills, expand your marketing prowess, and gain inspiration to make your work more manageable and effective.

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By ann-gynn published December 23, 2019

6 B2B Brands That Put the Creative in Their Content Marketing [Examples]

Valuing creativity makes a marked difference in B2B content marketing success.

CMI’s 2020 research shows that 92% of the most successful B2B content marketers say their organization values creativity and craft in content creation and production.

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By ann-gynn published December 19, 2019

Look Inside the Idea Garage for 8 Fresh B2C Examples

When you find a fresh or innovative example of content marketing, what do you do?

I bookmark the page and visit it when my creative ideas have dried up. But Natalya Minkovsky, a Washington, D.C.-based content strategist, drives those great content marketing examples into the Idea Garage at Chief Content Officer.

Now, we’re opening the door to reveal the innovative B2C examples she shared in 2019. (Feel free to bookmark this page for one-stop inspiration in 2020.)

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