Author: Jodi Harris

Jodi Harris is the director of editorial content and curation at Content Marketing Institute and serves as editor-in-chief of its digital magazine, Chief Content Officer. Follow her on Twitter at @Joderama.

By jodimedia published March 18, 2020

How to Create Visual Content That’s Worth a Thousand Shares

Editor’s note: We’ve updated this post with some fresh examples because compelling visuals remain a critical, yet often underused resource.

Visuals are essential to creating content that will help your business stand out and draw in an audience. Not only does imagery help make text-centric content more readable, digestible, and memorable, but it can be used to craft compelling messages that speak volumes without using a single word – just ask anyone who has posted a photo on Instagram, tweeted a meme to express their feelings, or created an Instagram video to share a memorable moment with friends.

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By jodimedia published March 9, 2020

Should Engagement Really Matter to Marketers Anymore?

Engagement. Our brands crave it, our audiences seem eager to participate in it, and our campaigns are designed to drive it.

On the surface, engagement often seems like an ideal goal for content marketers; but when you take a deeper look at how difficult it is to determine its value, you may want to rethink the role it plays in your strategy.

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By jodimedia published February 18, 2020

What to Expect When You’re Experimenting

Expanding your content horizons with AI, VR, or other tech enhancements can feel like an exciting journey of creativity or a frustrating exercise in futility – depending on how you approach the process. Prepare to add new dimensions to your brand’s storytelling efforts with an experimentation method that won’t blow up in your face.

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By jodimedia published February 18, 2020

Want More Business? Narrow Content Focus to Targeted Accounts

Editor’s note: Given the vital role technology plays in achieving content marketing success, we’re taking a closer look at how today’s thought leaders are bringing unique perspectives and personal experiences to the work they do in this space.  

We often think of business growth in terms of “more” – reaching more people, delivering more content, selling more products, and so on. It’s one of the reasons content marketers heavily rely on tech solutions to speed up their processes and scale their campaigns.

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By jodimedia published February 3, 2020

How to Create a Strategic Social Media Plan [Template]

Editor’s note: Given the ongoing need for brands to handle their social media plan more strategically, we updated this previously published article.

Concerned that the death of the Instagram “like” count might kill your brand’s traction on the platform? Questioning where your Facebook ads might appear across its network of sites, including Messenger? Curious as to whether user trust has deteriorated to where social media is no longer a safe space for your brand to play? You’re not alone.

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By jodimedia published January 20, 2020

Brand Empathy: The One Critical Quality B2B Content Lacks [Video]

We could all use more empathy in our lives. The ability to think about the world from someone else’s point of view isn’t a nice-to-have or even an aspirational quality for content marketers. It’s absolutely critical. Our jobs revolve around our ability to understand consumers’ mindsets and reflect them in the content we create.

True brand empathy is different from merely identifying needs, serving up useful information, or even understanding the personal motivations that drive consumption.

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By jodimedia published December 30, 2019

Marketers: Reclaim Your Time With These Productivity Tips, Tools, and Templates

We’ve got so much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.”

This (slightly revised) quote from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory nicely captures my state of mind – about content marketing and, to be honest, all the other frenzied activities happening this time of year. It just feels like there’s never enough time to get everything done.

At a time when the colder, darker days of winter are urging us to slow down, curl up somewhere warm, and enjoy our well-deserved holiday breaks, the weight of looming tasks when we return makes it even harder to justify taking time to fully relax and recharge.

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By jodimedia published December 27, 2019

Best of CCO Digital: A Year Transformed With Sound and Sight

2019 was a year of big changes for the Chief Content Officer publication team – as, I’m sure, it has been for all content marketers. The biggest of these changes has been the transformation to an all-digital publication.

CCO’s fans and followers also may have noticed that our content has gotten richer – more audio and video content features reflect the industry’s evolution toward more portable, more accessible, and more immersive storytelling.

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By jodimedia published December 16, 2019

Don’t Obsess Over Search Rankings; Do This Instead

Editor’s note: Given the complexity around tech in content marketing, we’re sharing conversations with thought leaders to bring greater understanding.

Too often, SEO is an afterthought – a technique for complementing or enhancing content creation and distribution. But failing to plan for search up front can be a big mistake.

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By jodimedia published November 19, 2019

Select Your Search Marketing Tech For Now and the Future

Editor’s note: Technology is essential to content marketing success. But the complexity around tech selection and use often leaves businesses struggling to keep pace with innovation. To bring clarity and understanding, we’re sharing a series of conversations with thought leaders in this space.

Algorithm shifts leave marketers with a dim view of the search landscape. Audience and business priorities evolve constantly. No wonder B2B businesses are challenged to find tech solutions powerful enough to deliver current performance goals while remaining adaptable enough to accommodate new priorities as they emerge.

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