Author: Jodi Harris

Jodi Harris is director of content strategy at CMI. She describes her role as a combination of strategic alchemist, process architect, and creative explorer. Prior to this role, Jodi spent over a decade developing and managing content initiatives for brand clients in the entertainment, CPG, health care, technology, and biotech industries, as well as for agencies and media brands. Follow her on Twitter at @Joderama.

By jodimedia published November 27, 2014

A Cornucopia of Content Marketing Inspiration


If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.” –President Barack Obama, July 2012.

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By jodimedia published November 18, 2014

A Content Marketer’s Checklist: Editorial Calendar Essentials


Editor’s note: Because editorial calendars continue to be the cornerstone of content marketing planning, we’ve updated this 2014 post by Jodi Harris. You can find the 2017 post here.

Is there anyone in the digital marketing industry these days (or any industry, really) who thinks that they have their jobs completely under control?

No matter how good we are at what we do, or how many years we’ve been doing it, we all seek the elusive “better way” to accomplish our everyday tasks – new tools to explore, new techniques with which to experiment, new information to take into consideration – innovations are constantly emerging to help people do what they do in less time, with less wasted effort, and with greater success. Reinvention is practically a commodity we trade these days to keep pushing our digitally enabled society forward.Continue Reading

By jodimedia published September 12, 2014

The Visual Content Inspiration You Need: Standout Examples

sky image with star trailsOver the last several weeks, we’ve had a chance to get recommendations on a lot of aspects of the content marketing process — from ways to find great content creators (both internally and externally), to the latest tools and techniques for executing on and measuring the impact of a content marketing strategy, to ways to infuse content with a higher purpose.

But successful content marketing doesn’t just involve writing and technology decisions. The images that go along with a story work just as hard to convey your business’s value and message. In fact, as videos, infographics, and photo-centric social networks like Instagram and Pinterest continue to gain favor, visual content is increasingly being leveraged to engage and inform an audience in uniquely compelling ways.Continue Reading

By jodimedia published August 15, 2014

Killer Content Creation: Learning from Inspiring Brands

kiss-o-meter image-kissing couple in heartBy now, you’re likely familiar with the statistics: Over 93 percent of B2B marketers use content marketing; yet, only 42 percent of them feel that they are being successful at it, according to CMI’s 2014 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends report. It’s a troubling disparity — and one that CMI is highly motivated to help close the gap on.

However, plenty of businesses are achieving great success through their content creation efforts, and their triumphs serve as encouraging proof that storytelling can be a powerful means of engaging customers and driving them to take action. Organizations, like Red Bull, American Express, and Coca Cola certainly lead the charge, but there are plenty of others that are taking the content marketing ball and running with it in exciting directions — though perhaps more quietly than some of their higher-profile business brethren.

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By jodimedia published July 25, 2014

How to Make Content Creation a Benefit for Your Team—Not a Burden

keyboard-coffee cup-hand on mouseThese days, everyone is a brand evangelist. Consumers express their love of Vans on Instagram; Sephora supporters can show off their favorite looks on the brand’s Pinterest page; and Facebook is practically rebuilding its business model around connecting fans with the companies they “like” by initiating compelling conversations. 

Inspirations and opportunities abound for your loyal customers to express their brand devotion — and to express their personalities through the brands they choose to champion. But what about your own workforce? Is your business doing enough to engage your employees in your content creation efforts, regardless of their level of experience or the functional role they play in your organization?Continue Reading

By jodimedia published July 20, 2014

How to Find the Right Writer for Content Creation

fortune-telling machine-your fortuneAccording to CMI’s 2014 B2B Content Marketing research report, 55 percent of B2B businesses are challenged with producing enough content, and 47 percent are struggling to produce the kind of content that engages.

While many considerations factor into meeting these challenges, it’s a safe assumption that the need for skilled writers is near the top of the requirements list. In fact, 64 of the B2B organizations surveyed are already outsourcing content creation to stay in step with consumers’ voracious appetite for relevant news, information, and advice. And, one topic that came up repeatedly during CMI’s Executive Forum was the challenge that content marketing leaders had with finding great writers to create original content or translate ideas from subject matter experts.Continue Reading

By jodimedia published October 13, 2013

The Makings of an Effective Content Marketing Team: Experts Weigh In

effective-content-marketing-teamAs brands and agencies become increasingly interested in reaping the benefits of content marketing, more of these businesses are exploring what it takes to incorporate its tools and techniques into their overall business operations. It’s no easy task, as content marketing often requires a radical shift in how organizations produce and deliver information to their audience. But for those with the vision and flexibility to become true content publishers, the results can be well worth the effort.

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By jodimedia published October 6, 2013

Should Your Content Marketing Process Make Room for Big Data?

hand holding out content possibilitesLooking for help with your biggest content marketing challenges? We’ve invited some of the experts who spoke at this year’s Content Marketing World to share what they’ve learned from their experience in the industry.

At Content Marketing World 2013, one of the most popular topics of conversation was Big Data — in particular, how to make it actionable without letting it overwhelm your other priorities and strategic content marketing goals. But does the Big Data feeding frenzy require equally big changes to existing content marketing processes, or does it all boil down to an overhyped term for a consideration that is already part and parcel to any successful content strategy? Continue Reading

By jodimedia published September 13, 2013

Visual Content: Which Brands Are Showing Marketers How It’s Done?

viewing visual contentLooking for help with your biggest content marketing challenges? We’ve invited some of the experts who spoke at this year’s Content Marketing World to share what they’ve learned from their experience in the industry.

Two weeks ago, our panel of sharp content marketing minds talked about what it takes to make content engaging, useful, and easily accessible on mobile devices. But today, we are diving a bit deeper into the engagement pool to explore one of content marketing’s most powerful assets: visual content media, including photos, videos, infographics, and other storytelling devices that connect with consumers by grabbing their “eyeshare.” Continue Reading

By jodimedia published August 30, 2013

How Your Content Plan Should Change to Improve Mobile Engagement

mobile consumersLooking for help with your biggest content marketing challenges? We’ve invited some of the experts who will be speaking at this year’s Content Marketing World to share what they’ve learned from their experience in the industry.

Last week, our panel of sharp content marketing minds passed along advice they received from their own mentors on what it takes to succeed in a content marketing job. But for today’s post, they share some of their own insight on an issue that businesses are increasingly facing — how to create a content plan that will engage audiences on the mobile channel. Continue Reading