Author: Kim Moutsos

Kim Moutsos leads the talented content team at the Content Marketing Institute, where she is vice president of editorial. Having worked in content marketing for enterprises and startups for more than 20 years, Kim enjoys exchanging ideas and lessons learned with other content marketing practitioners. You can follow her on Twitter at @KMoutsos or connect on LinkedIn.

By kmoutsos published May 27, 2021

6 Content Calendar Strategies That Work Better Than Waiting for Inspiration

Updated May 27, 2021

You have a documented content marketing strategy. You’ve outlined your quarterly plan, aligning your messages and goals with demand gen, sales, customer success, and other teams. But you still have slots to fill in your editorial calendar.

Most marketers have experienced this moment. You generally know what you need to produce, but specific story ideas seem just out of reach.

When this happens, you have two choices: Wait for inspiration to strike or develop a system to find stellar ideas to fill the calendar.

This post is not for those who choose to hold out for a flash of creative inspiration. It’s for anyone ready to do the dirty work of finding hidden content opportunities to shape and polish into something brilliant.Continue Reading

By kmoutsos published May 3, 2021

6 Steps to Help You Decide Whether to Optimize Your Failed Content

Updated May 3, 2021

So your content failed. You’re not alone. In between those pieces that clearly hit the mark, we’ve all published a few – or more than a few – that missed.

There’s plenty of advice on content optimization techniques to apply to articles that are already pretty good. And there’s even more on how to reuse, republish, or repurpose your highest-performing content. It’s a sure-win tactic to include in your content marketing strategy, we’ve run many articles about how to do it.Continue Reading

By kmoutsos published April 15, 2021

How to Set Content Marketing Goals That Matter to Business Leaders

Updated April 15, 2021

Have you ever heard a sales leader or business exec disparage content marketing as “arts and crafts” or wonder about its business value? You aren’t the first.

The myth that content marketing is some nebulous, feel-good, unmeasured thing gets told all too often.

But why?

The business purpose of content marketing is literally written into its definition:

Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience – and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.

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By kmoutsos published December 15, 2020

Should Your Brand Take a Stand? Luvvie Ajayi Jones Offers Useful Advice

Has there ever been a year in which marketers felt so compelled to respond to headlines – and so conflicted about whether and how to speak up? 2020 may have been extra intense, but the pressure on brands to take a stand won’t disappear in 2021.

Self-described “professional troublemaker” Luvvie Ajayi Jones offered useful advice for navigating these impulses in her keynote presentation, Speaking Truth to Power, at Content Marketing World 2020.Continue Reading

By kmoutsos published December 9, 2020

How Marriott, NerdWallet, and Adobe Measure Content Marketing

There’s no shortage of advice about how to measure content success. CMI has published plenty of it. Yet every year, we hear from content marketers struggling to understand the impact of their content marketing.

One stumbling block may be applying general advice to a living, changing, content program. No one-size-fits-all solution exists. Every team must tailor its measurement to its business goals and, often, to how well each piece of content contributes to the content marketing mission.

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By kmoutsos published September 24, 2020

2020 B2C Content Marketer of Year Finalists Empower Audiences

In an extraordinary year, extraordinary content marketers rose to the occasion. They demonstrated what’s possible, moved us to action, and taught us how to protect ourselves. Here are one group and two individuals who are at the top of the game – the 2020 B2C Content Marketer of the Year finalists.
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By kmoutsos published September 23, 2020

Go Behind the Scenes With 3 Finalists for B2B Content Marketer of the Year

Great ideas can be found anywhere – and so can great B2B content marketers. They work for big companies, small companies, small corners of big companies. They lead not-so-small teams at not-so-big companies and in every set of circumstances imaginable.

It’s not the budget or the scale or the title that makes a B2B content marketer great – it’s the ability to lead people (internal teams, audiences, and customers) out of the status quo, show them how things can be better, and help them take action to make it so.

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By kmoutsos published August 4, 2020

Write Smarter and Faster With Tips From These Top 5 Posts

Someone set the strategy. The content is scheduled. The brief arrived. Now comes the “fun” part – creating something.

I put fun in quotation marks because every content creator recognizes the struggle to find the right word, craft the right phrase, or just get the darn thing done.

I know this from long experience. And I infer that this experience is nearly universal from watching what visitors read on the CMI blog.

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By kmoutsos published July 16, 2020

Get It Together: Try the Ideas in the 5 Most Popular Content Planning Posts

Do you have an editorial calendar? Congratulations, you’re partway down the path to a solid content plan. (If you don’t have a content or editorial calendar, see me after class. I’d love to know how you operate.)

Most likely, you’ve felt the seemingly endless pressure to come up with great ideas to fill that calendar. And, of course, you don’t want to just fill it, you want the content to produce results.

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By kmoutsos published June 30, 2020

The 5 Most Popular Content Analytics Articles on CMI

How do you know what your audience wants to hear from you? Ask them – through one-on-one conversations, surveys, or general market research. Asking is always useful and critical as you build your audience.

Then once you establish an audience, you can look at what they do with your content – not just what they say they do.

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