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Do You Think Stereotypes and Personas Are Synonymous?

NASCAR dads. Soccer moms. Millennials. Those words conjure images of a person or group. Are they stereotypes or personas? Does it matter? And how does it all fit with your content marketing? Ten marketing experts share their thoughts.
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Is Your Content Ready to Zig and Zag With Your Buyers?

Prospects follow a messy path to buying. Does that mean you should give up on the straight path buyer-journey model? Nope. Organize your content so it’s ready for the mess, while keeping those stages in mind. Here’s how.
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Is April Fools’ Day Worth the Risk for Brands?

April Fools’ Day is a tempting conundrum. Does it provide a good enough reason to break the rules and betray your audience’s trust with fake content, absurd headlines, or fictional products? Let’s give it some serious thought.
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Get to Your Audience's Core: Know Their Content Intent

Your sales team finds four legit leads from 500 white paper downloads. What happened? Your audience wanted the info, it wasn’t interested in a transaction. Before you create and evaluate your content, think about audience intent.
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Your 2020 Mission: A Unified Strategy for Content in Your Marketing

We’re in 2019 and CMI is about to run up on more than a decade’s worth of experience. Let’s take a breath and see where we are. Quite honestly, we’re humbled at the level of innovation we’ve witnessed. It’s time for us to evolve too.
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Do What Most Content Marketers Don't and Get Better Results

Most marketers don’t use these three successful tactics. And only two-thirds use the fourth tactic to get better content marketing results. Want to know what they are and how you implement at your organization? Read on.
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Dump the Sales Funnel in Favor of Lifecycle Marketing

The sales funnel is too rigid to accommodate the modern buyer’s journey, and too cold to represent the nurturing stance of content marketing. That’s why we need a more fluid, holistic model. Enter the marketing lifecycle.
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Opportunities for AI in Content Marketing Easily Explained

If all you know about artificial intelligence is that it powers your martech stack, you’ll want to read these easy-to-understand explanations and tangible examples. (You’ll also discover how text mining revealed a breadstick problem.)
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4 Content Marketing Gems to Inspire You and Your Strategy

Every week, CMI’s chief strategy advisor writes a column. Today, its editor recaps the gems that challenge us to think differently about our roles as content marketers, the role of content marketing, and what success feels like.
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Multicultural Marketing: Why You Need to Get Started

Don’t launch a campaign only to have to issue an apology because your company offended a group in your target audience. Multicultural marketing isn’t an option. It’s mandatory for any business that wants to retain and grow its audience.
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How to Make Your Bland Content Strategy Delicious

It may be tempting to cut straight to creative ideation, but don’t. Think strategically because when you follow a storytelling approach informed by data, your content will be more relevant to your customers’ needs and interests.
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Data Privacy Law: Ignorance Is No Excuse

How do you adapt to a world far less forgiving and far more skeptical of the ways you capture and use data? Ruth Carter – internet, intellectual property, and business attorney – offers some perspective and advice.