By Larry Lubin published May 8, 2019

How to Make Your Content Personalized but Not Creepy

Do you face the personalization paradox? You want to create content customized for your audience. But you don’t want to seem overly knowing or familiar and raise their privacy flags. Here’s how to strike a good balance. Continue reading

By Ann Gynn published May 3, 2019

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. Continue reading

By Ann Gynn published April 11, 2019

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. Continue reading

By Ann Gynn published April 1, 2019

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. Continue reading

By Daniel Hochuli published March 26, 2019

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. Continue reading

By Robert Rose published January 28, 2019

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. Continue reading

By Dennis Shiao published January 21, 2019

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. Continue reading

By Julia McCoy published January 14, 2019

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. Continue reading

By Dennis Shiao published January 9, 2019

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.) Continue reading

By Kim Moutsos published December 28, 2018

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. Continue reading