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Did Cannes Lions Awards Just Say Content Beats Advertising?

Did Cannes Lions Awards Just Say Content Beats Advertising?

Content stole the spotlight at the Cannes Lions this week. Several award-winning campaigns focused on emotional storytelling rather than traditional advertising. Is this shakeup a genuine shift of content’s role?
Speak Up, Stand Out? 7 Authentic Ways Your Brand Can Take a Stand on Social Issues

Speak Up, Stand Out? 7 Authentic Ways Your Brand Can Take a Stand on Social Issues [Examples]

In a polarized world, your brand needs a strategy to decide when to speak up. It starts with knowing what matters to the company and (usually) your audience. Use these seven scenarios and real-life examples to make your plans.
How To Market Your Marketing To Marketers [New Research]

How To Market Your Marketing to Marketers [New Research]

Marketers are a tough crowd. On one hand, they appreciate brands that offer extensive thought leadership. On the other hand, they know every content and marketing tactic in the book. New research offers insights (and a peek inside your peers’ opinions).
Why Holding Attention Isn’t a Worthwhile Content Strategy Anymore

Why Holding Attention Isn’t a Worthwhile Content Strategy Anymore

OpenAI’s many recent missteps devalue the currency brands should prize over anything else — trust. Here’s how to seize the kind of opportunity OpenAI appears willing to squander.
Why Even Crushing Content Failures Aren’t Mistakes

Why Even Crushing Content Failures Aren’t Mistakes

Laughing at content failures feels cathartic at times (there but for the grace of the audience …). But extreme reactions can have a chilling effect on creativity. Here’s the real lesson to take from Apple’s failed iPad Pro ad.
Time To Evolve Your Marketing Strategy for Social Media in 2024

Time To Evolve Your Social Media Strategy for 2024

The TikTok “ban” grabs the headlines. But TikTok’s impact on other social media algorithms has a bigger impact for marketers. Is your content and marketing strategy ready?
Why Your Content Won't Surprise or Delight Unless You Expect More (From People and AI)

Why Your Content Won’t Surprise or Delight Unless You Expect More (From People and AI)

Why do we call it generative AI when it doesn’t generate anything new? Renaming the much-discussed tech is just one of the ways Robert Rose suggests aligning expectations with reality. The other? Challenging people to aim for higher-quality ideas and deliverables.
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Avoid Traditional Marketing Metrics To Prove Content’s Real Value

Content marketing requires a nuanced measurement program that differs from traditional marketing analysis. Use this four-step process to design objectives, key results, performance indicators, and metrics that leave no question about your content’s impact.
Overcome Change Fatigue and Boost Your Content Strategy

Overcome Change Fatigue and Boost Your Content Strategy

Not changing gets you nowhere. Get insightful anecdotes paired with practical strategies to motivate your marketing and content to break from stagnation and go toward innovation.
Think Like a Golfer To Create a Winning Content Strategy

Think Like a Golfer To Create a Winning Content Strategy

More content always seems better or at least less risky. But what if you played a different strategy? Play as you would in golf — fewest swings of the club wins. Let’s explore.
Why Marketers Should Care About Google’s Potential HubSpot Acquisition

Why Marketers Should Care About Google’s Potential HubSpot Acquisition

Google may buy HubSpot. But how likely is it the deal will get done? Why would Google want HubSpot? What would it mean for HubSpot customers? Understand the possibilities and take away the one reality for every marketer.
How To Get Unstuck with Generative AI in Your Content and Marketing

How To Get Unstuck With Generative AI in Your Content and Marketing

Generative AI isn’t serving marketers well. All the options make it easy to apply, but all the options make it more difficult to decide what to do. To help, use this categorization chart that looks at capabilities and efficiencies.