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3 Questions About AI in Content: What? So What? Now What?

Getting your arms around the disruptions of generative AI presents an extreme challenge. A 20-year-old framework for self-reflection may help. Ask these three questions in proper succession.
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Do You Treat Your Audience Like Your Marketing Database? That’s a Mistake

Modern marketing teams recognize the value of building an audience. But what does that really mean? Haven’t content marketers already been doing that? Well, not always, because too many treat a marketing database as an audience.
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Is Speed, Not AI Technology, the Real Enemy in Marketing?

Marketers are due for an epiphany. Speed is the name of the tech game. But what won’t you delegate to technology in the name of successful marketing?
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Why Your Content Team Needs Rule Makers – and Rule Breakers

Content teams often resist creating rules because they don’t want to operate in a box. But that’s a mistake. Without rules, you lose the ability to benchmark the standard – and learn from the creative rule breakers.
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Social Media’s Decline Creates Opportunity for Events (If Done the Right Way)

As social media becomes less social and more media, you can still capitalize on the human desire to socialize. Events offer one way to do that. Just remember to craft a strategy for the content regardless of the channel.
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How a Dash of Familiarity Makes Controversial Content More Palatable

Controversial content topics get attention – for better or worse. To earn the best kind, try balancing these four elements: surprise, familiarity, consensus, and controversy. This new framework can help.
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How To Build a Content-Driven, Audience-Centric Content Strategy

What does it mean to build a truly audience-centric content strategy? For the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, it meant rethinking everything (in pursuit of a noble ultimate goal). Learn how they did it in this excerpt from Robert Rose’s new book.
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Out of Content Ideas? Try Borrowing One or Two (Even From Your Competitors)

You don’t need unique content ideas to differentiate your brand. You can recombine and reshape existing ideas to make them your own – even (or maybe especially) ones that didn’t work for other companies. Here’s how to get started.
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With Gated Content, Trust Goes Both Ways. Don’t Ask Until You’ve Earned It

Is your brand willing to trust first? Your answer can determine the success of your company’s gated and free content assets and achieving your long-term content marketing goals.
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Do You Love Your Content Marketing Job (and Does It Matter)?

You should equate your job with your passion. If that’s not possible, you must direct your passion into a side hustle vocation that can become your career. But that thinking can derail you from doing what you love to do.
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Will AI Make Marketing Teams Stronger or Cover Their Weaknesses?

Can generative AI help your marketing and content teams if you don’t have a documented creation process? And if you do, should AI play to your strengths or weaknesses? Let’s explore the answers.
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How To Create a Content Marketing Career Path (So You Don’t Lose Your Star Talent)

Too many organizations lose employees because they fail to create a content career ladder. Consider this framework the starting point to becoming a differentiator in attracting and retaining content team members.