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How To Ditch the Rocks in Your Content Stocking

Are you headed into this holiday season feeling unfinished or uncertain? Here’s how to ditch those gnawing feelings and head into 2024 stronger than ever in your professional life and brand’s marketing.
This Rose-Colored Glasses column explains the marketing mandate for 2024: Audience relationships

The Marketing Mandate for 2024: Build Stronger Bonds With Your Audience

If you want to develop and keep your customer and audience relationships in 2024, you will need to strengthen those bonds. Here’s why that’s marketing’s new mandate – and how to make it happen.
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Before You Start an AI Strategy, Make the Case To Stop

Generative AI’s integration in your marketing usually doesn’t save your team time. It just adds new items to the workload. So, if you truly want to succeed, you must identify what you’ll stop doing to start the other thing.
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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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Content Rules: Why You Need To Make Them (and Break Them)

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.