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Writing an Agile, Scalable Marketing Future

2014-12-May-Rewriting-Marketing.jpgIt should be pretty clear by now that the process of marketing and creating content for customer experiences has changed. From the broad disruption of digital, to the more specific challenges of developing mobile experiences, to social and the puzzle that is still personalization -- is it any wonder that more than 75 percent of marketers feel like marketing has changed more in the last two years than it has in the last 50?

Write Like a Journalist: Tips for Content Marketers

Write Like a Journalist: Tips for Content MarketersMarketing language is sometimes designed to "make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell, the author of dystopian novel 1984, was talking about political speech when he wrote those words in 1946. Yet his words are just as apt when it comes to what can go wrong with content marketing: jargon or poorly crafted prose, cliches, ambiguity, empty phrases and other clutter.

That’s not necessary. As content marketing eclipses more traditional marketing and advertising copy, there’s something to be learned from writers and journalists. Delivering a story people want to read means spending time to create something they want to know about, and respecting readers by not peddling sensationalist or annoying pitches.

Yes, you are writing with a point-of-view. No, it’s not investigative journalism. But marketers will do well to read (and apply) much of the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics to build the kind of trust and attention they want associated with their brand. It’s not just about what’s right. It's what works.

Turn Videos Into Conversions, RAMP Exec Says

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Forget the cute kitties, hot garage bands and scantily clad men and women. There are much better ways to get members of your target audience to watch your video.

Even better, you can convert those viewers into customers, and you won't even have to show your embarrassing skateboarding accident to the world.

Like almost everything else in marketing today, it comes down to customer experience, according to RAMP President and COO Stuart Patterson. Are you giving the viewer the experience they want, the way they want it, when they need it?

Why Gwyneth Paltrow is the Most Brilliant Content Marketer - EVER

Why Gwyneth Paltrow is the Most Brilliant Content Marketer EVERAlong with the now tedious conversation about content shock, we also have to define (in the world of content marketing) content marketing at the enterprise vs. content marketing campaigns. This is all very fascinating, particularly since we still seem to be fighting about what content marketing is.

However, I find it even more interesting to look for those doing content marketing well and use those test cases to help us arrive at a universal understanding of content marketing. Let’s take a look at Gwyneth Paltrow, and her lifestyle brand, goop.

Marketing Content Isn't King Without Buyer Relevancy

Remember the days of producing content on your website just to, well, produce content?

Maybe it was for SEO. Maybe it was to add another element outside of product descriptions and the “About Us.” The more content, the merrier.

Content may be king, but it’s a pawn without relevancy for the buyer. Two reports released in the past week -- one by IDG Connect and the other by Forrester Research -- deliver this message.

“When it comes to providing content, the two most important things are its alignment with organizational needs and its relevance to the buyer,” Robert Johnson, vice president and principal analyst for IDG Connect, told CMSWire this morning. “… More vendors have woken up to the fact that they simply can’t just create new content. In some cases, the buyer can’t find what they need and when they do find it, it isn’t relevant enough. It’s hurting vendors.”

Why Content Marketers Fail to Impress Google

With more than 70 percent of online searches happening in Google, it is no surprise that content marketers are constantly looking for new ways to use the search engine to realize ROI, be it by getting leads out of organic channels or by other attribution based metrics or means. However, content marketing seems to be losing its luster when it comes to impressing the search engine giant.  

LiveHive 2.0 Tracks How Prospects Engage with Content

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It must be hard being a digitally-inclined sales professional these days. In addition to, you know, actually making sales, you have to track everything you're sending out.

To help assess prospects' engagement with content, LiveHive recently launched version 2.0 of its cloud-based sales acceleration platform.

LiveHive's assessment of prospects is built around the idea that customers are doing much of their own product research and don't interact with sales professionals until they're more than halfway through the sales process. Sharing personalized marketing materials through social networks, email or links, and then tracking their use, is key to LiveHive's approach for determining who is a likely customer.

3 Tips for Great Content Marketing #AIIM14

customer experience, Three Tips for Engaging Content Marketing #AIIM14

Deliver content with a purpose, a good, strong flow and distribute it appropriately. 

Those three steps can make a world of difference in content marketing, according to Bryant Duhon, editor and community manager for for AIIM.

Duhon is busy this week helping produce the annual AIIM Conference in Orlando but took some time to catch up with CMSWire with some tips for successful content marketing.

Good Content is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

We’re often told that the best way to create advocacy and brand loyalty through business websites is by providing compelling, timely content and making it available on multiple devices and across a number of platforms. But is content creation and delivery only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to producing dynamic, customer-facing digital experiences?

Reducing the creation of an engaging customer experience to a simple, easy-to-achieve objective overlooks the complexities and layers that go on behind this task.

Thismoment Wants Brands to Become Content DJs

To better spin user-generated content (UGC) into gold, content marketer Thismoment has announced its Content Cloud platform for rapidly organizing content into playlists that output as dynamic "cards."

Ankarino Lara, Thismoment's Chief Product Officer and co-founder, told CMSWire that the content on Content Cloud card is sometimes literally viewed as a interactive card, like on Twitter. In other cases, the "card" is more a content container that can be rendered via API in different ways for different formats, such as Facebook, Pinterest or Tumblr.

BrightEdge Redefines Content Marketing for the Big Data Age

Sure, the days of Mad Men are long gone, marketers are no longer creating clever content and sending it out into the world, hoping that something will resonate with the customer.

The age of search engine optimization has done much to change that; enterprises now leverage data and analytics to place the right content in front of the right people at the right time in order to get a desired result -- be it brand awareness, engagement or ultimately, a purchase.

How’s that working? If you’re online experiences are anything like mine, there’s room for improvement and that’s putting it mildly. But it’s worth noting that the only thing that bad marketing seems to cost the consumer is the effort needed to ignore something.

11 Ways to Boost Traffic to Your Company Blog

It’s official. I no longer need to explain to B2B marketers why a blog is an absolute must have. If you're a B2B marketer then chances are good you can already recite the many reasons why a blog makes sense: SEO, content marketing, fuel for social media, etc. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Hubspot and the Content Marketing Institute, I can eliminate “blog evangelist” from my job requirements.

So all is good in the land of B2B blogging, right? Far from it. Beyond the typical questions I get (e.g., what to write about and how often to post) a larger question is emerging:

How do we generate more traffic for our company blog?

gShift Adds Twitter Trend Module to Its Marketing Arsenal

Does the marketing world need another trend-spotting tool for Twitter? Toronto-based gShift thinks so and today added a Social Keyword Research module to its web analytics platform for high-end clients.

The tool is designed to keep up with the 58 million daily posts on Twitter and help marketers create content that drives traffic by reflecting the interests of the targeted audience.

Content Marketing Myths and Truths

content marketing.jpgSomehow, "Content Marketing" has hit the jackpot in terms of business memes, with every marketing person tossing the term around like it's some sort of magic elixir.

But what exactly is content marketing? And how do you do it? I've cooked up a list of myths and truths of content marketing to help you wade through the hype.

10 Books Every Great Digital Content Creator Must Read

10 Books Every Great Digital Content Creator Must ReadOh, one of those lists, Ahava. Really?

Wait. Just hear me out. There’s an immense amount of dialogue right now in the content creation, content marketing, content strategy, content space. Some of it is important. Some of it will sink to the bottom, hopefully washed away by the pixels of the Interwebs. But, if you’re following closely, you’ll see that best practices still rise to the top, like the proverbial cream.

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