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Tom Gerace, founder and CEO of Skyword, a content marketing technology and services company, announced a partnership with award-winning story authority and best-selling author Robert McKee. The partnership will include Gerace collaborating with McKee on McKee's Storynomics seminars in the U.S. and Europe. The seminars instruct senior executives and marketing professionals on how to apply storytelling structure to their business in order to drive revenue, margins, and brand loyalty.

Posted Jun 28, 2016

According to research from The London Book Fair, more than two-thirds of 18 to 23-year-olds read episodic fiction--and 41% read it every month. Serial publishing is all the rage. Of course, this isn't surprising--at least not to me. The wild popularity of Serial showed us all that there is a market for storytelling that keeps listeners--or readers--dangling at the end of each week's episode.

Posted Jun 28, 2016

People are natural storytellers. For centuries, storytelling was the primary way that cultures around the world preserved their traditions and kept their customs alive. Over the last few years, B2B marketers have strayed from one of the most natural, easy ways to influence an audience-the art of storytelling. It is as though metric-packed case studies have replaced the purposeful narrative. Many marketers have been so focused on metrics, proof points, efficiency, and buzzwords that they've lost sight of the fact that customers are human beings who crave a good story. It is no surprise when they stop reading.

Posted Jun 23, 2016

Alpha Grid is a media company that specializies in branded content, and The Financial Times has purchased a controlling stake in it in order to expand its own content studio. According to a post on the news outlet's site, branded content revenue has risen by more than 30% since it introduced the paid post format, "and the FT is seeing increased demand from advertisers for multimedia brand storytelling aimed at global decision makers – where Alpha Grid has a strong track record."

Posted Jun 16, 2016

Skyword Inc., a content marketing technology and services company, was awarded a patent for PeopleRank, a technique for identifying and measuring a person's influence within a community or on a topic or specific set of topics. Through PeopleRank, marketers and advertisers gain greater insight into the conversations and influencers that are important to their customers and audiences, allowing them to build a digital brand experience that meets their needs.

Posted Jun 16, 2016

Content marketing has solidified itself as a practice that strategically builds valuable relationships with audiences. Successful marketers have gone beyond the notion of "content" as marketing in and of itself, and they understand that it's now a strategic function of business-one that should be planned, created, and managed as carefully as any other product or service.

Posted Jun 14, 2016

Savvy marketers realize that content marketing and personalization are two keys to engaging their target audience. A pair of recent surveys suggests that marketers know this, and yet also believe that measuring the results of their content marketing and personalization efforts is very challenging. Rapt Media's survey, "The Future of Content, Part II: Measuring Content Performance," shows that marketers have significant challenges gaining insights and measuring the ROI of their content marketing efforts.

Posted Jun 13, 2016

Branded content has become commonplace in the current media landscape, but The Atlantic and Allstate are kicking it up a notch with The Renewal Project. A press release describes the site as "a social-first website and newsroom that will spotlight individuals and organizations advancing social good and contributing to civic innovation in America." Atlantic Media Strategies (AMS) the creative agency and consulting arm of The Atlantic, created The Renewal Project as part of "an ongoing two-year editorial and marketing partnership" between it and Allstate.

Posted Jun 09, 2016

So many clients and organizations view content creation and maintenance as a craft. But if we look deeper at this emerging trend, the concept of craft is born of individuals who have honed their skills over time. Bakers, blacksmiths, and carpenters all grew their trades and were often restricted to trial and error before achieving the desired outcome. As a result, they developed tricks and time-saving practices using jigs and templates.

Posted Jun 07, 2016

Just a few short years ago, it seemed as if the bottom had fallen out for marketing talent-including writers, graphic designers, videographers, and more. In a declining economy, marketing budgets are often the first to feel the pain. But companies have actively looked for less expensive and more cost-effective ways to get the word out about their products and services. Additionally, Google has tinkered with its algorithms to provide SEO rewards to those who can supply rich, varied, and original content on a regular basis. And so, demand for talent has outstripped supply.

Posted Jun 06, 2016

Content Marketing Institute (CMI) is a ubiquitous name in the content marketing sphere, as is its founder Joe Pulizzi. Now the company has been acquired by UBM--a B2B events organizer and parent company of The PR Newswire. Reports say the purchase cost UBM $17.6 million.

Posted Jun 02, 2016

It's no secret that one of today's top marketing directives is to deliver engaging content experiences across multiple digital channels. Content marketing is increasingly seen as an effective way to turn prospects into customers. To do this successfully, you must have an intimate understanding of your customer. They need to be a part of your DNA. You'll want to identify, fingerprint, and guide the journey to know each of your customers.

Posted May 26, 2016

Banner ads are outdated. Content marketing is king. Ad blockers are the wave of the future. Digital marketing is dead. You've probably heard all of this before and are not really sure what to make of it. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of the death of digital marketing have been greatly exaggerated.

Posted May 24, 2016

Gasp. Your new columnist comes out of the gate writing as frisky as all get-out. Bear with me. We'll keep our hands to ourselves. I simply want us all to commune on the idea behind The Touch Factor. When we write copy or create content of any kind with the intention of getting people to act, we're only going to succeed when we make them feel something.

Posted May 17, 2016

Rapt Media released a report questioning whether personalization in content creation is being approached in the right way. The Future of Content: Personalizing the Content Experience, suggests that marketers are relying too much on distribution technology and "push" marketing rather than leveraging emerging content creation technologies that could help them customize content at the point of creation.

Posted May 13, 2016

We've been hearing a lot of new titles in and around the digital content space during the past few years: chief content officer, chief digital officer, and so on. We often hear these names associated with upstart brands, but in 2015, Andy Goldberg was named GE's first chief creative officer. "This position was created as the landscape of marketing continues to evolve," says Goldberg. "We, as a company, need to stay ahead and have new perspectives on how to lead our brand." So after serving as the creative director for GE-easily one of the most well-known brands in the country, if not the world-Goldberg made the leap to the C-level suite.

Posted May 11, 2016

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Publishers are making the investment in native ads and sponsored content because the engagement metrics show a favorable reader experience. While the signs point to native ads being here to stay, publishers still have a lot of room to improve and optimize the native ad experience before it has long-lasting appeal. One opportunity that publishers can take to enhance their native ad program is by delivering a custom site search experience that helps advertisers reach their target audience while also showing fast and relevant results to readers. Here are three ways to successfully incorporate native ads into your reader's search experience.

Posted Apr 29, 2016

The relevance of content marketing continues to rise. Brands that wish to succeed in this area have dramatically increased their investment in creating high-quality content and promoting it effectively. But some have found themselves unable to make the connection between customers and company, which creates a gap. Although their objective is to "get found," companies often find there's an unexpected contrast between the reasons why they "do" content marketing and the actual results of reaching customers.

Posted Apr 28, 2016

In today's shifting consumer landscape, emerging technologies and mobile and web applications are rapidly changing the way brands reach their customers. The industry has evolved from a pre-internet world of attracting customers with aesthetically pleasing, well-organized storefronts in the right location, to a whole new strategy. Consumers are now available every second they are looking at a screen. The new, "always-on" user has forced brands to refocus their strategies to cater to the new digital experience age.

Posted Apr 27, 2016

Skyword Inc., a content marketing technology and services company, announced the launch of Skyword Digital Asset Manager, which allows marketers to find and efficiently manage all of their digital assets globally. The company says the focus on digital asset management is driven by Skyword's clients, many of whom lead marketing organizations at large companies and stand in the middle of siloed product divisions and regional offices.

Posted Apr 19, 2016

Do you have an ad blocker installed on your web browser? According to the 2015 report, "The Cost of Ad Blocking," from Adobe and PageFair, there are "198 million active adblock users around the world." In the U.S., ad blocking grew by 48% last year. At this point, though, only 16% of ad block traffic is mobile. That may sound as if it's good news, but it could also mean that there is a lot of room for mobile ad blocking growth.

Posted Apr 19, 2016

The right tools are an integral part of getting any job done. In the world of digital content tools are plentiful, so finding the right one for you can be tricky. That's why we ask the experts what tools they use to get their jobs done. In this month's installment, we talk to Melissa Johnson, content editor at SaleHoo.

Posted Apr 15, 2016

According to PQ Media, content marketing is expected to be a $300 billion industry by 2019. Meanwhile, the Content Marketing Institute's 2016 benchmark study shows that more than half of both B2B and B2C marketers aren't clear on what a successful content program looks like within their organization, even though 76% plan to create more content this year than last. Contently, a content marketing technology solution, released "Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report," together with industry analyst Rebecca Lieb, that examines why leading organizations are adopting a content methodology--a process to continuously improve the effectiveness of a company's content across the enterprise.

Posted Apr 12, 2016

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