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EContent's editor, Theresa Cramer, stopped by SLMA Radio to talk about content marketing, her book, Inside Content Marketing, and why journalists should consider making a career change. Listen to the conversation here.
Posted Aug 19, 2016
Native advertising has become a chosen favorite over traditional advertising due to the ability to reach consumers through branded storytelling. Syracuse University's Online Masters of Science in Communication has created a detailed infographic that explores the essence of native advertising by addressing key elements such as growth, market landscape, and the impact on publications as well as readers.
Posted Aug 18, 2016
What do Uber, ipsy, and Fitbit have in common? Content marketing has worked wonders for each brand's reputation and reach. My team and I analyzed each company's approach in a recent project to examine the impact of a smart content strategy. Even if your business isn't mega successful, content marketing creates an even playing field by leveraging your potential reach. Here's what we found.
Posted Aug 10, 2016
With so much variation in the approaches to video, it's no wonder that content marketers are faced with challenges about how to produce quality video products.This is the first of several posts about video that we'll share to help lift the veil on how videos are produced by examining the anatomy of video approaches that are commonly used in content marketing. Our objective with this series of posts is to help you: plan for and produce video; speak the lingo of video production with video providers; learn how to buy from and work with video service providers.
Posted Aug 04, 2016
Understanding your niche is a foundation for any marketing campaign, SEO or otherwise. Businesses need to know who they are appealing to, what attracts an audience, and even better, why potential customers are attracted to particular pieces of content or use certain keywords in their online searches.
Posted Aug 03, 2016
If you have a piece of content marketing that worked wonders on audiences in the U.S., you might think it can also be effective with international decision makers. You figure translating it is the next step, but is it the last step? Not likely. Truly localizing content generally requires significant attention to cultural nuances, brand consistencies, and the unique demands of audiences. Effective collaboration among cross-border content specialists is another piece of the puzzle.
Posted Aug 01, 2016
Reelio, a data-driven platform that aims to simplify and optimize influencer marketing, announced the launch of Reelio Greenlight, a new product that allows brands to sponsor premium creative projects, produced by today's digital stars. Marketers can browse through a library of original content ranging from a motorcycle race between rivals that ends with a parachute jump off a cliff; to an honest and refreshing web series that sheds light on what it's like to live with a mental health disorder; to a music producer who creates music out of everyday objects.
Posted Jul 28, 2016
The marketing materials you create for your business can include blogs, ebooks, social media posts, videos, infographics, case studies, and more. Regardless of the marketing tactics you use, content marketing should be part of the process. And the more types of content you produce, the more powerful your content marketing efforts become. To get the most value out of the content they develop, here are eight things marketers should consider.
Posted Jul 28, 2016
When it comes to digital and social media, companies have made tremendous strides. You'd be hard pressed to find a company that doesn't have a corporate website, or even a Twitter handle. Yet CEOs still have a long way to go in becoming truly "social." Given today's consumer-driven, always-on digital landscape, social media usage among CEOs is critical to maintain and govern a brand's reputation, build and deepen relationships with customers and employees, and drive innovation that can lead to rapid business growth.
Posted Jul 20, 2016
Publishers are finally facing what may kindly be called the "Trumpification" of online advertising. Similar to voter frustration with campaign financing, government gridlock, and political rhetoric, consumers have about had it with the clutter, latency, and intrusiveness of the online experience. Ad blocking is to digital publishing what Trump is to politics: a blunt, perhaps reckless, instrument wielded by consumers because they don't feel as if they have any other recourse.
Posted Jul 19, 2016
Understanding the difference between promoting a brand and selling it is critical to your company's success. Blog posts and articles that stagnate on your Facebook page will not entice the consumer to look in more detail at the services you provide. Even worse, once you get a reputation for low engagement, social media will start to restrict your audience, creating a vicious cycle that is hard to break.
Posted Jul 15, 2016
Converting the five pillars of SEO into actionable strategies can be complex and difficult. Each pillar represents an abstract philosophy or ideal. However, within these guiding principles you can derive actionable techniques. Relevance may be the most important pillar as it impacts all aspects of SEO. Beginning with relevance, we discuss how strategies are put into practice, with examples of how a company can become and remain relevant within their market and their desired target audience.
Posted Jul 13, 2016
Ideally, every consumer experience with an organization-regardless of how large it is-should be aligned and seamless. Messaging should be consistent in terms of content and quality. But what about between marketing and sales-two parts of most organizations that are outward-facing? Wouldn't it seem logical to assume that their messaging would be aligned and consistent?
Posted Jul 08, 2016
True content marketing, therefore, is the antithesis of "random acts of content." True content marketing means a wholesale commitment to systematic editorial planning, publication and distribution of content to achieve business outcomes (i.e. sales, fundraising), a commitment that requires structural, cultural, and systematic changes in order to achieve content marketing's full potential. This means that the following essentials should be understood and accepted before a business should even begin thinking about writing a blog, shooting a video, recording a podcast, or producing an infographic.
Posted Jul 07, 2016
Monetate, an experience marketing platform for brands, announced the release of its latest global Ecommerce Quarterly report (EQ1 2016). The report offers benchmarks and insights for marketers interested in creating seamless, personalized experiences for customers regardless of when they're engaging with a brand or what device they're on.
Posted Jul 07, 2016
It is a mistake to assume that content development is an assumed talent, or that it can be an afterthought in the digital marketing realm. Content strategy is more than writing for the web. There is a science and strategy behind developing quality content for web pages, blogs, advertisements and social media. And although every successful copywriter must have a foundation of basics writing skills, such as subject matter expertise, an engaging style and tone, and basic grammar usage, there is much more to being a content king.
Posted Jun 29, 2016
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