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On the web series Royal Crush, sophisticated teens fall in love with each other on cruise ships that bring them to some of the world's most majestic destinations and have playful onboard attractions such as a rock climbing wall, a spa, and a teen lounge. It's perfectly delightful entertainment, but that's not all. It's also a grand marketing effort from Royal Caribbean International. Royal Caribbean is one of many brands that have embraced episodic content, which refers to a single narrative developed over multiple segments. It's an elaborate content marketing play that employs the power of compelling stories to build stronger brand connections with viewers.

Posted Jul 05, 2017

Revenue contribution from email marketing is the highest ever — up 18% to over 20% of overall revenue in 2017 as compared to 2016 — according to "The Return on Email Personalization," a new study released by market research firm The Relevancy Group in collaboration with OneSpot, a content personalization and intelligence platform. The survey of executive marketers examined how they are capitalizing on email as a meaningful component of their overall business, including the effectiveness of email personalization across industry sectors.

Posted Jun 22, 2017

Brainshark, Inc., delivering SaaS-based sales enablement and readiness solutions, announced an integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365 - giving sales teams instant access to Brainshark training, coaching, and content resources directly from Microsoft's CRM application. Organizations benefit from streamlined access to essential sales resources, greater sales productivity and centralized visibility into the impact of their sales readiness programs.

Posted Jun 22, 2017

Highspot, a sales enablement solution, announced the closing of a $15 million Series B financing round led by Shasta Ventures, with participation from Salesforce Ventures and existing investor, Madrona Venture Group. This new investment will help Highspot extend its ability to provide reps with capabilities that result in more effective customer conversations.

Posted Jun 20, 2017

Reaching your audience by intersecting with their digital behaviors is getting easier through targeted advertising and media. Getting your brand to the forefront of your buyers' minds, helping them become more aware of your brand and hopefully entering them into the well-known buyer's journey is substantially harder. It takes content that resonates with their needs and interests, and is served to them at optimal times to fuel that process. However, the question that continues to be asked is should you "hide" some of that content from your audience?

Posted Jun 14, 2017

New research highlights the key industry-specific factors that are commonly found in bank, insurance and other financial services websites that rank higher in Google searches. The study also reveals that financial services web pages that rank high on Google are 70% more likely to be shared or engaged with on LinkedIn (than other content that ranks highly). But financial content is less popular on Facebook.

Posted Jun 13, 2017

Content marketing has grown wildly popular. In fact, 88% of B2B marketers employ some kind of content strategy. In some ways, this is beneficial; it means we have more data to use in producing more content, and a network of support through publication and syndication. However, it also means a drastic increase in competition.

Posted Jun 08, 2017

Ask any top content marketing team what it wishes it had. The answer may be more leads, sales, clicks, likes, links, or reach, but it always comes back to content. Today's organizations and the marketing teams that support them are being forced to produce more content than ever. But when do we reach the tipping point?

Posted Jun 06, 2017

One of the best gauges you have for the success of your blog is the number of people interacting with your content (i.e., leaving comments and discussing your content on social media). It proves that your users aren't just visiting or browsing, but are actually interested in what you're saying. So what if nobody is responding to your blog? What can you do?

Posted May 31, 2017

I contacted gen.video's CMO, Jason Katz, to ask him about the importance of influencer marketing this year. Here's what he had to say.

Posted May 30, 2017

With over 80% of internet users now owning a smartphone, more and more searches are being conducted via mobile devices. In fact, according to a study commissioned by Google, 42% of B2B researchers now use mobile for the purchase process. Suffice it to say, if you have a poor search marketing strategy for mobile then you might as well shut down shop and ferry your prospects to your competitors' doors.

Posted May 24, 2017

Video is an increasingly important part of content strategies. Whether you're the editor of a news site or a content marketer, your audience wants video—and there is no place like Streaming Media East to learn about the business and technology of video. But after a day's worth of sessions, I came away with three tips that any publisher can apply to their content.

Posted May 16, 2017

Brainshark, Inc. and Seismic announced a strategic partnership to help organizations improve sales team effectiveness with an end-to-end sales enablement solution.

Posted May 16, 2017

Despite its long history, Mezzetta had not spent much time thinking about marketing. For much of its existence, the company had been focused on manufacturing and sales. But after hiring two new marketing employees, Mezzetta was ready to bring its products to a wider audience. With such a small team, content creation proved to be one of the biggest marketing challenges. Mezzetta needed help creating enough content to get its products in front of the masses—and so it decided working with influencers may be the best bet.

Posted May 15, 2017

In an increasingly competitive and fragmented age for electronic content providers, publishers might want to consider seeking revenue solutions less in the real world than in the virtual world. Rolling out virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content is a good start—but especially for those digital content players that lack the resources to provide such immersive digital consumables today, hosting and creating short-form VR and AR ads may prove to be a more winning strategy in the near future.

Posted May 08, 2017

You may have developed a quality piece of content, but if it doesn't reach the right people, it will never have the influence you want. The mark of a great blogger or content manager is knowing where to publish a piece of content for maximum exposure.

Posted May 03, 2017

Posted May 01, 2017

There are many content marketing tools that rely on data or science-backed logic to help you enhance customer retention. This is a list of five such tools that function across different channels and what you can use them to create.  

Posted Apr 28, 2017

I never was any good at Name That Tune. However, I have become quite good at the "Will You Succeed at Content Marketing?" game. It works like this. Just by listening to the "first few notes" of what a prospect has to say about themselves, their business, their company, or their department, I can detect whether or not they have a better than 50-50 chance of succeeding at content marketing.

Posted Apr 27, 2017

Your brand advocates are your secret marketing weapon.Harnessing the people who use and love your products and services—and deliberately inserting them into your marketing and sales process—is the holy grail of business growth.

Posted Apr 20, 2017

Not long ago, I went to a gig at London's Eventim Apollo—the iconic music venue famed for hosting David Bowie's farewell appearance as Ziggy Stardust. But I wasn't there to see a singer or a band. I was there to see DanTDM—the YouTube star and darling of the tween demographic—who was on the final leg of his first live tour.

Posted Apr 18, 2017

In many ways, much of the work of an influencer campaign falls on the shoulders of the influencer—the one actually creating the content—but that doesn't mean there isn't work to be done on the brand's end. Here are five steps to make sure your influencer marketing is a success.

Posted Apr 17, 2017

AEG, a sports and live entertainment company, is launching AEG Studios, an in-house branded content division. The new division will work as an extension to AEG's Global Partnership group and supports the creation, production, and development of innovative, original content for the company as a whole as well as its numerous brand partners. Veteran content strategist, Raymond Leon Roker, will oversee the new initiative as head of the division across music, sports and facilities.

Posted Apr 13, 2017

Linqia, the performance-based influencer marketing platform, released the results of The Value of Influencer Marketing 2017, a survey designed to better understand how B2C marketers are using influencer marketing to fuel their content marketing strategies.

Posted Apr 06, 2017

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