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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
SaleHoo is an online wholesale directory and community for online traders, eBay sellers, and traditional retailers that is owned by Doubledot Media. In her role as SaleHoo content editor, Melissa Johnson says, "The goal is to educate our customers and help them build a thriving business for themselves. You can't do that without high-quality content."
Posted Apr 08, 2016
They say content is king, but measuring the value of that content to your organization's bottom line can be problematic. Sure, it's easy to add up views, shares, and Likes, but deciphering how those numbers translate to dollars is far from simple. And yet, this valuation process-calculating the impact of your content and its ROI as well as linking content marketing efforts to business results-is crucial, say the experts, especially if you want to convert more users into paid customers.
Posted Apr 04, 2016
If you're a fan of Serial, Making a Murderer, The Staircase, or any other media that delves into old cases to shed new light, you may want to check out the newest branded content offering from The Guardian. "How to Solve a Murder" looks into the case of Kari Lenander, who was murdered in 1980, via the lens of the LAPD detective who has been working the case nearly 15 years. The main difference between "How to Solve a Murder" and its fellow true crime sensations, is that it is branded content.
Posted Mar 31, 2016
Janome wanted to overhaul its website--not just to make it easier to use, but also to make it more appealing to a younger generation of sewers inspired by creations they see on such sites as Pinterest and Etsy.
Posted Mar 28, 2016
You can now enter to win an advance copy of Inside Content Marketing the new book from EContent editor, Theresa Cramer. The book is available for preorder, but you can enter to win a copy now.
Posted Mar 24, 2016
Is great customer service really worth the effort? It might seem like a no-brainer, but many businesses struggle with this question. The answer is yes: loyal customers are satisfied customers. Therefore, succeeding in today's business world requires an intimate understanding of your customers in an effort to build loyalty.
Posted Mar 24, 2016
ScribbleLive, a provider of content marketing tools, announced the rollout of ScribbleLive Plan. ScribbleLive Plan guides and supports marketing teams from strategy to execution. According to the company, the product ensures that every piece of content, whether it's a single tweet or webinar series, is aligned to the same goals, focused on the right personas, and working as efficiently as possible to move the needle.
Posted Mar 22, 2016
There are now few places within the customer journey that can't be bolstered by content, finds "Content Marketing's Evolution: The Age of Hyper-Personalization and Automation" released from Seismic, an end-to-end sales enablement solution, and Demand Metric. According to the more than 180 B2B enterprise stakeholders surveyed, lead generation (70% of respondents) is the most cited objective for B2B content marketing initiatives, and sales team support and enablement (64%) is the second-most cited objective, surpassing both thought leadership efforts (58%) and web traffic generation (56%), among other objectives. Eighty percent of respondents also indicate that these objectives are better met when content is personalized.
Posted Mar 22, 2016
I am the first to admit that, in the digital age, it is easy to play fast and loose with attribution. We are all guilty of it sometimes. For instance, when most of your writing is for the web, you get so used to linking to an article-rather than meticulously naming it and its author-that when you are writing for print, you might forget how to let your readers know exactly where a quote or statistic came from without the help of a hyperlink. This isn't a scholarly journal--no one wants to read footnotes, least of all me--but it's still important to give credit where credit it is due. It's one of those gray areas in which some people expect precise attribution for every fact and figure, and the rest of us are happy with a good faith effort that says, "This came from somewhere else." But lately, I've seen some plagiaristic antics that make my head spin--all in the name of content curation.
Posted Mar 10, 2016
The majority of enterprise-level companies have a content strategy. However, almost half aren't using buyer personas to generate demand, and about 50% don't design content to target buyers' pain points, a recent survey of B2B marketers found. "2015 Enterprise B2B Demand Generation Research Study," conducted by the demand-generation firm, ANNUITAS, focuses on companies in the B2B space with more than 2,000 employees and at least $250 million in revenue.
Posted Mar 07, 2016
There is no shortage of content marketing experts these days, and there's no shortage of ideas on the best ways for companies to leverage their content to achieve desired results. The problem is that these ideas are often without context--not grounded in real-world examples that can help would-be content marketers get their arms around what content strategy is all about. Here, through a fictional example of a company that's interested in gaining clients and driving business through content marketing, we apply the advice of content marketing experts to demonstrate how it can be used in concrete ways.
Posted Mar 02, 2016
SaaS customer intelligence company Cintell announced an exclusive partnership with Bombora, a provider of intent and demographic data for Business-to-Business (B2B) marketers. Bombora's intent data insights are now immediately available within Cintell's SmartPersona Customer Intelligence Platform, arming marketers with key topics of interest across industries for each of its buyer personas.
Posted Feb 25, 2016
OneSpot, a content marketing platform powered by Content Sequencing, announced it has launched its proprietary technology on the Oracle Marketing AppCloud. OneSpot's email module, InBox, helps marketers automatically personalize and sequence email communications with Oracle Marketing Cloud. The Oracle Marketing AppCloud is one of the industry's most comprehensive marketing technology ecosystems, offering Oracle customers a broad set of marketing apps and data services to extend and optimize their technology investments.
Posted Feb 25, 2016
Prior to the launch of Boomtrain Editor, the company says there was no way to upload existing HTML newsletters and turn them into a dynamic, 1:1 personalized template, without a team of supporting engineers to assist. This new capability now makes it possible for marketers to edit their existing HTML newsletters or build their own from scratch to include dynamic personalization.
Posted Feb 23, 2016
Sponsored content is becoming a bigger part of the content marketing and publishing business. Here are three reasons brands should consider investing in sponsored content in 2016.
Posted Feb 18, 2016
Akoonu, Inc. announced that it has expanded its strategic marketing platform to include a Content Planning module, which provides collaborative features, frameworks, and workflows enabling B2B marketers to develop strategic content plans from ideation through descriptive briefs. Through integration with the Akoonu Audience and Brand modules, the Content Planning module helps guide marketers to create buyer-centric content plans balanced to address purchaser needs across all personas and journey stages, giving Marketing and Sales the content coverage they need to engage and nurture all buyers throughout the entire funnel.
Posted Feb 16, 2016
With the release of a series of algorithmic updates over the past few years, Google has upended the internet landscape and the world of website owners. Suddenly, website owners discovered that they could no longer drive traffic through the use of generic, bland, and repetitive content. Suddenly, quality content was king once again. Content mills--such as Demand Media--quickly gave way to sites such as Contently and content marketing firms willing to pay top prices for unique, high-quality content specifically created to address niche audience needs.
Posted Feb 08, 2016
It's almost time for nachos, hot wings, commercials, and football. It's Super Bowl weekend, a good time for marketers to grab the attention of millions of Americans-even if you don't have $5 million for a 30-second ad. The sheer ubiquity of social media and, more and more, social video, make it possible for DIY marketers to get their fair share of Super Bowl attention.
Posted Feb 05, 2016
Skyword Inc., a content marketing technology and services company, announced that it has patented a technique for content categorization, search, and discovery by a community of users. Skyword's invention covers the ability to refine search results using these facets and facet values. Skyword currently uses this technique within its content marketing platform to provide marketers with a search tool to discover and gain greater insight into storytellers, influencers, topics, and assets.
Posted Feb 04, 2016
ScribbleLive announced that it has acquired Visually, a content creation platform. The integration of the two companies' platforms and solutions will create an all-in-one content marketing platform that marries data science with content creation.
Posted Feb 02, 2016
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Posted Jan 26, 2016