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If you were one of the record 114.4 million viewers who tuned in to the Super Bowl earlier this month, you were likely inundated with ads, each of which cost a cool $4.5 million. But while you may have chuckled at spots like Esurance's featuring Lindsey Lohan poking fun at her DUI-checkered reputation or Budweiser's lost puppy tug-on-the-heartstrings pitch, ask yourself: How motivated were you to act on those ads and purchase these products/services, and, if you were that company, could your ad dollars have been better spent in other channels, including digital?
Posted Feb 06, 2015
Opentopic, the content marketing platform that enables companies to engage and acquire customers through curated content, announced the launch of Opentopic Enterprise Workflow & Collaboration. Opentopic Enterprise Workflow & Collaboration says it streamlines content marketing for large organizations, or any organization that aims to support their content marketing initiatives through a simple, collaborative, and customizable process.
Posted Feb 05, 2015
Today, content marketing is a thriving industry showing no signs of slowing. However, Pulizzi--widely considered a leading expert on content marketing--notes that while "almost 90% of marketers are using some sort of content marketing approach, according to our latest content marketing research, just 38% of those marketers are effective."
Posted Feb 02, 2015
For Dummies, a Wiley brand, now offers custom digital products as part of its line of Dummies B2B services for businesses. Partnering with Dummies B2B services allows businesses to leverage the recognition of the For Dummies brand to achieve their marketing and communications goals. In addition to custom print content, adverting, sponsorships, and brand licensing, businesses can now also take advantage of a range of digital products from Dummies B2B including: videos, infographics, and mobile applications.
Posted Jan 29, 2015
Gone are the days of the Mad Men of Madison Avenue. Sad as it is, not only is the midday drinking and smoking gone for good (mostly anyway), but the ads of old are gone as well. Advertising in 1950, 1960, and beyond, was about a cheesy, geo-blanketed, retail-heavy message. And that is where the paradigm shift comes into play. Smart advertisers are now focusing on a different form of advertising. And it looks a lot like its marketing brother from another mother, content marketing.
Posted Jan 22, 2015
There's an all too familiar pattern many businesses, especially startups, face when they are trying to get their content out there - they spend hours and hours working on high-quality videos, or online advertisements, and yet, the following just isn't coming in the way they want. It doesn't matter how many times you Facebook post or Tweet your new video; the following remains at a frustrating standstill.
Posted Jan 19, 2015
Adobe announced the new Digital Publishing Suite for Sales Enablement solution, which allows companies to produce and deploy sales apps quicker using a set of sales enablement features in Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). The solution includes the expertise of Adobe Consulting to help companies swiftly build engaging apps from start to finish-using trusted, enterprise-grade technology that has been field-proven by some of the largest enterprises in the world.
Posted Jan 15, 2015
Marketing to busy audiences is increasingly complex. It requires strategies to engage multiple stakeholders throughout multi-stage sales cycles, conducting an intelligent dialogue, and making a well-reasoned case for engagement. Successful marketers take a comprehensive view of their customer by considering their changing industries, job roles, jargon, challenges, threats, pain points, aspirations, and opportunities. What remains eternally true throughout the marketing process is that the customer is at the heart of every business' success.
Posted Jan 15, 2015
Finally, 2014 is officially over. The ball has dropped, and it's time to turn our sights to the year ahead. If you are anything like me, you've already had your fill of "New Year, New You" mottos being blasted around social media. So in the spirit of the New Year, I've decided to reexamine 2014 and what I've learned.
Posted Jan 08, 2015
Welcome to 2015, and a whole new era in social media marketing on Facebook: the "post promotional post" era. That's because, beginning this month, Facebook will be instituting new content and volume controls for organic posts that are promotional in nature. This includes posts that push users to purchase a product or install an app, reuse the exact same content from ads, or impel people to enter promotions or sweepstakes without context. Facebook is making these modifications in response to results of a survey of its users who reported being unhappy with the amount of promotional posts infiltrating their News Feeds.
Posted Jan 05, 2015
It's time to face facts: Everything is a numbers game. From fantasy football to digital advertising campaigns, we yearn for more numbers and more analytics. Content marketing is no different. On a podcast called ConversionCast (it's a great one if you haven't subscribed), the host Tim Paige and guest Brian Dean (from Backlinko) spent an entire episode talking through the tactics and metrics behind a single post from Dean that garnered more than 5,000 shares on social media.
Posted Dec 30, 2014
Developers who want to enable physical objects to communicate with smart phones and other personal gadgets can now order Blesh PW Beacons and the Blesh PW App and participate in the public project called "The Physical Web", an initiative that plans to let people walk up to smart objects and with a single tap interact with them on demand.
Posted Dec 18, 2014
I've been thinking a lot about attention span lately. Since the advent of Twitter, we've been told that our audience is no longer capable of maintaining interest in what we have to say if it's more than 140 characters long. Then Vine appeared on the scene with 6-second videos, and panic nearly ensued. Meanwhile, though, millions of Americans sat down on their couches to binge watch entire seasons of Orange Is the New Black. Clearly, the public at large is perfectly capable of paying attention when it wants to. So what are we to conclude from this information? The problem isn't your audience's attention span--it's your content.
Posted Dec 17, 2014
As the line between editorial and advertorial continues to blur, so does the public's confidence in content from publications versus brands, as evidenced by new industry research that explores this topic-with some unexpected results. A new study by Vibrant shows that only 2% more of consumers trust content from publications (35%) than from brands (33%); and yet, there are more consumers who distrust content from publications (18%) than there are who distrust content from brands (15.5%). Additionally, the number of consumers that distrust content from media titles they know (12%) is double the number who distrust content from brands that they know (6%).
Posted Dec 17, 2014
Addvocate and Trapit, two providers of content discovery and curation, social selling, and advocacy services for marketers, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge. The new San Francisco-based company will change the way organizations discover, publish, share, and amplify content across websites, blogs, social networks, newsletters, and other destinations.
Posted Dec 11, 2014
With Americans now spending more time on mobile devices than on desktops or laptops, brands need a marketing strategy that embraces mobile. And yet, many brands are struggling to find a coherent mobile strategy. One mobile media company says that brands that don't "get mobile" must overhaul their marketing strategy in 2015 or risk becoming as obsolete as a flip phone. Companies can no longer create a responsive website and claim that they have a mobile strategy.
Posted Dec 10, 2014
Smartling announced the results of a new survey that polled 160 U.S.-based, senior-level content marketers working for emerging brands to determine how they are marketing to multilingual audiences around the world. Nearly 63% of respondents acknowledge that between six and 50% of their customer base is located outside the U.S. Yet, survey data shows that translation budgets are nonexistent, forcing marketers to reach multilingual audiences using only English-language content.
Posted Dec 09, 2014
It's the time of year we make lists about the past and proclamations about the future. We assemble important influencers into celebrated collections (usually round numbers) to provide the context about where we are, and then predict where we will be.
Posted Dec 09, 2014
IF YOU'RE A SENIOR MARKETER, YOU'RE PROBABLY TIRED OF HEARING about anything related to content strategy—multichannel, omnichannel, or otherwise. Chances are good that you may have even been asked about this by a C-level manager—it's become pervasive. As with other digital marketing tactics that have roared onto the scene during the past decade, the content marketing ecosystem has mushroomed in only a couple of years, and the result is more confusion than clarification, with hundreds of vendors vying for your business. And yet, while multichannel content marketing may be the theme du jour rife with players, a few do's and don'ts will help ensure your marketing organization is getting the job done.
Posted Dec 08, 2014
These words--"It's quite simple. We are using Bayesian probability theory to solve oncology disease states using genetic immunotherapy."--began a recent presentation for a biotech startup. I was instantly confused. Flunking Algebra I and Algebra II had not prepared me for the potent blend of math and science that followed. I'm not a mathematician or scientist, but I do consider myself well-read and intelligent enough to grasp new concepts in a short amount of time. But the combination of new information and unfamiliar descriptions were flying over my head at a steady clip.
Posted Dec 02, 2014
This online content thing is not as hard as everyone thinks. Don't get me wrong...it can, at times, be tough. Tough to get traffic. But I recently learned a universal law from my last post: the more you give, the more you get. In that last column, "8 Things I Learned from Analyzing My Tweets", I learned this incredibly valuable lesson. By simply relaying to the audience what I learned from a basic Twitter analysis (which provided tactical value and actionable content), I was rewarded with over 900 shares. More plainly put, I took the modest information from my head and shared it with an audience hungry for tips and tricks.
Posted Nov 25, 2014
I get a lot of emails from public relations professionals hoping to get my attention. More often than not, I cannot use the pitches I receive. And, increasingly, I am baffled by the emails I get. It's clear that many of these people either have no idea who I am and what EContent covers, or they're just "spraying and praying." Either way, there is pretty much no excuse for this. The truth is, though, that this is the way many content professionals are still doing their jobs. Despite all the analytics capabilities available to us, we're still just going with our gut, relying on the pitches that come into our inboxes, and generally winging it.
Posted Nov 25, 2014
Native advertising is having its big moment. When done right, it has tremendous pull with consumers. According to Nielsen, native ads produce as much as an 82% in brand lift. An infographic from MDG Advertising says 70% of individuals reported that they would prefer "to learn about products through content rather than through traditional advertising."
Posted Nov 21, 2014
According to a new survey from Brainshark, Inc. nearly half of training professionals (48%) say their organization's sales training content isn't engaging enough to work, while 25% say the materials created don't match sales teams' needs. Perhaps it's no wonder that only 32% describe their organization's current sales training programs as "effective."
Posted Nov 18, 2014
Whether you make widgets or wine, sell consulting services or software, deep down inside of you, there's an author waiting to come out. Regardless of your writing skills or lack thereof, you and the business you represent have a story to tell-not a fairytale, thriller, romance, or science fiction adventure, but a nonfiction narrative that shares your unique knowledge and expertise with others who are hungry for it.
Posted Nov 17, 2014