3 Ways to Make Content Marketing Meaningful

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Over the last few years, much of the marketing world has turned to content marketing: the idea that the best way to engage with audiences and raise your visibility is to share robust, usually educational content for free. This content takes many forms - blogs, videos, podcasts, books (and particularly ebooks, given their ease of distribution), material on social media, and more. Basically, anywhere and any way that folks learn.

Recent studies have, time and time again, shown the the same thing: content marketing works. It works in large part because there's a hunger for substance in marketing - for folks to talk to one another, teaching and sharing knowledge, rather than talking past one another with fluffy pitches. But as the research has shown, it's not just a feel-good strategy, but a serious driver of growth. So how do you go about implementing it for your own organization?

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by Steve Hall    Sep-26-13    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Publishing, Research



Murray Newlands, Bruce Clay to Launch Content Marketing Book

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In the past we've written about the increasing popularity of content marketing and its benefits, like the fact that it typically costs over 60% less than traditional marketing. And, as pointed out in the comments by reader Rhona Wilkins, "Content style ad formats are already replacing typical banner ads. Orgs like Outbrain, Adblade, Google, Kontera and others have changed how ads look. "

As content marketing rises in popularity, much has been written about the practice and there is no shortage of books on the subject. One such yet-to-be-published book is being authored by Bruce Clay and Murray Newlands.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-18-13    
Topic: Publishing



Mastheading to Provide Agencies and Brands Custom Content Creation Services

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Mastheading, an offering whose name oddly harkens the pilfering and plundering of the at-one-point sacrosanct editorial institution, launched yesterday as a turnkey solution for agencies and brands seeking custom content. Mastheading provides an affordable solution for streamlined content creation. All for just $15,000 a month. With a 6 month minimum commitment.

The new company is a joint venture of Knock Twice, a content strategy and PR agency, and GMD Studios, an innovation and experience design firm.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-16-13    
Topic: Publishing



Nate Silver Trashes New York Times Sales Force

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For a man who has the ability to predict presidential elections, Nate Silver's recent comment about the sales staff at The New York Times was shortsighted and displayed a surprising lack of understanding of the tectonic shifts that are occurring in publishing and advertising. It's as if he hasn't realized that the disintermediation of the ad sales process through trading desks, RTB and other forms of ad tech has had a decimating effect on CPMs and, hence, the ability of a publisher and its sales force to generate healthy revenue.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-13    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Publishing



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How Struggling Publishers Can Recoup Lost Revenue Streams

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It's not news that media companies are struggling to maintain healthy revenue. Seismic shifts have occurred over the past two decades that have dramatically altered publishers' ability to leverage advertising to make ends meet. From programatic buying to banner blindness to the rise of owned media, publishers' revenue streams have been slowly chipped away to the point where many can no longer survive.

But there is hope. There is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. While that might sound trite and overly optimistic, it's not.

Today, HubSpot Publishing and ISV Partner Program Sales Manager Melanie Collins wrote a blog post entitled Why Media Companies Are Struggling (And How Inbound Marketing Can Help) which outlines four ways inbound marketing can help publishers maintain a healthy revenue stream.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-24-13    
Topic: Publishing



Sharethrough Joins Native Advertising Trend With Sponsored Stories

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Native advertising company Sharethrough today announced the launch of Sharethrough Sponsored Stories, a native advertising solution that helps brands promote articles, posts, reviews and more across the web. With Sharethrough Sponsored Stories, marketers can extend the reach of their content beyond owned and earned placements across Sharethrough's network of publishers.

Land Rover is one of the first brands to use Sharethrough Sponsored Stories in its content marketing programs, along with Pop Secret and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-26-13    
Topic: Publishing



How to Create Compelling Content For Each Stage of the Buying Cycle

Content Marketing has (or should have by now) become an integral part of every marketer's game plan. After all, people need the right information at the right time when they are researching and deciding what to buy.

In this Yesler whitepaper, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, you will learn how to map your content to the needs and roles of your prospects as they move through the purchasing cycle. In the, you will learn:

  • How to use content to spark an ongoing conversation with prospective buyers
  • How to determine what kinds of content best meet the needs of your prospective buyers
  • The importance of buyer personas and communication channel preferences
  • What pitfalls to avoid as you create content for your own content marketing efforts

Download the whitepaper now and learn how to properly develop and map your content marketing to the needs of your customers.

by Steve Hall    Feb-26-13    
Topic: Publishing, Research



140 Proof Launches Social Ad Platform for Premium Media Brands

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140 Proof, a technology that places ads on the top of streams across web, smartphone and tablet apps used to access Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, has launched a new offering that allows premium media brands to directly monetize their content without having to work through Twitter of 140 Proof.

Premium media brands have used social networks to expand their digital presence beyond their owned and operated properties. For example, ESPN properties have over 30 million combined followers on Twitter - rivaling the monthly audience of visitors to ESPN.com. But while social advertising platforms like 140 Proof, Facebook, and Twitter are monetizing branded media content and social audiences at the point of consumption, media companies have not been able to do the same.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-12    
Topic: Publishing, Social



Trader Joe's Examined, Lorem Ipsum Recruited, GoDaddy Gets Agency

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- Former ad exec Mark Gardiner, who had been in the business for 20 years, quit last year an took a $12/hour job at Trader Joe's to see how the brand became a success without an ad agency or PR firm. The result is a book, Build a Brand Like Trader Joe's.

- Here's a case study video on Jung von Matt's Lipsum.com campaign in which they buried a recruitment ad within Lorem ipsum text generated from the site.

- Here's how Fitzgerald + Co got that vintage 1972 MINI up to its 11th floor offices as part of their failed bid for the MINI business. Incumbent BSSP retained.

- GoDaddy, which for years has created its own advertising has, wait for it, hired an ad agency. Yes, a Deutsch New York campaign called Inside/Out will break this summer during the Summer Olympics on NBC.

- If you're into the NBA, you might like this. If you like basketball footage with block type messaging, you might like this. For all others, feel free to skip.

by Steve Hall    Jun-13-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Publishing



New Book Explains How Storytelling Can Save Advertising

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Here is a wonderful promotional video for a new book, Winning the Story Wars. The book uses the bomb as a metaphor for a gap that was created between myth and reality. Myth being the stories told that gave meaning to life and that were based on religion and culture. The book discusses how marketers eradicated that gap becoming the new myth makers and how most have failed at the art of story telling.

The book's author, Free Range Studios Founder Jonah Sachs, argues marketers have abused their story telling power by pushing fear, insecurity and greed. But at the same time, Sachs explains how marketers can return to the glory days of story telling and how digital media can help spread empowering stories that instill motivation and aspiration and a positive mindset.

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by Steve Hall    May-22-12    
Topic: Publishing, Video








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