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Tag Archive: Content Marketing

Your Blog Should Not Require A Topic Generator

I started blogging more than ten years ago. During this time, the reason I blogged – and the focus of those blogs – have varied based on my personal experiences and situations. It began with a small blog that shared my personal views on business and morphed into a corporate blog dedicated to starting debates on specific marketing…

The Friday Trifecta 01/16/15 – Adidas, Nike, AT&T

The Friday Trifecta is an occasional series that highlights marketing or advertising campaigns that capture our attention. Adidas Tells Us What Stardom Isn’t. Do You Care? Adidas’s new Originals Superstar campaign follows four celebrities (Pharrell Williams, Rita Ora, David Beckham, and Damian Lillard) as they redefine what superstardom truly means by telling you everything it’s not. Beckham claims…

Five Content Strategies for Advocate Marketing

  Marketers have long accepted the fact that successful content is that which is helpful to the business’s audience and not overt brand advertising. We know that if the content we produce is to be consumed and shared, it must entertain and inform our audience, instead of simply selling to them. As more and more businesses produce…

Bud Light Embraces Content Marketing, Builds Millennial Audience

It’s almost time to reveal the secret location and videos of the hinted-at debauchery of Bud Light’s Party City!   BBDO’s campaign, called “Up for Whatever,” has been promising Millennials the opportunity to be invited to the party of the year on Labour Day weekend at a yet-to-be revealed Bud Light town called “Whatever USA.” Along with the…

Content Marketing: You’re Trying Too Hard

After the Sochi Olympic Games, I posted an article about ambush marketing and the guerilla tactics that brands resorted to when the International Olympic Committee reduced the number of “official advertisers” to 35 during the 1984 Olympics. Brands like Nike, which was outbid by Reebok for official advertiser status, created ambush marketing campaigns to get its share…

Real-Time Marketing Vs Real-Time Content – Do You Know the Difference?

This time last year, marketing strategists and bloggers declared 2013 the “year of real-time marketing.” These marketers felt vindicated when Oreo famously reassured everyone that we could still “dunk in the dark” when the lights when out in the stadium during Super Bowl ’13. The reaction to the real-time social media campaign received an extraordinary amount of…

Lazy Content Marketing Or How Not To Write a List Post

I get it. Digital and social channels, in which the “social proof” of one’s skills, reputation, and quality lie, have become a necessary marketing tactic for individual and business brands. More followers, prospects, customers, and other stakeholder are continuing to choose the Internet as their primary source for decision-making data. So, naturally, people and businesses that seek…

Can We Please Stop Trying to Redefine Marketing?

I’m growing a bit weary of all the new forms of marketing and advertising being invented in the wake of the Internet and, in particular, social media.  Social media marketing, content marketing, relationship marketing, influence marketing, etc. Every year sees a slew of “new marketing” concepts that become the hot topic around the blogger water cooler, with…

The Problem With Content Marketing

We cannot turn on the computer these days without being inundated with “content is king” proclamations by marketers and social media strategists. Content marketing is touted as THE critical tactic in today’s social media practice for businesses. It’s defined as any type of marketing that involves the creation and public sharing of content in order to acquire…

Marketing Conferences Need an Education

Go to a marketing conference today and what do you see? On stage you’ll witness many ego-laced presentations and thinly veiled sales pitches from so-called experts. You’ll hear session leaders reiterating content from their blogs and, often, other people’s case studies.  In the audience, you’ll see attendees tweeting notable one-liners from the presentation while making plans for…

Must Every Company Be A Media Company?

Every company is a media company. Or it should be. That’s the cry of social and content marketers today. They point to the open and direct channel that businesses have to their consumers and the wider audience that did not exist, arguably, prior to 2004 when Chris Shipley popularized the term “social media” in his book, Clue…

When Did Bacon Become Business News?

How competitive is the market for online news viewership? It’s so competitive that respected news publications have elevated bacon to the realm of “newsworthy” story.  For over a year now I’ve noticed the inclusion of “Internet-popular” subjects introduced into  the content mix of my favorite business, marketing and news sites, subjects that would never had made the…

2013: The Beginning of Context

I just ran a Google search: year of content. According to the results, some people were saying (in 2011) that 2012 would be year of content marketing, while others are saying 2013 would be that year. Pam Moore wrote a great post in June reminding us that content is not a shiny new object. I, for one,…

Marketers, What Your CEO REALLY Thinks Of You

You’ve earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in earned media. You’ve built your Facebook fans to 10,000 in 6 months. You’ve increased the lead funnel by 15% over last year. You’re the golden child of the organization; you’ve played squash with the CEO and received the keys to the executive washroom. All is right with the world….

The Corporate Blog Challenge

Last week I posted an article asking if corporate blogs had become sacred cows. I questioned the logic of a corporate blog remaining the center of a social communication hub when readership is down, competition for attention is increasing and our audience’s preference is evolving towards shorter, more visual content. Why are marketers so unwilling to accept…

Have Corporate Blogs Become Sacred Cows?

“Sacred Cow” is an idiom referencing the eminent place cows have in Hinduism.  Figuratively speaking, a sacred cow is something which is immune from question or criticism.  After challenging the #bizforum community on Twitter last night with the question: “Are corporate blogs still relevant?”,  I’m beginning to think that corporate blogs have become sacred cows. A corporate…

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