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April 21, 2014

How 3 Big Brands Use Storytelling to Make Everyday Products Exciting

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Storytelling. It’s important. I feel like you, my Internet marketing comrades, get this by now. Interruption marketing is dead, the online attention span is dwindling, content creation is up, and your brand needs a hook to catch consumer attention before the message goes in one ear and out the other (if it even gets to the first ear at all).

You get it.

But what if you’re not GoPro? What if your brand is boring or mundane? What if you sell less than sexy everyday products like graham crackers or online classes?

Enough with the what-ifs.

Storytelling that works is all about telling your story in a context that gets people thinking about their own lives. Every brand, no matter how “boring,” has some special hook in their product line or their value system that is a great story just waiting to be told.

Taking a cue from the experts that are already doing it right, here are three great examples of big brands that are content marketing with stories that sell, and five reasons why their campaigns work so well.

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April 11, 2014

SEOs Discuss the Role of Brands as Publishers

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The SEO benefits of publishing and content marketing are huge. Google’s head of webspam, Matt Cutts, has long preached that unique, compelling, user-focused content is the hallmark of a quality, well-ranking site. As brands become publishers, they also stand to earn top-of-mind recall and establish brand recognition.

Yesterday, Bruce Clay, Inc. hosted #SEOchat on Twitter. On the agenda? Brands as Publishers.

When SEOs take on a content publisher orientation, it helps think in terms of how to tell stories and how to manage assets as publisher organizations do. The best brands tell stories that resonate with their consumers — think of Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty” or Dos Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” These brands aren’t just advertising — they’re telling stories. This kind of strategic content marketing means brands and businesses have to be capable in the role of a publisher, i.e. creating and curating content, images and video that targets and engages specific audiences.

Read all about what SEOs discussed during this week’s Brands as Publishers #SEOchat.




April 8, 2014

To Tell the Right Stories, You Need to Listen: Michael Brito on Content Marketing

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Brands — including your business or the business you work for — have a monumental task of transforming into publishers. (Because brands are publishers today.) So in your Internet marketing role you’re wearing many hats, developing and optimizing the content to publish across the channels, and coordinating the various interests of the brand across the organization. To aid you in this task, we’ve published “Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals,” within which renowned social media strategist and community builder Michael Brito contributes a section on where paid, earned and owned media intersect, and how to maximize the impact of these channels through synergistic strategy.

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March 11, 2014

#SMX Liveblog: Shifting From Content Marketing to Media Company (#ms1)

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What does it mean to adopt a “media-first” business strategy?

In this session Copyblogger Media Founder and CEO Brian Clark is going to tell us (in 25 minutes or less) the ingredients of engaging content, what it means to adopt a media-first business strategy, and the changes organizations must make to survive in the era of content-first marketing.

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February 25, 2014

Content Marketing Chemistry Lesson with Andy Crestodina

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Heads up savvy marketers: add Andy Crestodina to your Google+ circles. By following Andy on Google+ you’ll be keyed into a range of weighty and forward-looking content marketing topics, but one place where he’s carved out a niche as an expert is that SEO-critical and evolving frontier, Google Authorship. Yesterday Andy posted findings that authorship rich snippets are on the rise, showing on about 23% of Google SERPs.

If you already know Andy, you know he’s an insightful and prolific contributor to the online marketing industry. Andy published Content Chemistry: An Illustrated Guide to Content Marketing after thousands of conversations with hundreds of companies in over a dozen years of web marketing. In 100 pages filled with illuminating illustrations, the handbook makes accessible the social, analytical and truly enjoyable facets of marketing online.

We tapped Andy to contribute his expertise to Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals, which you’ll find in chapter 9′s selection “Google Authorship: How to Do It and How it Effects SERP Rank.” Read on for a Q & A with Andy for advice on:

  • How to include testimonials on your site so they make the greatest impact.
  • How to contribute to publications and best optimize your guest content for authorship benefits.
  • How to avoid the most common misunderstanding of content marketing in 2014.



February 17, 2014

Is iBeacon a Wearable Technology Gateway Drug?

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Now companies have a new way to learn your secrets, er, we mean help you get the most out of your brick and mortar shopping experience. It’s called iBeacon and it’s an indoor positioning system that allows in-store transmitters to send signals to nearby iOS 7 and Android devices.

iBeacon technology lets marketers do amazing things (four of which we cover in this post), but is it also a wearable technology gateway drug?

(Spoiler alert: I think it is. Do you?)

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February 11, 2014

Where to Read and How to Write Social Media Case Studies — From Social Media Process Master Ric Dragon

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Social media marketing — everybody’s doing it. But what the heck are you doing with it!? In Bruce Clay and Murray Newlands’s Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals we turned to social media process master Ric Dragon for guidance in turning social marketing mantras into action. That, it turns out, is one of Ric’s fortes. Read on for:

  • 3 things to do first when content marketing in 2014. Spoiler: Have you defined your biz’s passion point?
  • A major content marketing misconception that may just be the problem you’re wrestling with.
  • Sources of inspiration for your own content.

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February 5, 2014

The Biggest Video Mistake? Not Getting Started! Alyce Currier, Wistia’s Video Queen, Tells Us How

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Video is seeing an eruption of consumer popularity and marketing interest. Sitting atop this volcano is Alyce Currier. For Bruce Clay and Murray Newlands’s Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals, we tapped Alyce as our go-to expert to help readers ramp up video marketing production. To be honest, it was obvious we were only skimming the surface of Alyce’s video production expertise, so we asked if she’d be so generous to share more tips and resources with us. Read on for:

  • 3 tips to get you rolling if you just make the time
  • the most common mistake she sees
  • an incredibly educational primer on lighting
  • her favorite video examples we can take notes from, and more.

Read The Biggest Video Mistake? Not Getting Started! Alyce Currier, Wistia’s Video Queen, Tells Us How.




February 3, 2014

How to Stand Out in the Upcoming Content Marketing Glut

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Content marketing: everybody’s doing it. In fact, a survey last year by Content Marketing Institute found:

92% of marketers use content marketing and
Close to 60% of marketers (both B2B and B2C) had plans to increase their content budgets in coming months.

While it’s you’ve likely heard of “content marketing” by now, the challenge facing businesses and marketers is how to make one’s content stand out, especially in this competitive age of content overload.

This was the topic of a Google+ Hangout last Thursday hosted by Eric Enge: “Thriving During the Upcoming Content Marketing Glut.” With Eric, guest speakers Peg Fitzpatrick and Marilyn Moore tackled a tough challenge for today’s small business owners and marketers: if everyone starts doing content marketing, how can my brand stand out?

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January 30, 2014

Content Marketing Strategy: More than a Dozen All-Star Professionals Reveal Insights and Tips

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More than a dozen experts share their content marketing strategy insights and tips within the pages of Bruce Clay’s and Murray Newlands’s new book, “Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals” (now available on Amazon) — the ultimate content marketing strategy guide for any content creator, marketer or social media manager that wants to stop wasting words.

In addition to Clay and Newlands’s experience-driven and field-tested knowledge, “Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals” taps into case studies, articles and anecdotes from Internet marketing powerhouses, renowned for their savvy in content strategy, marketing, public relations, media and SEO. Read on for sneak peek of what content marketing advice each of these experts’ revealed in “Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals.” Among the contributors? A Webby award winner, CEOs, journalists, authors, brand managers and even a Dragon.




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