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Content marketing is currently one of the most popular marketing strategies in the world, with 88% of B2B companies using content to secure new leads. Most businesses allocate a portion of their marketing budget to content marketing as a differentiated channel, but soon, we might stop thinking of content marketing as an individual channel, and start thinking of it as the new form of standard, standalone "marketing."

Posted Jul 20, 2017

The notion that we can simply place keywords in our HTML to rise in Google's ranking is so 90s. While it is true that Google does not read the keywords within the HTML, putting the weight on specified keywords, like it used to do in years past for direct ranking purposes, they are still far from dead. The truth is that we do not control keywords, and we should not be targeting an individual keyword as an isolated search strategy. Rather, keywords should be used to guide us in topical relevance that provides a great customer experience.

Posted Jul 19, 2017

Marketers are just now learning what many others have known for years: data visualization is the key to dramatic storytelling and resonating with your target audience. Media theorist John Berger said that data visualization is important because people "think in pictures." Leave aside the fact that people are visual learners and that the vast majority of human communication is nonverbal--visualization data takes ideas and presents them to people in a way that their brains are already naturally receptive to. The problem, however, is that numbers alone are kind of boring--even when they've been visualized.

Posted Jul 19, 2017

Since the beginning of 2017, we've gotten several inquiries from people wanting to publish sponsored content on our site. That's not a problem in and of itself. We offer sponsored content opportunities, which are clearly detailed in our media kit. The problem comes when these people make it clear they do not want the sponsored content to be identified as sponsored content. One even went so far as to ask us to publish her content under the name of one of our existing writers. Put simply, our answer was, Nope!

Posted Jul 11, 2017

While there are plenty of dire-sounding discussions taking place these days around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning—and their potential to disrupt the world as we know it—this isn't technology of the future. It's already gaining traction across multiple industries and professions, including with content creators. New technologies are promising to upend the traditional ways in which content is conceived, produced, and disseminated. Examples already exist. 20th Century Fox used IBM Watson to create a trailer for Morgan.

Posted Jul 10, 2017

As a content and campaign manager of .ME, a company that operates the personal domain name .ME, Sanja Gardaševic's varied roles have a single purpose: to share stories of .ME domain names and its users. "As a company that does business in a mostly .com world, explaining what .ME is and why it should be your alternative is a challenge," says Gardaševic.

Posted Jul 07, 2017

On the web series Royal Crush, sophisticated teens fall in love with each other on cruise ships that bring them to some of the world's most majestic destinations and have playful onboard attractions such as a rock climbing wall, a spa, and a teen lounge. It's perfectly delightful entertainment, but that's not all. It's also a grand marketing effort from Royal Caribbean International. Royal Caribbean is one of many brands that have embraced episodic content, which refers to a single narrative developed over multiple segments. It's an elaborate content marketing play that employs the power of compelling stories to build stronger brand connections with viewers.

Posted Jul 05, 2017

Revenue contribution from email marketing is the highest ever — up 18% to over 20% of overall revenue in 2017 as compared to 2016 — according to "The Return on Email Personalization," a new study released by market research firm The Relevancy Group in collaboration with OneSpot, a content personalization and intelligence platform. The survey of executive marketers examined how they are capitalizing on email as a meaningful component of their overall business, including the effectiveness of email personalization across industry sectors.

Posted Jun 22, 2017

Brainshark, Inc., delivering SaaS-based sales enablement and readiness solutions, announced an integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365 - giving sales teams instant access to Brainshark training, coaching, and content resources directly from Microsoft's CRM application. Organizations benefit from streamlined access to essential sales resources, greater sales productivity and centralized visibility into the impact of their sales readiness programs.

Posted Jun 22, 2017

Highspot, a sales enablement solution, announced the closing of a $15 million Series B financing round led by Shasta Ventures, with participation from Salesforce Ventures and existing investor, Madrona Venture Group. This new investment will help Highspot extend its ability to provide reps with capabilities that result in more effective customer conversations.

Posted Jun 20, 2017

Reaching your audience by intersecting with their digital behaviors is getting easier through targeted advertising and media. Getting your brand to the forefront of your buyers' minds, helping them become more aware of your brand and hopefully entering them into the well-known buyer's journey is substantially harder. It takes content that resonates with their needs and interests, and is served to them at optimal times to fuel that process. However, the question that continues to be asked is should you "hide" some of that content from your audience?

Posted Jun 14, 2017

New research highlights the key industry-specific factors that are commonly found in bank, insurance and other financial services websites that rank higher in Google searches. The study also reveals that financial services web pages that rank high on Google are 70% more likely to be shared or engaged with on LinkedIn (than other content that ranks highly). But financial content is less popular on Facebook.

Posted Jun 13, 2017

Content marketing has grown wildly popular. In fact, 88% of B2B marketers employ some kind of content strategy. In some ways, this is beneficial; it means we have more data to use in producing more content, and a network of support through publication and syndication. However, it also means a drastic increase in competition.

Posted Jun 08, 2017

Ask any top content marketing team what it wishes it had. The answer may be more leads, sales, clicks, likes, links, or reach, but it always comes back to content. Today's organizations and the marketing teams that support them are being forced to produce more content than ever. But when do we reach the tipping point?

Posted Jun 06, 2017

One of the best gauges you have for the success of your blog is the number of people interacting with your content (i.e., leaving comments and discussing your content on social media). It proves that your users aren't just visiting or browsing, but are actually interested in what you're saying. So what if nobody is responding to your blog? What can you do?

Posted May 31, 2017

I contacted gen.video's CMO, Jason Katz, to ask him about the importance of influencer marketing this year. Here's what he had to say.

Posted May 30, 2017

With over 80% of internet users now owning a smartphone, more and more searches are being conducted via mobile devices. In fact, according to a study commissioned by Google, 42% of B2B researchers now use mobile for the purchase process. Suffice it to say, if you have a poor search marketing strategy for mobile then you might as well shut down shop and ferry your prospects to your competitors' doors.

Posted May 24, 2017

Video is an increasingly important part of content strategies. Whether you're the editor of a news site or a content marketer, your audience wants video—and there is no place like Streaming Media East to learn about the business and technology of video. But after a day's worth of sessions, I came away with three tips that any publisher can apply to their content.

Posted May 16, 2017

Brainshark, Inc. and Seismic announced a strategic partnership to help organizations improve sales team effectiveness with an end-to-end sales enablement solution.

Posted May 16, 2017

Despite its long history, Mezzetta had not spent much time thinking about marketing. For much of its existence, the company had been focused on manufacturing and sales. But after hiring two new marketing employees, Mezzetta was ready to bring its products to a wider audience. With such a small team, content creation proved to be one of the biggest marketing challenges. Mezzetta needed help creating enough content to get its products in front of the masses—and so it decided working with influencers may be the best bet.

Posted May 15, 2017

In an increasingly competitive and fragmented age for electronic content providers, publishers might want to consider seeking revenue solutions less in the real world than in the virtual world. Rolling out virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content is a good start—but especially for those digital content players that lack the resources to provide such immersive digital consumables today, hosting and creating short-form VR and AR ads may prove to be a more winning strategy in the near future.

Posted May 08, 2017

You may have developed a quality piece of content, but if it doesn't reach the right people, it will never have the influence you want. The mark of a great blogger or content manager is knowing where to publish a piece of content for maximum exposure.

Posted May 03, 2017

Posted May 01, 2017

There are many content marketing tools that rely on data or science-backed logic to help you enhance customer retention. This is a list of five such tools that function across different channels and what you can use them to create.  

Posted Apr 28, 2017

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