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MoCo: Mobile, Content & Advanced SEO. How To Prepare

mobile-websites-smartphones-featured What does it mean to be "mobile ready"? You might say having a mobile responsive site -- and that's certainly part of it. But there's much more that goes into ultimately creating an excellent website experience for your ever-expanding and ever-discerning mobile user base. It's a fact that people are starting to use smartphones as the go-to device. According to Google's 2013 Mobile Search Moments study, 77% of mobile searches occur at home or work, even when a PC is likely nearby. We know that smartphones are often used as a multitasking accessory to other devices as well, with 82% using [...]


Tweet And Repeat: The Power Of Sharing And Sharing Again

Tweet & Repeat: The Power of Multiple Social Shares Rinse and repeat. Those words have become a meme in American culture. Where did they come from. I'm betting you know! That's right. "Rinse and repeat," the familiar instructions on almost every bottle of shampoo sold in the U.S. since... well, probably since shampoo has been sold. Even though we suspect that instruction might be there just to sell more shampoo, most of us dutifully follow it. But when it comes to sharing our content on social media, many marketers not only fail to rinse and repeat their shares, they may think they should not do that. Recently I sampled the Twitter sh [...]


Say Hello To The Content Marketing Stack

Media Convergence Drives Stack Evolution You know about ad stacks, right? Get ready to say hello to the next big thing in content marketing technology: the content marketing stack. Content stacks aren't here yet, but they're coming. In the next couple of years, I expect we'll see offerings from the big enterprise players: Adobe, Oracle and Salesforce.com. (IBM has a lot of catching up to do if it's to become a player in this space.) There are many factors driving this latest phase in content marketing evolution, not the least of which is a tangled and complex content marketing vendor landscape. There are well in excess of 11 [...]


ExactTarget Marketing Cloud Launches Social Studio, A New Enterprise-Level Platform

salesforce exacttarget logo Saleforce's ExactTarget Marketing Cloud, the super group of social media marketing providers, today announced the launch of new social dashboard, Social Studio. A product of Buddy Media and Radian6, social publishing and analytics companies that Salesforce acquired in 2012 and 2011, respectively, Social Studio is being billed by Salesforce as the Swiss Army knife of social platforms. “Buddy Media and Radian6 pioneered social marketing software, and we are reinventing it today with the launch of Social Studio,” said Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud CMO Michael Lazerow said i [...]


Top Tips For Optimizing Your Content: 9 Experts Weigh In

Content As 58 percent of B2B marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 12 months, the amount of content created and published will continue to grow. With that, content optimization is becoming increasingly important, as even great content can't produce results if your audience doesn't find it. However, many publishers struggle with content optimization and finding the balance between optimizing your content for search and for the audience the content is intended for. I've asked 9 experts to weigh in on their number-one tip for content optimization, as well as the top [...]


How Playing Devil’s Advocate Will Improve Your Content

image used by permission of Shutterstock.com When you finish writing something, it's tempting to sit back in your desk chair and beam -- but that won't result in great content. What you really have to do is take a walk, come back with a fresh eye, and tear your content apart. This is the only way to make content that's interesting, accurate, and share-worthy. The best way to develop this critical eye is to play Devil's Advocate. You might be thinking, "But I just wrote a very accurate, respectable piece of content I'm proud of. Why would I have any criticisms of it if I did my best?" Well, when you wrote the content, you were writing [...]


Burger King Resurrects Subservient Chicken Viral Campaign Under Premises Of Fowl Play

Subservient-Chicken On the 10th anniversary of the famous Subservient Chicken campaign, Burger King has brought back the bird. In 2004, Subservient Chicken became a viral hit as users could visit the SubservientChicken.com website and input commands that the chicken would perform (like moonwalk, urinate or lay eggs) from pre-recorded footage. Well now, the chicken is back ... kind of. The new campaign has resurrected the site, but old prompts tell users that the chicken is missing. The chicken resurfaced last week on Instagram during Throwback Thursday as Burger King simply mentioned "We miss you, Subse [...]


How To Produce More Quality Content, More Quickly — Practical Tips

shutterstock_104112866-positive-reinforcement The practice of "content marketing" as we understand it today is still relatively young, and there are plenty of wrinkles to work out. One of the biggest issues we face is a simple question of production. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of content marketing professionals say they don't have enough time for content, and 45% struggle with producing enough content, according to the Content Marketing Institute. Forward-thinking digital marketing blogs and sites are overflowing with solid best practices to do content marketing well, but few address the nuts and bolts of getting it done efficiently [...]


Branded Content Leverages Young Love To Sell Ice Cream

cornetto_cupid_train Taking a page from Greece's Lacta Chocolate, Cornetto, a Unilever-owned European ice cream company, is out with the second episode of its Cupidity series, a collection of online films that explore young love. This most recent chapter, entitled Travellers, takes a look at a young man and a young woman and their missed connection. It's an exploration of two differing viewpoints on traveling the path on one's life, for whom you are traveling that path and why you might want to leave room to re-evaluate that path from time to time. The film was shot last fall in southern Italy and it dri [...]


VIDEO + SLIDESHOW: Why “Going Viral” Means More Than Getting Pageviews

gone-viral-featured Most people don't know the true definition of virality, how to measure it or how to recognize it. Getting a piece of content to "go viral" does NOT simply equate to getting lots of page views on that piece. Content aggregator Upworthy's mission is to "spread meaningful content far and wide" but that success doesn't just 'happen' without a content promotion strategy. In this presentation, Upworthy's Editorial Director explains the main components of virality, providing a formula for how to optimize your content and the simple math for how to measure viral success. From the Marketing La [...]


What Is Your Content Marketing Aiming For? 5 Goals To Consider

content-shutterstock As the online content marketing trend continues to rise, businesses are spending increasing levels of time and money on it. A third of B2B marketing budgets already are spent on content marketing, and more than half of B2B marketers say they plan to ratchet that up. Data from the Content Marketing Institute show that certain techniques work almost universally. These include: Case studies: 64 percent effective Webinars: 61 percent effective Blogs: 59 percent effective Video: 58 percent effective eNewsletters: 58 percent effective Whitepapers: 57 percent effective eBooks: 55 p [...]


Content Marketing Haters Gonna Hate (And Why They’re Wrong)

content_shutterstock_93818854 When something gets big enough to attract a great deal of media coverage and conversation, it's inevitable that not all the attention will be positive. Take Justin Bieber. Or Miley Cyrus. Both have detractors as vocal and as passionate as their fans. Content marketing is certainly no teen idol, but as interest in the topic continues to hockey stick up the charts, the naysayers are coming out in force. Now, I can be as contrarian as the next guy, but I have yet to see a cogent, well-reasoned argument against content marketing. Instead, detracting arguments seem to be ill-conceived, knee-j [...]


VIDEO + SLIDESHOW: From Content Marketing To Media Company

Keynote presentation from Marketing Land Digital Summit The internet has empowered prospects to bypass advertising and sales pitches. Giving people engaging content has become the first step in 21st century marketing. That means smarter companies will adopt a media-first business strategy, regardless of their business model or market. What are the ingredients of creating engaging content? What changes does your organization need make to succeed with a media-first business strategy? Watch the keynote presentation, From Content Marketing to Media Company by Brian Clark, Founder & CEO of Copyblogger Media. From the Marketing Land Digital M [...]


How Estimated Reading Times Increase Engagement With Content

clock-time-600 How much time does the average adult in the United States spend with digital media every day? According to an August 2013 estimate by eMarketer: 5 hours and 16 minutes. Calculated another way, that's 316 minutes per day. How many of those 316 minutes do they spend reading your content? Estimated Online Reading Time Basic website analytics can give you an idea with time-on-site and bounce rate metrics. A more sophisticated analytics implementation could tell you exactly how far down on the page your readers get, and how long it takes them to get there. But, if you just tell readers [...]


3 Pinterest Tips That Will Make You Better At Your Job

Pinterest Search Results Demonstrate Trends Party Ideas For Boys I've always felt bad for those folks whose offices block the use of Facebook and other social networks! I'm a manager myself, so I get it -- you don't want your employees wasting their time scanning Facebook for the latest from their not-so-closest-friends or shopping for nail polish on Pinterest. But I've always thought that blocking the use of social media ultimately just makes your employees want to use it even more, thus distracting them and having a negative impact on productivity. Of course, as a digital marketer, access to social media is absolutely necessary to my job, so I'll ne [...]


Content Marketers, Kill The Blog Category

GUN_shutterstock_126668459 Plato said Socrates thought very little of the then-newfangled objects that were books, arguing that the written word impinged upon man's ability to remember and to think. In the early 60s, Marshall McCluhan went on to write about "media determinism," an idea suggesting that our communications technologies shape the way we think. Anyone who has ever written out a manuscript with pen and ink will be able to attest to the notion that how we write with various tools is fundamentally different. Blog Post Categories It's understandable that when blogs were devised, the various blog posts were [...]


Native Advertising Still Befuddles Marketers: 73 Percent Don’t Know What It Is, Just 9 Percent Budget For It

confused-decisions-maze-600 [caption id="attachment_79413" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Copyblogger[/caption] It turns out native advertising, the buzzword that seems to have publisher and advertiser aflutter these days, is still very much misunderstood among marketers. A whopping 73 percent of say they have no idea or hardly a clue about what native advertising is according to Copyblogger's 2014 State of Native Advertising report. The results are based on a survey of 2,088 respondents, most of whom are Copyblogger readers and thus likely to be marketers. Just 3 percent of those respondents said they ar [...]


­How To Succeed With Content Marketing In Organic Search

young woman preso_shutterstock_176222933 Say you have a presentation with a very powerful message about the mission of your brand. You're qualified to speak on the subject matter because you live and breathe it -- and your audience cares, because what you do makes a difference in their lives. Your goal is to get this message in front of as many people as you can. So you sign up to talk at professional organizations, networking events, industry conferences, small groups of decision-makers and so on. After years of giving this presentation, you realize that there's one particular group of people who represent the most opportunity [...]


Annotated Movie-Trailer Videos Connect With First-Time Homebuyers

PR_Romcom_1_cropped Buying a home. It can be romantic. It can be dramatic. And it can be scary. To capture each of these three emotions for Canada's RBC Royal Bank, Entrinsic developed a first-time homebuyer campaign which consists of three movie trailer-like videos, each of which center on one of the three emotions experienced when buying a home. The videos -- directed by now-we-know-where-he-is filmmaker Jeremiah Chechik, the man behind National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Benny and Joon -- promote three fictional movies that follow a couple going through the ups and downs of buying their first home a [...]


LinkedIn Releases Content Shock And Awe

Linkedin Releases Content Shock and Awe: The-Announcement With the rise of content marketing and the amount of content published daily always increasing, some marketers predict that eventually, the content bubble will burst. This notion, referred to as content shock, assumes that someday, there will simply be too much content to consume. I personally disagree with this sentiment for a number of reasons. However, in February, when LinkedIn announced that eventually all members will be able to publish content on their publishing platform, the idea of content shock gained more steam. With more than 277 million members, will the ability to post conten [...]


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