The Battle to Own Content Marketing

The Battle to Own Content Marketing
It was American marketing guru Seth Godin who back in 2008 said: “Content marketing is the only marketing left”. In the seven years since we’ve seen agencies scramble to get a share of marketers’ growing spend on content. With traditional advertising becoming less profitable, absolutely everyone is positioning themselves as...
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How Brands Can Be More Human

How Brands Can Be More Human

Content marketing is a pretty dry term and much of what brands churn out is so bland, so forgettable, that you can only wonder why they bother. Endless generic listicles about 'Five Tips for Healthy Living / Safe Driving / Negotiating Your Home Loan ' (insert just about any topic here), or self-serving corporate videos featuring the CEO talking about the company's latest profit results.

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Five Rules for Stories That Get Attention

Five Rules for Stories That Get Attention
Here's the thing about content. There's no shortage of ideas but it's harder than ever to come up with stories that stand out. We are all exposed to a tsunami of content via social media and the web and it's tougher than ever to get noticed. As Wired so presciently...
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When Less is More in Content Marketing

When Less is More in Content Marketing
For people who are supposedly experts in creating content there are a lot of boring stories written by content marketers. If I see another story in my Twitter feed with a title such as "5 SEO Tips for Marketers" or "9 Email Marketing Best Practices" I might just fall asleep...
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Why you need an editor (and I do too)

Why you need an editor (and I do too)
Editors get a bad rap. Just think of the editor-in-chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour who is known as "nuclear Wintour" for her famously frosty demeanour. In The Devil Wears Prada , a film that is said to be inspired by Wintour, the editor of the fictional Runway magazine is...
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Article Watch November – ‘Must Reads’ Powered by MediaScope

Article Watch November – ‘Must Reads’ Powered by MediaScope
Each month Denise Shrivell from MediaScope, curates a series of must read articles and insights for the digital media community. - Legacy Media Vs Digital Native  (MondayNote) - From valuations to management cultures, the gap between legacy media companies & digital natives seems to widen. This excellent article provides commentary...
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The Power of Serendipity

The Power of Serendipity
When I was a journalist in the late 1990s I won a scholarship to spend a term at Oxford University to research the impact of the Internet on journalism. It was an odd fit; an 800-year-old institution where students dressed in academic gowns for dinner didn't always seem like the...
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Article Watch October – ‘Must Reads’ Powered by MediaScope

Article Watch October – ‘Must Reads’ Powered by MediaScope
Each month Denise Shrivell from MediaScope , curates a series of must read articles and insights for the digital media community. - 20 Years of Digital Advertising from Banner Ads to Sponsored Snapchats (AdAge) – As banners celebrate their landmark 20th Birthday this interesting timeline shows the progression of digital...
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Why you need a journalist (not a copywriter)

Why you need a journalist (not a copywriter)
One of the things I am sometimes told by marketing managers is that they have a copywriter who writes the company's content. In the past that person might just have been putting out press releases or doing direct mail, but now they also write blog posts or stories for their...
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