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Four ways Facebook Instant Articles will dramatically impact marketing

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Something important is about to happen, and the impact on content marketers will be profound. Facebook announced it would open up Instant Articles -– formatted and optimized to load almost immediately -– to any publisher  without a special approval process. Obviously, we are on the brink of a dramatic shift in how content is seen and discovered. The Content Shock wave.

Content shock re-visited, the content marketing myths and realities

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They realize that producing content is a great way to increase awareness for their agendas and brands. Perhaps they’ve read my book  The Content Code , which articulates this very strategy. I was incredibly disappointed my article didn’t make the cut. In any event, the cost of producing this content is going to go up, up, up. Content Shock is certainly here to stay.

Facebook content strategy is a time bomb for inbound marketing

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Inbound marketing is a term coined by Brian Halligan of HubSpot to describe a way to promote a company through blogs,  podcasts , video, eBooks, newsletters, social media marketing , and other forms of  content marketing  which serve to attract customers. The economics of the social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn are also driven by content, but their metrics are different.

Why Facebook Live is not ready for prime time

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” Here’s the number one marketing prediction I see everywhere: “This is the year of Facebook Live. Companies will move their content production to live video.” When I posted this sentiment on Facebook I received a strong reaction. And there are also content consumption preferences, which the fans of live video rarely take into consideration.

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They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

Coming clean on Facebook reach

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Is there any greater source of emotional debate and mis-information on the web today than Facebook reach? recently had a little debate on this subject with a person who wrote a glowing article on the promise of Facebook reach — despite what appears to be pretty bad news in this corner of the web. “I’m tired of so much negativity about Facebook,” he said.

Content Shock is here. Now what?

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About two years ago, I wrote a blog post called Content Shock: Why Content Marketing is not a sustainable strategy. The premise behind Content Shock is simple. My post was a call to arms, pointing out that what worked in content marketing a few years ago — when content was a novelty — will not work in this era or overwhelming information density.

Four profound marketing megatrends for 2016 and beyond

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If you are only focusing on producing content, you’re already behind. The fight to overcome Content Shock is the most impactful force in our field since the dawn of the Internet itself. Strategies to not only produce content, but to get it to ignite and be seen in this environment. Content forms — How do you make your content even more remarkable?

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The new urgency to create sticky content for Facebook

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Just when you think you’ve figured out Facebook, it moves and morphs in interesting new ways. A few days ago, Facebook announced that the algorithm it uses to determine which content is prioritized in user News Feeds will now take into account how long users spend viewing posts. This should not be a surprise to anyone following Facebook closely. Go deep. Yikes.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

Four marketing mega trends nobody’s talking about

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Content Marketing Re-constructed. If you are operating under the idea that what worked in content marketing last year will work this year, it’s time to update the perspective. These trends will be forcing dramatic change: Information density — You have undoubtedly seen the dizzying statistics about the amount of content flooding the web. Content in the cloud.

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What will replace Facebook? Six considerations

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A question I often receive in my classes and talks is “What will replace Facebook?” We look to history to see the progression of upstarts replacing established companies — didn’t Facebook replace MySpace? — and of course assume there is a new idea out there somewhere waiting to unseat Facebook as the leading social network. Facebook.

What are the most reliable content channels to connect with customers?

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I recently had a chance to hear entrepreneur and author  Joe Pulizzi speak about his wonderful new book Content Inc  and my mind was buzzing over some of the interesting new ideas he presented. One of these topics was a discussion on the most reliable ways to deliver your content. When you first start publishing content, it might feel like you are simply tossing it into the wind.

Break the mold: Why content marketing needs to be like a chalupa

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post called “ 5 Reasons most content marketing is FAR behind where it needs to be.” It’s unlikely that a content strategy that worked five years ago will work today. We need to look to the fashion industry for content inspiration … and maybe even Taco Bell! The content chalupa. Foremost is Content Shock.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

Wasting your ad money? All Facebook fans are unequal

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By Brooke Ballard, {grow} Contributing Columnist What if you were given $20,000 to acquire new fans on Facebook? But is there strategy in trying to acquire new fans on Facebook? Just a few months ago I was begging for more Facebook ad dollars for my client accounts and our own unique page simply because Facebook said so. Sounds thrilling, right? Or is it fruitless?

5 Reasons most content marketing is FAR behind where it needs to be

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These are people who go to work every day knowing they need to move content like their careers depended on it … because it does. recently attended a conference on the future of technology and journalism at Columbia University’s Pulitzer Graduate School of Journalism  for a glimpse of the cutting edge of content marketing. How are you approaching content today?

The uncomfortable state of content marketing metrics

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In a post titled Content Marketing – It’s About to Get Weird , my friend Joe Pulizzi revealed disappointing findings from an annual research survey. Here’s Joe goes on to paint a hopeful picture of content marketing’s future by plugging this problem into the Gartner’s “hype cycle” model. Fixing the content marketing problem. It sucked.

Should your content generate leads or relationships?

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His business goal was to generate an ever-increasing number of leads from his company’s blog content and he wanted my ideas on what they might try to kick the number up. “Should your content be aimed at building short-term leads for cold calls, or for building real business relationships?” Should content generate leads or relationships? Facebook hates that.

Five new content forms rocking the marketing airwaves

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When I wrote about this idea of Content Shock — the idea that content marketing becomes less sustainable as a strategy as the amount of competitive content increase — I predicted that there would be new innovations in content forms. shared a few of these stories on Facebook and I was amazed at how many people had already seen them and shared them.

In case you missed it, the best marketing posts of 2016

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Do you see my writing on Facebook or LinkedIn? Four ways Facebook Instant Articles will dramatically impact marketing. Reasons most content marketing is FAR behind where it needs to be. The most popular guest post this year came from Brooke:  Use This Agenda For Your Content Marketing Plan. Why content marketing needs to be like a chalupa. By Mark Schaefer. Human.

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The new psychology of content consumption

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Is the psychology of content consumption changing? Tom Webster and I get into some discussions that are guaranteed to get you thinking about the nature of content and content consumption today. The dramatic behavioral shift in consumer content streaming behavior. Facebook’s random acts of strategy. Our content is free because of their generosity.

Should Facebook be regulated?

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Should children be exposed to graphic violence on Facebook without your knowledge and consent? Facebook’s “terror policy” is pretty weak. So, for example, if a hostage is live-streaming a beheading, that’s deemed appropriate content for a Facebook live stream. Kind of a weird line, but that’s the Facebook guideline right now.

28 Super Easy Tips on How to Promote Your Content

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Content distribution has been a BIG topic here on {grow} and around the social sphere. As Mark’s book, The Content Code  explains, “great content isn’t the finish line, it’s the starting line.” Here are 28 tips on how to promote your content online. Promote Your Content On Social Media. Promote Your Content To Your List(s).

Submitting to Facebook and other content adjustments you need to make today

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Marcus Sheridan and I had a raucous debate about the state of the nation of content marketing … and I have it here for you today. He strongly took exception with a point I made in a post I wrote called Five reasons why most content marketing is FAR behind where it needs to be. ” Re-thinking the content you produce. Submitting to Facebook . What's next?

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Five reasons to be freaked out by the Facebook experiment

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Like most of the online world, I’m stunned by the Facebook experiment designed to surreptitiously toy with the emotions of its customers. The news emerged that in 2012, Facebook conducted a study to determine whether it could alter the emotional state of its users. This was a corporate decision. I’m not a person who hates Facebook and is looking for a reason to ding them.

Use This Agenda For Your 2016 Content Marketing Plan

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As social media becomes less shiny, many of our clients are realizing that social media success relies on having a content marketing plan. While we’ve been hired to come in and “do” social media, our constant gentle push about sharing stories through original content (read: the RIGHT content for our customers) is finally being felt. Content Gaps.

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Does every business need content marketing? A reality check.

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Does every business need content marketing? Sometimes in tough competitive situations you survive to the next year by cutting a penny per unit on a long-term contract instead of investing in epic content. This week I came across a quote from a speaker at the Content Marketing World conference: “Content marketing works every time, for every business, in every industry.”

8 Strategies to stand out when you’re late to the content marketing game

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Content budgets are soaring, content output is exploding. If you’re the first one to dominate a niche with  your content, you’re one of the lucky ones. You’re probably keeping a stranglehold on your leading position by publishing relevant, helpful, and interesting content on a consistent basis. Vary the content type. Try a new content form.

Beyond Content Shock: The defining trend of 2015 is Content Ignition

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We are certainly a conversational company with passionate fans and we have worked hard to engage and build a social media audience to the point where we have 13,000 fans on Facebook. In late 2012 we hired a full-time community manager and content producer. This is an extraordinary step and a huge commitment to content marketing for a company with only 17 employees! William B.

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A new process to quantify content marketing success

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This post explains an exciting new opportunity for content marketing measurement. Just a few years ago, Internet content was a novelty, and consumers spent endless hours discovering new sites. content marketing measurement process. Publishing content is no longer the finish line – it is the starting line.  Content that isn’t seen and shared creates no economic value.

A solution to the content marketing measurement puzzle

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Here is a common question I hear from many of my clients and students: My boss is looking at the leads we generated on advertising versus social media or content marketing and is questioning why he is putting money into content instead of doubling down on ads. Content is the catalyst. When people subscribe to your content, they are saying “Please market to me!”

Social media giants tighten their grip on small content producers

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The digital age is supposed be the era of the solopreneur, allowing ordinary human content producers like you and me to start their own online media empire. Popular social media platforms have tightened their grip on user generated content. A few years ago, Facebook limited your business/fan page reach in exchange for payment. The squeeze on content producers .

Facebook, You’ve Failed Us

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There is an unsettling buzz about the future of Facebook. Some analysts report that Facebook usage is declining , or at least  slowing in some parts of the world  and if that is true, it is a problem of Facebook’s own making. The Facebook is foremost a place to connect with family and friends. Secondarily, Facebook provides a place for self-expression.

The 6 Scariest Words in Digital Marketing

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Here are the six scariest words in digital marketing: “Facebook is changing its newsfeed algorithm.” What impact will this have on content publishers? This is an epic flip-flop for Facebook and at this point I think it is fair to ask, does the company really know what it wants? They did what Facebook asked them to do, and guess what? The Facebook re-focus.

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Case study: Small business content marketing success

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Most of this growth is attributed to our content marketing strategy. It wasn’t until 2012 that we started a content program that led to high growth with little cash outlay. Small Business Content Marketing. I had read enough online to know that social media and content should play some role in our business but I could not connect the dots. I Share Your Content.

If you stopped publishing your social content, would anybody notice?

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By Brooke Ballard, {grow} Contributing Columnist If you’re like me you don’t ever feel comfortable with your social media content publishing schedule. What does this mean for the “little guy” and our social content? Do we curate content or only share our own, original pieces? I’m genuinely very curious to hear what you {grow} readers have to say.

How your personality aligns with social media content types

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believe there is some alignment between where you choose to publish and your personality type. A few data points to illustrate my theory: I marvel at the people creating fun and effective content on Snapchat. To truly stand out in 10-second content chunks, you have to be part news anchor, part comedian. The social media content form I love best is blogging. By Mark W. Schaefer.

Navigating the shifting sands of Facebook marketing

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Have you figured out Facebook marketing? Well, then you will need to catch up with our new episode of The Marketing Companion where we discuss the “secondary advertising ripple” and how it’s creating new complexity for companies trying to figure out what’s happening on their Facebook page. billion people logged into Facebook on a single day last month.