10 creative ideas to emerge from COVID-19 ennui

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If your creativity is flagging, sagging or bone-dry, try these ideas to spark a bit of fresh inspiration. Please tell me I’m not alone in feeling a lack of creative spirit these days. Creativity is flagging. Your creativity suffers when you only follow news.

5 ways to foster creativity in your PR and marketing team

PR Daily

If you look at the majority of job specs for roles in PR and marketing, you’ll see creativity listed as one of the desired character traits. The Cannes Lions Awards website is a great resource that offers a whole host of great content from previous winners.

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5 Important Planning Considerations from a B2B Content Marketing Study

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B2B organizations that find content marketing effective are committed to these programs. These organizations have a content marketing plan in writing. Those are among the top-level findings from an annual survey of content marketers by the Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs. For responses to be included, the respondent’s organization had to be using content marketing for at least one year.

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Marketing opportunity: Be the resource content marketers rely on

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Share your expertise, ideas and products at the Brand Storytelling & Content Marketing Conference at Disneyland. Make magic happen as a sponsor at Ragan’s Brand Storytelling & Content Marketing Conference at Disneyland , Sept. You’ll fit right in if your company provides: A content marketing tool designed to streamline online promotion. A video service that helps communicators creatively share their brand story.

11 creative ways to pump up your content marketing game

PR Daily

Jeff Bullas identified eight main barriers to your content marketing plan: 1. Finding inspiration and ideas for the content. CoSchedule outlined the most important questions to ask to determine whether content is a good fit: 1. Without a solid plan—that includes creating, drafting and scheduling your posts at least a week at a time—content marketing can feel overwhelming. Coming up with fresh, new and exciting ideas for your organization isn’t easy.

Content Marketing: Is Now a Good Time to Double Down? [Coronavirus]

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Buyers were taking in content before talking to sales even before the Coronavirus hit; now is a great time to double down on content marketing Today is the last day of the first quarter of 2020. When I think about that statistic in today’s context – this is another moment for true content marketing. It’s a great time for content marketing to shine “The answer (as you might expect) is ‘yes’. Be mindful of your content, your tone, and your cadence.

How video listicles can still offer content marketing success

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Is the listicle still an effective content type? Erika Montgomery argues the video format still offers big results for marketers and PR pros. The masses love this easily digestible format and marketers will have to pry it from their hands before they give it up. While listicle-based videos and articles may be getting old for writers and marketers to create, they are still an effective marketing tool, especially for social media. Choose a marketing keyword.

6 steps to streamline your writing process

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There’s no secret formula for great writing. Let’s review six strategies that can help you consistently craft coherent content: Step 1: Define your objective. FREE DOWNLOAD: Timeless secrets for rocket-powered writing ]. Once you’ve selected a topic and defined your specific objective, start jotting down headline ideas and writing quick bullet points of key ideas you want to cover. Once you’ve got a rough structure in place, it’s time to start writing.

We Should Measure Content Marketing by Relationships

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As a metric for content marketing, pageviews are flawed according to a white paper – Why Content Marketers Are Using All the Wrong Metrics – published by Contently. The company provides the combination of a talent marketplace and content marketing software to manage projects and campaigns. Contently says some “30% of clicks come from bots” which is easy to see in any of the top analytics platforms such as Google Analytics (GA).

20 Golden PR and Content Marketing Ideas that will Outlive 2017

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What started as a marketing experiment, has grown into a process that supports audience development. As part of my effort to wrap up this year in content, I decided to distill the deck down to just 20 for a presentation to embed in a post. When I had finished, I noticed many of these quotes stem from pieces written for the Unscripted Marketing series. It supports the notion that marketing at its core, is about advancing the user experience.

Get Inspired by These 3 Content Marketing Innovators

Cision

Here are three big names to take a look at for content marketing inspiration: BuzzFeed. This Internet media company has been making waves for almost a decade, focusing on churning out content that spreads. What helps BuzzFeed’s content go viral — whether it’s a listicle, news story or quiz — is the way it writes in different forms depending on which social media platform will share the story.

The Page 4 Simple Secret to Successful Content Marketing [UML]

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Overall, the study found roughly one-fifth (22%) of 1,102 B2B marketers based in North America that answered the annual survey described their content marketing as “extremely successful” or “very successful.” Page 4 shows us why these B2B content marketers are successful. Among this exclusive group of “top performers” the graphic on page 4 finds: 91% say the organization is committed to content marketing. Not marketing.

The Content Marketing Intern’s Syllabus

Contently - Strategy

When I started as an editorial intern at Contently, the first thing I realized was that I had a lot to learn about content marketing. Like many people entering the job market, I wanted to write and edit, and I was interested in exploring different ways to make a living with those skills. And when I showed up for my first day at Contently, the marketing team had a list of links ready for me to read through. Content marketing is its own language.

Does Your Content Marketing Strategy Tell a Data-Driven Story?

Cision

Content marketing boils down to one simple question: what story is your brand telling? According to CMI’s 2015 Benchmark Report , 55 percent of B2B marketers plan to increase their content marketing budget in the next 12 months—essentially, pouring more money into telling their brands’ stories. Indeed, the same benchmark report shows the top challenge facing B2B marketers today is producing engaging content. Want to create standout content?

20 writing tactics to rev up your productivity

PR Daily

This array of tips will unclog your creative axons and dendrites and get those words and ideas flowing again. You want your latest writing project to move faster. Write multiple drafts instead of obsessively editing the same one. Write daily, not someday. will be your regular time for writing, and that’s it. Though it’s definitely easier to write when you don’t constantly switch tasks, you can’t wait for large blocks of time to appear in your schedule.

116 Content Marketing Insights Worth Tattooing on Your Body

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Authority Rainmaker brought PR and marketing’s top thought leaders under one roof for a two-day affair bursting with insights on everything from content creation and SEO to pricing and DIY inspiration. “Over time all marketing strategies have click through rates that drop.” “Content never dies, it just sort of fades away.” “Interactive content converts better than passive content and gets shared more.”

5 indispensable content marketing resources

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Content might be king, but creating it doesn’t have to be a royal pain. There’s no easy path to ruling the content marketing kingdom. As a content marketer, you must discern what your target audience is looking for. Say you're a marketer at a dog-washing company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This means you could be crafting content such as "The Correct Way to Give a Dog a Bath" or "Top 3 Dry Shampoo Brands for Dogs.". Writing is a grind.

PR and Content Marketing Insights from the Edelman Trust Barometer

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Other readers liked these related posts: The Future of Marketing Looks More like Public Relations. In reviewing the study, I think it has implications for business in public relations and content marketing. You can and should run content marketing like a publisher. You can be an ethical and persuasive PR pro or marketer without selling your soul. I do work in, and write about, business and there’s plenty of propaganda there too.

B2B Solved the Biggest Content Marketing Challenge Yesterday

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Content marketing surveys consistently demonstrate the biggest barrier facing marketer is feeding the content monster. For example, 54% percent of 1,800 respondents said, “creating engaging content” was the top content marketing challenge in the 2015 B2B Content Marketing survey by the Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs. In essence, B2B marketers solved their biggest problem yesterday.

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4 content marketing lessons from Caterpillar

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When you think of cutting-edge marketing companies—brands such as Coca-Cola that consistently dominate the advertising world—there’s a good chance your mind doesn’t immediately jump to Caterpillar. Believe it or not, Caterpillar’s marketing department is experiencing a bit of a renaissance thanks to one of its most recent campaigns, which includes a group of YouTube videos demonstrating the quality of their products in a series called “Built For It.”.

4 trends that prove content marketing is on the rise

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You’ve probably come across the same marketing trends, posts and research studies that everyone else has. You’ve seen that video content continues to dominate social media. Still, it’s important to note that all the technology, tools and tactics in the world mean next to nothing without a talented content marketing team behind the wheel. RELATED: Create powerful corporate content that engages both internal and external audiences ]. a content marketing agency.

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9 Content Marketing Trends That Will Rule The Roost In 2016

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Anne Carton is a small business consultant, digital marketing expert and blogger working with Designhill , the world’s largest online graphic design marketplace. Ann primarily writes about social media and growth hack strategies, SEO and e-commerce. With more and more businesses across verticals and industries creating content, people have become desensitized towards brand content. Want to deliver valuable content in 2016? Episodic Content .

Creative PR: 4 Idea Generation Techniques

Shift Communications

In 1926, psychologist Graham Wallas outlined the basic creative process, which has been the overall framework for understanding and fostering creativity for almost a century. The Wallas process has four general stages: Preparation : loading up your mind to be creative. One of the ways we train people to think about how to use social media and write effective headlines is to move laterally one step away from the core idea. What do they write about?

Creative Headlines Will Drive PR SEO & Success in 2017

Cision

No marketing and public relations executive is immune from the educational curve of bringing their client up to speed on the latest in search, bridging the digital and SEO divide on an hourly basis. Which strategic positioning direction should clients pursue, what kind of media material should be featured and how important it is to create relevant and eye-catching messaging content are integral to each and every digital communications effort.

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7 Ways To Spark Creative PR Ideas

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As with any creative process, brilliant ideas don’t come out of nowhere; in fact, they are usually hard earned. More often than not there’s a process that came before the inspiration, and PR teams can use these steps to trigger those great, creative ideas. Immerse yourself in research, from content to experience. Then, take some time to undertake creative thinking exercises without pressuring yourself or your group too much at the outset.

Content marketing is changing with every passing second – A discussion

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In today’s hi-tech, fast-moving, cluttered digital world, content marketing is one of the most practical, effective and useful marketing strategies to date. It’s an essential aspect of today’s digital marketing landscape. With 70% of internet users saying they’d prefer to learn through content rather than ads (as per Shonaliburke.com), don’t pass off content marketing as just a buzzword just yet.

What content marketers should be ungrateful for

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It’s that time of year when many write about how blessed they are and about the things they are most grateful for. Here are two things every content marketer should be ungrateful for— more and mediocrity. We’ve heard countless times that most companies are creating more content. It’s loaded with expectations and pressure to just crank out content. There is a false presumption that more content means better results.

Words and Pictures – the Batman and Robin of Content Marketing

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But it struck me that the Batman franchise offers some great takeaways for content marketing. And like many writers, he’s a loner who believes the world needs nothing more than his textually-active method of bringing a creative problem to its knees. What can other comic franchises teach us about content marketing? Words and Pictures – the Batman and Robin of Content Marketing is a post from: Shonali Burke Consulting, Inc.

Creative PR: 4 Idea Generation Techniques

Shift Communications

In 1926, psychologist Graham Wallas outlined the basic creative process, which has been the overall framework for understanding and fostering creativity for almost a century. The Wallas process has four general stages: Preparation : loading up your mind to be creative. One of the ways we train people to think about how to use social media and write effective headlines is to move laterally one step away from the core idea. What do they write about?

Shopping for Content Marketing in the Discount Store [UML]

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There may well be a disconnect between strategy and execution in B2B marketing. For all the sophisticated visual representations of the buyer’s journey – Venn diagrams, inverted funnels and figure-eight models – the net result of these meetings often boils down to increasing the volume of email marketing or spending more on PPC. It’s been a trend in content marketing too. Marketing output volume is to scale what shouting is to intelligence.

5 Tips to spark creativity and improve writing

Media Bullseye

Writing can be a therapeutic, relaxing way to share ideas and express yourself. Writer’s block is frustrating, especially when you’re unable to even think of an interesting topic about which to write. With the prevalence of content marketing, blogging, and social media posting, PR professionals and communicators are expected to generate interesting content from a fresh perspective to drive traffic to their organization’s site and build stronger relationships with a growing audience.

10 creative ways to optimise your B2B content

Doctor Spin

Inbound marketing and B2B content publishing is giving brands lots of control. But such efforts are instead labeled “inbound marketing” and “content marketing” The whole rebranding of corporate blogging made sense (and today, I refer to my own blog as an online basecamp ). Inbound marketing encapsulates everything from content marketing and email marketing to on-site SEO and conversion optimisation.

4 Creative PR Ideas for Crisis Communications

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Constraint breeds creativity. Writing on the Ignite Social Media blog, Bruna Camargo gave the vehicle manufacturer good grades for its response, “Instead of issuing some lame press release about how they’re sorry their guy couldn’t be more eloquent, they embraced it, rolled with it, and are now about to bank on it. The company is getting accolades from other reputable marketers. If there was a way to plan that — marketers would! 7 Sexy and Creative PR Ideas.

5 Ways to Increase Your Content Marketing Success Rate

Cision

Content marketing is an established PR tactic, but it can sometimes feel like wielding a double-edged sword. To increase your content marketing success rate, consider the following five tips: 1. Content marketing often fails because it’s written with an “every man” in mind rather than a specific person. Content needs to be targeted to the people who have a genuine interest in your product or service for a particular reason.

How influencer and content marketing will shape PR in 2018

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The power that content and influential social media users wield isn’t new—but tapping into it will take new tricks. However, the shape and reign of both has been affected by a barrage of brand messages, the fake news crisis, PR and marketing budgets and more. The new shape of influencer marketing. If your organization hasn’t yet latched onto influencer marketing, be prepared to in 2018. The changing reign of content.

5 Incredible Examples of Content Marketing From Banks and the Finance Industry

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When asked to recall your favorite online content, you probably don’t think about stuff made by banks. Unless, of course, your job is to make content for a bank. That’s not a knock on finance content at all, by the way. Believe it or not, the caution with which consumers approach money actually makes finance content into fertile ground for creativity. While anyone can view Citi Entertainment content, you have to have a Citi card to make a purchase.

In Content Marketing, Marketers Might be Losing Their Way

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Content marketing is blending the functions of marketing and sales to the extent, marketing has lost its focus on creating demand. That’s my take after listening to Tom Webster evolve a concept over couple of podcasts on The Marketing Companion and finally rendered in a more polished format on Mark W. Shaefer’s {grow}: The dangerous confusion of sales and content marketing. Content proliferation for irrational buyers. by Frank Strong.

How to Create a Winning Content Marketing Strategy: Q&A With Gini Dietrich

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Content marketing has the power to turn your brand into a driving force in your industry, but with so much competition in the marketplace, how can you ensure that your content makes an impact? Gini Dietrich, CEO of Arment Dietrich and author of Spin Sucks , recently took the time to answer a few of our biggest questions on content marketing. What other challenges do you see brands facing in terms of content? Can they download a larger piece of content?

7 Reasons Your B2B Content Marketing Program Fails to Deliver that You Probably Haven’t Heard Before

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There’s are several industry organizations that field annual surveys about content marketing and they are gearing up. Last year, the data overwhelmingly found every business says they are doing content marketing. This year, I predict satisfaction with content marketing will slide and many won’t understand why. Most of them do this with gated content and in a bit of sleight of hand, pass that captured email off to an SDR to follow up.

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4 tips to cut the corporate speak and connect

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Here’s how to counter uncertainty with authenticity in your writing. Here’s how to revitalize your writing, messages and even speeches with more empathy, humility and humanity when it’s needed most: 1. You have to write like you talk. It’s not enough to just write from the heart.