Tommy Walls and the Native Advertising Caper

Tommy Walls and the Native Advertising Caper

The GI Joe comic book is probably the best known case study of a brand partnering with a comic publisher for content marketing. But GI Joe was far from the first. Wall’s Ice Cream beat Hasbro by over thirty years, with the weekly Tommy Walls comic strip.

When is an expert not an expert?

When is an expert not an expert?

With so much ‘thought leadership’ written about content marketing, how do you find the real content strategy experts & not those just parroting stuff from Google?

Is Content Marketing Lost in Translation?

Is Content Marketing Lost in Translation?

One theme that cropped up again and again at this year’s Sydney Content Marketing World was how marketers need to understand their audience—even before they become customers. So far, so much common sense. Yet we can all name thousands of examples where what should be common sense is overlooked in favour of disconnected and cliched […]

Post Dating: Is your content timeless or dated?

Post Dating: Is your content timeless or dated?

Joe Pulizzi sparked a bit of a discussion on Facebook yesterday when he confessed that he regularly ignores blog posts that aren’t dated. Many commenters agreed, but some argued that removing the date from blog posts dramatically increased search traffic. So who’s right? Does dating your posts somehow limit their ability to attract traffic? Is the […]

Beware the Social Media Algorithm Chasers

Beware the Social Media Algorithm Chasers

This article appears in the November 2013 issue of Chief Content Officer. I’ve never understood lepidopterists. They admire the beauty of moths and butterflies, chasing them across meadows with a large net. But once caught, the creature is dropped in a killing jar and pinned to a display board. As KPIs go, a butterfly collection […]

Adopting Non-Mainstream Social Tools

Adopting Non-Mainstream Social Tools

Forgive me for a moment while I make an incredibly broad and general statement — the sort of simplistic statement I usually complain about when made by other people. But I’m not other people and I need a hook for this article. Don’t worry. If I can’t make it stick, you’re welcome to point out the flaws to me on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Why Stories + Examples > Facts + Statistics

Why Stories + Examples > Facts + Statistics

Why is it my wife will always come home with a lottery ticket in a jackpot week? Statistically speaking, she is more likely to die in the car on the way to the shop than she is to win the $30 million draw.

Why Content Marketing Should Be “Choose Your Own Adventure”

Why Content Marketing Should Be “Choose Your Own Adventure”

In content marketing, it can be tempting to expect customers to follow our preferred and most convenient path of content breadcrumbs to the sale. But while each individual will experience a linear path from their perspective, the question of ‘which’ follows ‘what’ will differ for just about everyone. Anyone else remember those Choose Your Own Adventure […]

Webinar: Ten Content Marketing Tips From the Nightclub Dancefloor

Webinar: Ten Content Marketing Tips From the Nightclub Dancefloor

My recent presentation at Content Marketing World Sydney seems to have been popular enough for the Content Marketing Institute to ask for an encore performance as a free webinar for US marketers on May 8, 2013.

The only stats that matter are your own

The only stats that matter are your own

We love stats. With so much data available to us on every aspect of marketing, we have come to trust stats with a level of awe and power that can sometimes lead us astray. We’re told that numbers never lie. In fact they lie, obfuscate and mislead all the time, by omission at least…