Three Questions Your Story Must Answer

Three Questions Your Story Must Answer

Just because you're telling stories on behalf of a brand doesn't mean the rules are any different than if you were telling fairy tales to young children. There may be more complex ideas and a little less fantasy, but for any story to work, it must still adhere to certain principles. While they might … [Read more...]

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. First published in 1982, the popular Marvel comic was part of a deliberate marketing strategy by toy manufacturer Hasbro to help relaunch the line of action figures. But GI … [Read more...]

When is an expert not an expert?

When is an expert not an expert?

Today, everyone seems to be an expert. There's so much (warning: buzzword incoming) 'thought leadership' around, it becomes extremely hard to determine who really knows their stuff, and who is merely parroting information and insight researched from Google. There is too much content out there … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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. She knows this. I tell her often enough. Our brain knows the odds are stacked so far … [Read more...]