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The 2 Most Important Stats from Our 2018 Content Marketing Research Report, in 1 Glorious Chart

The 2 Most Important Stats from Our 2018 Content Marketing Research Report, in 1 Glorious Chart

In marketing, I value three things: quality over quantity, great writing, building an audience over stuffing a pipeline until it bursts at its seams with so-called leads. I value other things, too. But those three things are top of mind … Read More »

You Had Me at Pizza: How Omnichannel Marketing Matters

What’s omnichannel mean, exactly? And what does it have to do with the best pizza outside of Naples? And where does lively writing fit into all this? Andris Lagsdin has a small company outside of Boston called Baking Steel that … Read More »

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I Should Hate This LinkedIn Post, but It’s Actually the Greatest

As an exacting writer and a proponent of a slow and strategic marketing, I should be having an aneurysm (Ann-eurysm?) over how a single, sweary, typo-infested LinkedIn post slopped together in 20 minutes sparked a flurry of online engagement and … Read More »

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2017: The Year to Challenge Our Content Marketing Assumptions

This is part 1 of my 2017 take on the State of Content Marketing and content marketing trends. My 2016 take is here. I originally wrote this post as an open letter to Content Marketing that began: “Congratulations on making … Read More »

Calling BS on Facebook’s Edict That Writing Is Dead

Facebook is predicting the end of the written word on its platform. And perhaps suggesting that words more broadly are doomed. “The best way to tell stories in this world, where so much information is coming at us, actually is … Read More »

Content Marketing Grows Up: My Prediction for 2016

Content Marketing Grows Up: My 2016 Prediction

Content Marketing wakes up one morning in a place it doesn’t recognize, and tries to piece together what happened last night… and all the previous nights, too. (Because, if it’s being honest, last night wasn’t an occasional bender—it had become … Read More »

5 Keys to Developing a Strong Tone of Voice in Your Content Marketing

One of the biggest branding mistakes that companies can make is to not pay enough attention to their tone of voice. “Voice” sounds high-minded, doesn’t it? More suited for the literary world rather than the business world? But tone of … Read More »

Bigger, Braver, Bolder Content Marketing: 3 Examples from the Cutting-Room Floor of My Latest Presentation

Bigger, Braver, Bolder Content Marketing: 3 Examples from the Cutting-Room Floor of My Latest Presentation

This week I debuted a new presentation at Content Marketing World about creating bigger stories, braver marketing, and more buff, ripped marketing writing with bolder tone of voice. (I’m giving this same talk at INBOUND15 tomorrow.) If there were a … Read More »

This Wonderfully Old-School Business Storytelling Tool Helps You Tell Powerful Stories

“We need stories so much that we’re even willing to read bad books to get them, if the good books won’t supply them.” —Philip Pullman Just under a year ago, my friend Ron Ploof sat in my kitchen and told … Read More »

MarketingProfs B2B Forum Essay Contest

Enter This Essay Contest and You Could Win a Free Trip to Boston from MarketingProfs

You can be a good writer without being a good marketer. But I don’t think you can be a good marketer without also being a good writer. Which is why we’re excited to announce the First-Ever MarketingProfs Essay Contest in connection … Read More »

How Not to Ruin Instagram (Now That the Ad Floodgates Are Open)

“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.” —Steve Jobs The news broke last week that Instagram will expand its advertising service to all marketers, not just a chosen few (Disney, The Gap, Ben & … Read More »

8 Writing Tools I Use Every Day

8 Writing Tools I Use Every Day

What writing tools will help you produce your best work? Last week, two interviewers asked me about the tools I’d recommend for writing. One of them asked about writerly things I might covet the way some people do—like first editions … Read More »


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