We’ve been native advertising skeptics. But we had to give it a go. Here are the results of our first experiment.
B2B content marketing
An interview with Jer Thorp, data artist.
The native advertising defenders miss the main point: disguise is deception and tricking customers is a bad idea.
Sometimes content marketing has to blast through objections, ask for the order and inject some urgency. Here’s how.
The recent changes to Prezi have left many content creators stranded. Here’s why this is a big deal.
A review of BrightInfo, a tool for targeting content to anonymous web visitors before they click away. Kinda cool!
The steep learning curve of B2B content marketing makes me sick. And I dig it.
A roundup of infographics that get respect from design folk.
It’s not a question of “if” to gate, but a question about “when” to gate.
When content fails to make assumptions, it fails to divide an audience. Here’s why that’s bad.
Why just about everything in marketing compels you to treat your audience like they’re idiots.
Everybody’s doing infographics, but few people talk about the format: What it can and cannot do.
How the Almost Creative conducts the show without ever stealing it.
Viva las Data! We hit the strip to be a part of Informatica World 2014 and get in touch with our inner geek.
Infographics are the hot visual format in content marketing. They’re also bloody hard to get right. Challenge’s on!
We seem to be reaching the saturation point for posts about how content marketing is reaching the saturation point. The after-shocks caused by posts like Mark Schaeffer’s Content Shock (over 600 comments and counting) and our own perplexingly runaway Crap slideshare, indicate that marketers are terrified by the idea that content marketing is reaching its [...]
If you’re looking for glamour, you came to the wrong place. Why B2B marketing isn’t for the easily impressed.
How tech marketers have everything to do with the tech bubble. And why more homework is all we have to stop the pop
How to get a world class content production team delivering maximum value
The world’s first blog post told almost entirely in mouseover text. Yet another Velocity first.
It’s time to talk about the deep dark secret of content marketing. That it’s all built on a lie.
This is what happens when marketing automation goes wrong. A cautionary MOFU tale. In the cloud.
The results of our B2B content marketing micro-survey – a very small finger on the throbbing pulse of B2B.
Take 45 seconds to answer four quick questions about B2B content marketing and we’ll report back on the results.
Two new marketing formats have just emerged as if from nowhere: the BlogShare and the Slidedoc. Here’s why.
Why native advertising is a dangerous path for publishers and a window of opportunity for marketers.
This piece is an attempt to try to answer the most profound (or at least most important) question in any career.
Saying the expected is… expected. What would happen if you tried saying the unexpected? Good things. Good things.
Content marketing is turning into a home run game. This quick slideshare talks about what you can do about it.
Retargeting at its best (or worst). Based on a true story – mine.
What’s between a landing page and a full content site? The Content Cluster, a useful tactic for content marketers.
Ho-hum content starts with a boring brief. If you want to hit a home run, get these 7 things in your brief.
Why doing social media is not an end in itself. And some really good literature.
Joe Pulizzi has captured all his experience in this new book: Epic Content Marketing. Here’s why you should buy it.
Just back from the Marketing Profs B2B Forum in Boston, our intrepid reporter… um… reports.
A crowdsourced list of tools for content marketers. Add your own and upvote your favourites. A List.ly experiment.
The B2B Marketing Forum is worth all the time you can invest in it. Great program, fantastic people… coming?
There’s a single ingredient you’ll find in every piece of great content. That’s what this is all about.
Doug is just back from Content Marketing World. This is his random, retrospective report for those who couldn’t go.
The results part of our content retargeting experiment. We learned a lot. And we like this stuff.
Thirty-six of the world’s most over-paid and ill-behaved content marketers gathered to spam the world with this.
We’ve been out there sprinkling little seedlings of content marketing wisdom around the web. Now they’re back.
Can ad remarketing work for content marketers? We ran an experiment to find out. Here’s the first installment.
I’ll be there. Ann and Joe and Ardath and Michael will be there. And this secret code will save you $200.
FODM is a terrific, thought-provoking conference. Here’s some of the cool shit I learned by going.
Dear anonymous link-builder, no you can’t guest blog on our site. Because you are lazy, stupid and dishonest.
Doing new things in content marketing gets you the Innovator’s Dividend. Here’s why you want it and how to get it.
Every great content journey must find a way to keep best practice methods intact.
Where is content marketing going? Doug took a shot at answering this at the B2B Huddle last week. Slides here.
Short interviews are better than long ones. Here’s a recent three-minute session on Content vs Crap.
Velocity is looking for two account people, a planner and a designer. Superstars. (No recruiters.)
To content marketers, every problem looks like a case for content. Sometimes it just isn’t. Know when to say no.
Big companies are suffering from content proliferation syndrome. A Center of Content Excellence can help.
SEOs fall over each other every time Google updates its algorithm. Here’s why we don’t do that at Velocity.
How to turn blog comments into great content for your content marketing programs. A simple tip but a powerful one.
Decorated veterans of content marketing join us to explore how marketers can build a case for it.
It took 17 hours to make this image. Just when I got the cats to stay still for one word, the others would be off.
An angry mob is forming to denounce content marketing. Here’s why I think they’re mostly (but not all) wrong.
We marketers work hard to attract prospects. Here’s why you need to actively chase them away, too.
A diary of the roller-coaster ride we took when the Crap slideshare went kind of viral on us. Hint: it was fun.
All about the shape and tasks of the modern B2B marketing team and the 19 verbs that tell you what you need to do.
In preparation for our Content Strategy Hangout,we talk to Doug about the imminent content marketing deluge.
There are 1000s of ways to do content marketing. Pick your partner wisely with this infographic…
B2B marketing works best when there’s an alliance between marketing artists and scientists
We’re convinced that – even for the driest of B2B markets – successful marketing is fun marketing.
Why the content marketing deluge will force all B2B marketers to raise their game and build a great content brand.
Doug ‘Der Kessler’ talks Content Marketing Resolutions 2013.
The difference between B2B and B2C: an obscene B2B video. Parental Warning: mild but emphatic profanity.
We finally signed up for Slideshare PRO. Here are our first impressions for fellow content marketers.
2012 was a great year for content about B2B content marketing. Here are 27 examples that we admired this year…
How you say things can be even more important than what you say. So actively manage your Tone of Voice.
37 ways to put yourself at the cutting edge of B2B content marketing and win hearts and minds to your brand!
Funnel 2012 was a mirror on the B2B marketing industry. We went, we saw and now we’re reporting back to you.
Loving it! Former VP Optimization at a demand gen agency shares no-holds-barred observations on content marketing.
Stan Woods tells you why you’d be insane to miss his session at FUNNEL 20122, the major B2B marketing event.
We all use these three metaphors as we discuss B2B content marketing. But maybe we should think twice…
A short, sharp interview with Velocity MD Stan Woods on the power of B2B content marketing and the value of story.
All aboard! A single doodle that summarises how everyone and their uncle is becoming a content marketer.
Most B2B marketing strategies are still fueled by some serious denial. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.
Holger Shulze’s survey of the B2B Technology Marketing community shows content marketing trends. It’s booming!
Words are dead. Visual marketing is the new religion. A doddering old wordsmith fights back while admitting defeat.
A statistical study of the performance of our blog posts in series (like this one) versus stand-alone posts…
Doug took part in this BrightTalk webinar on B2B marketing video. Tune in for some sound advice and a few examples.
We’re, in the local vernacular, ‘chuffed to bits’ to be a finalist for the Content Marketing Institute’s award!
Everybody has a content plan these days but too few have content promotion plans. Here’s ours for the ‘Checklist’.
The one about our goals for the Content Marketing Checklist campaign and the metrics we’ll use to track them.
Take time to prowl your market for great online content, and share the best of the best with your audiences.
Doug joined Joe Pulizzi of the CMI and Jim Burns of Avitage on this Marketing Made Simple TV show. Check it out.
The first in a series of posts telling the story behind the Content Marketing Strategy Checkllist campaign.
A Content Marketing Strategy Checklist is born! We’re proud of our new baby and hope it helps you do great things.
A DemandCon talk on mapping content to different purchase stages – by Doug Kessler and Bob Apollo.
B2B technology marketing analyst Peter O’Neill of Forrester Research really gets the new B2B content marketing.
A friend alerted me to Piktochart, the online Infographics creator so I thought I’d give it a try. Here’s my first impression after making two infographics, the one you see above (which took about 7 minutes) and a spoof Content Marketing Strategy infographic I cranked out last week and shared on Pinterest (yes, it did [...]
A quick bit of B2B marketing research: a comparison of ‘Content Marketing’ compared with the general Advertising and Marketing category search volumes and with other related terms. From Google Insights for Search.
As B2B marketers get serious about content marketing, they’re starting to bring together the people, processes and technologies needed to run a continuous content-generating machine. An editorial calendar is central to this new discipline and the core of a marketing plan. To call it best practice is like calling breathing a best practice technique for [...]
The power of buyer personas in B2B content marketing. You mean you don’t do personas?
Prezi is the cloud-based presentation software that’s like Powerpoint on LSD. Its ‘zoomable user interface’ (ZUI?) with swoopy transitions and infinite drill-downs make it a sexy alternative to boring old slides. Here’s how and why you should put it in your B2B content marketing toolkit…
Golden B2B content marketing rule: Thou shalt not be dull as dishwater! In this humorous video segment, two B2B con
Great B2B content marketing is teamwork. But it’s rare to have all the necessary talents in one person, so here are
Kieran Flanagan has written an excellent summary on SEOmoz of the Salesforce Social Success content microsite. He tells this B2B content marketing case story so well, I won’t try to re-tell it here. Just wanted to share my favourite graphic from it: Says it all — the sweet spot for all B2B marketing is where [...]