Phillip Thune is the CEO of Textbroker. As an SEO and online marketing expert, he re-examines the year 2014 and looks deep into his crystal ball to see what 2015 might bring us regarding content, SEO and online marketing.
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Recently, the renowned Content Marketing Institute (CMI) published the study “B2B Content Marketing: 2015 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends.” The study focused on these questions: What goals are businesses pursuing regarding content marketing? What are the greatest challenges involved? And asked, what recommendations stem from that knowledge?
Without a doubt, content marketing is the marketer’s tool of the Millenium. The success of any content marketing strategy, however, is truly dependent on the quality of the content and of the value the information provides to the reader. Making sure the content is useful, while at the same time focuses on the brand or product it is meant to, can often pose a real challenge to marketing teams.
For this reason, we’re giving you seven key tips for effective content, perfect for those moments when your inspiration has run dry. Here, we’re giving you the framework. You’ve just got to fill it with the right content.
It’s a mystery: Standing between two semi-trucks, an ageing action-movie star performs a hair-raising stunt to the tune of Enya’s “Only Time” in the Volvo advertisement “Epic Split.” A musician produces a song about happiness, and people from around the world start dancing in front of a camera. A little boy is saved from a dog attack when his cat bravely comes to the rescue. In no time, social networks are abuzz: “Hey have you already seen this? That’s got to be a fake! Ooh, that’s so cute.”
Whether it’s a mini Darth Vader or Apple’s 300 percent battery, everyday articles, videos and pictures pop up on the Internet that enthral and move millions of people and spread across the world like wildfire. The rules that viral messages follow are unclear: It’s hard to predict whether content will become a raging success or simply flame out. However, the creator of viral content has several options to help him set a spark that will carry his content to all corners of the world.