Tag Archives: Social Media

The cost of dumbing down – @thisissethsblog #contentmarketing

Seth Godin on the hidden cost of chasing that last 2% of understanding. “When you find yourself overwriting, embracing redundancy and overwhelming people with fine print, you’re probably protecting yourself against the 2%, at the expense of everyone else.” Read … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ad-blockers

Ad-blocking software has been big news over the last couple of weeks.  This week, even The Times devoted a leader to it (Ad Armageddon, firewalled, though it should be accessible via my Tweet). That increasing numbers of people now choose … Continue reading

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The neuroscience of story #writing

Here’s an interesting piece on the neuroscience of storytelling, from Melcrum. The difference between story and dry facts lies essentially in the different associations that story creates, activating different parts of the brain. Worth a read.

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Certainty is a tool of persuasion – @HarvardBiz #writing

It is not stated beliefs that drive action, but the certainty with which those beliefs are held. In September’s Harvard Business Review, Zakary Tormala and Derek Rucker outline the finding of their research and suggest how these can be applied. … Continue reading

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Create compelling customer case studies

Marketing case studies, done well, can be persuasive pieces of marketing content. They are, effectively, just brief stories.  Readers, especially prospective customers at the top-of-funnel to middle-of-funnel stages read about a situation similar to theirs’ and they relate to it.  … Continue reading

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Put rhythm in your writing

Tom Albrighton explores the importance of rhythm in writing. Having suffered at the red pen of an editor who managed to combine high pedantry with a tin ear, I felt I should share. Also, inspired by Animal in Tom’s post, … Continue reading

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Discontent marketing: Publish and be damned (from @Bezmeleon) #contentmarketing

I’ve just come across this great post from Chameleon’s Tom Berry (@Bezmeleon): Publish and be Damned. Next time you create a piece of content, I implore you, just do a quick check. Ask yourself: “am I creating this content simply … Continue reading

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Like vs. Respect #socialmedia #contentmarketing

An important reminder from Nicholas Bate: “There is like: for friendships. And there is respect: for business.” The rest, here.

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Effective #content: an engaging pursuit

Here are three interesting perspectives on the importance of content quality on audience engagement. SearchMetrics on SEO Ranking Factors SearchMetrics’ annual analysis of the correlation between certain features (e.g. number of backlinks, word count, Google +1s, etc.) and Google search ranking … Continue reading

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I am what I read

Two interesting posts… In The Medium is the Moral, Nicholas Carr debates the extent to which we surrender our morality to technology. In Is Google Making the Web Stupid? Seth Godin reflects on the unintended consequences of our reliance on … Continue reading

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