The Future of Content Marketing

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New York City should have been destroyed 33 years ago.

A bunch of really smart people got together in 1880 to predict the future, according to Jeff Stibel in his intriguing book Breakpoint. These experts were called on to predict how the rapidly growing Gotham would manage into the next century and beyond.

The prognosis was not positive.

NYC was a major source of American innovation in 1880. Skyscrapers, subways, stock exchanges — and it was doubling in size every 10 years. The experts were concerned by this growth, because they projected by 1980, you’d need six million horses to transport all the people who would live there.

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Can You Pass This Content Marketing Test?

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Most content marketing authorities should ace the quiz below. But no worries if you don’t … we’ve got you covered (I’ll explain).

As you probably know content marketing is a hot topic, and study after study tells us that it’s going to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

This is very good news if you’re a content creator. It’s even better news if you’re building authority as an author online.

But are you?

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How to Leverage the Power of the Kindle Ecosystem to Build Your Business

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As if you’re not doing enough.

You have a website. You update your blog once a week. You’re growing your email list. And you try to maintain some presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Why the heck would you worry about Amazon and Kindle?

I used to hold the same opinion.

I liked the idea of writing a book. Who doesn’t want to be a published author?

But having to format, launch, and promote a Kindle book didn’t sound appealing at all. And apart from the snob factor of being an author, I couldn’t see how producing a book could be a valuable use of my time.

Could it seriously generate business leads?

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Content Marketing: A Truly Winning Difference

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In the 1920s, Schlitz beer went from 5th in the market to a tie for first. All because a sharp copywriter named Claude Hopkins highlighted their water purification process in an advertisement.

Never mind that all beer companies used the same process. No one had told that story before.

Advertisers became more astute after that point, which led to the development of the unique selling proposition by a guy named Rosser Reeves. This was the beneficial feature of a product or service that the competition would not, or could not offer.

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How an Independent Video Production House Makes Seven Figures with the Help of Two Insanely Useful Blog Posts

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Simplifilm has one clear vision — they help businesses and individuals create professional videos when they need book trailers and application demos.

They’re great at what they do. They’re so good, in fact, that many of their clients report an instant uptick in trial sign-ups and sales when the Simplifilm videos are implemented on their sites.

In an online world full of bad videos (including a host of problems with fuzzy screenshots, poorly thought-out scripts, and bad voiceovers) Simplifilm is a welcome change. The company is also benefiting from content marketing in some very interesting (and unique) ways.

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10 Rules for Writing First Drafts [Poster]

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Forgive me, for I am here to destroy your insecurities. Your excuses. The lie that suggests your first draft must be perfect. The illusion that great copy is born in a single moment of white hot inspiration.

I want to destroy those things so you can get down to the business of writing. And that begins with first drafts.

See, first drafts scare people into a state of inactivity. Even the greats. Kurt Vonnegut said, “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”

So when a writer of his caliber makes a statement like that … do you think you will be any different?

You won’t.

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