The Astronaut, the Rock Star, and Your Content Strategy

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20 million views … and counting.

I remember the first time I saw it. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, then commander of the International Space station, had taken his guitar into space. He posted a simple but powerful video of himself performing David Bowie’s classic “Space Oddity” — in space. (Note: Sadly, the license for the video has expired, so for now it’s not publicly available.)

As far as I’m concerned, this pretty well cemented his position as coolest dude there has ever been. I mean, Canadian plus astronaut plus Bowie? That’s the trifecta of cool right there.

(Plus he juggles. In space.)

Like a lot of people, I assumed that Hadfield had an amazing innate understanding of what worked and didn’t work as content. He had been posting neat and interesting content to the web for months —- great tweets and YouTube videos on funny, everyday aspects of life in space.

They were memorable, they were highly shareable, and they paved the way for that 20-million view bombshell.

So imagine how surprised I was when I read Hadfield’s biography — and found out that when he was getting started, he was actually sort of an idiot about content.

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Brian Clark (and Friends) Offer Some Free Fuel for Your Content

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Could your content marketing use a little boost? Our friends at the Content Marketing Institute are offering a free one-day event dedicated to the technology that can accelerate your content marketing.

Copyblogger founder and CEO Brian Clark will be there, as well as other leading experts.

Head on over and get registered now (it’s free), and save the date: February 26, 2014 from 10 AM EST – 5 PM EST.

The agenda is packed with value:
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Case Study: How One Young Woman Wrote Her Way to a Thriving Business

Content Marketing Case Studies | copyblogger.comBella Vasta has grown the one-person pet-sitting business she started right out of college into a thriving enterprise of pet- and house-sitters.

What is her secret?

That there is no secret.

Bella’s success has been powered by a foundation of smart, proven content marketing strategies.

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8 Myths of the Zombie Content Apocalypse

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You’ve seen the conversation and heard the wild conjecture about the content apocalypse.

Let’s be honest. Marketing zombies caused this problem.

That’s right, you heard me. Marketing zombies.

Their undead shuffling has spammed the world with a ceaseless stream of bad posts, bad emails, bad white papers, and bad videos. Perfectly good marketers and writers have been bitten, turning into undead content machines, oozing black goop all over the interwebs.

You can see their moans all over Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

But the content apocalypse is just a cautionary horror story shared by marketers who are sick and tired of seeing their friends turn into zombies.

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How to Build an Audience with Story (From America’s Greatest Living Playwright)

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There’s been a fevered interest in the art of storytelling among the business crowd the last few years.

The masters and the hacks alike are thumping from every available pulpit that storytelling is the most powerful device on earth in regard to human influence.

We are told that story — applied to salesmanship, preaching, advertising, conversation, marketing, songwriting, and blogging — contains the power to deliver the world to the deft storyteller’s door.

This is correct. The writer runs this show.

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Surviving “Content Shock” and the Impending Content Marketing Collapse

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I’ll admit it. I was tempted to call this one “Is Content Marketing Dead?”

But you’re too smart to fall for that and would have (justifiably) mocked me for it. Which would be embarrassing.

Within the content marketing echo chamber community, you might have seen some concern about the idea of “Content Shock” — the notion that as content marketing becomes more and more popular, we’ll eventually face a kind of “Content Cliff.” A period where content collapses in on itself as audiences max out on their ability to consume it.

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