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Q: Is Content Marketing The New Advertising? A: Yes [Infographic]

Q: Is Content Marketing The New Advertising? A: Yes [Infographic] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

When I ask people what they think marketers do or what is marketing, they almost always say that marketing is some form of advertising or promotion.

 

We all learned the “4 Ps” (Product, Promotion, Price and Place for those who don’t remember.) So we know that there is more to marketing than just promotion. But even this traditional definition is under attack. Traditional advertising and branding are under attack.

 

In this recent post from Copyblogger, Frank Strong makes a great case for why content marketing is the new branding.

 

I agree with his case and would add that content marketing is the new advertising. I have even said that all marketing is content. And soon, content marketing will become all marketing if it hasn’t already.

 

According to Frank, Branding is more than a logo or a tagline. Branding exists in the minds of consumers as a perception. And all the company assets support or extend existing notions or expectations. Great companies, then exceed these expectations with the experiences they deliver with their product of service.

 

Frank goes on to explain that “the essence of a brand lies within its meaning. And words have meaning. Words matter.” You can see where he’s going, right? It’s the content that supports the brand promise. And it’s not just your content. More importantly it is “what other people say about you” that matters most.

 

Great content and engaging stories help your company’s content get found and get shared. When great content is shared, commented on or liked, it is no longer your content alone. It is their content. And user-generated content is trusted more than advertising or promotion.

 

Echoing my recent talk on the battle for customer attention, Frank explains that “Content is currency — something we trade for our audience’s attention. That currency becomes more valuable every time it’s shared by someone other than ourselves.”

 

And so he implores us in marketing and business to focus on creating content worth sharing.

 

Thankfully, the folks at PRWeb, have created this guide to creating content based on a view of the level of customer engagement and the level of company effort to create. It says it is for small business but I think it’s relevant for all businesses. So check it out. And tell me what you think:

 

Is content marketing the new branding?
Is content marketing the new advertising?
Will marketing simply become synonymous with content marketing?

 

#FlowConnection

#ChannelConnect

#TrustCloud

Marty Note
I may not agree with everything in this infographic, but Laurens note is right on. Content marketing is what is left because it is equal parts push and pull. Traditional advertising has relevance ONLY in support of what has already proven itself somewhere else such as content marketing. Educate and help in a way others appreciate (i.e. shares and likes) and you win. Try and do anything else by itself and good luck with that.


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Community Lessons: @Medium Is The Message: What eRetailers Sell via @ScentTrail

Community Lessons: @Medium Is The Message: What eRetailers Sell via @ScentTrail | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

The Medium Is The Message
We may have read a better explanation of Curagami’s raison d’être than Medium founder Ev Williams, but we don’t remember when. Ev’s discussion of the move from widget focus (adding features) to the Jungian thing – helping customers self actualize and so become more actualized in turn – is an ecommerce must read. 

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The Platform Revolution #infographic via @Curagami

The Platform Revolution #infographic via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

The Platform Revolution "
Google is all about big brands now," a frustrated customer said. The complaint was about how this Small to Medium Sized Business couldn't win organic listings anymore. We disagreed. Google isn't rewarding top organic listings to Big Brands. Big brands look and feel more like platforms and that is why they are winning in spite of themselves. 

Learn more about why you MUST think in platforms NOW: http://www.curagami.com/magical-thinking/new-seo/the-platform-revolution/  

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Why I'm Not An SEO - via @Curagami

Why I'm Not An SEO - via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Some finally "get SEO" as tactical advantage ends. Online marketing must win hearts, minds & loyalty. Brands must build online community SEO not so much anymore. Those and other reasons are why I'm not an SEO. 

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Why Amazon Prime is MONEY So Steal This via @ScentTrail Marketing

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More than a loyalty program, Amazon prime is ecommerce's future. Amazon Prime builds community, reduces customer risks, is easy and fun so steal this...
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People: 5 Ways People Fix Content Marketing - Curagami

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Content marketing must serve a higher purpose & featuring people not things is how websites win hearts, minds & loyalty creating online community.

Post includes a Fareed Zakaria interview with hedge fund manager Ray Dolio because Ray shares 5 tips for how to become a great web marketer:

* Think more about how "the machine" works (Google in our case).

* Be in the middle of it and expect to get banged up.

* Have great humility and FEAR.

* It isn't KNOWING that matters it is what you do when you DON't KNOW.
* Find smart people who disagree with you and LISTEN.

I couldn't summarize how teams I've led have made over $30M in online sales learn to think and be. Ray may be speaking of how to manage a hedge fund, but he may as well be outlining how to be a great digital marketer.

This post explores an eternal truth - people not things sell.
http://www.curagami.com/magical-thinking/marketing/5-ways-people-fix-content-marketing/

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A really excellent read - great points are made in here.

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Stop, Wait & Listen: 5 Easy Google Recovery Steps

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Everything Is Harder Suddenly everything online seems harder. Or there may be a slow drip with energy and value leaking out seemingly unrecoverable. Google’s algorithmic haircuts hurt no matter how realization dawns. This post is about how to recover, regain and reposition your website after traffic, conversions and money are dealt an injury by an algorithm:

Take These Easy Steps To Recover:

  • Stop, Wait & Listen.
  • Analytics Deep Dive.
  • Create New KPIs.
  • Back In To Blue Oceans.
  • Create Community.
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Context Conversations the Future of Marketing - Curagami

Context Conversations the Future of Marketing - Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Digital marketing is moving to real time CONTEXT & CONVERSATIONS. Curagami's Predictive Analytics Engine (cPAE) creates relevant web, email & mobile context
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Story By Google Rocks

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Story by Google Rocks
Wow, what a cool new visual marketing aid. Google's new STORY grabs pictures from your iPhone and makes an editable visual "book" out of them.

Too good. Great visual marketing aid.

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The Rise of Social Shopping via @HaikuDeck

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Rise of Social Shopping
Blink an eye and big stuff happens. With valuations in the billions for sites such as +OpenSky and in the hundreds of millions for relative newcomer WaNeLo.com Don't get lost in the trap such valuations create.

Remember Arthur C. Clarke's quote:
Any sufficiently NEW technology is indistinguishable from MAGIC.

There are several forms of new ecommerce magic happening now including:

+Wanelo = gamified, social & mobile shopping.
MassDrop = social affiliate program.
+OpenSky = Social Shopping with a #crowdfunding or +quirkydotcom  feel.
+fab.com = social shopping.
+Etsy = +eBay for crafters.
+Woot = Daily Deal

We added a new section to our Ecommerce Questions Haiku Deck to reflect the rise of social shopping. We also noted how and why Amazon should be worried. New "social shopping" plays are hitting Amazon right where they are vulnerable - community, social and mobile.

Amazon is  "Search and Stab" and they are about to compete with savvy mobile game creators. Shopping as a social game will beat low prices created by scale. Didn't Amazon just prove that point by vanquishing Walmart from the king's ecommerce throne?

Amazon understands the ARBITRAGE of online commerce better than anyone, but what if arbitrage wasn't the driving force anymore? Going to be an interesting fight between SCALE and its many benefits and a new generation of "kids" who don't know any better than to question everything, assume nothing and have FUN.

Fun is contagious. Will follow with video notes soon.

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New Video Notes Added To Key Ecommerce ?s @HaikuDeck!

New Video Notes Added To Key Ecommerce ?s @HaikuDeck! | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Lots of questions after our presentation of asking the right Ecommerce questions last week to a group of about 40 Small to Medium Sized Businesses in Raleigh sponsored by FedEx. Instead fo writing more, we took a different approach and developed short "Video Notes" adding Curagami YouTube links to our Haiku Deck:

Find the Haiku Deck Here
http://shar.es/1gssvu

Find Introductory Video Notes on YouTube Here
https://youtu.be/T3KVhY_yK10 

Find Video Notes about creating online community here
https://youtu.be/KXmON4U1I_E 


Will add more video notes soon.  

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My First Scoop.it Pic & Why Visual Marketing Rocks via @Scoopit

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Organic reach and engagement are declining on social networks. Here's how to share curated content with images for more clicks to your website.
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Too Good! My first Scoop.it Pic. Thanks to @Guillaume Decugisand kudos to @Scoop.itteam and a great content curation tool gets better.

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Ecommerce Master Class Video: Contests - via @Curagami

Ecommerce Master Class Video: Contests - via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

This Ecommerce Master Class Video shares one of our favor web marketing tips. Contests create tribes, engagement & loyalty. Cotests are WORK and they work.

Features Moon-Audio.com's Music & Gear Lover Reviewer Contest:
http://www.moon-audio.com/ambassador-review-contest

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Hero Marketing: How SMBs Can Compete With Amazon - New @HaikuDeck via @Scenttrail

Hero Marketing: How SMBs Can Compete With Amazon - New @HaikuDeck via @Scenttrail | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Hero Marketing combines passion, customer focus, exponential thinking and the creation of movements to help Small to Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs) compete with Amazon.

Created this new Haiku Deck for a conference in Baltimore sponsored by FedEx on 2.26.

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Why I'm Not A SEO Triptych

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I'm not a SEO Triptych
I. Blue Oceans,
II. Used Cars and
III. Confusion 

All linked from Scenttrail Marketing get your complete set TODAY! :).Marty

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