Advertising and Media

The 11 Best Corporate Storytelling Examples of All Time

Storytelling is a big buzzword in marketing these days, and there are plenty of corporate storytelling examples to prove how powerful it can be when its done well. In the digital age, winning the marketing game is all about getting an audience to connect with your brand – and the best way to do that is with a story. Humans are naturally drawn to stories because they elicit emotion – and emotion is what sells. Studies show positive emotions toward a…

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10 Insanely Epic Marketing Innovations that Will Inspire Your Content

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I am a huge content marketing nerd… and sometimes I get REALLY excited when I come across really unique, powerful content marketing innovations. Of course, I love blogs, ebooks, white papers as much as the next guy – but what really gets me inspired is something that feels new or unexpected: a moving video that makes me cry, an interactive piece that blows me away with stunning visuals, or a game…

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How to Unlock Inbound Lead Generation: a Simple Guide

I don’t know about you, but as a content marketer, I am pretty stoked about the continuous growth of inbound marketing and the lead generation potential it has. For the most part, I find disruptive marketing tactics online (like pop-ups, banners, and pre-roll videos)annoying. Who wants to see a video advertising a car when all you really want to do is read an article about who Becky with the Good Hair is? Luckily, the landscape of digital advertising is shifting.…

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6 Powerful Content Ideas to Boost Your B2B Blogs

If you’re a content marketing person like me, you’re probably well-versed in the importance of B2B blogs – and you’ve probably also seen all those oft-quoted statistics about what your blogging can do for your B2B company. (If not, check out this great roundup of B2B blogging stats compiled by Hubspot…. did you know that companies that use blogs receive 67% more leads than those that don’t?!) Blogging is a great way to drive up awareness about your company, and…

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Generating Local Leads That Are Worth Your Time

If you’re running a small business, you know how great it can feel to have new leads find you online and reach out to you. It usually means you’re just a step away from converting someone into a bonafide, paying customer! That is, until you find out that they’re calling from 12 states away and are looking for a service they can personally interact with or a store they can actually visit. That’s where the importance of generating local leads…

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5 Important Reasons to Make More of Your Content Interactive

Obviously, we’re the biggest believers in content marketing. Marketing with content is a permission marketing tactic that works. (According to recent surveys on content marketing impact, more than 65% of B2B content marketers think that their content marketing delivers business value). Content marketing is also a great way to share your unique knowledge with the world and brand yourself as a thought leader. But just like us, a lot of people are believers in the power of content. And thus, the internet…

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I Know What You’re Feeling: an Inside Look at Unruly’s Emotional Analytics

This might be TMI, but I once had shrink who liked to say (repeatedly), “feelings aren’t fact.” I hate to break it to her, but neuroscientists and academics beg to differ, arguing something more along the lines of “feelings make facts.” Studies show that people rely on emotions to make most decisions — including buying decisions. fMRI neuro-imagery shows that consumers primarily use emotions, rather than features and facts to make decisions. Advertising research reveals that the emotional response to an ad…

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So You Want to Grow Your Email Marketing Database?

One thing most companies these days are obsessed with is growing their email marketing database. Using the Internet is an excellent way to do so – and get more customers – since there are lots of people that hang out there. (In fact, nearly 3.2 billion people are now using the Internet worldwide!) However, getting advertising content to the people you want to draw in is becoming more and more difficult, due to a variety of factors: the rise of adblocking,…

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How did one company increase sales by 52% using creative ideation?

Catholic Knights Insurance has one unique marketing constraint: it only sells insurance to Catholics. They’re a team of experts, so after establishing market leadership in quality healthcare and successfully defending various lawsuits against their company, the Catholic Knights decided to grow their top-line. To figure out how to do it, they called up innovation consultant and author Bryan Mattimore. Together, they focused on one primary ideation technique — opportunity redefinition — to increase sales. The results were stunning. Six months…

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The Ultimate Guide to 2016 Social Media Conferences – August Update

You might think that the whole point of social media is for humans to connect on the internet – not face-to-face. But in fact, one of the best ways of ramping up your social media game is by strategizing in person at social media conferences. Conferences like these can help you meet others tackling the same challenges that you are (i.e. getting your audience to listen and think you’re awesome) and keep you abreast of changes in the way the…

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