Research

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 to Run an Ideation Workshop that Actually Leads to Innovation

Innovation isn’t simple. Coming up with new ideas when you’ve already been doing something for a long time can feel daunting, especially if everyone on your team is well-entrenched in the processes you’ve set up and the brand/voice/tone/identity you’ve spent years establishing. That’s why the ideation workshop exists – it is a powerful tool to help you get out of the stale modes of thought that can start to dull even the sharpest minds over time. It’d be hard to find…

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Quality content is correct: future tech helps verify the truth

“An earlier version of this column was published in error. That version included what purported to be an interview that Kanye West gave to a Chicago radio station in which he compared his own derrière to that of his wife, Kim Kardashian. Mr. West’s quotes were taken, without attribution, from the satirical website The Daily Currant. There is no radio station WGYN in Chicago; the interview was fictitious, and should not have been included in the column.” This is an…

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You are only human. How topic models can help direct the deluge of data

About a decade ago, my father started downsizing. The first place I saw the evidence was his desk. The loose magazines were gone and so were the bookshelves, paper trays, and binders. But I guess the severity of the situation didn’t really hit me until one day I found myself in his closet, where he had compiled perfectly folded rectangular stacks of t-shirts, shorts, and long sleeve shirts, each of approximately the same size and quantity. He’d eliminated all excess.…

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Avoid the Research Black Hole: Transform your Writing with a solid Research Stack and Method

We humans are seekers. We nurse an innate craving for experience, revelation, and value. We long to unearth diamonds in the rough, discover hidden treasure, or worse, to uncover the truth. Unfortunately, when you’re working on a deadline, “the need to know” can really screw you up! And if you’re “searching” rather than “researching” a story idea, an amorphous investigation can actually get your further away from a defined writing topic. I know the seduction of the search intimately. There’s…

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Google’s News Lab: Making Reporters better Marketers and Marketers better Reporters

In a wired world, where everyone’s a content creator, and the commingling of traditional reporting, writing, blogging, and marketing is much discussed, Google is latest to blur the lines. Last month, the company introduced a complete suite of tools for journalists through an initiative they call News Lab. In a blog post introducing the initiative, Google explained that it wants to collaborate with journalists, citizen journalists, and entrepreneurs to help build the “future of media.” To ensure that they’re part…

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3 Ways to Supercharge your Content with Data

I haven’t been working in content marketing for very long, and yet I can already anticipate one of the reactions I’ll get when I tell people what my job is. A look of skepticism and curiosity, then: What do you write about? How often do you write? How do you come up with ideas? Or, if I’m dealing with a particularly shameless inquisitor… Are any of your stories true? At first, that last question baffled me. Why are my scruples…

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