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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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3 Insanely Effective Ways to Come Up with Visual Ideas

I’m a content marketer, so when it comes to words, I’m pretty confident. It doesn’t really stress me out to come up with new ideas for blogs, newsletters, or even catchy social media posts on the fly. I have my tried-and-true ideation methods for thinking up something interesting to write, even when I have writer’s block. But when it comes to generating visual ideas? That’s a whole different story. Ask me to come up with a logo for your company,…

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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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The Secrets of Creating Viral Content

You’ve heard about astounding success stories like this before: a digital media startup opens up with a big idea, targets a particular niche and then intends to fully leverage the power of social media – and breaks the internet. But you’ve never gotten the behind the scenes insight before, the secrets behind how those teams make decisions to publish content. Enter LittleThings,  the leading lifestyle destination for inspiring, uplifting, and inspiring content. Since its launch in September 2014, LittleThings has experienced…

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Unique Opt-In Forms that Make us Want to Give It Up

As we delve deeper to the content gate debate, I inevitably keep thinking of my own complicated experience with gated content. Despite what’s probably an initial universal desire to flee, gating content remains one of the best lead generation tactics out there. I’ll be clicking around a site, deep in a post and I’ll catch a headline out of the corner of my eye, or a pop-up at the bottom of the page. More info, yes! Form, ugh! But more…

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10 Reasons Why Your Gated Content Isn’t Helping with Lead Generation

On the surface, gating your content behind a form seems like a pretty straightforward way to increase your lead generation – in fact, when you get to the end of this article you’ll have the option to sign up to download one of our coolest new content pieces. You tell people you have some awesome content, they hand over their information to get it and, voila, a new customer is born. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of gating content isn’t that simple. In…

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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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50 Awesome Social Media Content Ideas for Killer Posts

Every year around the end of December, I consider making the same new year’s resolution: give up social media. It’s a huge time suck, it can be distracting, and sometimes, it feels downright depressing. (Have you ever binge-read through Facebook’s curated news? Especially in an election year? #bleak) However, when January rolls around, I never actually stick to my resolution – partly because social media is more fun than working sometimes — but, also, because it’s is extremely important –…

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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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How to Play your Way into Innovation with Ideation Games

Work and play. Two completely disparate concepts, right? Maybe not. In reality, games can be employed in an office setting to help companies with more effective ideation games – which often results in better ideas and happier employees. What is a Game?  Games are an important aspect of everyday life for many people; games as different as baseball, poker and Final Fantasy, have permeated cultures worldwide. Video games, in particular, have become a staple of Western culture and, part of the global zeitgeist in…

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