Examining Change in Your Content Marketing Themes

What is it about “change” that compels people to read, share, engage or act? Think about the types of ideas that are in a constant state of change; politics, technology, environment, economics and so on. Image Source Why are we so fascinated with the idea of change? Is it from a sense of self preservation? […]

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Ideas that Work in Content: Nostalgia

As you may have noticed, I’ve been spending the last few blog posts examining different aspects of content marketing, development, ideation and promotion. So far, we’ve looked at a guide to Reddit for Web Marketers and we’ve examined two themes that you can use in your content: challenging established conventions and examining ideas of scale. […]

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Ideas That Work in Content: Identifying & Challenging Conventions

Trying to understand what makes content “work” on the Internet is a fascinating process. Why does a piece of content resonate with people, when another does not? So far, we’ve looked at an introduction to Content Marketing, a guide on using Reddit for content ideation and research and finally, we’ve looked at ideas that work […]

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The Web Marketer’s Guide To Reddit

Trying to understand what makes content “work” on the Internet is a fascinating process. Why does a piece of content resonate with people, when another does not? So far, we’ve looked at an introduction to Content Marketing and we’ve looked at ideas that work in content: describing and visualising notions of scale, nostalgia and content […]

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How to Write Killer Copy for any Audience

Want to craft copy like Ernest Hemingway and turn around a tagline like Don Draper? Whether you’re an in-house writer or an agency creative, here are nine tips for writing compelling copy to engage any online audience. 1. Understand the brief If you’re writing for a client, ask them to send over a detailed brief […]

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Ideas That Work in Content: Scale

Trying to understand what makes great content is a fascinating thought process. Why does a piece of content “work”, when another does not? Ideas That Work in Content: Scale For several months, I’ve been collecting different types of content that touch on similar themes. My first theme, is studying the idea of scale. People like […]

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How to Deconstruct Inspirational Creative Marketing Campaigns

As a marketer interested in technical innovation, I like to keep a close eye on where the marketing industry is going. Often, I find things that are so inspiring, I have to find out how they were made. Over the years, I’ve developed a fairly simple process for de-constructing how a campaign was created, and […]

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Pixels Please: Image Scaling in CSS

Until now, web developers have had very little control over how browsers render images when they’re scaled. Take Mario, for instance: This is a 24×32 pixel image, scaled up using Photoshop to preserve its crisp, blocky composition. It’s a great example of the low-res pixel art that’s long been a staple of retro and indie […]

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Launching “Big” Content – A Checklist

When I wrote this back in 2012 I was probably having a bit of a bad day: The big day comes, it’s time to go live, to publish your work. You click “publish”, and, nothing. Sorry folks, you had an ugly baby. Your content marketing looks like a dog chewing a wasp. The humiliation of […]

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Marketers. Learn to Sell.

You’re a marketer. You should learn to sell. In the last two weeks, I’ve come across two marketers who have said that they’d never want to have to sell. I think all marketers should have experience of actually selling something. I think almost all do, without actually realising. Have you been successful in a job […]

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Content Strategy Helper Tool – Version 3

Consolidate trending news from across the web, and find inspiration for your research topics quickly and easily:   Skip to Set-Up About This is our 3rd update of the Google Spreadsheets based Content Strategy Helper Tool. As you’ll see, we’ve completely reworked the tool and added a large number of new social sites, content aggregators […]

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An Important Lesson All Marketers Should Remember: Start Simple

Marketers put themselves under a lot of pressure to impress. Who has the best idea? The most complex, exciting and innovative concept? What’s going to sound like we know our stuff in the next conference presentation? What will make that potential client choose our pitch? Will the client like the sound of my idea the […]

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There's No Such Thing as Boring Content

There’s no such thing as “boring content”. Imagine the scenario. You’re a marketing consultant, hired to help bring a product into market. Very specialist item, limited audience, technical product, perhaps it’s an idea you’ve never come across as a concept before. “It’s difficult marketing in boring industries”. How does that sound to your client? Or […]

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The Single Best Career Tip You’ll Ever Hear

Over the years I’ve been lucky to work with exceptionally talented people all around the planet. I’ve also got some amazing friends, people that I look up to personally (and professionally, even if we don’t share the same careers). I’ve noticed that the people I admire most all tend to share very similar characteristics, and […]

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Visual Maths: Accuracy in Art

In this instalment of our visual maths series, I wanted to look at real world accuracy in storytelling. As marketers, so much of what we do is in some way designed to tell compelling stories, and balancing the need to engage emotionally with the requirements of showing something that’s true to life. So I thought […]

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