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Have the conviction to write the way your brand speaks

Have the conviction to write the way your brand speaks

A lot of brands have strong ideas about their voice, but this never seems to trickle down to their blog and campaign content, which is the perfect platform to show it off. If a brand wants to convey a character through their voice it needs to be at the heart of every piece of content they provide. This means developing a written voice that’s full of the character they want to be known for.

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All hail the year that content remains king

All hail the year that content remains king

Akin to Great Britain’s celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest-reigning UK monarch this year, the marketing world will enjoy similar celebrations in 2016, as content – for yet another year – reigns king. Alright, it’s not the most ground-breaking prediction. Or original. In fact, it doesn’t sound like much of a prediction at all just yet. But a brief look back over the past year in advertising should help illustrate just why we believe that all roads point to editorial content in 2016.

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Are blog comment sections becoming irrelevant?

Are blog comment sections becoming irrelevant?

“Airline employees were so much more agreeable when they were drunk”. That’s just one of the witty comments that made it into I Think I Can See Where You’re Going Wrong. The book is a compilation of the best comments on the Guardian website which gets a breath-taking 40,000 comments a day. But, as much as we all wished our content got the same amount of love as the Guardian, the reality is most don’t. Publish a riveting thought leadership piece or latest industry news and you’d probably be considered lucky to get one or two lonely comments – a deflating prospect.

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If you cater to everyone, you’ll reach no one

If you cater to everyone, you’ll reach no one

Ever heard of the phrase ‘You can’t please everyone’? Surprisingly a lot of writers try. In their defence it’s usually part of the brief and it goes like this: 1. Write about a topic 2. Include the main points 3. Bore everyone to death

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Why is nobody reading my content?

Why is nobody reading my content?

The three most boring words that are uttered at every digital media conference, networking event or creative meeting are, without a doubt, “content is king”. That may have been a handy shorthand phrase a few years ago when creating content was actually a new idea, but, thankfully, we’ve moved on. Now almost every niche has embraced this aphorism as a way to improve user engagement, gain natural links, increase shares and connect with relevant customers at every stage of the decision funnel. Everyone has accepted the notion that good content leads to increased sales, so what does that mean for the way brands interact with consumers and, what does that mean for content marketers tasked with meeting this increased demand in content?

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Today’s digital influencer and what they mean for brands

Today’s digital influencer and what they mean for brands

As an old school journalist at heart, I have watched with fascination as traditional media, such as the BBC, The Telegraph and Marie Claire, have been somewhat side-lined and overtaken by a new age of citizen journalists, who not only bring their personal take on news and information to bear on all topics, but also translate brand messages to the widest possible audience. Citizen journalism is nothing new of course; Twitter as a news source is now a given and the YouTube generation is the future face of media consumption. But, what is interesting is the constantly changing face of the social or digital influencer and the vast world of people-led PR. So, why is it working so well for brands?

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Three psychological principles to improve your content marketing

Three psychological principles to improve your content marketing

In the world of content marketing, social and content should be the perfect bed fellows. But, how do you ensure they’re both working for you? Start with a creative and comprehensive digital strategy and target your audience with the content they want to read.

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