For our second Fortnight Feature, we focused on the topic of content marketing – its dawn, its rise, and its never-ending relevance in Internet marketing.
A Quick Anecdote
After a weekend of great playoff football games, we were reminded of a recent, high profile lesson in quality content.
Earlier this season, the NFL experimented with replacement officials as they tried to extend their negotiations with their regular referees. Very soon, the integrity of the game was compromised by the inept (though well-intentioned) replacements. The games quickly felt like hollow exercises in absurdity and fans began dismissing the league completely. The moment the league realized it had lost the fan’s faith in their legitimacy, they reached an overnight deal with their regular officials and normalcy was restored.
So Americans love football. Big deal. But it also became apparent how one of the most successful juggernauts in American business is built upon a house of cards, all depending completely on the quality of its product, which is by extension, its entertaining content. If the quality and authority of content diminishes, people leave. It’s as simple as that. Learn from the NFL and give people a reason to believe in your content.
The Content Marketing Wrap-Up
With that in mind, below is a summary of articles and information on content marketing that we explored during our two-week coverage of this vital topic.
A checklist for content marketing: http://goo.gl/DGRoA
Pop quiz: What website ranks SIXTH in the world, relying solely on content, with no advertising, sales, or profits? Answer: Wikipedia.
A lesson from Google’s FTC ruling: You know you’re good when promoting your own content is seen as a “plausible improvement” http://goo.gl/MEIFr
Rod’s new guest post on Torque, Ltd. covering the importance of content: http://goo.gl/HCNtc
How Much Should You Be Spending Producing Downloadable Content? http://vrly.co/XVRIto
Content marketers should learn from comedians http://goo.gl/p77Xp
The art of persuasion, as taught by 4-year-olds http://goo.gl/x4G0z
Delivery affects content: 10 phrases that businesses should stop using: http://goo.gl/5LhES
Timing is everything: The best times to share content: http://goo.gl/1q8i8
Creativity vs. Innovation http://goo.gl/gCk1J
Planning content for folks at different points in the buying cycle http://goo.gl/TBJxf