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    The 5 Steps to Creating An Outstanding Editorial Calendar

    Content marketing has gained major traction over the past few years as commerce and consumer behavior shifts to the digital sphere. The value of content as a marketing tool is unquestionable – 90% of consumers find brand content useful, while 78% believe the organizations behind the content are interested in building good relationships. It’s no surprise then that adoption is almost total, with 93% of B2B marketers and 86% of B2C marketers using content as part of their promotional efforts.

    But just because a brand is undertaking content marketing doesn’t mean it’s executing the technique properly. There are a number of common mistakes brands make with their content. One major issue that prevents a business from reaching maximum potential with content is the lack of an expressed strategy. A great way to establish a unified content marketing strategy is to set up an editorial calendar. Here’s how:

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    10 Content Marketing Stats Every Company Needs to See

    There’s little doubt that digital content is the marketing method of the future, with more and more commerce becoming web-based every day. But content marketing has already arrived in a big way, and for any brand that has yet to employ the technique, the time is now. Here at Brand.com (@Brand), we have compiled a list of 10 can’t miss eye-opening stats about content marketing’s current scope, impact, and methodology.

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    Three Struggles Brands Face with Content Marketing

    The past few years have seen an explosion in the popularity of digital content marketing – it cracked the $100 billion mark in 2012, increased to $118 billion in 2013, and will be a $135 billion industry this year. A recent survey by Content.ly found that marketers pegged content marketing as their number one digital priority, with 9 out of 10 companies using the method as part of their marketing program in 2014.

    As with any rapidly developing industry, content marketing has a significant learning curve. When done properly, content should engage a brand’s target audience. It should offer readers something of value, forming a relationship with consumers and increasing their trust of the brand. Content created correctly works, with 70% of consumers saying it makes them feel closer to the sponsoring company. Unfortunately, many brands struggle to pull this off in practice.

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    The Rise of the Brand Journalist

    The joining together of media and marketing has never been more pronounced. Native ads are a regular feature of nearly all publications – as many as 90% use them. More than ever, brands see the need to utilize content as a means of connecting with customers, with 9 out of 10 companies incorporating it into their marketing strategy. At many organizations, content is now a routine part of operations, with 60% of marketers producing at least one piece a week.

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    Brand.com’s Ice Bucket Challenge!!!

    After a call out from our friends at Fulfillment.com, Brand.com President Mike Zammuto and Chief Legal Officer Ryan Andrews were happy to undertake the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This worthy cause is sweeping the nation, helping to create awareness and raise money for the neurodegenerative disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Before completing the challenge, Mike had a few call outs of his own – to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, and the whole staff at Brand.com!

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The 5 Steps to Creating An Outstanding Editorial Calendar

Content marketing has gained major traction over the past few years as commerce and consumer behavior shifts to the digital sphere. The value of content as a marketing tool is unquestionable – 90% of consumers find brand content useful, while 78% believe the organizations behind the content are interested in building good relationships. It’s no surprise then that adoption is almost total, with 93% of B2B marketers and 86% of B2C marketers using content as part of their promotional efforts.

But just because a brand is undertaking content marketing doesn’t mean it’s executing the technique properly. There are a number of common mistakes brands make with their content. One major issue that prevents a business from reaching maximum potential with content is the lack of an expressed strategy. A great way to establish a unified content marketing strategy is to set up an editorial calendar. Here’s how:

10 Content Marketing Stats Every Company Needs to See

There’s little doubt that digital content is the marketing method of the future, with more and more commerce becoming web-based every day. But content marketing has already arrived in a big way, and for any brand that has yet to employ the technique, the time is now. Here at Brand.com (@Brand), we have compiled a list of 10 can’t miss eye-opening stats about content marketing’s current scope, impact, and methodology.

Three Struggles Brands Face with Content Marketing

The past few years have seen an explosion in the popularity of digital content marketing – it cracked the $100 billion mark in 2012, increased to $118 billion in 2013, and will be a $135 billion industry this year. A recent survey by Content.ly found that marketers pegged content marketing as their number one digital priority, with 9 out of 10 companies using the method as part of their marketing program in 2014.

As with any rapidly developing industry, content marketing has a significant learning curve. When done properly, content should engage a brand’s target audience. It should offer readers something of value, forming a relationship with consumers and increasing their trust of the brand. Content created correctly works, with 70% of consumers saying it makes them feel closer to the sponsoring company. Unfortunately, many brands struggle to pull this off in practice.

The Rise of the Brand Journalist

The joining together of media and marketing has never been more pronounced. Native ads are a regular feature of nearly all publications – as many as 90% use them. More than ever, brands see the need to utilize content as a means of connecting with customers, with 9 out of 10 companies incorporating it into their marketing strategy. At many organizations, content is now a routine part of operations, with 60% of marketers producing at least one piece a week.

Brand.com’s Ice Bucket Challenge!!!

After a call out from our friends at Fulfillment.com, Brand.com President Mike Zammuto and Chief Legal Officer Ryan Andrews were happy to undertake the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This worthy cause is sweeping the nation, helping to create awareness and raise money for the neurodegenerative disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Before completing the challenge, Mike had a few call outs of his own – to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, and the whole staff at Brand.com!

Not Just Clicks: Calculating Return on Investment for Commissioned Content

Content marketing has officially arrived and the numbers are staggering.

-          91% of B2B and 86% of B2C marketers now utilize content marketing.

-          Nearly every business sees the value in marketing with content, with a full 90% incorporating it into their marketing.

-          This year, an estimated 39% of marketing, advertising and communications budgets will be dedicated to content marketing.

As with any business expenditure, brands want to see how much bang they’re getting for their buck. So how does a business calculate return on investment for content marketing?

Red Bull Does It Right: Brand Content As a Lifestyle

Red Bull is so savvy with its content marketing, the firm has been referred to as “a media company that happens to sell an energy drink.” The beverage conglomerate offers a primer on corporate storytelling. Red Bull actually created its own media and publishing arm dedicated solely to content marketing, known as Red Bull Media House.

5 Characteristics of Quality Content

Content has become a key piece of any business marketing strategy, with 9 out of 10 companies now utilizing the method.

Content is preferred by consumers and decision makers – 70% would rather learn about a business from articles than ads. When done well, it resonates with consumers, with 82% feeling more positive about a company after reading custom content. Content is also very efficient and effective, costing 62% less than traditional marketing and generating about 3 times as many leads.

But content alone is not enough.

Buzzfeed Grabs Funding

A $50 million dollar investment from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has just helped solidify popular Internet property Buzzfeed’s place at the major media table. Andreessen partner Chris Dixon, who will be joining the Buzzfeed board as part of the deal, illustrated why his firm invested in the content purveyor on his personal blog:

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