Category Archive for: Content Marketing

best of q3

SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q3 2016

As each year comes to a close, we like to analyze the SHIFT archives to learn what content performed best. When devising a content strategy for a new year, it’s important to take note of what worked, what didn’t work, and why, to plan for next year. Want to see how to do this for…

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international content marketing

Will it Play In Peoria and Cut it in Cape Town? Five Tips for Mastering International Content Marketing

We live in strange times right now. Western nations seem to be undergoing acrobatic feats of existential soul-searching on if the future lies in greater or less global collaboration. Brexit sent shockwaves around the world, and ongoing discussions about immigration and free trade are bringing the value of globalization into question for some. While it’s…

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Public relations struggling with the content avalanche

Public relations as it was, as it had been prior to the past decade, is dead. The idea that we can simply pick up the phone, call a journalist, earn a placement, and see massive impact is gone. We now compete for share of voice, share of eye, and share of mind with millions of…

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What is Marketing Technology?

Marketing technology. You’ve heard the term in presentations. You’ve seen it in industry news. It’s changing marketing forever. But you still may be left wondering, “What IS marketing technology?” In short: Marketing met IT and marketing technology is their offspring. Let’s examine the corporate strategic landscape to understand what marketing technology is. In the chart…

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Content Marketers: Stop Doing 70% of What You’re Doing

I know, I know. Heresy. You’re all about CONTENT MARKETING, right? You’re a master at INBOUND MARKETING, eh? That’s awesome. I am a whole-hearted believer in what you’re doing. I just wish you’d do a lot less of it. The increasing Content Shock that we all felt (but didn’t have a name for, until Mark…

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Twitter’s New Algorithm

Twitter announced on February 10, 2016 that it would be rolling out a new feature which prioritizes “the best tweets from people you know.” News of this announcement spread (okay—exploded) across the internet with widely varying interpretations like a game of social media telephone. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath. We’ll get through…

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How DOES Mobile Change The Brandscape?

Today, with over 2 billion smartphones in use, the ways in which consumers experience brands is fundamentally different. This is no fad – it is projected that by 2020, 80% of adults on Earth will have a smart phone. The way we think of the “internet” as a place for brands must fundamentally change to…

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Key Marketing Lessons for PR Pros

In the spring of 2015, SHIFT launched its cutting-edge Marketing Technology Immersion (MTI) program to help the agency develop a better understanding of SHIFT’s data-driven approach to communications and client services. The program offers SHIFTers the opportunity to participate in an educational course that allows traditional PR pros like myself the chance to dip our…

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Don’t Be Outdated: Why It’s Important to Refresh Your Models

It’s becoming more fashionable to claim that your PR and marketing is “data-driven,” but what exactly does that mean? It means we evaluate our situation honestly, using the most unbiased tools at our disposal. This often means using data about our current market or audience to create a model. A model is simply a substitute…

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Why Your Brand Should Be on Tumblr

You’ve heard of Twitter’s little blue bird, but what about Tumblr’s little white T? Tumblr is an emerging content platform that’s a blog/social media hybrid. You can post text, photos, quotes, links, music and videos – like many other social platforms. What separates Tumblr from the rest of the pack, and why should your brand…

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