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Local newspapers and business-to-business publications face similar challenges as drastic drops in ad revenue drive equally drastic drops in relevant and compelling content.  But for newspapers, ad revenue declines are exacerbated because the highly profitable classified advertising sections have almost disappeared as readers flock to the Internet.  Moreover, business-to-business magazines that are well positioned still offer uniquely valuable niche content that helps readers succeed. Their readers still count on them. That’s not so true for our local dailies. I believe that the potential nail in the coffin for local newspapers is the ease with which readers can access national and international content thanks to the Internet.  Conversely, I believe that the potential salvation for local newspapers is to become resoundingly local. Local Newspaper News Monopoly Disa... (more)

Six Reasons Why Your Blog Is Your Most Important Social Media Tool

Content Marketing Journal It’s much more powerful than those young whippersnappers–Twitter and Facebook  We often talk about the need to develop a content marketing mindset. This requires companies to think like publishers.  And that sounds an awful lot like social media as Wikipedia defines it: Social media is information content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. At its most basic sense, social media is a shift in how people discover, read and share news, information and content. It’s a fusion of sociology and technology, transformi... (more)

The Content Marketing Secret of Small Publishers

Content Marketing Journal When You Deliver Great Content and Control a Critical Buyer Database You Drive Sales Although they are in the advertising business, small publishing companies have never done much advertising for their magazines. The reasons were simple, but not necessarily obvious: They didn’t have to—and it wouldn’t work if they tried it. By emulating the best practices of small publishing companies, you can minimize traditional marketing costs, too. Believe it or not, it all comes back to content marketing.  Why publishers can market effectively without advertising H... (more)

The Golden Rule of Content Marketing

 When you make it obvious to your customers how you can help them, you will grow your revenues. Some of the smartest people I know run very small companies in the business-to-business market.  They are dedicated to helping their customers succeed.  In one-on-one discussions with customers and prospects, they make it clear how they can help.  That’s terrific.  And it generates sales.  But it’s just a start. I am convinced that white papers–and their first cousins, e-books– can extend that in-person knowledge sharing and trust building to the entire world.  A great example is a c... (more)

Don’t Keep Your Web Visitors Waiting and Guessing

It’s Not Visual. It’s Doesn’t Get Quickly to the Point. It Doesn’t Show How It Can Help When much of the web was experimental and Web surfing was still recreational, it might have been okay to have a website that was creative for its own sake–even when it was unclear about its purpose.  Not so today.  We face three key realities that must shape our thinking about a good versus bad website Websites are our most important marketing tool. They will increasingly replace most traditional marketing.  Therefore, you have to get it right. Your prospective online buyers are pressed for ti... (more)