Ryan Skinner

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Listen To This Mini-Podcast On Content Co-Marketing

Ryan Skinner October 28, 2014
To bring a recent piece of research on content co-marketing to life, I created a mini-podcast (8 minutes) that includes excerpts from my interviews with marketing leaders. Give it a listen (if the Soundcloud player below doesn't show up or doesn't work for you, you can go straight to the Soundcloud page where it lives, […]
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The Rise Of Dial-Up, Dial-Down Advertising

Ryan Skinner September 23, 2014
Advertising as we’ve always known it, online or off, worked a bit like this: > Promote more if it works (or less if not)” src=”/wp-content/uploads/f/b/users/rskinner/visual_2.png” style=”width: 564px; height: 229px;” /> Here it’s a question of identifying content for promotion that’s already in the wild, on a blog, in a discussion forum, uploaded to YouTube, and […]
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Content Distribution Is A Hot Mess Right Now

Ryan Skinner August 29, 2014
[UPDATE 4 Sept: I have updated this post to the original draft, which includes specific and strong recommendations to publishers and marketers. They had been redacted, but a colleague asked "What would you DO about this?" so I saw fit to reinclude them. These are my answers; there are no easy solutions, but these are […]
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A European Market For Social Media? Does Not Exist

Ryan Skinner August 6, 2014
An agency head told me how he was on a call between the European head of marketing for a US brand and that brand’s board of directors. The chairman asked the marketing honcho, “How is the European market?” The marketer answered, “There isn’t one.” Awkward silence. “That is, there is no European market. There is […]
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What Lies Behind That Result From Facebook

Ryan Skinner July 29, 2014
Pundits’ take that Facebook has “solved” mobile advertising after its home run last week hid a bigger, behind-the-scenes story: We’re finally seeing branding and direct response marketing merge in a meaningful and measurable way; Facebook is just one place where it’s happening most demonstrably. Here’s important context: Facebook’s quarterly earnings beat projections last Thursday, driven by […]
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Something Like Democratic Marketing

Ryan Skinner June 9, 2014
Set against marketing messages, I would rather listen to my neighbor’s opinion of a product. A critic’s opinion. An expert’s. Any idiot with an Internet connection, in fact (according to our research, review content from complete strangers is more trustworthy than messages from brands). The payload of this realization – that marketers’ messages are overinvested […]
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FT Digital Media: Anguish Over Products

Ryan Skinner March 31, 2014
Two ways media’s changing now, and two ways it’s going to change: The FT Digital event in London last week pulled together some of the cream of the European media world. The big conclusion they were made privy to? The media world will soon discover exactly how many ways you can skin a cat. The […]
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The Native Advertising Answer Is Publishers’ Problem

Ryan Skinner March 5, 2014
[Recently, I wrote that overly optimistic or pessimistic predictions of native advertising’s future were the result of vast (and naïve) assumptions. I concluded that a more accurate prediction would not hinge upon grand theories about how great native advertising is or isn’t, but rather a wily assessment of many factors – the foxlike approach of […]
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Content Marketing Fortnight VII: The Pains And Joys Of Going Mainstream

Ryan Skinner February 21, 2014
What’s happening (that’s important) in the world of content marketing? This is your fortnightly round-up of the best of the best stuff online for marketers who think about content; for the previous “Fortnights”, go to the bottom of the post. (And for more information about what the Content Marketing Fortnight is, see my intro from the […]
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Does Native Advertising Face A $3 Billion Question?

Ryan Skinner February 17, 2014
Predictions about native advertising’s medium-term impact are both short-sighted and simplistic. In 1973, the Wall Street Journal quoted a professor: “Academic politics is the most vicious…because the stakes are so low.” Thereafter, the idea (that the intensity of a dispute is inversely proportional to its stakes) was named after the professor: Sayre’s Law. Sayre’s law […]
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Content Marketing Fortnight VI: Drew Barrymore A Content Marketer?

Ryan Skinner January 21, 2014
What’s happening (that’s important) in the world of content marketing? This is your fortnightly round-up of the best of the best stuff online for marketers who think about content; for the previous “Fortnights”, go to the bottom of the post. (And for more information about what the Content Marketing Fortnight is, see my intro from the […]
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Native Advertising: Worth Pursuing

Ryan Skinner January 17, 2014
Forrester analysts are encouraged to “make the call” and here’s a call that is sure to invite some heated disagreement (native advertising has a way of doing that). Today my report about native advertising came out and, if I had to bottle up the recommendation of the entire report in a two-word slogan, this would […]
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Will Native Advertising Be A Tragedy Of The Commons?

Ryan Skinner January 6, 2014
One thing can be said definitively about native advertising: It is poorly understood. It’s advertising, but shouldn’t act like it (even though it should definitely be labeled as such). It’s like advertorials, but also far more than that – just as media sites are more than web newspapers. The media world loves it and loathes […]
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Content Marketing Fortnight V: A time for branded data, surveys, reports and playbooks

Ryan Skinner December 27, 2013
What’s happening (that’s important) in the world of content marketing? This is your fortnightly* round-up of the best of the best stuff online for marketers who think about content; for the previous “Fortnights”, go to the bottom of the post. (And for more information about what the Content Marketing Fortnight is, see my intro from […]
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Content Marketing Fortnight IV: Some content marketing insecurity

Ryan Skinner November 19, 2013
What's happening (that's important) in the world of content marketing? This is your fortnightly round-up of the best of the best stuff online for marketers who think about content; for the previous "Fortnights", go to the bottom of the post. (And for more information about what the Content Marketing Fortnight is, see my intro from the […]
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Rise of the Content Distribution Space

Ryan Skinner November 14, 2013
This morning’s announcement by OneSpot – a company that helps marketers place their content in front of relevant buyers through display advertising – of series A financing to the tune of $5.3 million may pale next to recent multibillion IPOs and valuations, but it says a lot about a new space opening up: content distribution. […]
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Content Marketing Fortnight III: On acquisitions, trust and beauty

Ryan Skinner October 29, 2013
Here’s your fortnightly round-up of the best of the best stuff online for marketers who think about content. (For more information about what the Content Marketing Fortnight is, see my intro from the first one. And, if you want to get this curated newsletter in your inbox every other week, send me a mail.) Content […]
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Great Content Is Not Enough

Ryan Skinner October 3, 2013
There’s a serious, but neglected, problem at the heart of content marketing. Marketers and agencies have invested large sums to create quality content, but – in many cases – it’s not getting discovered. Audiences are neither finding nor sharing it. It’s not going viral. It’s not going anywhere. One CEO at a company that helps […]
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Content Marketing Fortnight II: Advertising is…unclear

Ryan Skinner September 27, 2013
Here’s your fortnightly round-up of the best of the best stuff online for marketers who think about content. (For more information about what the Content Marketing Fortnight is, see my intro from the first one. And, if you want to get this curated newsletter in your inbox every other week, send me a mail.) Advertising […]
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“Who paid for this content?!”

Ryan Skinner September 24, 2013
Imagine this scenario: Only days before the New Hampshire primaries, an article appears on the Des Moines Times-Courier website: “Candidate Chris Christie Hiding Past As Exotic Dancer,” and quickly goes viral, appearing in millions of Twitter streams, Facebook feeds, and email inboxes. Most people see the headline and shake their heads – “Politicians!” As a […]
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