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The AMA recently published an article, The Retweet that Never Sleeps, about Duane Reade’s highly successful content marketing approach that has helped the tiny (in terms of store count) retailer outperform much larger competitors in terms of social media engagement (National Drug chain CVS has just 10% of the Twitter audience of Duane Reade for …

Dodge – a brand that likes to flex its muscle cars – upends that tradition with its summer campaign for the New 2014 Dodge Dart. The result is a testosterone-fueled send-up of male stereotypes that is hilarious and sly, ticking things up a notch in what is still a relatively new format: content marketing series. …

It takes the right “mix” of ingredients to put something on the menu. How these ingredients are put together, however, is what creates something special. It’s this “special sauce” that helps make it stand out from the crowd and keeps people coming back for more, again and again. Let’s just say this specialty is a …

Content marketers who have gotten comfortable with the concept of native advertising may find their world rocked by a new app called AdDetector that flags sponsored content with a flame-red in-your-face banner message. Created while off-the-clock by Google engineer Ian Webster, it’s being offered as a free plug-in for Firefox or Chrome and works with …

There is no shortage of lists outlining how to create great content. But the truth is, great content is both art and science. And while, the checklist approach to quality ensures that content is on “brand” it doesn’t mean it’s high quality. Focus groups and copy testing are designed to help predict performance, but if …

The Wall Street Journal began reporting earlier this month that Procter & Gamble would divest of 100 brands. Then the venerable news pub named names, with Ivory soap, Duracel batteries and the Cheer and ERA detergents potentially on the chopping block, according to a story on the pub’s

“Whoever tells the best stories goes home with the most marbles,” says Jeremy Waite, yarn-spinner extaordinaire. Waite, who is also Head of Digital Strategy, EMEA, at ExactTarget/Salesforce.com, and will be a keynote speaker at Brand Innovators Content Marketing London on November 11, recently published his list of the “7 Models of Storytelling for Brands.” Based …

The Coca Cola Company is upping its caffeine quotient, acquiriing a 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion. Monster is the largest manufacturer of energy drinks in the U.S., and uniting with the nation’s largest soft drink supplier is an agreement in which analysts see numerous benefits, for both sides. Monster stock rose 22% …

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by Brandon Gutman
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Brandon is an expert connector and seasoned business development professional. As Principal of Brand Approved, he's led the advisory to become the bridge between brand marketers and best of breed service providers that are reshaping the industry.

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