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Time Inc.: 90% of Consumers Welcome Custom Content from Brands

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There's a lot of talk these days about whether or not traditional advertising is "dead." Some argue that the Mad Men-type mindset of finding the right pitch and getting it in front of as many consumers as possible simply isn't as effective as more modern methods. Other evidence suggests that traditional advertising is just as trusted and effective as it's ever been.

According to a new study from Time Inc., though, it's likely that younger generations will increasingly respond to and expect value from brands that traditional advertising simply can't provide. What will help business provide that value? Content.

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Email Marketing Continues Massive Growth Trend

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The number of marketing channels and strategies available to brands has skyrocketed in the last decade, and there doesn't seem to be any sign of this trend slowing. Emerging options involving artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), combined with ever-increasing and detailed customer data, can make it seem as though older techniques will lose out in the quest for finding the highest ROI.

Email marketing, often found in a debate about whether it's "dead" or not, is one of those techniques. Despite its relative age, though, a new report from Salesforce says that email marketing is not simply just alive - it's booming.

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8 Marketing Takeaways from Meeker's 2017 Internet Trends Report

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There is perhaps no more authoritative source for internet statistics than Mary Meeker, a financial analyst and venture capitalist whose 1995 book, The Internet Report, was a landmark in internet study. Since the mid-2000s, Meeker has delivered the annual Internet Trends Report, which is an exhaustive account of how people are using the internet and predictions for the future.

This year's massive, 355-slide report covers everything from online gaming to fitness wearables to internet usage in China. Marketers in particular should keep the following revelations from the report in mind:

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Survey Reveals How Businesses are Currently Using Content Marketing

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The hesitation that many businesses express when deciding whether or not to execute a content marketing campaign is understandable. Content marketing is still a relatively new approach, and it can often be difficult to measure any given campaign's return on investment.

However, more and more research is proving that not only is content marketing valuable for brands right now, it's also a marketing technique that's here to stay for the foreseeable future. A new survey from marketing research firm Ascend2 outlines the overwhelmingly positive content marketing climate.

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Young People Read News Content, But They're Finding It Differently

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It's a trend we've been hearing about for years now: young people are paying attention to the news less and less. This isn't really surprising, as interest in print media and television news programs have been dwindling for decades.

So, if you're trying to attract young people to your website using content, are you forced to find a way to make a "boring" niche more entertaining? Should you even resort to mindless but popular listicles à la Buzzfeed? Not necessarily - according to a new survey, news content is actually more popular with millenials than previously thought.

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