The 5 Superpowers of Intelligent Content

It’s that time again, time for my third annual mid-year roundup of recently released books recommended for content marketers. The self-education never ends for content marketers…even when the holidays roll around.

As always, one of my goals is to highlight the latest must-reads for the content marketing community. And many of the following pieces were written by familiar content marketing stars.

But, in a broader sense, my goal is to draw attention to equally important books from beyond the content marketing community. Ironically, the most productive content marketing ideas often come from outside the content marketing world, from books on traditional advertising, creativity, personal branding, and psychology.

Either way, due to their hybrid backgrounds and each author’s unique perspective, the following books have something for everyone, from  entrepreneurs and freelancers to top marketers and consultants. And, they can turn rainy days or delayed flights into russia phone number career-enhancing learning opportunities.

An added bonus: the following provides inspiring examples of the types of books that are popular today in terms of content structure, length, and style.

The Advertising Concept Book: A Complete Guide to Creative Ideas, Strategies and Campaigns by Pete Barry

One of the reasons I’m a big fan of Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose’s weekly This Old Marketing podcast is that they take a thoughtful approach to ditional advertising. They recognize the lessons to be learned from advertising and the fact that there is a time and a place for it in content marketing.

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The Advertising Concept Book is a great example of learning history. It offers content marketers a valuable source of content and design inspiration based on the best examples from the past.

I’ve been reading advertising books ever since Gutenberg printed the original edition of David Ogilvy’s Confessions of an Advertising Man , but I’ve never come across a book like The Advertising Concept Book .

It’s definitely not for everyone. It’s bigger, thicker, heavier, and a bit more expensive than most of the books that follow. (This is definitely not a book to read on the plane to Content Marketing World in September.) But, in return, your investment will be repaid in depth and reading pleasure. Nowhere else will you find so much analysis and detail of content and design in a single volume.

Each page is a visual treat. Classic ads have been redesigned to highlight key ideas, without any distractions. It’s a book to be read slowly on paper, giving your mind time to digest the ideas.

Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Follow Around It by Dorie Clark

Stand Out is a companion, implementation guide to Croatia Phone Number List his first book, Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future . His first book described the importance of reinvention. Stand Out outlines a three-step process to:

  1. Findyour breakthrough idea
  2. Builda following around him
  3. Achieve

Stand Out covers the tasks and details involved in each step with examples, interviews, and tips. To help you start your journey, each chapter ends with challenging questions. These are not “summary” questions; they provoke thought.

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