This Week in Content Marketing: The Solution to Facebook’s Fake News Problem
In this week’s episode
Robert ponders how we can illuminate our paths forward in the face of unpredictable change. On the news front, we actually arrive at a viable solution to Facebook’s fake news problem. If only Mr. Zuckerberg were listening. We also discuss research findings on artificial intelligence and marketing, and why media companies are lousy at audience development. Our rants and raves include agency changes and more AI; then we close with an example of the week from the U.S. Postal Service.
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- (00:01): An advertising blast from the past: “I’d Love to Be an Oscar Mayer Wiener”
- (00:20): Robert muses on this week’s theme: The nature of inevitable change
- (05:56): Welcome to Episode 190: Recorded live on July 8, 2017 (Running time: 57:17)
The PNR perspective on notable news and trends
- (12:06): Facebook foils fake news by targeting posting frequency. (Source: Recode)
- (21:42): How artificial intelligence will impact publishing and marketing. (Sources: MediaPost, The Drum, Content Marketing Institute)
- (32:50): Media companies are lousy at audience development. (Source: Publishing Executive)
Rants and raves
- (42:50): Robert’s rave No. 1: Robert came across an article in Harvard Business Review that he feels does an excellent job of describing the challenges today’s chief marketing officers face, and explaining why this position experiences the highest turnover in the C-suite.
- (45:40): Robert’s rave No. 2: Robert also praises this AdAge piece for its insightful look at how Unilever is eliminating waste in the agency equation, including the changes it has made in its production processes, hiring practices, and compensation structure.
- (47:05): Joe’s rave: With this week’s discussion so heavily steeped in AI, I wanted to give a shout-out to our good friend of the CMI family, Paul Roetzer, who launched the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute a year ago. If you don’t understand the implications of this technology on today’s marketing function, I urge you to subscribe to the institute’s e-newsletter.
This Old Marketing example of the week
(50:00): U.S. Postal Service: One of Robert’s friends, who is an actor, recently mentioned that he was auditioning for a kids television show called The Inspectors. Robert did a little digging, and discovered that the show – a CSI-style procedural in which (fictional) postal inspectors investigate mail-related crimes – has a unique tie to content marketing: It’s the only commercial television show currently being funded by the U.S. Government. As this Deadline profile piece points out, the show is fully funded by the U.S. Postal Service – but no taxpayer dollars are used to support it. Instead, the show’s budget is generated through asset forfeiture and sales of merchandise confiscated from crimes like the ones the show investigates. With each episode featuring a message from the real-life chief inspector of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, it’s an intriguing This Old Marketing example of how to use entertainment content to raise public awareness about some serious real-world crimes.
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