This may be the kookiest marketing strategy we’ve come up with. And it might just work.

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We know that there’s a number of marketing blogs out there doing a live coverage of Oracle’s Modern Marketing Experience and Marketo’s Marketing Nation Summit, but we’re going to be doing things a bit differently.

But before we get to that, let me walk you through how this idea first started and evolved, eventually leading us to fly down to Las Vegas with a GoPro and a bag full of jungle explorer gear (!). This is a live marketing experiment of sorts. For that purpose, we’re going to keep everything completely transparent, letting you in on every detail, strategy, or stunt we try.

Hold on tight–it might get a bit crazy pretty quickly!

The Origin

When we first looked at attending some of the giant marketing events lined up this year, we quickly sobered up from the enormous ticket prices, not to mention getting a booth space. We were on a limited budget (#startuplife) and we needed to figure out a way to get in front of the attendees and come home with leads, exposure, and connections.

But how do you stand out from a bustling hall full of other marketers, some of them our competitors, without a designated booth?

Our hack? After an afternoon of brainstorming, we landed on an attention-grabbing tactic that would make us the portable booth: dress up as jungle explorers and walk around the event with a stack of business cards pointing them to the Pressly hub we created for covering the events.

Using our GoPro and a 5D MIII, we’d populate the hub with original and real-time content, the core of which will be a video interview series of experts that we “run into” (a sighting in the jungle!). We’d also offer more traditional coverage of the keynotes as individual blog posts and pepper the hub with pictures, social content, and cream-of-the-crop quotes.

The ROI

If all goes well, there are several things that can come out of this:

  • Become an attention magnet without investing in a booth space
  • Create relevant and original content that will be of value for the attendees as well as those who are missing the events
  • Showcase our product by using Pressly to host all of the content
  • Be a memorable experience for everyone we encounter, generating brand awareness, business opportunities and inbound leads
  • Have some fun instead of standing behind a booth and handing keychains out!

Standing Out From the Jungle

Standing out from the crowd is one of the biggest challenges to content marketing and it’s the same for gigantic conferences like the Modern Marketing Experience.

For the next few days, we’re going to be embracing our crazier side; we’re going to put aside conventions and inject some individuality to these buttoned-up conferences. In other words, we’re going to take what we know about standing out from the content mass and apply it to a real-life marketing scenario.

The Schedule

We will be navigating the jungle of two events: Oracle’s Modern Marketing Experience in Las Vegas and Marketo’s Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco.

If you’re missing these events, visit contentjungle.co for live coverage. If you’re at all curious about where this crazy tactic is going to lead us, stay tuned–we’ll dish out everything that goes right, everything that goes wrong, and all the things in between that we didn’t expect.

Like: How we tried to grab a 30-second interview with keynote speaker James Franco and what quickly transpired afterwards. Watch this space!

[Infographic] 9 Content Curation Best Practices

In one sentence, content curation can be described as the act of discovering, collecting, and presenting relevant content around a specific subject or area of interest. And it happens all around us: retweets, Pinterest boards, Amazon Lists, and even the collection of movies Netflix recommends to us — these are all examples of content curation.

Leveraging third-party content has become table stakes for most content marketing strategies. Curation allows us to engage our audience more frequently without the tremendous amount of work and money that goes into creating custom content. We can simultaneously build a solid readership while improving brand visibility. Essentially, curation allows us to have a museum without creating each painting.

If you’re new to content curation, follow our list of best practices so that you can see for yourself the undeniable benefits of curation.

Download our free eBook “Create, Curate, Dominate” for more infographics, templates, and canvases on content marketing!

The Content Creation Canvas (or How To Be More Efficient With Your Content)

Planning for original content takes much more than just an outline.

In order to get the most out of your content, you need to approach it with every piece of the puzzle figured out. Things like KPIs, Call-to-Actions, distribution channels, and headline ideas should be clearly laid out and planned for. Not only will this make the entire creation process fast and more efficient, you’ll figure out what’s missing before it’s time to ship your content.

Borrowing heavily from the Business Model Canvas, we’ve created the Content Creation Canvas to help you plan out your custom content. Lay out all the key pieces before putting your head down to create your awesome piece of content.

For content teams, use the canvas as a way to coordinate with one another. Make it public and accessible so that every member knows what’s needed.

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To find out more on how to create content that engages, check out the third chapter of our eBook “Create, Curate, Dominate” for a step-by-step guide. Download it today!