Back to the Future: A Visual History of Content Marketing

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A VISUAL HISTORY OF CONTENT MARKETING A VISUAL HISTORY OF CONTENT MARKETING Well Marty, you’ve saved yourself from never being born, thwarted Biff’s attempts to drive your parents apart, and rescued me from being trapped in 1885. But we’ve still got work to do. Many people think content marketing is a new idea, when in fact it’s been around for quite some time! We’re going on a journey through the history of content marketing to check out some important milestones. Hop in the DeLorean and away we go! 1. YEAR A REALLY LONG TIME AGO, B.C. CAVE PAINTINGS The earliest evidence of cave paintings — and communication through content — are said to be in Malaga, Spain, where seal-like images left by Neanderthals were discovered. YEAR 1835 2. THE GREAT MOON HOAX The New York Sun became the largest newspaper in circulation at the time after running a series of articles about the “scientific discovery” of life on the moon. Though this was revealed as a hoax soon after, their readership continued to grow — proving the timeless power of unique content! 3. YEAR 1895 JOHN DEER’S THE FURROW John Deere’s consumer magazine is often referred to as the unofficial birth of brand publishing. It started as a quarterly magazine with ads, articles, and agriculture tips, and its success has made it a content marketing legend. E MICHELIN GUID Offert t emen gracieus urs x chauffe au YEAR EDITION 1900 1900 4. THE MICHELIN GUIDES Michelin (yes, the tire company) published its first guidebook for French motorists in 1900, which expanded into a series for different countries. It’s now one of the premier restaurant reviewers, with chefs across the globe striving to land as many of those 3 coveted Michelin Stars as they can. 5. YEAR 1904 JELL-O’S RECIPE BOOK A recipe book may not seem groundbreaking now, but it was in 1904 when Jell-O started delivering their gelatinand pudding-inspired dessert recipes door-to-door. It’s no surprise that they’ve since taken their recipe book online and continue to build relationships with their customers through (delicious) content marketing. 6. YEAR 1924 SEARS’ “WORLD’S LARGEST STORE” RADIO SHOW In order to target the lucrative farming market, Sears created the Sears-Roebuck Agricultural Foundation and bought radio time under the callsign, the “World’s Largest Store.” While their main focus was farming, they also opened up the station to music and comedy programs as well. 7. YEAR 1982 G.I. JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO In 1982, Marvel and Hasbro teamed up to create the “Real American Hero” comic book and TV series based on the G.I. Joe action figure. This innovative cross-channel promotion turned G.I. Joe into a household name who remains one of the most beloved action heros to this day. 8. YEAR 1994 ONLINE CONTENT AND THE BIRTH OF INTERNET It’s hard to imagine a time before the Internet, but it was only 1994 that it became mainstream! In 1993, O’Reilly & Associates launched the first commercial website with a section dedicated to “The Online Whole Internet Catalog” with 529 entries and a year later, Netscape Communications was born. 9. YEAR 2000 SETH GODIN INTRODUCES THE FREE EBOOK Leave it to marketing master Seth Godin to create one of the most popular eBooks of all time. In 2000, he offered his “Unleashing the Ideavirus” eBook for free, a revolutionary idea at the time. It has since been downloaded over 1 million times and been credited as the inspiration for a new content format. YEAR 2006 10. BLENDTEC’S “WILL IT BLEND?” VIDEOS How do you make blenders interesting? With fun content! In 2006, Blendtec upload their first “Will It Blend?” video to YouTube, putting marbles into their super-powered blender. They’ve since blended a Rubik’s Cube, silly putty, and even an iPhone, and now have over 700,000 subscribers. 11. YEAR 2009 MARCUS SHERIDAN SAVES RIVER POOLS AND SPAS Marcus Sheridan’s pool business was on the brink of failure until he channeled the power of content and started blogging answers to common customer questions. River Pools and Spas is now the most-visited pool website in the world and Marcus has gone on to become a marketing and sales expert. YEAR 2013 CONTENT HUBS 12. Uberflip debuted Hubs in 2013 and since then, the centralization of content has taken off as a means of driving engagement and generating leads. What will 2014 and beyond bring us in the wild world of content marketing? We can’t wait to find out! 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