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Does anyone listen to podcasts anymore?

By Alexandra Reid

Mitch Joel sparked an interesting conversation recently on his blog when he argued that podcasts could make a comeback.

Joel runs the popular podcast Six pixels of separation and admitted that the podcast is a guilty pleasure for him to ask interesting people his burning questions. He also confessed that he had no data to back up his claim that podcasts could be on the rebound, but listed a handful of successful podcasts which are acting as indicators that consumers do in fact have an appetite for longer, in-depth and content-rich audio programming. These podcasts are:

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August roundup: What does it take to bring technology to market?

By Alexandra Reid

As usual, we covered a lot of ground this month on our blog. We argued that RIM won’t commit suttee, why Harper’s free trade efforts need more thought, how Don Drummond’s arguments on Canadian business are flawed, and we also offered loads of advice for PR and marketing professionals.

Here are our posts from August, as ranked by the enthusiasm of our readers:

August 27: Harper’s free trade efforts need more thought by Denzil Doyle

August 29: Thinking outside the bunker by Leo Valiquette

August 30: Marketing’s hidden treasure map by Francis Moran

August 13: Secrets of bulletproof marketing implementation by Rob Woyzbun

August 8: 5 tips content marketers should take from journalists by Alexandra Reid

August 14: Five common content marketing mistakes by Alexandra Reid

August 1: Any press is not always good press, but it may pay dividends down the road by Leo Valiquette

August 28: 2012 B2B content marketing trends by Alexandra Reid

August 22: Inbound marketing: An alternative to traditional PR? by Alexandra Reid

August 23: Truth … and sincerity … in advertising by Leo Valiquette

August 2: Waterloo will not commit suttee on any RIM funeral pyre by Francis Moran

August 9: How to get the media’s attention with your dignity and reputation intact by Leo Valiquette

August 21: The case for inbound marketing: What’s in it for you? by Alexandra Reid

August 15: The buck has to stop with whoever owns the byline by Leo Valiquette

August 16: Unleash your inner consultant by Caroline Kealey

August 7: Don Drummond on productivity by Denzil Doyle

August 10: The worst marketing sin by Francis Moran

Image: Curt Fleenor Photography

2012 B2B content marketing trends

By Alexandra Reid

Holger Schulze recently conducted a valuable LinkedIn survey on 2012 B2B content marketing trends that managed to attract an immodest 740 responses, the majority of which came from senior marketing professionals in high technology companies.

The survey provides answers to content marketing questions about: what’s working and what’s not; who is creating content and what they are creating; and how marketers measure content marketing results.

Overall, the report demonstrates that content marketing is expanding dramatically in terms of tactics, forms and volume of content, with 84 percent of marketers reporting an increase in content marketing production over the next 12 months, and more than 30 percent of those respondents saying they are increasing their production significantly.

However, many B2B marketers are struggling in these activities because of tight budgets and are outsourcing much of their content production to agencies to keep up with competition.

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Great articles roundup: innovation, media coverage, overly optimistic entrepreneurs, press releases, Facebook and automation

By Alexandra Reid

As a regular feature, we provide our readers with a roundup of the best articles we have read in the past week. On the podium this week are Read Write Web, The Globe and Mail, All Things D, Small Business Trends, Social Media Examiner and ClickZ.

Why venture capital no longer defines innovation

Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit — it just doesn’t fit. The new shape of innovation is a lot more inclusive of new approaches and sources of startup funding. Author Michael Tchong explains what that might look like.

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Inbound marketing: An alternative to traditional PR?

This is the eighth article in a continuing monthly series chronicling the growth path of Screach, a startup based in Newcastle upon Tyne in England’s North East. Screach is an interactive digital media platform that allows users to create real-time, two-way interactive experiences between a smart device (through the Screach app) and any content, on any screen or just within the mobile device itself. We invite your feedback.

By Alexandra Reid

When we last caught up with Screach, then called Screenreach Interactive, the startup was in the process of hiring a PR firm to promote its existing platform and to give the world an idea of the diverse projects that it was helping to create.

But just two months after beginning its relationship with a London-based firm, Screach decided to try a different approach to garner the attention of media, the general public and prospective customers.

“We couldn’t have been happier with the overall support we got from (the PR firm), and we’re definitely open to working with them in the future,” said chief strategy officer David Weinfeld. “However, the decision came down to the whole idea of how we were going to promote ourselves as a startup in a crowded market.”

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