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Writing Content for Readers Who Scan

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There are readers who want to delve into every article they read, approaching each new page the same way they'd approach a good book. They read thoroughly and completely, giving the page their full attention. However, it is far more common in today's fast-paced, mobile-oriented world for readers to simply skim (or scan) the content. In some cases, all they do is scan for a few moments and then move on. In others, they scan multiple articles and settle in to read when they find one that piques their interest. Either way, though, don't lose heart. You can still write intentionally for these readers and their fast reading habits.

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Enhance Calls-to-Action with Google’s New Extension for Video Advertisements

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Google recently announced the upcoming debut of a new call-to-action extension for TrueView in-stream video ads. The debut of this software extension, slated for January 2019, will coincide with the retirement of the current YouTube call-to-action video overlay.

With this extension, Google intends to help streamline interactive features among multiple video ad formats. This announcement is positive news for businesses seeking an agile video advertising platform able to employ numerous interactive elements. Ultimately, this extension may enhance user engagement and help you drive closer toward marketing goals.

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Facebook's Instant Articles Losing Favor with Content Marketers

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Two years ago, many content marketers were hailing Facebook's Instant Articles (IA) as a potential game-changer in social marketing. The idea that brands could publish natively on Facebook using long-form content that loads quickly on mobile presented some interesting opportunities for social engagement and brand awareness. Along with other trends at the time (like Twitter potentially dropping its character limit and the debut of Snapchat Discover), in-depth content looked like the future of social content marketing.

Now, however, it looks like IA may not be the game-changer Facebook hoped it would be, as the network struggles to make it worthwhile for publishers.

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Is Facebook's 'Instant Articles' a Game-Changer For Content?

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One of Mark Zuckerberg's goals is to make Facebook's News Feed a "perfect personalized newspaper" for every user. To do this, the News Feed algorithm attempts to show users the updates, birthdays, events and shared stories that it thinks would be most important to them. It follows that news sites have been very successful under this system.

In fact, with so many news sites getting more and more referral traffic from Facebook, the network's influence has never been more powerful. But what will happen when they finally decide to directly host content instead of having publishers post a link? We're about to find out.

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White Papers Aren't Dead, But How Are They Different From eBooks?

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Last week, an article titled "The White Paper Is Not Dead" appeared in the Huffington Post. It was an interview with John Fox, founder of Venture Marketing, and it defended the use of white papers as an effective marketing technique. Indeed, so many articles have asked "are white papers dead" that it could seem like their usefulness has ended.

However, most of these articles conclude that white papers can be useful for generating leads and getting conversions when done right. But they fail to answer one glaring question: if your white paper is a long piece of content in PDF format, why not just call it an ebook?

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