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How Barack Obama Became Content Marketer-In-Chief of the USA

Bo Helping President with his Content Marketing

Still skeptical of the merits of content marketing? Well, Barack Obama and his team have put content marketing at the center of their media strategy. [caption id="attachment_3428" align="alignnone" width="517"] Bo Helping President with his Content Marketing[/caption] They have effectively dis-intermediated the media. Just as all great content marketers, they are thinking and acting like publishers. As the AP reported recently,
The Obama White House is generating its own content like no president before, and refining its media strategies in the second term in hopes of telling a more compelling story than in the first... ...Mike McCurry, who served as press secretary to President Bill Clinton, sees an inclination by the Obama White House to "self-publish," coupled with tactics "I never would have dreamed of in terms of restricting access" for independent news organizations.
Back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan would famously take to the bully pulpit when he wanted to go directly to the American people with a message. But those direct to the audience performances were the exception rather than the rule. The Obama folks have made brilliant use of 21st century technology that enables them to get a consistent stream of positive messages to their target audience without the interference of pesky, skeptical reporters. The Obama content marketing machine serves up "a stream of words, images and videos that invariably cast the president as commanding, compassionate and on the ball. In this world, Obama's family is always photogenic, first dog Bo is always well behaved and the vegetables in the South lawn kitchen garden always seem succulent."(AP) The White House press corps is exhibiting increasing frustration with their lack of access to the President. But for most Americans, and even most voters, that's inside baseball.  They see President Obama on The View, the David Letterman show, in happy YouTube videos, and stories about the Easter egg roll on the White House lawn. How could you not love this guy? The White House content marketing strategy is brilliant and successful.  As a direct result of that strategy, I would guess that even Americans who disagree with presidential policies still find President Obama  to be smart, charming, witty, and compassionate. Love him or hate him, Barack Obama has become not only our commander-in-chief,  but our content marketer-in-chief.   I wouldn't be surprised to see him as a speaker at Content Marketing World 2017.          

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Newt is a leading thinker on the new discipline of content marketing. He urges marketers to think like publishers by delivering essential, relevant, and timely information that makes customers smarter and wiser–and much more likely to become buyers. Newt is a successful publishing executive with more than 25 years of experience as both a manager and business owner. He has launched profitable publications in the high tech arena for both CMP and Ziff-Davis. He was an early player on the web in 1996 as Publishing Director of an early Yahoo competitor, NetGuideLive. As an entrepreneur, he launched Southwest Florida Business and in the late nineties, later selling them to Gulfshore Media. His publication still thrives under its new name, Gulfshore Business. In addition to his sales and marketing skills, Newt is a published writer for Business Currents and Gulfshore Business magazines. He writes on topics as diverse as healthcare, education, public policy, growth, business best practices, and technology. He knows how to build great brands that serve client marketing needs. He is comfortable driving dramatic market-driven changes. Newt is recognized as a leader with the ability to move teams in new, unexplored directions. He is effective in high level sales and marketing conversations with senior executives in client organizations of all sizes. He delivers successful consulting engagements to improve products, people, and processes.