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Being a Tireless Advocate with Doug Kessler from Velocity Partners [#AtomicFeature:009]


Do you advocate for your company? What about your audience? What about your product?

Using content as a vehicle to express your knowledge and expertise is the name of the game.

One of the most knowledgeable content marketing influencers out there, Doug Kessler, elaborates how important it is to advocate for your audience inside your company.


doug-kesslerDoug Kessler is the Creative Director & Co-Founder at Velocity Partners. 

From the late 80s to early 2000s, Kessler worked as a copywriter and creative director for Boulder Oak where he created campaigns for B2B clients like Caterpillar and LIFFE.

In 2001, Kessler moved on to co-found Velocity Partners, a London-based B2B marketing agency.

In 2016, the Content Marketing Institute named Velocity Partners as the “Content Marketing Agency of The Year,” under 100 employees.

1. What are the elements of a successful Content Marketing program?

A big, fresh, galvanizing idea that captures a world view and identifies a change in the world.

A crystal clear understanding of the audience.

Well-crafted content that gets even sceptical readers, viewers and listeners to lean in, tune out the noise and listen up.

A path of content stones that help buyers cross the river from the dark to the light. And a smart, empathetic salesperson waiting for them on the other side.


2. What are the most common mistakes you have noticed marketers make with their Content Marketing?

The lack of a fresh idea, a new story or a compelling take on the world.

3. What is your favourite content marketing tool (or hack or resource)?

The pencil and an A3 sheet of paper. Is that two?


4. What are your predictions for Content Marketing in 2019 and beyond?

The mainstream will sag under the weight of its own effluent while a few smart brands soar away on the fresh wind of a clear strategy.

(Did that sound bitter?) 

5. How will AI or Machine Learning impact Content Marketing?

AI will continue to find its way into the tools we use.

Some of it will work. Some will be slideware, smoke and sticky tape.

I don’t think marketers will be playing directly with AI any time soon, but our software will increasingly use it to steer decisions. 

6. What advice would you give to a Content Marketing newbie?

Run! ...kidding.

Be a tireless advocate of the audience, the customer, inside your company.


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Published on March 25, 2019

Topics Content Marketing Trends Content Marketing Influencers