Google really ruined this era of marketers. It was THE BIG THING. You just tweaked some title tags and BAM, you had thousands of new search engine referrals because you were 1st page on Google. It was like printing money. And marketers have been chasing those easy winnings by looking for the NEXT BIG THING. But at each step, the NEXT BIG THING wasn’t really as big or as easy…
Email has survived more “guru”-predicted, near-death experiences than any other medium. The lesson, “_____ Is Dead” proclamations are foolish in a world fragmented by channels and devices. There’s more than enough room for everyone. This should calm some content marketing nerves who woke up to “Blogging Is Dead” headlines earlier this year. But it should also serve as a cautionary tale about beating a dead subject line. “_____ Is Dead” headlines are clearly provocative, linkbait. However, if you ride such waves too late or with a faulty premise, you run the risk of sending “rolling eye content” and losing your credibility. Don’t sacrifice accuracy for provocation.