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Bob Bly is a freelance copywriterwho has written copy for more than 100 clients including IBM, AT&T, Praxair, Intuit, Forbes, and Ingersoll-Rand. McGraw-Hill calls Bob “America’s top copywriter” and he is the author of 90 books, including “The Copywriter's Handbook.” Find him online at www.bly.com or call (973) 263-0562.

Melissa Ward is the managing editor for Target Marketing, and she has opinions! More importantly, she's a nerd for great copy and design, a disciple of authenticity, and really loves it when marketers get it right.

Medium has a lot to offer content marketing professionals. It’s like a content marketplace, blogging platform and social media network all in one. Many content marketers think of Medium first as a place for promoting their own content. But the wealth of knowledge being shared by other content marketing experts should earn it a spot as one of your bookmarked websites in its own right.

Earlier this month I was in Cleveland for Content Marketing World, where the theme was “The World of Stories.” Who doesn’t love a good story? At our core, humans are storytellers, and we are receptive to them.

I have long admired the people at HubSpot for their online marketing acumen. I routinely download and read their marketing e-books with pleasure. But their recent analysis of direct mail—"6 Horrific Practices of Direct Mail"—displays a stunning ignorance of what works and what doesn't work in direct mail.

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