Epic Content Marketing Book JacketIn his closing address at Content Marketing World 2013, Joe Pulizzi advised more than 1700 content marketers in attendance to “Try”. Like so many elements of content marketing, it’s a simple concept to understand but difficult to implement. In his new book, Epic Content Marketing: How to Tell a Different Story, Break through the Clutter, and Win More Customers by Marketing Less, Pulizzi manages to demystify both the art and science of the burgeoning content revolution and give marketers confidence and inspiration. Importantly, he also challenges the reader to get uncomfortable and assume a few risks.

The book is organized into five distinct sections starting with the history of content marketing and moving through strategy, process, implementation and measurement. Suitable for both the seasoned professional and marketing intern, Pulizzi’s advice and examples guide the reader through the essentials of a successful content marketing program. Each chapter is summarized with an “Epic Thoughts” section, a helpful recap of the key points of the chapter, along with a comprehensive list of “Epic Resources”. Pulizzi also provides online links to additional content and tools throughout the book demonstrating his commitment to being helpful, a principle he endorses as an essential trait of effective content. The final chapter in the book contains several checklists, examples, and prompts to help marketers develop and distribute epic content for their business.

The genius behind Epic Content Marketing is the easy blend of simplicity and complexity in its advice. The reader feels encouraged but also senses Pulizzi expects them to leave their comfort zone. While many business books offer a prescription for success, Pulizzi is throwing down the gauntlet and asking readers to experiment and take chances in order to uncover new and valuable customer stories. Pulizzi advises content marketers to embrace failure, forget about perfection but always move towards producing the very best content in their industry.

Epic Content Marketing stands out in the clutter of marketing books for several reasons. Pulizzi is a talented writer who packs a lot of information into easily digestible chapters. He’s loaded each chapter with opinions and advice from expert practitioners, providing numerous case studies and success stories from both large and small organizations. He’s generous with his own experience at the Content Marketing Institute giving frank insight into how content marketing has helped his own company to grow. Best of all, he’s provided a structured road map that’s equally useful for novices and experienced content marketers. His parting advice in this book is to “Be epic”, a mandate that seems totally achievable with his help.

This post originally appeared as a customer review at amazon.com