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The First Content Marketer, Circa 53–54 CE
Though content marketing is a relatively new catchphrase, I’ll argue that you can see evidence of the practice as far back as St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, written somewhere between 53 and 54 of the Common Era. After all, the letters reiterated the words of Jesus, answered the Corinthians’ common questions about immorality, marriage, celibacy, etc., and included strong calls to action. (Paul asked the Corinthians for contributions to assist the poor of Jerusalem.) Inspiration, information, and calls to action. Sounds like content marketing to me.
If you think about how those letters became part of the New Testament canon that has been read for thousands of years by billions of people, you can begin to see just how persuasive, pervasive, and amazing content marketing can be.
The History of Corporate Content Marketing Solutions
There are thousands of companies that use content marketing to sell their ideas, products, and services. This infographic, from the Content Marketing Institute, shows the surprising history of content marketing.
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