For the last decade, the terms “content marketing” and “custom media” have become so prevalent among marketers, that a “content department” is now a staple on more and more corporate organizational charts. But as we describe in the new Ebook, The BNP Media Guide to B2B Custom Media & Content Marketing, “while the terms ‘custom media’ and ‘content marketing’ are new additions to the marketing lexicon, the history of companies creating media to communicate directly with their customers, supporters or members dates back centuries.”
For instance, in 1732, Benjamin Franklin issued Poor Richard’s Almanack as custom media, a free publication he used to promote his printing business.
Business-to-business marketers were also early users of direct-to-customer marketing.
In 1895, John Deere launched The Furrow, a magazine it distributed to farmers through its dealer network. It is still published today. Continue reading this article