Full Guide to: What is Content Marketing?

Full Guide to: What is Content Marketing?

In Blogging, SEO by cwavedave

What is content marketing

In order to understand content marketing from a business perspective, you have to understand that every potential user entering your website is a potential lead or customer. Once you understand this simple fact, you can understand why content marketing is a hugely valuable & often free method of reaching customers and converting them on your website with effective sales funnels.

So what is Content Marketing? 

Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.

Almost every service or product available in the world is there to solve a problem. As such in 2018 and for the last 20 or so years, with the introduction of the global brain hive that is the internet, people have been able to search for solutions for their problems online. Chances are you have found this article through a search engine because you were looking to explore new methods and channels for gaining customers.

Effective content marketing works because you are providing valuable content that either

A) People are searching for - this will increase your organic traffic

B) People will share - thus increasing your referral & social traffic.

Both are fantastic for brand awareness & helps you to avoid paying for your traffic.

Another great benefit of content marketing is that it's a prime example of white hat SEO. Which Google actively encourages so it's a great way of growing your search engine ranking.

 

Why should I invest my time & money in Content Marketing?

Build it & they will come isn't enough and hasn't been for a long time, particularly in saturated markets & industries. On the internet, you're not just competing with your direct competitor's marketing strategies. Almost every single website on the internet is competing for your users time. Providing valuable free content is just one method of making sure your user engages more & spends their time with your brand more than others. The modern day consumer is sick of adverts. So how do you get them to your wonderful new website when companies like Facebook shutting down other past & proven marketing strategies? Content marketing of course.

You probably understand the importance of being featured in publications such as newspapers or magazines, well imagine being able to reach all of those. Great content marketing goes 'viral' which means basically ALL of the publications, websites etc in your niche will cover it, for free!

By using content marketing effectively and providing your consumers with valuable advice - you're not only building your web traffic, awareness & potential sales from users on your website. You're building up a brand loyalty with a consumer who will come to trust your product/service/word before your competitors. A trusting relationship with your customer is worth more than any quick sale from a paid advert.

 

How should I use a content marketing strategy?

Build a consistent content marketing strategy that is based on your brand identity. Pick around 4-5 related topics to your business/industry and cover these consistently - mixing between the topics for each release to avoid the content theme becoming stale. Pick the content marketing channels that suit your business the best and that you can actually commit to the easiest. Great content gets shares, consistent content is more vital for growth.

If you don't create & stick to your themes and avoid being consistent - it will lead to mixed signals with your audience who will leave for greener pastures. Remember, for the most part, we're creatures of habit. So once we've decided upon something we like and know how often it releases, we'll keep tuning in.

What not to do

Copy information from anywhere. Good & great content is unique - google won't rank your website well if you're using anything more than quoted snippets from other websites. Copying information includes your own website, don't copy information repeatedly from other sections or pages of your website and remember if you take content to repurpose it without the original owners consent you'll risk getting sued - this doesn't happen often however but just don't do it, it's in bad taste & you will likely have a bad fallback from social channels.

 

So what are Content marketing channels worth looking into?

Blogging

 

Full Guide to: What is Content Marketing?

 

Blogging whether it's small daily Tibbits to weekly in-depth analytical reports is vital to your business. If you know your audience & the information they are searching & sharing it's a fantastic way to grow your website organically. Write blogs for long enough and you can start combing past topics into an eBook which can be great for converting traffic into leads.

E-Books

 

Full Guide to: What is Content Marketing?

 

If you're an expert in any field. have a unique way of looking at things or you're just a great writer with a fantastic sense of humour! You may want to consider E-Books. E-Books can be anything from 5-30 pages plus and don't have to be stacked with useful information - you might want to spread knowledge over a few channels or books!

Infographics

Full Guide to: What is Content Marketing?

 

Infographics are a fantastic way of showing useful data in easy to digest and often thought provoking design.

Infographics are shared like wildfire in niche industries, especially for anyone looking to convince their own clients of the worth of their products. Now imagine all these images being linked back to your website & branded with your logo and you can see the benefit of a good one! Infographics are particularly popular on Pinterest so make it part of your business strategy should you decide this is for you.

Podcasts

 

podcast content marketing

 

Podcasts whilst an uncomfortable idea for some and maybe not suitable for every industry has huge reach potential for expanding your reach. Regular podcasts & guests is a great way of establishing an identity as an expert in the industry or reaching a whole new audience. Podcasts also aren't as saturated a market as blogging, E-Books & Video and podcast listeners are likely to listen for much longer than the average user would give any other medium - that is if the content is good. Podcasts also require very little setup & cost compared to shooting great video content for example.

 

Video

 

Content video marketing

 

We all enjoy videos on our downtime or sometimes when we really need to stop procrastinating. Videos unlike blogs are quick & easy to digest and can transfer a lot of information in a very short period of time. Videos are great to incorporate into your content marketing strategy as you can include them in blogs or video podcast sessions, doubling your potential reach. Videos are also shared a lot!

Videos are also the most shared & engaged with content on social media more so than images or posts. You can create video to spread information, build brand awareness or social networks - Video works great on Facebook & Instagram

In Summary

  • Have a clear & concise content strategy & theme
  • Have 4-5 topics covered that aren't too similar, for your content theme. You can separate these into categories
  • Use multiple channels & merge these for the largest reach (video record podcasts, turn blogs into e-Books.
  • Great content gets shared, great content is worth the extra time.
  • Content marketing is the best form of white hat SEO.
  • Don't copy or rip off other peoples work

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