So what is content marketing and why you should use it
“ 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.”
As defined by the CMI, an authoritative resource on all matters relating to this subject.
Content marketing is one of the best ways to advertise and promote your business, helping it to grow and be successful. For this you will need to produce quality, relevant and reliable information to circulate and share, if not you will be just another company filling the internet with mediocre information that will be of little interest to your target audience or your business.
Your content should also be SEO and search engine friendly to help prospective customers find all the products and services you offer, drive traffic to your website and achieve your goals.
1) Is content marketing for you?
Before you even start to think about content marketing ask yourself a few questions, why are doing it, what are your desired results, is it right for your business and do you have the time or budget to see it through.
All quite important questions as you may waste a lot of time, energy and money without any real results being achieved.
In reality many businesses these days require a content marketing strategy to compete in today’s market place. According to scribblelive.com 70% of companies are producing content to add value to their brand without trying to sell their products or services. They do it to entice, engage new prospects and encourage them to convert into new customers.
2) Know who your target market is
It is a common mistake to just throw out content on the web in the hope that some if it will stick and produce your desired results. This approach is wrong and you be wasting your time, money and efforts.
If you are an established business you will know your typical profile, but if you are a new company then research is a must. Otherwise, you will be creating content without having any assurance that your content is valuable and relevant for your target audience.
Without spending fortunes on market research there are lots of free market research tools you could also talk to your sales, customer and product team to gather up useful information and customer profiles. Ultimately you need to learn about the interests and preferences of your audience so you can effectively target them with the appropriate content.
3) Produce unique relevant and high quality content
Throughout our articles you will read repeatedly the importance of producing high quality relevant content, and for very good reason. Millions of new articles are being uploaded to the internet each and every day, so you need to create high quality, unique and relevant content to stand out in the crowd.
Here some top tips when planning your content marketing.
1) Marketing is futile and impossible without high quality content
2) Write for your target audience
3) Leave out the marketing jargon and write clearly
4) Speak your mind
5) Make it relevant to your business
6) Produce evergreen content
7) Create great headlines
8) Convey your brands image and voice
9) Solve complex issues when possible
10) Not all content has to tell a story
11) It is fine to share content more than once
Hare some interesting tips on social media and content marketing from Leo Widrich at convinceandconvert.com
4) Distributing your content
It would be impossible to be active on all very channel so with a little research you will find which ones are best suited to your business goals.
Don’t be tempted to open accounts on numerous channels without giving some thought on exactly what you want to achieve and the time you will need to dedicate to each one to make it a success. Even if you have a healthy content marketing budget you should still consider your options before deciding which channel will give you best ROI ( return on investment)
Did you know that according to scribblelive.com posts with images get 53% more likes and 104% more comments.
And an interesting survey carried out by Bufferapp found that the best time to tweet is between 12 noon and 1 pm. And tweets sent out in the early hours of the morning received the most clicks whilst tweets posted in the evening and late at night received the most favourites and retweets.
Adweek.com also published some interesting results which show the best time to post on Pinterest would be Saturdays between 8 and 11 am whilst the best days to post on Facebook are Thursdays and Fridays.
You can see now that by using the information that is readily available on the internet to help you plan your content marketing calendar, you have a much better chance of success.
5) Always think about SEO
In an ideal world you would purely write for your target audience and not worry about the SEO, however the competition is fierce out there so you need to think about including relevant keywords that you trying to rank for.
Use important tools such as the Google Keyword planner will help you research for the most profitable keywords relating to your business.
6) Use content marketing tools
The growth in content marketing tools in the past few years has been huge. There are platforms and tools to help you manage and analyse every aspect of your content management campaigns.
Infographic by Curata.com
The top tools in each category include:
Website analytics – Google Analytics, Web Trends and Woopra
Social media analytics – Curalate, Visible and Crowd Booster
Web analytics – Alexa, Quantcast and Compete
SEO analytics – Moz, Sem Rush and Raven Tools
Email marketing – Mailchimp, RapidMail and Emma
Social Media Management – Hootsuite, Tootsuite and Buffer
Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Goolgle Plus, Linkedin and Pinterest
Curata.com provides a full an extensive list of all the content management tools available
7) Learn from your data
Even the smallest business should be able to track and measure their content marketing efforts, if not how will you know which content is producing the best results.
Check out the ultimate content marketing guide at scribblelive.com for content marketing best practices