Integration of соntеnt mаrkеtіng in your digital ѕtrаtеgу іѕ a must have if уоu rеаllу want to grow your business and out-do your competition.
The first phase of internet marketing was ‘SEO’, then came ‘Social Media Marketing’. Today's internet marketing buzzwords are ‘Content Marketing’.
I know what you're thinking – ‘Another new thing? Another new internet marketing concept I have to learn?’
We hear you, this discipline can be exhausting. The ‘new’ things never stop. It's as though the internet never sleeps! But if you are not already familiar with content marketing, chances are you are already doing it.
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’ (Content Marketing Institute).
In the old days, content was simply the articles in newspapers or stories in magazines. Content is what makes a publication worth reading. It has been the backbone of media and advertising long before the internet. Today, content includes the copy on your website, blog posts, articles, videos and eBooks. Basically it's the material your viewers read, download and watch and the stuff that search engine spiders crawl.
Why is content marketing important for every business?
The more relevant, trustworthy and reliable the content you publish on landing pages and the more visitors who read it, the higher your website will rank in Google, and the more easily your business will be found online by people looking for the information you provide.
This is why it’s important to understand what your target market is searching, so that you can offer the content they are looking for.
Types of content you might publish could include:
- An article on the 10 Top Places to Travel in 2017 if you are a travel agent
- A guide to securing your first home loan if you are a mortgage broker
- A dessert eBook if you are a restaurant or cafe specialising in sweets
- A blog post about shaping up your personal finances if you are a financial advisor
- A training video on YouTube if you are a fitness coach
Content marketing shouldn’t solely be focused on promoting your brand and your business – it’s about providing your target market with valuable information they want, to establish credibility in the marketplace, and taking them on a journey that eventually converts them into longstanding customers. However your brand should always be present in the content you create through logos, artwork and call-to-actions.
You are already content marketing
Content marketing is not new. Chances are you're already doing content marketing as part of your SEO and social media marketing efforts. 'Content' is simply the stuff you share when you Like, Tweet or blog. It's the videos you submit to YouTube and it's the practice of uploading your articles to your website and article directories.
Content syndication is loaning out the content you've created to other outlets, bloggers and business owners to get more exposure and to help other sources fill their space requirements. Examples of content syndication are the Associated Press articles that appear in news sites or in your local newspaper.
Benefits of content syndication
Since creating content is time consuming and labour intensive it's great to spread it as far and efficiently as possible. Finding guest blogging opportunities and submitting articles and videos to directories is time consuming and there's no guarantee they will ever be seen.
Sharing your content with people who have expressed an interest in it is much more effective because these people are seeking this type of material in order to share it with interested viewers. This is the benefit of content syndication.
Syndicate your content
Websites like elance.com and Newsmodo.com put regular call outs for specific and tailored content which brands are looking for to connect with their consumers. These services might be worth subscribing to see what type of content is being sought out, but the downside is you won’t be attributed as the source of the information if your content is picked up.
Conversely outbrain.com is a service that automatically makes your pages and blog posts available to other publishers who may wish to share it, and syndicates your content so that it can't be changed by the next user. All your text, photos and links are encoded so that when they are embedded in another site they remain exactly as they appear in your site. In fact, if you make any changes or updates to your pages or posts those changes will immediately appear on all the other sites where your content is already embedded!
This isn't the case when you share your content on article directories because there's always the possibility a publisher will remove your links or change your material. Also, article directories don't accept photos but photos on your site's content remain when they are shared on third party sites that embed your content via repost.us.
Content curation made easy
Although every website owner engaged in marketing is encouraged to blog and write articles to keep their site fresh and attract visitors, the reality is not everyone has time.
This has led to the popularity of "content curation" which is simply picking an interesting variety of other people's material to share on your site. outbrain.com makes this simple because you'll always have access to plenty of related articles from writers willing to share.
Content marketing tips
Once уоu knоw what your аudіеnсе wants, you саn еаѕіlу mаxіmіsе your buѕіnеѕѕes ѕuссеѕѕ through рlаnnеd digital mаrkеtіng where content is the ѕоlіd bаѕе.
Your соntеnt сrеаtіоn and distribution ѕhоuld follow some of the bеlоw listed tірѕ that can help уоu bring your business to the fоrеfrоnt of thе digital mаrkеtplace.
16 tips for content creation and distribution
- Knоw your market and audience
- Research what they want, and know what keywords they are searching - create content around those keywords
- Plan and strategise in advance
- Don’t EVER copy or plagiarise any content. It must be unique (from you)
- Brаіnѕtоrm often
- Bе tесhnоlоgу orіеntеd
- Pеrѕоnаlіze your content
- Use social media wіѕеlу by providing content your market is interested in
- Cоnѕіdеr customers аѕ storytellers
- Wеlсоmе expertise
- Be relevant and remain in context
- Merge visuals and intеrасtіvе applications
- Avоіd duplication and sраmmіng at all costs!!
- Attend edіtоrіаl and networking events
- Keep identifying arеаѕ of imрrоvеmеnt
- Alignment your content and marketing teams – this іѕ a muѕt!
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Author: David Samuel
Digital Strategist @ Platinum Web Media
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