You just can’t say it. You have to get people to say it to each other. Awesome quote from James Farley, yes? Getting people talking about your content and your business. And certainly, James Farley certainly gets it … probably had it down before anyone else? What you may be asking? The concept of what it takes for content marketing success, of course. The concepts, no, laws of content marketing are crucial to success.
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Content marketing tactics such as blog posts, feature articles, optimized website copy, white papers, social media content and press releases move consumers along a specific path. Content marketing generates awareness of your brand, product or service; inspires consumers to engage and consider you; converts them into leads and sales; and creates advocates. Lots to gain, yes?
But there is a tremendous and ever growing completion for these gains, isn’t there? Often it seems almost a bridge too far. So we need to know how to write the best content. It starts with a subject told in a different way and a catchy headline. But you must hold the audience with useful details throughout your article.
So you need to work hard to go after these potential gains. Discover how content marketing exposes consumers to your brand, engages potential customers, and converts them into leads and sales.
The following are 12 laws of content marketing for ensuring the success of an online content marketing strategy that even small businesses can successfully implement today:
Do your homework
Start with a plan and process for researching the market and knowing your customers. This will provide many ideas for developing compelling, relevant content of interest to your specific market’s customers.
Laws of content marketing … listening
Success with social media and content marketing requires more listening and less talking. Read your target audience’s online content and join discussions to learn what’s important to them. Only then can you create content and spark conversations that add value rather than clutter to their lives.
Content marketing faces the same reader scrutiny and skepticism as traditional advertising. Being genuinely helpful is the only way to engage prospects to gain their trust and build strong relationships.
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Laws of content marketing … content personalization
Content must be personalized to increase its consumption and influence. It must inspire the actions you desire. Your goal? Get the right information detail to the right decision maker on a just in time basis.
As a content marketer, you need to find partners to help you spread your message. Whether that’s a business partner, a co-marketer, influencers or bloggers, when you collaborate more people get in the know about the work you are trying to do. The other neat thing about collaborating is that by working with different groups of people, you potentially will introduce your story to a whole new audience of people who are not familiar with your work.
Spend time finding the online influencers in your market who have quality audiences and are likely to be interested in your products, services and business. Connect with those people and work to build relationships with them.
If you get on their radar as an authoritative, interesting source of useful information, they might share your content with their own followers, which could put you and your business in front of a huge new audience.
Nothing beats timeliness in terms of the value of information. Timely insights score big with your content consumers. Stay on top of your market and continually refine your ability to report on what is going on now.
Content readers are searching for new ideas not rehash. They value original thinking highly. Offer it. Create well-conceived original themes and content. Original thoughts trump quantity any day. It’s better to have 1,000 online connections who read, share and talk about your content with their own audiences than 10,000 connections who disappear after connecting with you the first time.
Don’t expect others to share your content and talk about you if you don’t do the same for them. So, a portion of the time you spend on social media should be focused on sharing and talking about content published by others.
Simplicity and clarity
Does your content meaning jump out to the reader? Can they get the meaning easily without deep thought? Simplicity in understandability and readability are essential factors that will drive your content’s success.
Learn as you go
Don’t think you can execute ‘drive-by’ content that will succeed. Plan and refine continuously. Use analytics and reliable tracking tools to know what is working best and follow these paths.
If you publish amazing, quality content and work to build your online audience of quality followers, they’ll share it with their own audiences on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, their own blogs and more.
This sharing and discussing of your content opens new entry points for search engines like Google to find it in keyword searches. Those entry points could grow to hundreds or thousands of more potential ways for people to find you online.
Don’t publish your content and then disappear. Be available to your audience. That means you need to consistently publish content and participate in conversations. Followers online can be fickle and they won’t hesitate to replace you if you disappear for weeks or months.
This is your time to create successful content marketing. With good continuity and persistence helpful, relevant content will be able to develop lasting relationships with your customers. Lead with initiative and own the moment. Dive in today and notice how much your business improvements grow.
Remember this simple fact. Stop interrupting what people are interested in and be what people are interested in. Let your content marketing success be your difference maker. From maximizing quality to increasing your online entry points, abiding by these 12 laws will help build a foundation that will serve your customers, your brand and — perhaps most importantly — your bottom line.
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