6. Write what people want to read, not what you want to write
Your content should always have an audience in mind.
That means you should have their needs in mind, too, not your own. Remember, content marketing should provide something valuable to people.
So although you may want to write about how terrible your day was or how someone should do something about the lines at delis in grocery stores, that’s not the kind of thing people will want to read.
They want to read something that’s written about the things they’re thinking about.
So ask yourself what concerns and delights your audience, then go from there.
7. Make sure you’ve got more of the “content” part and not so much of the “marketing” part
A lot of organizations get caught up in the “marketing” part of content marketing. Don’t!
Content is supposed to give your audience something of value. In return, you’re developing trust, authority, and expertise.
A blog post that ends with “BUY NOW!” each time will generate far fewer potential customers or supporters than one that ends with “Download our free guide!”
Why? Because people need to be convinced to buy something and one blog post probably won’t do it. You need a lot of content to build a good relationship.
8. Talk to people about the problem, not the solution
Instead of asking if an audience has a problem, then presenting a solution (your product), content needs to meet your audience’s problem, acknowledge the issue, then show your expertise on the subject.
When the audience trusts that expertise enough, they’ll be ready to take the next step and they’ll think of you first.
9. Don’t write your content in a bubble
When you’re writing, always remember to pop the bubble of your products and services by showing how they impact real people and real things every day.
If you stick to isolated product pitches and studies, no one will be able to see it in the context of their own lives.
10. Don’t forget about SEO
One of the most rock-solid benefits of content marketing is boosting your website’s ranking in search engines.
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Publicis-owned Kitcatt Nohr has held the coffee chain’s business since 2011, when it beat off Havas EHS to become Starbucks’ first dedicated UK direct agency. It went on to devise the My Starbucks Rewards card, which allows customers to collect “stars” each time they buy a drink, and is also available as a mobile app.
It may sound pithy, it may sound obvious, especially obvious when I consider my audience, but I’m going to say it anyway. A logo is not a brand. It's the mark of a brand. So when researching examples of a good rebrand why does the communications community keep throwing me logo redesigns? Are consumers really [more…]
With 21 million people following her on Facebook and 18 million on Twitter, pop singer Ariana Grande can’t personally chat with each of her loves, as she affectionately calls her fans.
So she and many other stars are spreading their messages through new-style social networks, via mobile apps that are more associated with private, intimate conversation, hoping that marketing in a cozier digital setting adds a breath of warmth and a dash of personality.
It’s the Internet’s equivalent of mailing postcards rather than plastering a billboard. [more…]
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What is a “brand promise”?
It’s simply what it says it is, a promise from the brand to its customer. They are shaped by many factors. The brand offer, the marketplace it operates in, the capability of the brand and in some cases the promises of competing brands.
Today's generation of increasingly child-centric parents will smile in recognition at this U.K. spot for the Volkswagen Tiguan, which highlights the lengths they will go to for their kids with a gentle, wry humour.
It features a dad who looks increasingly wistful as he misses out on a golf trip to take his daughter to ballet, is marched off to a kid-friendly eaterie, sits watching "The Powerpuff Girls" with his daughter, and misses the goal in a soccer match because his son's in the bathroom.
AffiliRed (www.affilired.com), the performance marketing company for the travel and tourism sector, has appointed Irene Otero in a strategic move that focuses on driving business in critical European markets .
A graduate in Cultural Communication and Journalism, Irene has a great deal of experience in marketing and PR, with previous roles in the audio-visual sector as well as international promotion for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain.