Do you also struggle with writing and marketing all things content?
Have you failed to strike a chord with your target audience?
Content is king, but unsure how to approach the king?
Keep on reading further to understand some basic rules which will help you sail your boat.
WHAT IS CONTENT MARKETING?
Content marketing by definition in more technical terms is the strategic creation of text, imagery, audio or video, that delivers a relevant and interesting message to a customer who is on the lookout for the same message or similar.
WHAT IS AN AUDIENCE?
The first thing you need with content, for it to work, is it has to affect the audience in some ways.
An audience is made of people who are at a lot of different stages in how they are responding/ might respond to you.
It includes people who are prospects, leads, have some interest but are not ready to buy, existing customers and people who are not in the market for that product or service, but they know somebody who is.
WHY IS CONTENT MARKETING IMPORTANT?
You’re never entitled to the attention of your audience. You have to earn it everyday. This is why content marketing important.
Every topic is interesting to the audience that is relevant for that content.
Words are the way to a person’s brain just as food is the way to a man’s heart.
For that to happen, you have to use some skills as a writer. You have to use techniques like humor, or stories. Or use the frustration of your audience with problems that come up day in and day out in their topic.
Everything we do as human beings creates many stories. And you have to seek these out for your content.
Now, here’s the thing.
If your content isn’t successful, if it’s not getting audience attention or keeping that attention, you may be doing something wrong.
A piece of content is worth consuming if people consume it.
It’s worth consuming if people are reading it, listening to the audio, watching the video and sharing it, giving it exposure to a wider audience.
TIPS FOR CONTENT MARKETING
While there are many ways to attract traffic, in this blog, we’ll be focusing on the basics.
The first thing that good effect of content marketing normally will have is a headline that instantly commands attention.
This is actually one of the most important things you can do for your content.
Because of human nature, we base our decision to read or pay attention to something that causes a reaction in our brain.
Have you noticed about we pay attention to some captions on Instagram? Some really catch our eye, well that’s an art too. The psychology, but is the same.
You have to use the headline to capture the attention in a fraction of a second..
And then, of course, after the headline, that first little bit of the content, the first few sentences need to pull the audience in.
You need to hook the audience with a story, some humor, some fascinating fact.
Something has to pull their attention in so that they stay.
Most effective content also has useful information that solves a problem the audience cares about.
If you think about the kind of content you read in magazines, you will be very close to the mark.
It’s the kind of thing people read, again, or watch or listen to, because they’re interested in the subject and they want to know more about it.
Effective content also will normally have a single focused point.
If you will, it’s a moral to the story that the content is trying to teach.
It could be objection, motivation or belief for a particular thing..
But remember the purpose behind every piece of content that you’re curating.
Remember the audience it is trying to reach.
Remember the topic you’re trying to educate the audience about..
Remember, you’re here to make their lives easier.
CONTENT MARKETING TECHNIQUES
Most effective content marketing uses proven writing technique like stories.
Metaphors, making things specific, concrete detail, and those could take the form of case studies or examples that illustrate a point.
And the final thing that effective content marketing will tend to have is a very clear specific call to action that explains to the audience simple how to take the next step.
Rule out assumptions if you want to tread down the path to content marketing.
Your audience is like kindergarten students who need to be handheld and then taken to the next step.
As a marketer, it’s your responsibility to make sure that there is a well-crafted call to action in that content, that spells out what you want that person in the audience to do next.
Content marketing is about getting in front of a customer or a potential customer even before they know your customer.
It’s about anticipating their needs even before they know what they want, and its about ensuring that they come back to you as a company or organization they can trust.
So the two elements that really lead to reader engagement, fantastic social media sharing, are meaning and fascination.
Meaning, is the informational aspect of your content that your regular readers, listeners or viewers come to you for.
Another way to think of the important aspect of meaning is relevance.
Content needs to be highly relevant to exist in your prospective audience.
If you’re not flowing with the trend, you will not be found.
And the second element that’s important is fascination.
The fascinating content is where the creativity comes in.
That’s the fun, shocking or entertaining aspect of your content that makes people pay attention and share it with your friends and colleagues.
So this might come from using an analogy a metaphor, to make an associated connection between something that’s cool and an important topic that might otherwise be kind of boring.
Not only does this attract and hold attention, but it also helps with comprehension and retention for your audience. Which in turn increases your authority with them because they actually learned something.
And one thing to keep in mind is that from post to post, it is possible that you will bond much more strongly with a small segment of the people you talked to.
So one article might speak strongly to some and another article might speak strongly to another and don’t let that worry you.
That is okay and normal, and really shows that you’re doing a good job of really making a very focused connection with a few selected individuals.
The point is to bond strongly with someone rather than boring everyone.
And the final point on this, if you have to explain your cleverness, your joke or reference, its not worth it.
Remember what I said before?
Clarity matters more, no matter how cool you might think you are.