What is content marketing and why does my business need it?
For many businesses, content marketing is just another name for their general advertising and marketing strategy. However, smart business owners know that content marketing isn’t just a general way to sell more products or get your services in front of more interested buyers. Content marketing is a crucial part in a company’s overall relationship with a potential customer – as it paves the way for future potential sales, further down the line.
Content marketing is the term given to creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content online, content that is specifically geared towards your ideal client. Whereas traditional marketing and advertising helps potential buyers compare the different solutions out there and gives them a means to buy them, content marketing is what’s used to initially raise their awareness of an issue or problem, in the first place.
Here’s how an effective content marketing strategy can work wonders for your business.
Content marketing attracts your ideal audience to you
If you’re talking to your ideal target audience, they’re going to listen to what you have to say. This is how content marketing attracts your ideal audience – it speaks to them, about the problems and issues they’re having, in a way that resonates with them.
Content marketing keeps you visible
If you want to stay relevant to your ideal audience, you need to produce content that keeps you visible to them. This means posting content of value to your audience on a consistent basis.
Content marketing raises awareness
Your ideal audience may not know there’s a solution to the problem they’re currently facing – it’s your job to educate them. If they are already aware, they may not know where and how to find that solution and, again, it’s down to you to raise awareness to the potential solutions.
Content marketing spreads your reach and influence
If you create content that is both valuable and easy to understand, it’s going to get shared – that’s why infographics, videos, podcasts and blog posts are so popular. The more people share your content, the more influence and reach you’ll have as a result.
Content marketing encourages a profitable action
It’s important to realise, content marketing isn’t about making sales, it’s about providing the building blocks for a new relationship, BEFORE the sale takes place. Your advertising and marketing are what drive the sales, content marketing leads onto these things. The profitable actions of content marketing would therefore be getting someone to follow, like, interact and read more about you and your products or services.
Content marketing is about value
When it’s done right, content marketing can have a huge return on the initial investment of money and time put into it. Once created, that content can continue attracting and informing your target audience – but this only happens, if the content produced is valuable to them. This is the secret to good content marketing. Value. Your ideal audience WANT to find this information. They WANT answers, help and advice on the subject matter and they WANT a solution.
If it’s created in the right way, content marketing will not only keep working for you, long after it’s been released, it’ll also support your other marketing efforts, such as SEO, social media and brand awareness. So really, the question isn’t WHY does my business need content marketing – it should be HOW can my business create more of it?
How did today’s article resonate with you? Are you already using content marketing in your business and, if not, what tips do you take away from today’s content? If the whole subject has left you a bit overwhelmed, why not give us a call on 0207 610 0045, and let us help you utilise content marketing in your business.