Beef up your Content Marketing

Canvassing and prospecting are what many entrepreneurs complain about.



When I started working back before digital marketing was a thing, there was no real way to get around these presumably scary and anxiety-causing actions.


Just like the board game, Monopoly, you have to pass GO to pick up your cash. Without canvassing and prospecting, the possibility of attracting clients was little to none.


However, today we look back on these anxiety-inducing practices and see that the digital revolution has changed a lot of how we can attract customers. When we do research on how to scope out and attract potential customers right now on Google, you’ll come across something called content strategy, otherwise known as inbound marketing.


Inbound marketing consists of creating content (articles, videos, podcasts, e-mailings, white-papers, e-guides, blogs, social networks…) on a regular and consistent basis in order to make ourselves known, raise our visibility, establish a relationship with our audience and, ultimately, to sell.


Inbound marketing almost seems like the miracle cure for cold calling and prospection, however, I still hear a lot of people say that they create content, put a lot of effort into this strategy, and end up with poor results.


Content strategy is an amazing way to attract customers, however, like most things, needs a strong foundation in order to work the way you want it to work. It would be great if any random image, quote, blog post, video, or carousel drew people to our content, however, without a strategy, no one will really understand what your business is all about and will find it a bit chaotic to follow you.


In this article, we will explore 5 aspects to consider for a successful content strategy that really attracts customers.


WHY ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE WORD, STRATEGY?



A strategy is necessary to make sure that all the actions you are putting into place for your business really serve your end-goals and objectives.


So a good content creation marketing strategy, in a nutshell, isn't just about creating content.


A good content creation marketing strategy is all about how you will display, explain, position, and sell your products and services.


I have listed 5 important things to consider when you are working on your content strategy.


Here goes…


1 – WORK ON YOUR EDITORIAL LINE


Not surprisingly, the editorial line is the first thing to work on. It is this that ensures real consistency in your communication and makes sure that your prospects receive the right message (aka the one you want to return).


Concretely, an editorial line includes:



· The message you want to convey
· The positioning you want to have
· Your values
· Your brand's image, its notoriety
· Your products and services (and how they fit into all the rest)
· Examples of your expertise thought leadership

Once you figure out what you will base your editorial line on, you need to adapt this to your audience. Your audience will vary according to the platform that you are using.



So, for Step 2, you’ll need to


2 – FOCUS ON PLATFORMS THAT WORK FOR YOU


When you are starting out with your Digital Marketing Content Strategy, it may be a bit overwhelming to jump on board with all the different platforms out there. Remember that consistency is the key to growing your audience and maintaining a relationship with them.

In the beginning, it is probably easier to find one social media networking platform where your potential clients are hanging out and focus on that one. Once you have gotten used to working on that platform, you can then cast your net wider and seek out others that can be useful for you in growing your audience and making sales.


Being focused on a single type of content and social network also allows you to tame the algorithm and SEO as you go.


Only once you're comfortable with it can you expand your visibility and move to other social media as you go.


It's okay not to get results immediately. Content creation is a long term strategy.


Take the time to choose and test the various platforms and types of content. But once the choice is made, you’ll need to persevere!


Make sure that you are publishing your content when your target audience is online and you are engaging with them. Content strategy is not about the creation, posting, and disappearing, you will need to set time aside to engage and comment on other accounts, other posts, respond to comments on yours and discover what content works and does not as you go along. If you see that some posts do better than others on your feed, you will also need to look into those stats and analyze why. All social media networks allow access to your insights and stats and this something essential in understanding and growing your content strategy to make sure you are optimizing your content creation.



There are some really great apps that will allow you to track and monitor your social media progress as well. 

For Instagram:
https://igblade.com/
https://www.ninjalitics.com/


For youTube
https://vidiq.com/
https://socialblade.com/youtube/


For Twitter
https://analytics.twitter.com/about



In step 3 we will concentrate on the type of content that you will need to produce.


3 - PRODUCE THE RIGHT TYPE OF CONTENT


Producing content on social networks and different channels is not enough. Publishing content on your website for search engines and SEO with pretty keywords is not enough.


Your content should be geared towards the pain points and questions that your targets are asking. Not just on the content, you want to share or the topics you want to discuss.


Remember, we are in a business to serve a customer, help people solve a problem, or improve a situation.