By Michael Brenner
October 3, 2019
When did you last stop to ask yourself: Why do we do content marketing?
If you ask me, the reasons abound:
- Content helps you connect with each customer, win their trust, and eventually build and maintain a relationship with them.
- Content lets you explain the benefits of your product or service offerings (and eventually sell them) to the market.
- Content helps you differentiate yourself from the competition.
- Good content demonstrates the authority of your brand in your niche, while building a strong reputation and recognition.
- An effective content marketing strategy delivers the best business results.
While you might choose to put your content out there with in-depth how-to posts on your blog, a column in your local newspaper or industry journal, a billboard at your city’s airport, witty tweets, or amusing Instagram stories, the only channel that satisfies every reason you ever have for distributing and promoting your content – including those that I listed above – is organic search.
That’s not an overstatement. Let me explain.
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By Lisa Shomo
February 25, 2019
Dr. Seuss Day is coming up on March 2. Could you create effective marketing copy by imposing limits on how you write—as Dr. Seuss did? Should you?
For his best-selling children’s book Green Eggs and Ham, Seuss set himself a strict limit of only 50 words. Considering that he successfully got an entire generation of kids learning to read and having fun doing it, his writing techniques are worth examining.
Using literary devices you wouldn’t normally use might hem in your writing ability—or completely unleash it.
Seuss not only used small amounts of simple words, but also explored repetition, alliteration, and rhyme, and he invented new words while crafting his stories. Kids couldn’t get enough.
As we celebrate Dr. Seuss Day, what can we learn from him?
1. Rhyming helps solidify memory
Why is it that you can remember marketing slogans from 5, 15, or even 35 years ago, but you can’t seem to remember anything on the shopping list you left at home? I wager that many, if not nearly all, those memorable slogans rhymed.
Rhyming is the literary device that most people associate with the works of Dr. Seuss. Rhyme turns out to be a powerful element that made his books both treasured and unforgettable.
Children—heck, even adults—are able to rattle off line after line of Seuss’s books. And that was his intention: getting kids to connect the words on the page with sounds they hear in their mind and say out loud. When words in a phrase or series of lines sound alike, it is much easier to connect the words together and to remember them.
By Felicity Blance
January 29, 2019
When you’re thirsty, do you order a soda or ask for a Coke? If you have a cold, do you ask for a tissue or a Kleenex? Sometimes a product gets so popular that the brand name becomes synonymous with whatever it’s selling. This is brand awareness in action.
Brand awareness can seem like a vague force that’s hard to measure. But just because it’s trickier to track than a sale or a conversion doesn’t mean spreading awareness is without value. Building your brand through top-of-funnel content establishes a connection with a new audience. It can even change the way the existing audience perceives you.
Without that awareness foundation, it’s harder to achieve other goals down the marketing funnel. Why would someone buy something from you if they have no idea who you are?
At Contently, we wanted to get a better understanding of the biggest brand awareness challenges, so we turned to our own customers to find out more. When we set down to review the data, the same few challenges popped up over and over. Here’s how you can address them before they hurt your marketing efforts.
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By Jodi Harris
April 23, 2018
No matter how creative, memorable, or popular your content pieces may become, every asset you create and share will ultimately be judged by the impact it makes on your business’ bottom line.
While it can be tempting to think about measurement only after all other tasks are complete, you should recognize by now how critical it is to have the right data on hand to inform every phase of your content marketing approach. That is why it’s a good idea to establish sound measurement practices from the start of every program, enabling you to track, analyze, and optimize your content’s performance on a continual basis.
But, of course, just because something is a “best practice” doesn’t mean it’s easy (or possible) to achieve in a real-world setting. Fear not. Even if you’ve been creating and distributing content for a while, it’s never too late to implement the measurement techniques to identify what’s working, discover areas where improvements can be made, and determine where to scale back to concentrate on more impactful efforts.
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