Beyond Content: Compelling, Consistent, Valuable Marketing

A long time ago, we wrote about SEO fast food (I’ll Take #1 Ranking with That, but Hold the Fries).  The idea of SEO fast food is that everyone wants fast online marketing; they want fast results.  They want to attract and retain customers, they want to change and enhance behaviors.  They want miracles to happen with their content marketing.

Beyond the Buzz

But content marketing is more than words.  It’s more than creating copy and posting it online.  It’s more than blog posts, articles, videos, press releases and traffic generating buzz.

Beyond the Buzz

Your business is a living entity.  Like any living entity, it feeds and grows.  It can be nourished or starve.  If your business lives and breathes, why should your marketing be any different?

Now, people assume that content is content is content, and that words are what does the selling.  But it’s not the words.  It’s the story; it’s the conscience; it’s the emotions.  Superman wouldn’t have been quite so super if he hadn’t had Clark Kent’s alter ego and loved Lois Lane.  That’s part of the story – part of the emotions.

Beyond the buzz of “Superman saves the day” is the story of Clark Kent, a normal guy who’s love didn’t know he existed.

What’s your story?  Are you telling it?  And, are you telling it in a way that makes sense?

Consistent Marketing

Part of any strong marketing campaign is consistency.  Not only is a consistent tone important, but also a consistent brand message.  As we wrote in Dear, Sweet Internet Marketer – Connect the Stinkin’ Dots Already that consistency is important across the board from point, to point, to point.

This means your logo needs to be the same across all social networks.  It means if Bob is your content creator on ABC site then Bob needs to be your content person on XYZ site.  It also means that in every piece of writing in which your company is mentioned, the spelling, capitalization, and spacing needs to be the same.

Why is this important?

Understanding brand development

A company brand is developed from several points of interest.  For example, the positive aspects of a brand can develop through personal interaction with products, brand perception based on media ads, and brand perception based on the word of mouth activity from advocates (among others).  As the brand develops so does positive or negative emotion toward that brand.

Valuable Marketing

How Valuable Are You?

With everything that you market, with every point where you meet the customer, you have to be consistent.  But consistent with what?  The answer is value.

When your potential customers meet you, when they come across your company, the very first question they’re going to want to answer is “What’s in it for me?” You’d better have that answer ready.

Focus on customer pain. “This is your problem.  We understand your problem.  We can help you with your problem.” In other words, the world may be dealing with serious issues, but there’s a new way to do things -and that’s your way.

You see, beyond the buzz there has to be answers.  Who.  What.  When.  Where.  Why.  How.

  • Who are you?
  • What are you offering me?
  • How will it help me?
  • Why should I buy from you?
  • Where can I use this?
  • When will I see returns?

How you choose to answer these questions, whether you do it with individual articles or a 5-second video, is up to you.  However, the answers have to be there.  Show your value.

Compelling Marketing

You see examples of compelling marketing everywhere you go.  You see them on billboard ads, television ads, print ads…  Everywhere you see various examples of marketing meant to extol the virtues of products. –Or, more correctly, your own virtues if you simply own this product.

This dress will make you look smaller.  This car will make you more successful.  This hair will make you beautiful.  No matter what the ad is selling, it’s created specifically to compel the target market into buying.  The way you do that is to understand customers need, what they want – their points of pain.  Then you create offers that directly address those pain points.

6 Steps to Compelling Content

  1. Define your target audience: Who are they? What problems will you solve for them? What type of information will they be interested in? Compelling content solves (or promises to solve) problems, shares information, or provides them with updates.
  2. Identify social networks:  Where is your target market found? Some of the more popular are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SlideShare and LinkedIn. However, your market may be more active on the less popular. Don’t just assume they’re found on the above; do your research.
  3. Establish preferred media:  How does your target market prefer to ingest information? They have multiple options: video, podcasts, presentations, infographics, images, and e books are just a few. Publishing through the various forms of media gives them more options.
  4. Brainstorm content ideas: Have you ever seen the Never-ending Story? Well, you’re writing the never-ending story for your company. As you brainstorm, break the huge, overwhelming story into bite-sized pieces. The whole story is told, but in bits small enough for a person to consume and understand in one sitting.
  5. Create the content: Write, record, create!
  6. Optimize your content: Make sure your content, no matter where you upload it, has strong headlines. Double check that you’ve put it in a bite-sized structure (headings and bullet points, for example). Make sure it’s on topic, and – last but not least – that it’s social friendly!

Beyond the Buzz

You’ll read a lot about creating copy that builds buzz. However, “buzz” is just another “buzz word”. What all the content marketers are saying is, “Create copy that compels.” We say, “Create,” because it very seldom just happens. Ask any copywriter out there.

You can use link bait (we have); you can use info graphics (we have). You can use videos and other forms of moving, inviting content. However, if your content isn’t consistent, if it doesn’t show value, if it doesn’t compel, it’s still just…. Content.

-And content alone is just words on a page with no meaning.

About Jahnelle Pittman

All around SEO coding geek; AKA "Editing Bulldog" A true geek with a heart of code and SEO, I'm the Senior Project Manager of Level343 and Head of the SEO Department. They call me the "Editing Bulldog" - I'm pretty sure I'm the editing nightmare of writers everywhere, waving a pen across every document in the search for perfect client deliverables. When not buried in paperwork, I'm happily buried in website code, SEO research or playing with my kids.

Comments

  1. It looks like the importance of content will never evaporate, as it’s as important today as it was 10 years ago and I don’t see things changing much over the years.

  2. Travis B. says:

    I really liked the part of you article that discusses customer “pain points”. If you can truly understand what the customer struggles with the most and you can offer them an effective solution, you are going to make a sell 99% of the time.

  3. Hey Jim, thanks for your input and sharing our content with your clients. I did want to mention your link was broken (It’s fixed now after some searching ;-) ) Let me add Branding has always been important. Not to age myself, but I recall studying branding & signage back in the late seventies…sure it’s changed especially with Web2.0 but keep in mind when done correctly, it’s still speaks of who you are and how people embrace/react/engage.

  4. I like your blog and have shared the link with some of our internet marketing clients. We believe that it is important to inform clients of what our work involves and how it can benefit their company. Social media and branding are becoming increasingly important. We have compiled a list of names with links to social media pages for the Top 25 List of SEO Experts for people to follow the experts and learn how they use social media for SEO.

  5. David, thanks for sharing the post!

  6. You make a very valid point regarding brand development. I think we are guilty of not looking at the bigger picture and your point about consistancy even down to using the same content creator across all of your platforms is something I wouldnt have thought about but now makes sense.

    I also think not enough marketers make the effort to connect with their customers using social media, I have published a post which highlights 2 great methods to connect more which has been proven to increase sales by up to 30% so I hope you can check it out.

  7. “Defining your target audience”. This is were many marketers miss the boat. There is this huge misconception that by targeting a broader audience it’s going to help grow your business? The truth is the more you narrow down your “niche” inside your market, the better your conversions are going to be and ultimately the more money your going to make.

  8. Good post, the SEO is one of the best resource of internet marketing, by this we can promote our business into that internet marketing. Which leads to increase our business revenue through to reach the targeted potential customers to our business.

  9. The whole goal of the search engines’ ranking is precisely to deliver good, relevant content to users. Good use of a web content brings clear business benefits like increase of search engine ranking and also sales.

  10. KeithRobinson says:

    It is a great opportunity to learn more about marketing in SEO. Since I have started this kind of job, I eventually came to realize the sense of making valuable efforts on content, webpage design, increasing traffic and many other factors that will bring success among businesses that are fitted to be marketed online.

  11. This post educative views are really improved my business experience effectively. Content marketing is not the only key to generate traffic and boost search engine result. It’s more like mixing up with links and patients these days to impressed search giants to get ranking. Thanks.

  12. Thanks Elsie, very kind of you to say. :)

  13. Thank you for all of your tips on marketing and how to survive for the long term. It seems like so many marketing ploys come and go. The only thing that really seems to last is the integrity of the business itself. It is important to advertise to get people to try your products, but keeping them is something you do by making a good product. Although product name is important, it cannot do everything. I take your suggestions as good advice, and thank you for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us.

  14. These are good SEO tips that we can absorb for our site’s SEO off-page campaigns. Content is king as they say and it’s so true.

  15. Sound like very informative and educative segment about online marketing. To my view now its so necessary to give quality and relevant content to get quick rank according to penguin update. Thanks !!

  16. You’re most welcome, Lee – Glad we could provide some useful information for you!

  17. Hi I am currently trying to rank my first site and I will be honest it is harder than I thought it would be.
    Actually setting it up was a lot harder as well but there you go. Your site has been very helpful as I haven’t had a coherent strategy. But the first t hint I am going to do after posting this comment is go back and check my content. To make sure it is good quality and is aimed at who I am trying to target.

    So for that thanks lee

  18. The whole goal of the search engines’ ranking is precisely to deliver good, relevant content to users. Good use of a web content brings clear business benefits like increase of search engine ranking and also sales.

  19. Effective and informative dealing with online marketing issue! In that arena, content marketing is online marketing success and highest for money earning. I appreciate the post. Thanks!

  20. I agree that one of the major components of marketing is the consistency of the message and value portrayed. There are customers of every level, so being honest with who you are as a company -read: consistent- goes great lengths to building a B2B relationship.

  21. I really learned a lot form this post. I am still new in blogging and these information and ideas that you have shared about marketing is really helpful for me. Yes, it is true that we all want fast results but I guess we must still remember that content and quality would not be neglected along the way.

  22. Hello Gabriella, I am really grateful for those links posted above. I myself am a newbie when it comes to online marketing and there is so much info, that it’s overwhelming me and I don’t know where to start and what to assimilate.

  23. So true yet being consitent in your message is extreme hard work and will take time to bild. At the end it is not a sell it is still the buyer who buys. He buys for many reasons it can be emotions or it can be pragmatic problem the buyer wants to solve.

  24. Hello Shane, not sure how to answer that question since we have so much…here are a few links on our blog Online Marketing Another category I would look through is Content Development Last but not least I would hit our SEO categories. One of my favorite post that has succeeded in putting a smile on everyones face is How to build content for SEO without bombarding your readers… it includes a great infographic. Hope that helps :)

  25. I’m really searching for effective ways on how to promote business online, since I’m still a newbie when it comes to online marketing, and reading this entry is really a big help. Aside from the tips above, do you still have any tips for someone who’s just starting to promote a business online? Thanks for sharing.

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