There’s no good idea that cannot be improved on.Michael Eisner
In last week’s blog post, we discussed some different “buzzwords” that are often associated with digital marketing. One of these words – content creation – is maybe seen as the biggest enigma. It’s such a broad term, that it can be difficult to pin down exactly what it means.
Put simply, content creation is anything that an audience can consume or interact with. Providing this content to your customers gives them a reason to come to you, so relationship between brand and consumer becomes mutually beneficial.
That being said, if the content isn’t very good, it’s not going to attract anyone. So maybe you know you need to focus on creating quality content, but you’re not sure where to start.
Here are 5 different types of content your brand can create to share with your audience.
1. Blog posts
According to a study by HubSpot, businesses with blogs can expect 55% more visitors than their competitors without websites. In fact, most website visitors are expecting to find a blog when they click on your site. A blog can also help establish your brand as trustworthy to your consumers. You can show that you’re an industry leader, writing about relevant topics and topics that are important to you and your audience.
Not to mention, blogs are a great way to bring organic traffic to your site by ranking for SEO.
2. Social media
With social media, you’re meeting your audience where they are – online. Without being overbearing or “spamming,” brands should find the social platforms that work best for them and focus on creating meaningful content. Share news with your followers to distribute information to a large group. Promote your existing content by repurposing it into something smaller and more digestible for a social audience. Answer questions or engage in conversation with anyone who engages with you. Tell a story to cut through the noise and chaos of an increasingly digital world.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube, Tik Tok… find your platform(s), and find your people.
Videos have become increasingly important over the past few years, and it’s clear that trend isn’t going to die any time soon. The statistics about videos speak for themselves:
- 43% of people want to see more video content from marketers. (HubSpot)
- Almost 50% of Internet users look for videos related to a product or service before visiting a store. (Google)
- Product videos can increase purchases by 144%. (Neil Patel)
Whether it’s creating a new YouTube channel for product demos, or incorporating “story” videos into your brand’s social profiles, consumers want to see more – just make sure you’re producing content that’s truly valuable to them.
Who doesn’t love a good statistic? Similarly, who doesn’t love a great piece of design?
Put them together, and you have the infographic.
However, infographics are so much more than the sum of their parts. By using aesthetic appeal and useful information, they are a great way to attract a target audience – easily. When creating infographics, ask yourself this question: what does your target audience care about and want to learn about? It’s another chance to show yourself off as the expert on a given topic, and it positions you to share why your audience would benefit from using your product or service.
5. How-to articles or checklists
Creating great content always comes down to providing something useful. It might not always be explicitly – or even implicitly – advertising your product or service. Sometimes, it might just be showing your industry authority and associating yourself and your brand name with that industry.
That’s where content such as how-to articles or checklists come in. Consider topics related to your industry that consumers have common questions about. By writing an article that breaks down that topic step-by-step, you establish yourself as a leader and an expert. The same goes for creating any kind of checklist that your consumers might need. Give the consumer what they need right now, and they will remember you later.
Content creation. It’s so much more than just a buzzword; these 15 letters convey so much of the way that digital marketing is moving in the future. Less shouting into the void, less spamming – more conversation, more focus, more value.
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