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How do you make your content even better with all the strategies proposed by top-notch online marketing gurus? There is a handful of effective ‘to-dos’ to create attention-grabbing content that resonates with your audience. The message of your content will have to be clear and crisp, both in written and visual formats.
Let’s take a look at other strategies to use to boost your website’s overall appeal.
For the past couple of years, when we refer to content marketing, the first thing that comes to mind is blogging. The benefits of blogging is numerous. Besides engaging audiences, blogging helps a lot with SEO. By adding new blog posts to your website, you are essentially adding more content and web pages to feed search engines. The more information search engines gather about your website and services, the better they can rank you for matching search terms.
Then why is it that this article is titled: The Big Content Marketing Shift 2015? Will blogging slowing lose importance? Absolutely not. Blogging will be around for many decades to come. But what we are seeing in 2015 is an increased focus in 2 other content marketing channels: specifically Social Media and Email Marketing. Blogging today is literally a given. If you are a content marketer, then you blog and you recommend others to blog. Blogging is so effective that it has today become mandatory to have. more
There is no question that eye-catching and interesting content is becoming more important and will continue to be so for many years to come. Why? As consumers become more accustomed to marketing materials, and could easily spot one right away, content created solely for marketing purposes quickly become less and less effective.
Today’s marketers should really be about finding a way to engage and interact with consumers on a person-to-person basis, and what better way to do so than via user-generated content? In reality, this is much easier said than done. If you were to add a simple open question to the end of your blog post such as, “well what do you think?” to prompt comments, you’ll quickly find that it doesn’t work and you’re back at square one.
An entire marketing campaign strategy and a team of marketers are nevertheless needed for a successful user-generated content approach. Here are a few successful case studies by 5 brands to get you started.
As simple as it may sound here, this particular Starbucks campaign was a huge success. The brand not only successfully engaged fans but ended up with some very visual appealing user-generated content when they launched the Starbucks’s White Cup Contest. The campaign was a contest that asked participants to paint Starbucks’s white cups, take a photo of their artwork and submit the photos to the brand’s social media page using the hashtag #WhiteCupContest. The result are wonderful visuals for Starbucks’s Facebook and Pinterest pages as well as an increase in their social media organic reach.
Mobile has been in limelight as the next big thing for the past few years. And to a certain extend, it more or less has. Fact is, the mobile marketing umbrella is huge! From geo-targeting to in-app advertisements, responsive designs and the list goes on. So will 2015 be yet another year for mobile? See the full 2015 Digital Marketing Trends infographic by Syndacast here to see how Mobile Marketing will play out, as well as other notable trends.
Over the course of 2014, many trends have carried over from 2013’s predictions and have since evolved to accommodate the fast-paced rate of digital marketing trends. Trends such as social media marketing, mobile marketing, and content marketing were the big winners of 2014. Continuing on through the end of the year, new trends will be adopted and optimized for the upcoming year.
Influencer marketing is a powerful marketing strategy; one that online marketers who take a more holistic view of brands and products recommend. In many cases, influence marketing is part of a larger content marketing strategy. Here below is an infographic for a quick 10 minutes understand of what exactly is influence marketing and the current landscape.
We’re almost at the end of 2014 and content marketing is as strong as ever. Trends suggest that content marketing will gain more importance as we move into 2015. In this article, we’re going to go back in time a bit to the very beginning to gain a better understanding of where the practice all came from and really dig into the facts and figures this year, followed by an overview of key opportunities and challenges.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST
Content marketing started early in 4200 B.C. when a cave painting was discovered that translates to mean “6 Ways A Spear Can Save You From A Wild Boar.” In 1895, John Deere launched the magazine: The Furrow which continues to run under the same name today and available in digital format. It is published in 12 languages and has 1.5 million circulations in 40 countries. In 1900, Michelin launched a 400 page guide: The Michelin Guides which was created to help drivers maintain their cars and find decent lodging while on the road.
Content marketing is booming. Content marketing has been for years one of the most actively sought out forms of marketing in the world. It allows brands to personally connect with their audiences. With the availability and accessibility of social media platforms, starting a trend or spreading the news has never been easier. However, for many business, the concept of content marketing is still brand new and therefore, they may not be ready to step out of their comfort zone (in reference to traditional marketing methods).
To better understand what content marketing is about, this is a brief introducing to understanding the four fundamentals of this form of marketing.
I recently came across this question posted by a fellow online marketer; which is actually a really good question: “Which do you think comes first? The content strategy or the digital strategy?”
Here’s what someone who works at a Digital Marketing Company in Asia might say: Neither.
They should come together. It’s no different from offline marketing. If you have the marketing materials but no marketing strategy, then the materials become useless. If you have a superb marketing strategy but no materials, then the marketing strategy becomes useless as well.
Some might say if the digital material (content) is great already, it will take off on its own. This isn’t quite true. A digital marketing strategy is needed for initial discover-ability, be it via PPC, social networks or advertorials. Now if you step over to the strategy side of things and design a great geo-targeting strategy for PPC, you would expect the results to be as great right? But what if the ads aren’t as powerful? No call-to-actions? Doesn’t stand out from the crowd?
Ideally, the content strategy and the digital strategy should work together in parallel. Teamwork.
As the strategist designs regional targeting, the content person needs to know how the strategy develops while they prepare the ad material. Vice versa, while the content person prepare the ads, there are some terms and phrases that might be more common for some countries and not for others, hence the strategist would need to accommodate these keywords and map them to the right countries well.
The right content that reaches the right target audience at the right time; is actually fairly easy to achieve. All you need is close collaboration between the content and digital strategists, for all areas of digital marketing.
Content Marketing, a form of marketing that builds your brand with the use of effective, high-quality written content to connect your brand with customers and boosts engagement. Content Marketing comes in many forms: Articles, infographics, podcasts, powerpoint presentations (slideshare), guest blogs, blogging and a whole handful of others. The basis of content marketing is not for the thrill of getting cheap links for a measly amount of link juice, it’s way more than that. Content Marketing is for those who wish to create awareness for their brand, whether they’re doing it online or offline.