Does content marketing really work?
You’re blogging and creating content, but you feel like nothing is working your way. Your sales aren’t increasing, your newsletter isn’t getting new subscribers, and it feels like you’re wasting your time.
If that’s the case with your content marketing, keep in mind that you can log in from where you are and start over at any time.
Determine your why
When you create content, do you know what its purpose is? Every content choice must have a reason for being to be successful. Is the content there to inform your audience about a problem? Is the goal of the content to get more subscribers? Perhaps the point is to sell a new product or service? If you don’t know what the point is, it will be difficult to get someone to act.
Understand your audience
When producing any content, it is imperative that you know who you are creating it for. Try to develop buyer personas and write the content for “one’s customer” rather than creating it for an anonymous person you don’t know. This can help you develop highly personalized content that gets results.
Know your niche
You may think you know your area of expertise, but the fact is that a niche can change a bit over time as technology improves. Stay current in your industry to be ready for changes and trends that may emerge.
Follow your competition
The best way to differentiate your content marketing from your competition is to observe what they are doing. Join your competition’s lists and take a look at the content they are submitting. Can you determine if it is working well for them or not? Can you decide how to do it a little better?
Know the purchase process
There is an established buying process that your audience will participate in, even if they don’t realize it, and it’s important to realize where people are in the buying process. Usually something like this works:
In addition, after the purchase, your customer will evaluate again whether or not they will buy from you again.
Refine your strategy
If you don’t have a strategy, or you feel like what you’re doing isn’t working, take the time to work on refining your strategy to make it work better. Base this on the information you have collected about your customers, the niche, your products and / or services, as well as the buying process.
Promote the content you create
Content cannot just be created and that’s the end of it. Use promotional strategies such as on-page and off-page SEO, social media sharing, and other means to promote content for viewing.
Create engaging content
Nobody wants to consume boring cookie cutter content. Make sure the content is tailored to the needs of your audience, speaks to them on their terms, and provides value of its own to your audience.
Lastly, content marketing is all about the long term. Results are not going to happen overnight. Continue to produce high-quality, relevant and consistent content that is purposeful and provides value, and you will see the results you want.