Content marketing is the process of using multiple content works to educate, engage, and build a credible reputation with a target market as an authority on the products or services being sold.The content may include articles, videos, infographics, podcasts, case studies and other creative works. The byproduct of this altruistic endeavor is lead generation and sales conversions. Essentially, brands bring knowledge, entertainment, and best practices to the marketplace, and in return, the marketplace rewards the brands with sales and long-term loyalty.
The key ingredient of content marketing is authenticity. The days of a clever sales pitches are long gone. Today’s digital consumer is extremely astute and can detect shady salesmanship instantly. Brands that win followers have to be authentic. Don’t attempt to manipulate or overtly ask for the sale; rather, the sale comes to you after you establish you are worthy of the sale by the consumer. Being worthy comes through bringing value to the consumer in your products, services and brand messaging. You can’t be all things to all people; instead, be something meaningful to some people and you will enjoy the business success that follows.
The content may be delivered by many methods including e-mail, infographics, case studies, web sites, podcasts, blogs, videos, webinars, and white papers.
Content marketing is about diving deeply into what makes you unique and why your target market should buy from you, but in a subtle way – through education. By helping consumers, you establish yourself as a trusted authority that brings more value to them than competitors that just try to sell them without first proving they are worthy of the sale.
The consistent act of publishing new information results in engagement with prospects who are searching for answers. The act of searchers finding your answers and consuming content is tracked by Google algorithms. This boosts your search ranking with Google. Google loves sites that deliver a great user experience, and rewards those sites with higher page authority, which means you rank higher on searches for answers that your content marketing works deliver.
The key to being relevant in a culture that is constantly multi-tasking, swiping while working, and consuming content is to become a reliable source for information that is geared towards a specific interest. Become a specialist. Content marketing is a proven tactic in digital marketing to win consumer loyalty a world where new information is only a click away.