Content Marketing – More Than Blogs

Content marketing shares valuable information to your customers and potential customers. It’s main goals include: drive site traffic, obtain brand recognition and get your company viewed as trusted source of industry knowledge, products and services.

Most companies automatically think blogs are the best tool to move their content marketing strategy forward. While it is a great tool, it isn’t the only option.

Nearly 60% of businesses find content marketing challenging.  Here are a few tried and true marketing vehicles to ensure your business is viewed as a thought leader and innovator.

eBooks/White Papers

Establishing your company as an authority in your field is essential. Factual and beneficial information packages offer businesses the opportunity to highlight industry knowledge and specifically how they stand out from the competition.

The white paper has served businesses for years. With the addition of eBook, many businesses find it challenging to know when to offer each of these great content tools.

These vehicles offer customers valuable content and businesses get customer insight. Obtaining customer information with a free download of these packages prove great lead generators for the company while providing quality content to the customer.

It’s not enough to develop these gems. Businesses must promote them through social media, newsletters and of course, the company blog if they want to gain a sizable audience.

Videos

In an age where virtually everyone has a YouTube channel, your content better offer something customers can use.

Live feeds with interviews and product demonstrations allow viewers a glimpse of what makes your company and products unique.

Businesses want the video content to engage customers, but these content pieces must be tracked and align with the overall marketing strategy.

According to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), the future of video marketing tactics mean businesses must be able to measure the effectiveness and impact those campaigns had on your customers.

Infographics

With all the new media formats available, some businesses may question if the old favorite is still effective.

With nearly 60% of B2B marketing campaigns using infographics in their strategy, it’s safe assume the tried and true tool remains influential.

Consumers are busy. One of the best ways to reach your audience is with visual content.

SMA Marketing’s article on the importance of infographics also states ‘high quality infographics are 30x more likely to be read than text’. Note, high quality – seek professional graphics help or try platforms like Canva to achieve a professional graphic.

A combination of these tools provides a well-rounded content marketing strategy outline for you business. Keep in mind, ideas must convert to sales. Once you know which tools will bring in customers, take the time for research and development, goals and trackers and calendar implementation.

Contact me to discuss how professional copywrting contributes to your content marketing strategy. 

 

Freelancers: An Expense or An Investment?

When small businesses think of hiring a freelancer for content marketing or website development, there is always hesitation.

While freelancers often enhance businesses, many view the hiring as an unnecessary expense. Let’s get over that initial balk and learn how hiring a outside writer can benefit your organization.

Take Off Your Writer Hat

As a small business, you and your team wear many hats to make the organization function smoothly. You’re the CEO, the mail sorter, the office manager, the event planner and the advertising team.

Decide if your marketing efforts need an in-house staff member or a boost from a professional writer. Many times, staff and freelancers work in tandem so the organization’s day-to-day operations are maintained.

Take off the writing hat and get a freelancer whose focus in content marketing and B2B communications writing helps take your organization to the next level.

Bad Writing is Bad for Business

Just because you can write an email doesn’t mean you can develop an email campaign to drive drive traffic, increase revenue and build trust in your field.

Sure, no one knows your business better than you. However, if your message and your call to action aren’t clear or invoke reactions, your business won’t grow.

Hiring a freelance writer means getting the knowledge of an expert on an as-needed basis. Finding copywriters, graphic designers and SEO specialists is essential for presenting your organization in the best light to customers.

Hire a professional for the targeted projects and you can focus on the day-to-day operations.

Freelancers Save Money

Hiring a freelancer means your organization doesn’t provide office space, full salary and benefits or training time. Freelancers save organizations money  and provide high-quality work.

Freelancers are their own business and often work on referrals and networking which means we are always giving our best work to each client. We strive to exceed expectations and adhere to strict deadlines.

Copywriters know how to write in persuasive tones to elicit response. We know how to take jargon filled notes and produce compelling copy that hits your clients right in the pain points.

Freelance copywriters know how to engage with your customers so you become a trusted authority in your field.

 

Let’s talk more about how I can help your business in marketing copywriting, gain more site traffic and earn more clients.

The Secret Weapon in Your Marketing Toolbox

Newsletters aren’t what they used be, and that’s a good thing.

Like many outreach methods, the newsletter evolved in order to survive the digital world.

Where social media allows immediate sharing of information reaching broad audiences, newsletters allow for prolonged exposure to targeted audiences with consistent messaging.

Savvy marketing professionals realize organizations can focus on specific, and useful, information throughout their newsletter campaign.

Share Useful Information with Clients

The key here is USEFUL information. Clients don’t want their inboxes flooded with junk and no marketer wants their hard work shifted to the spam folders.

Include newsletters as part of your direct marketing efforts with target clients through announcements of products, services and even to reinforce brand recognition.

Writing informative and engaging newsletters is an art. Messages for your customer, employees and board of directors are not the same. It’s vital to know your audience and tailor all messaging to be a consistent reflection of your organization.

Gain Contacts and Clients

Become a trusted source of useful information and your organization will see increases in site traffic and a jump in client engagement.

Newsletter readers spend 80% more time on the a company’s site according to content marketing writer, Megan Radogna.

Newsletters offer a vessel for visual content that engages clients with your message without it coming across as a hard sell.

According to imaginepub.com, email marketing is the third most influential source of information for B2B audiences, behind only colleague recommendations and industry-specific thought leaders.

Internal Newsletters Keep Everyone in the Loop

Be sure this essential tool works for your organization internally as well. The importance of internal communication hasn’t faded.

With 73% of millennials identifying email as their preferred means of business communication, business leaders must utilize the internal newsletter to keep employees and investors abreast of company information.

Managers and business leaders can’t always know if their team is paying attention in a meeting or reading drafted memos. They can, however, check a read receipt for digital newsletters sent via email.

Changes in policy, personnel and even P&L statements can be shared at a glance with a monthly newsletter.

Managers can boost morale with news of employee promotions, sales wins and other good news through an organized format so that everyone remains in the loop.

While the newsletter has it’s place and benefits, it’s role is to be ONE of the tools in your arsenal, not the only one. Much like other platforms, newsletters work best when used in conjunction with other marketing efforts such as blogs, advertising and social media content.