There’s no shortage of content online. 4.6 billion pieces of content are produced daily, each competing for your consumer’s limited attention.
The industry is saturated, to say the least. On the one hand, a flash flood of content is good for searchers, as they’ll find information about pretty much anything they look for. On the other hand, content creators must fight for their chance to earn those searchers’ attention.
This is supposed to be encouraging, not discouraging. Here’s why:
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a brand new business or a seasoned marketing veteran —you can play the content marketing game and win it.
While you should keep an eye on your competitors efforts, content marketing is about meeting the needs of potential customers through high-quality, original content.
Let’s look at how to do just that.
Content marketing holds one main purpose: reaching your business goals through content creation and distribution. It’s not about selling – not directly – but rather about steering potential customers in the right direction.
Whether you want prospects to sign up to your email list, download an ebook, or buy your product, content will get you there. But only if it’s the right kind of content at the right time.
Generic content will get buried among the piles. Generic content is weak.
Creating content for the sake of it won’t scale your efforts or bring you enough prospects. Bluntly speaking, people will find better sources somewhere else.
What you have to do is create content that shines. Content that stands out and answers all of your prospect’s questions. Content that can be repurposed and shared, again and again.
Want to learn how to do it yourself? Keep reading.
Backlinko’s CEO Brian Dean has tested and proven that this strategy increased search traffic by 110 percent in only two weeks. Talk about a spike!
The Skyscraper technique is divided in two parts: creating content, and then chasing the right people who can give you a backlink for it.
For now, let’s just focus on standout content creation.
This strategy is by no means meant to replicate or plagiarise content. “Making it better” means creating something original, more valuable, and more readable than the current winner.
Will it take time and work? Yes. But it will also give you the traffic you’ve been craving. And when you’ve got traffic and a good content marketing strategy in place, the results will follow.
So…what are a few ways you can make your content better than the guy who’s positioning first in search engines?
While the above steps aren’t a guarantee of first-ranking Google positions, they are a smart way to increase traffic to your website, simply because the content is well-assembled and well-distributed. Instead of thinking about positioning, think about bringing value to your readers.
In the end, it’s all about creating content with sharing potential. It’s about creating “awesomeness”, as Google Search Advocate John Mu once tweeted in response to a curious marketer:
Brands like NBA, Guess, Chipotle, and even The Washington Post are using TikTok as one of their content strategies.
Why? Because they’ve seen its massive growth and marketing potential.
Part of TikTok’s strength relies on the trendy content streaks any business can borrow and mould into their own brand. Any business or professional is suitable for TikTok trends – whether it’s a law firm, a healthcare professional, an eCommerce brand… you name it.
What’s more, TikTok users can start and follow challenges with the purpose of going viral. An example of a famous challenge is Guess’s #InMyDenim, where users would record themselves going from “disheveled” to “fabulous”. Only, the latter had to include Guess denim apparel.
The same goes to other platforms like Instagram and other types of media, like memes.
Laffin, a plush toy company, saw an opportunity in current events and created the following meme:
And the response was incredible.
All it takes is a bit of creativity to come up with interesting ideas. Nothing will ever be 100 percent original, but you can get pretty close to it. After all, your brand is unique.
The question you should ask yourself is: how can I tie current news and trends with my content? And how can I make it interesting enough to be liked, commented on, and shared?
A lot of those humongous “ultimate guides” you see around the web were written years ago. That’s also the reason why you see hooks like “Updated for 2021” on title tags, for instance.
That happens because some principles change so often that they need to be consistently updated. A great example of ever-changing content is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), in which new guidelines and rules come around every year.
Still, the changes or potential additions are so minimal, a complete rewrite of SEO guides isn’t necessary and a few key rules still remain. Writers can just tweak those guides for clarity and upgrades, and they’re ready for republishing.
You, too, can create your own ebooks and guides only once, and update them every year. This type of long-form content has several benefits:
When it comes to content creation, there are many options to explore here. You can:
You know your potential customer like the back of your hand.
What type of content would they like to see? A smart strategy is to send out surveys and cater to their wants and needs.
Educating and nurturing prospects with standout content are the most important steps towards a buying decision.
A smart content strategy will send prospects down the marketing funnel if the right content is well-placed at every stage of the buyer’s journey: awareness, consideration, and conversion.
Grabbing potential customers at every stage means creating content they’ll both need and love to consume.
Take videos, for example. According to research from Brightcove Inc., 85 percent of millennials affirmed they’ve bought a product (or service) after watching a video. It figures, as enjoyment of video ads is said toincrease purchase intent by 97 percent.
With that in mind, there are ideal types of content for every stage of the funnel. Here they are.
Awareness. In this phase, you’re attracting people who have most likely never heard about your brand. You must educate them and give them a great first impression to activate positive brand association.
Consideration. It’s when the previous “strangers” have now become prospects, and you must send them deeper into the funnel.
Conversion. Congratulations, you’ve got a customer! Yet, just because you’ve won their business once, that doesn’t mean your work is over. You’ve still got to delight your customers, or they’ll choose to go somewhere else.
As much as you don’t want to read this, your newly created content won’t earn its well-deserved attention overnight.
Remember that there’s an overflow of content out there.
You might have to create dozens of pieces of content to reach your conversion goals, or a top Google position, or the big prize you’re on the lookout for: cash.
So hang in there. Getting established and earning authority in your niche takes work.
In the meantime, enjoy it! Above all, creating and marketing original content should be enjoyable. The big break might come when you least expect it.