There are many marketing strategies, out of which content marketing is quite a prominent one. It usually involves the creation and also sharing of articles, videos, and other such media. Through all these media, a company makes it clear that it values its customers.
The tools usually involve emails, newsletters, blogs, videos, social media posts, amongst other things. It is aimed at existing as well as potential customers. All these lead to your customers thinking of you as a partner who is interested in their success and also as a valuable source of guidance. Then they will surely buy from you when the time comes.
One might ask, “why is content marketing so important?” The answer is that research has proven that businesses that have blogs are able to get more leads when compared to other companies. A large number of potential buyers go through 3-5 pieces of content before they reach out to a sales representative. The companies experience higher growth rates as well.
Content marketing is used in each of the sales stages. The first stage, which is known as the “awareness stage,” the content should answer the top concerns of the customers, which allows for the best chance to engage with them. The content in this stage is usually educational or step-by-step.
The second stage is the “consideration stage.” Here the content should provide both marketing and information. It should guide the reader with regards to what to look for, like the features/functions, etc. This all should be customized in relation with your products and services.
The last stage is known as the “closing stage.” Here the primary focus should be on closing the sales. Here it should be made clear why they should especially go for your products. You should clearly differentiate your products from the others in the markets.
So, all in all, the entire process can be broken down into some steps:
- Identify your target market
- Decide on the proper format
- Decide on the writer, editor, proofreader, etc.
- Decide how you will send/distribute it
- Decide on a schedule
- Follow the best-proven practices
You can showcase your unique values by creating content to attract, engage, and then sell. With the proper planning and execution, you can reach out to the right people and increase their loyalty to your brand.
Through this form of marketing, potential customers find it easier to find your business. One way that this is done is through “search engine optimization.” or “SEO.”
For this to be successful, you need to identify keywords or phrases that people will usually link to your business while they search for you online.
So, when you include these keywords or phrases in your content, you will most likely attract more traffic. Be sure that these keywords or phrases are:
- Plain Language
Also, be sure to use the keywords/phrases in your title, avoid using too many different keywords/phrases, use the keywords/phrases throughout and not just somewhere specific and be sure to stay on the main topic and not stray away from it.