As a business owner, your time is split between all of the tasks it takes to run a successful business, managing your employees, keeping the books, upkeep of your location, and then of course, marketing. With all of the other responsibilities that come with running a business, running a robust digital marketing campaign on top of that can be an overwhelming undertaking and can be easy to neglect. In today’s marketing landscape, content marketing may be a term you are likely to come across, but what exactly does that mean? Content marketing is simply producing and sharing exciting content like videos, blogs, email campaigns and web pages, and showing your customers what makes your business stand out. You already know what makes your business great, content marketing is your platform to tell the world! Here’s how to use content marketing to your advantage to make your business stand out.
Create Content That is Your Own
Now let’s think about your consumers for a second. Have you ever tried to read all the content on the internet? It’s exhausting, and spoiler alert, impossible. Among all of the other content we are exposed to on a daily basis, users today crave content that is genuine. That’s where content marketing comes in! Blogs and page content are a great way for you to tell your brand’s story, and sell yourself organically. So think to yourself, what makes your business different from all the rest? Maybe your restaurant is incredibly globally conscious and only serves locally sourced foods. Or you offer a full menu of Keto or Vegan options. Rather than waiting for your customers to find these things out for themselves, use your website and online resources to tell them first.
Once you feel like you’ve hit all of your bases, now it’s time to reach out. You would be surprised what your already loyal customers have to say about you. You may love the fact that your business is sustainable and your menu is diverse, but they might come for your amazing breakfast menu, craft cocktails, or specialty coffees. The truth is, what makes your business stand out to you may not always be what keeps your customers coming back. Gaining as many perspectives as possible will help you to shape your content towards those all-important unique selling propositions, or what your business offers that makes it stand out from its competition. Once you have that, get writing some personalized content that tells your story and shows why you are unique!
Create Content That is Dynamic and Exciting
The key to content is to keep it fresh and engaging. Whether you are writing a page about your brand new service line, or your weekly blog, it is your chance to let your personality shine. Be sure to add photos from the job or entertaining anecdotes to let your customers get to know you before ever meeting you. Blogging is also a great opportunity to establish yourself as a leader in your industry. Stay up to date with current events and industry trends, then use your blog to speak to them. Soon, your consumers will be looking to you for thought leadership pieces. Again, you know that you’re an expert in your industry, so show the world!
Create Content That Will Work for You
Now that your website is full of engaging and insightful content, the last step is to make that content work for you. Let’s go back to the restaurant example. If locals in your neighborhood are searching Google for “Keto friendly breakfast restaurants”, you’ll want to make sure that content you wrote gets seen. If you are spending all of this time building out your website, you will want to make sure it is at the top of everyone’s list when they are searching. This is where content comes into play with your overall digital marketing campaign. Once you write your content, you will want to be sure it is ranking on Google when people go to search for them. A website that has content will always outperform websites that do not have content and can be a vital part of your SEO campaign. Blogs can also make for great social media content, and email content.
Given these troubling times, many businesses are operating remotely, running limited hours, or temporarily closed. We encourage you to use this downtime to your advantage with some great content. Not sure where to start? Our dedicated content team at The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm can help you strategize show-stopping content that will tell your brand’s story and wow your customers before even stepping in the door. Content marketing is the perfect partner to an SEO or social media strategy to get your brand out there and recognized for what makes you, you! To get started, partner with us today. We will determine where we can develop content, and help you to create your brand identity as a team!