Content marketing is best described as a philosophy
Every conscientious marketer knows content creation is a powerful tool to strengthen bonds with customers and meet business goals in a buyer-first world. Devout content marketing disciples already know and practice the principles of delighting their audiences with invaluable content. They know that providing invaluable content translates to loyalty.
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FORM VS. FUNCTION
The first rule of content marketing is that it’s not about the form! Substance first, structure second. Blog posts, case studies, white papers, guides, infographics, contests, social media campaigns, videos, webinars, podcasts … it doesn’t matter.
What matters is that you’re giving customers something they value.
Rather than thinking about media, channels or any specific tactics, start by viewing content marketing as a set of principles in which building trust, not twisting arms (i.e, the hard sell), is the goal. Your world-class content is what comes first, the vehicle for distribution is second.
In addition to the brand credibility and customer satisfaction that you will gain from premium content being central to your marketing strategy, you will benefit from:
- Organic search-engine rankings, especially for timeliness or social influence.
- Greater audience engagement: Social shares, ‘likes’, repeat visits, avg. time on page/site.
- Opportunities for external links (and qualified traffic) back to your site.
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CONTENT MARKETING WORKSHOPS
Learn how to enhance your status as an industry authority. Walk through our Content Marketing Canvas and arm yourself with a clear plan. The 3-phase approach consists of:
- Phase 1: Research and discovery
- Phase 2: Planning and development
- Phase 3: Execution, measurement and refinement