Content Marketing Methods to Stay Above Your Competition

By January 26, 2016Blogposts

As a website owner, you are already aware of the need to generate quality content. However, publishing content on your site cannot generate traffic on its own. Instead, you must adopt a marketing strategy that beats the competition. The approach you need to use follows a similar path as that used by marketers. First, you define the people you want to reach and second, you identify methods of putting your message across.
Before venturing out on your content marketing strategy, you should perhaps assess whether the material you have is relevant to your clients. The global communication trend has taken a different path. Several decades ago, people relied on computers only for internet accessibility. A majority of them now use internet-enabled mobile phones. If you are keen on remaining ahead of your competitors, here are five golden methods to help you be at the helm of your peers in as far as content marketing is concerned:

1. Understand the needs of your audience
Understanding an audience is the most important aspect of content marketing. Avoid generalizing market needs. Ask yourself hard questions such as what your targeted market needs, why they need it and what can help them get it. Carry out online surveys to find out what people want. From the results, you can now categorize your clients’ wishes. After that, you can now proceed to generate content that is specific. Surveys also save you time.

2. Create content for the client and not for you
Assume that you have two firms trying to entice you to buy a product. Upon comparison, you realize that one of them shares information about the item, in general terms. The other one goes on to give details on the benefits of having the product. Which company would you prefer? Web content behaves in a similar manner. Personalize the material you want to post online. Be specific and avoid taking customers around in circles. Address the needs of your clients as opposed to your own. To achieve this objective, know your customers beforehand.

3. Use blogs
It is one thing to generate content, but it is quite another to post it in the right platforms. The easiest way of promoting content is by use of blogs. In case you do not have one, create it immediately. Blogs increase the visibility of your online presence. Moreover, they make your brands authoritative and drive traffic to your site. Do not be satisfied with having posts on your blog only. Look for favorite blogs and request to post as a guest. The influence such leading blogs have will keep your content at the top.

4. Connect with audiences via video
Videos help in getting information across fast and efficiently. They have become a favorite among internet users to the extent that every social media platform is now encouraging users to post whatever videos they have. Take advantage of the thirst for videos. Get a professional to record for you a well-designed video clip. While making the video, let it be like you are telling people a story. Research extensively before coming up with accurate statistics and a story line.

5. Go to social media
Anyone that is not on social media these days must be living in solitude. Millions of people hang out in these platforms every day. Therefore, you have a perfect opportunity to showcase your business content. Create a strategy that allows you to switch from one platform to another with ease. Social media users love discussions. Use this as an approach to bring content to the fore. Find out the communities or groups your customers belong. Join them and take part in the discussions.

6. Bring in the slides
If you are wondering how effective slides can be, think of those presentations you have had in the past using your laptop and projector. Place the content on different slides. Ensure that they are in sequential order. Once placed online, your targeted customers can click on the slides and quickly find the information they need.
By consistently using these tools, you can push content to limits that competitors find difficult to scale. The Mark Consulting and Marketing offers its customers with superior online marketing services that help them gain an edge over their competitors.

By Mark Pavelich President Ceo The Mark Consulting & Marketing

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