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No, you aren't imagining it; marketing your business keeps getting harder.
 

It almost doesn't make sense. After all, there are more marketing and advertising channels than ever before and it's never been easier to get in front of consumers.
 

Here's the thing: simply being in front of consumers isn't enough anymore.
 

You need to entertain them. You need to engage them. You need to educate them.
 

You need a strong content marketing strategy.

 

 

What is a content marketing strategy?


Content marketing is a large catch-all for a variety of marketing techniques that revolve around one common denominator: writing, creating, sharing, and promoting original, creative and interesting content.
 

This isn't a new strategy. We have been talking about it for a couple of years now.
 

The high-level view of what it looks like is:

  1. Figure out what your target market might be interested in. Identify the questions they might be asking, and the subjects that would intrigue them.
     
  2. Plan, write, and design content that is relevant to the areas that you identified in the previous step
     
  3. Promote the content you create across different channels. This may simply mean posting it to Facebook if your audience is already large enough, but don't forget about other channels like your newsletter (you do have a e-newsletter right?) and paid channels (like native advertising, adwords, or promoted social media posts).
     
  4. Rinse and repeat. A strong content marketing strategy is ongoing and consistently producing new interesting content at regular intervals.

 

At this point, it is important to note that no one step above is more important than the others.

 

 

What content marketing is not


Content marketing is not about pushing out "content" for the sake of pushing it out.
 

It is not:

  • writing boring blog posts that no one will read
  • simply posting your press releases on your website
  • posting content on your website and hoping people will find it on their own
  • sales pitches
  • a one time strategy
  • inconsistent
  • cheap
  • walls of text
  • a quick fix

 

 

What content marketing should be


Great content marketing strategies are based on content that:

  • is interesting. Either in the information it shares, or the story it tells
  • is visually pleasing with rich photography, video, and/or graphics (like infographics!)
  • is promoted heavily when released
  • is something that people would talk about and share with others
  • is something that people will reference in the future
  • makes us think, laugh or smile
  • is published regularly and of consistent quality
  • ultimately aligns with your business goals

 

 

An example of Content Marketing


Todd Martin is a great local Kelowna realtor that has been helping buyers and sellers for over 10 years. He just released his very first content piece that will be part of an ongoing campaign that will generate brand awareness in his market.
 

His first post is titled "9 Reasons Why Kelowna is the Best Place to Live (summer edition)". It highlights what is really great about Kelowna with great photography, vibrant video, and enjoyable copy.
 

Kelowna Content Marketing Example


Todd's content hits all the checkboxes for good content marketing.

  1. It was interesting and easy to read
  2. It was visually attractive and had strong photography and video
  3. It was on-brand
  4. It was promoted across multiple channels after publication

 

You can check out the full piece at Todd's website, Kelowna-Homes.com.

 

 

Why invest in a content marketing strategy?


Consumers are beginning to tune out advertising as we traditionally know it. I'm talking about the ads we are all familiar with; Online Banner ads, Magazine ads, TV Commercials, Billboards, Buses, Apps on our smart phones... The list goes on.
 

For example, the engagement level on banner ads (ads you see on websites) has gone down from 9% to under 0.2% since 2000. That means 15 years ago that every 1000 times your ad shows up on a site, it would get clicked around 90 times on average. Now they are under 2 on average. At the same time, advertising rates on sites have gone up.
 

 

A well planned and executed content marketing strategy allows businesses to connect and provide value to consumers. This helps build a relationship with a consumer because their "guard" is down when they are entertained and interested in the content. Everyone likes an ad that entertains them. That's why millions of viewers flock to television sets for the Superbowl to watch the great, creative commercials that were created. Then they flock to the internet to watch them again, and share with friends. Content marketing is no different. The more entertaining and interesting the piece, the higher the engagement will be with consumers.
 

This is why companies are heavily investing in content marketing. In fact, B2B marketers increased their budget by 58% in 2014, and B2C marketers increased their budgets by 60%. One study by Google's Hubspot found that brands that created 15 blog posts per month averaged 1,200 new leads per month.
 

Maybe it is time for you to invest in content marketing as well.
We can help.