If you are a small business owner that leverages the internet for advertising purposes, then you will understand that in order to be seen you have to be heard.
To be heard you have to create compelling content on a regular basis and get it in front of the right people at the right time.
Articles, videos, blog posts, pillar content, follow up emails, presentations and proposals: the list is endless!
This may seem quite daunting, and trust me it is; there are no two bones about it. If you make a commitment to developing a web presence that engages your audience in both heart and mind then the amount of work that you need to put in can be overwhelming.
To say that you have a website is not good enough. It is not. A website on its own is nothing. It’s like having a Ferrari sat on your drive. Yes, it may look impressive but if there is no fuel in the tank and you can’t drive it, it’s as useful as a chocolate fire guard! In fact it is worse than that, it’s an asset that is literally losing value by the second.
The content that you create is the fuel, it brings your website to life and without freshly created content on a regular basis then you will get fewer and fewer visitors and more importantly even less subscribers to your mailing list or prospects for your business.
If this alone does not convince you that content marketing is a worthwhile investment or asset for your business then maybe these three reasons why businesses need to embrace content marketing may help.
3 Reasons You Should Embrace Content Marketing
When you publish top quality content, on a particular niche on a regular basis, then over time you develop your image as a thought leader in that niche. A thought leader becomes the go to person in that industry and when that happens opportunities and business relationships come your way.
Your position as an influencer becomes a unique identifier as to why other people and businesses would want to start relationships with you.
Staying in the spotlight at the top is not easy. It requires attention to detail, original ideas and, of course, constant updating.
If you claim to be the biggest, the best or the fastest in your niche or industry you’d better make sure there is evidence out there to support those claims.
It is not difficult for anyone to search the internet to find out information about your business and with the invention of social media there are more and more ways that people can talk about you, your business your service.
Make sure that if you say you are the best, you are the best. If that is the case then proof will occur naturally to substantiate those claims.
Organic Search Engine Optimization.
Being in the prominent organic search rankings is quite literally like sprinkling gold dust on your website. Business owners know this and that is why there is such fierce competition for the few coveted spots at the top of the page.
The more content you produce which is related to your core competencies, the easier it is for you to place in context links and also get your articles published in leading sites within your niche which again helps your content marketing strategy by raising your profile.
Content marketing alone will not bring a horde of business but it will certainly help your online presence and reputation, which in this day and age is probably the biggest and most important asset that any growing business can have.