Betty Crocker found a great recipe for content marketing success. (I know, that pun was hard to swallow.)
When food brand giant and cultural icon Betty Crocker, a brand owned by General Mills, wasnât having success online they developed a digital video series centered around solving common problems for at-home chefs.
Since launching in 2008, their library of around 1,500 videos collectively received more than 70 million views, according to ChiefMarketer.com.
So what did they do right to earn their way into consumersâ kitchens?
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The videos are low on selling, high on solving
âWe wanted to get out of the interruption business and more firmly into the solution-based âlet-us-help-youâ business,â said Doug Moore, vice president of branding for General Mills in a ChiefMarketer.com interview.
This requires a philosophical commitment to the idea that customers can be earned through providing content they found useful versus promoting products on price or value positioning alone.
Instead of âhey, look what our products can do for you,â itâs âhey, hereâs how to do that thing youâve always wanted to do. And oh yeah, if you need the ingredients, weâve got those, too.â
Use of a smart, beyond-the-basics, SEO strategy
Anyone can kick their feet up on a desk, stare off into the distance and say things like âyou know, people really like to search for ârecipesâ online.â
The team got specific and drilled down to see what household cooking projects web audiences were struggling with and created videos that specifically targeted long-tail search terms like âhow do I make buttermilk?â and âhow do I thaw a turkey quickly?â
They went for long-term value instead of fleeting viral
These videos arenât positioned to have an explosive viral effect and end up on the Today Show. With videos that focus on being the right answer to the right question at the right time they are better positioned to serve an ultra-specific need that has reasonable demand, one video at a time.
The goal is not to rack up vanity metrics, itâs to become a resource for people who buy their products â or will be buying them shortly.