Today’s marketing landscape is one that is constantly evolving. With technology improving and spreading as fast as it is, marketers have to keep up with what is new in order to stay relevant. The past several years have seen the rise of social media and mobile usage, a trend that is not going anywhere anytime soon. With this knowledge, brands trying to capture their audience’s attention can no longer rely on traditional forms of advertising.
So how do brands market their products? What does “advertising” look like today? While there is no one answer to that question, one particular marketing strategy that brands frequently use is content marketing.
[Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on the primary focus areas of R.A.C.E. Digital Marketing: Reach; Act; Convert; Engage. We will expand on these articles to create longer guides for Digital Marketers and make them available at our training division site: CollegeofMarketingPros.org]
How to use the R.A.C.E strategy to connect and create loyal, engaged customers for the long-haul
Webdirexion uses the R.A.C.E. marketing strategy where one specific focus is on Engagement.
As part of Webdirexion’s continuing series on R.A.C.E strategy, today we’ll be talking about Engagement, which is all about keeping your customers happy, loyal, and interested—for good.
The “E” in Race is all about engaging your customers, particularly first-timers, for the long term in order to build loyalty. You want to keep your customers for life, get them repeating purchases by engaging them through social media, email, and even direct interactions.
A good way to gauge loyalty is by looking not only at repeat purchases, but also at how your customers interact with you through social media. Do they share your content? Have they referred others either through social media or more traditional word-of-mouth forms? (more…)
You have an opportunity to tell your story… and make it sizzle!
Born at the turn of the 20th century, Elmer Wheeler has long been lauded as the father of persuasion marketing. Known for coming up with ingenious ways to upsell everything from shaving cream to crude oil, Wheeler has also been credited with coming up with some of marketing’s most important adages, from “don’t ask if but which” to the concept we will be discussing today “don’t sell the steak—sell the sizzle!”
If Mr. Wheeler were alive today, he could surely give us countless examples of sizzle. A New Yorker profile on the marketing maven tells of how he would carry a square clothespin with him to illustrate the “sizzle” behind these everyday household objects. You see, back in the days of yore, way before clothes driers, clothespins were round and–consequently–more likely to roll under furniture and far out of reach. Then, in the 1920s, square clothespins entered the scene, and their “sizzle” (the fact that they don’t roll if you drop them) helped them take over their round counterparts within a matter of years. (more…)
Remember that curation is a content strategy, while tools are tactics in search of a strategy.
One of the tactics in the Content Marketer’s arsenal is called “curation”, where you find and republish quality content in a newly “packaged” way. The idea is that you add value at least three ways — you assemble a package that would be hard to find or gather elsewhere; you contribute some editing and related content yourself; and the UI of the “package” facilitates readership (on different devices and through smart layouts that leverage content in a streamlined fashion) and social sharing.
We’ve tried four of the major services for curation over the past 3-5 years, so I wanted to give you some take-aways about each — Flipboard, Paper.li, Rebel Mouse, and Scoop.it. I’ll give you a sample of what we have used them for and thoughts on results but first the most important thing I can tell you is that these tools are tactics… in search of a strategy. What do I mean by that? Well, too many content marketer’s seem to rush into the latest greatest tool and deploy it as a tactic with no clear publishing strategy (niche, readership, purpose of publication, editorial guidelines, etc.) in hand. Planning is in order. And, remember the old adage — if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Curating a good publication takes time and consistent effort, so you need to have a clear picture of the end goal and how it will pay off for you. Remember that curation is a content marketing tactic, not a publishing strategy. (more…)
Good writing becomes great content marketing content with the implementation of SEO best practices and tactics, which are changing all the time. See the excerpt from the infographic, 10 Tips for writing content that ranks in 2013.
Content is the buzzword. That’s all you hear about — engaging content; informative content; interesting, valuable content. Good content translates to good writing. It’s as simple as that. Because face it, if you are lacking the expertise of a skilled and talented writer – your content is going nowhere.
In fact, back in 2012, the Content Marketing Institute’s consultants were all asked, “What are the essential skills for content marketing teams?” Each commentator included writing skills as a top recommendation.
Nobody picks up a pen the first time and puts things down on paper and is instantly a good writer. Nobody. Writing is a skill that needs to be fine tuned, rehearsed and refined. There are, however, certain qualities that make for a good writer. You can learn them or hire out some experts when you’re busy wearing all the other hats in your company. (more…)