Marketers want their content to be anticipated and valued by audiences. However, there is so much content out there and that may not happen. Despite the ever-changing landscape content creators are facing today, there are things you can do to keep up with the changing times and develop content that stands out, drives engagement, and has prompt action.
Below we will have a look at 4 simple tactics you can follow in order to create content that people actually want to see:
1. Understand your audience & community
According to a study by IBM, 80% of consumers believe brands don’t understand them. There is a clear gap between what consumers want and what brands give them in return.
Is important that Content creators have a deep understanding of their audience, in order to speed up the production process. Once you’ve tapped into what makes them tick, it’ll be easier for you to identify opportunities to engage them with your content. For example, you can use platforms like Survey Monkey or other alternatives to put together a survey of questions, interview them regularly, or engage them on social media. Explore community forums like Quora to find out what kinds of questions your audience is asking. You should find time to connect with your users and other community members. All of this should inform how you put together an identity for your ideal reader, increasing your ability to create new, relevant content quickly and boosting engagement.
2.Repurpose what’s already working
A huge mistake that content marketers are doing is that they don’t produce new content instead they focus on the work they’ve already done. You need to make time, be creative, and identify opportunities where you can re-purpose content into different formats such as video, infographics, social media campaigns, AI, etc. Tools like Pixstudio and Canva can help you create a visual element for your story. Or you can create reels for Instagram. By creating different content pieces, you’re opening to a more diverse set of people. Remember that not everyone likes to consume content in the same way. You have to test different ways you can create the content so it drives toward your overall goal.
3. Leverage user generated content
With the evolution of social media and the transition from “buyers beware” to “sellers beware,” marketing has shifted from companies creating their own mascots and brand characters to customers now being their brand characters. Currently, so much of our challenge as marketers is to validate the products and services we are selling with as much credibility as possible.
As your content develops, take time to look at what customers and other members of your community are saying. What questions do they have? What problems are they experiencing? And how can you take that content and re-purpose it into your own content marketing strategy?
If you have customers who are posting on Instagram with your product, re-publish those as a round-up on your blog or display them on your website using a social media display platform. Repurposing what others are already saying saves you the time from having to create something on your own, but you’re sharing genuine thoughts and experiences which is what consumers want to hear and see.
4. Don’t over-complicate your writing process
You need to write in your very own way and not copy from others. You can use tools like WriterRoom or Clean Writer Pro to write without distraction. Always remember that any content creator has their own creative process. However, if you’re struggling to get past the scary stage of taking on a blank canvas, compartmentalizing the stages of writing can help. It requires you to give your writing time to breathe and that can feel like an impossible thing to do, however, if you can master a routine, you’ll be pumping out content like nobody’s business.
You can spend a few hours researching, writing, editing, and obsessing over your own work. Or if you are not the only content creator in your company, find coworkers that can actually help you write some of the pieces as a subject matter expert. Before you can start creating content your audience wants to read and share, you need to set up systems that guarantee quality over quantity.
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