Category: Content Optimization
Any new social invention has to pass a gauntlet of acceptance and acclamation before it becomes convention. Cellular etiquette, the proper time to use shouty caps in an email (NEVER!), anything to do with texting, and even what you should talk about on your blog, all still have a ways to go before “how to use it” becomes common knowledge.
But what, then, is the etiquette for a business blog? This has the danger of becoming a multi-post, but let’s start the conversation about blogging for business with humor.
Why humor? Well, when was the last time you saw a serious commercial? When insurance companies start cracking jokes I think it’s safe to say that everyone is using Funny to get their message across.
So, is humor something worth adding to your content marketing?
To answer that, let’s turn the … Read More »
If you are like me you spent most of your childhood glued to the TV set. Despite all the varied content available–even back then, my favorite type of program was the Do It Yourself show. As it turns out, there are a few things that Bob Vila, Hometime, and HGTV can teach us with regards to the creation of content when blogging for business. Creating content with “How To” steps and instructions can be a fantastic way of increasing dwell time, setting you apart as an expert in your field, and getting traffic to your site.
PBS had it right; people love to learn something new. By adding instructional elements to your web content marketing, you create a powerful driver. Nothing builds dwell time like people camping out on your site, learning how to gain an edge on their … Read More »
Innogage is a content marketing company. We help small to mid range businesses with their content creation, business blogging and managing content marketing. Since this is our world, we thought that it would be a good thing to share some of the better lessons we have learned through the years.
For this first installment of the Content Marketing Builder series keeping content fresh & vibrant felt like a great place to start. So let’s just jump into the conversation about building the content you plan to use in your business:
Variety of content is your biggest asset when building your online content marketing platform. There are two major reasons to keep the topics moving and fresh: 1) your blogging audience and 2) the SEO bots. The first is kind of a no-brainer. People get bored fast. By recharging your blog … Read More »
Want to dominate in content marketing? Well, you can start by answering people’s questions.
So now you’re probably asking: “what questions”?
Well, what’s on everyone’s mind? How about Price? Problems? Comparisons? Which is the Best? What are the reviews?
That’s 5 posts right there. And those posts will drive traffic to your content marketing blog. Why? Because (assuming you actually answer these questions) you are answering the same queries that every business has. After all, you’ve asked those yourself, right?
When it comes to building links in your online content marketing, be sure to write good stuff that people want to share. Don’t hire some company to hand you links out of straw-built directories. You’ll want to take the time to grow your own links through the fertile soil of good content. It is the only way to qualify the links. And … Read More »
In our previous post about business blogging for B2B we covered wisdom of vetting your content to a sustainable group of employees and writers. We also established that ‘story’ is paramount when creating powerful content for your small business blog. So by now you should have a story, writers and your business blogging software ready to go. What now?
No matter how great your story is, the story, in-and-of itself, can only go so far. To get the most mileage for your brand, you’ll need to have a few other tricks up your sleeve. Here are 7 tools to take your story to new heights:
Timeliness – Look at any Calendar and you will see something worth commenting on every month. Creating posts a few days out from holidays, seasonal changes or Hallmark holidays, you can drive traffic … Read More »
We’ve been there: month four or five of posting regularly on your business blog and you still don’t know if your online content marketing is working. Time to recharge by taking stock of your program. Sure, you could spend hours surfing other online content marketing success stories, but for more actionable results, let’s do a gut-check and see what is really under the hood with your digital content marketing campaign.
The first in this series of tough questions is probably the most obvious question to ask. And yet we tend to forget to ask it when we are in the thick of our workweek. What are your content marketing objectives? are you looking to increase awareness about your company or new product? Are you looking to encourage engagement with your customers? Or, maybe, you honestly just need more sales to … Read More »
Digital Content Marketing can be summed up with the following phrase: Stop Selling and Start Helping. Good blogging for business is rarely–if ever–about selling anything. Providing quality content and becoming a valuable resource is your best strategy for effective online content marketing.
But it’s not as easy as creating content that matters to you. To be a resource, the content creation needs to be done with multiple audiences in mind and content for different stages of the sales cycle. The problem you probably have run into, or will if given enough time, is that you created your business in a vacuum. You simply can’t know what your other audiences are thinking from your own experiences.
How can you discover your customer’s questions and discover their stories? There are dozens of ways to engage with people to get their take on … Read More »
I recently came across some notes I took during a content marketing conference about using visuals in content marketing. While excellent text content creation is still crucial to the search engines and building a reliable resource for your clients to rely on, images can move your business blogging to the top of the charts.
As you can imagine, there are plenty of reasons to use visuals when marketing on the web. Despite the need for large amounts of text to make your blog SEO ready, we’re drowning in content. We simply don’t have enough time to read everything that is on the web. That’s obvious, but the point I want to make is that Images cut through the web content marketing like a hot knife. After all, a picture is worth 1,000 words.
Images are also more sharable than text. … Read More »
Is content marketing worth the weight content marketing professionals are giving it? Sure, you hear a lot of buzz about blogging for business and SEO content being a powerful marketing tool, but how do you know what the real value of your content marketing strategy is? To answer that, I think it goes back to the old adage: GIGO.
As with anything in marketing, your results are largely based on how much effort and focus you give it. But before we go too far into this post, let’s get one thing straight: there are enough companies out there who have made effective use of blogging for business that we can rest assured of its overall effectiveness as a marketing tool. But how are B2B companies, specifically, making this effort effective and successful?
There are 5 major things that … Read More »
Whether or not you are computer savvy, your company needs digital content marketing. No matter the industry, client base, product or service you have, content creation is imperative to increased growth and fatter bottom lines. Not to belabor the point, but you can find examples of content driven growth here if you need more convincing.
The problem most companies have with building valuable content for their business blog is two-fold. And, I’ll bet that you are suffering from both of these issues within your own company right now. The first problem is what our proprietary blogging software; Innoblogs, deals with and that is managing your content marketing effectively. But even before that, the single biggest problem for companies is finding what to write about.
Content creation is a barrier to entry that you should not have to lose … Read More »