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SEO Dos and Don'ts: Get Your Digital Marketing Content Up to Scratch

SEO isn’t going anywhere. It’s about time to start facing that as a cold, hard fact.

Your marketing content can be amazing in every possible way, but if your SEO practices aren’t up to scratch, you’ve got a pretty slim chance of making any sort of impact.

SEO is an essential part of any content marketing strategy.

If you want content that converts viewers into customers, we’ve prepared a few tips that might come in handy.

Bad Grammar Can Affect Your Business

You’re a marketer, a salesperson, not a writer.

Writing just isn’t your cuppa, you do it because you have to.

You need to get your point across, you want people to realise that you’re the real deal. They KNOW you’re not a professional language buff, so the occasional mistake won’t matter.

Right? Wrong.

At all times, in business, you need to maintain a certain level of professionalism.

Your emails, social media posts, and blogs need to be both informative and accurate.

All of your outgoing messages should show that you deserve to be taken seriously.; and you can’t do that when your content is poorly written.

Omnipresent Marketing: The Ultimate Goal for Your Business

Is it possible to be everywhere at the same time?

For a regular person, no.

For a business’brand, yes.

Omnipresent marketing is a goal that all businesses should strive for.

You might think that creating killer content is all you need to do. The fact of the matter is that this is only half the battle.

A content distribution strategy is equally important. It’s what helps you ensure that all the right people see your brand in all the right places.

Developing Smart Habits: How Your Digital Marketing Agency Can Score New Clients

Here’s the biggest secret to winning new business:
There is no ONE secret to scoring new clients.

Face it:
Onboarding new clients that stick around takes time. It takes weeks (maybe months) of hard work, effort, and dedication. There are no shortcuts. Or rather, shortcuts won’t help you bag the customers you really want.

The three cornerstones of scoring new clients are simple:

  • Focus

  • Planning

  • Patience

It’s all about developing habits that will help you build a solid reputation.

Awesome Content That'll Generate a Bucket Load of Leads... Part 2

In the previous post, we touched on the the three big kahunas in the content kingdom:

  1. Blogs

  2. Podcasts

  3. Educational/Instructional Videos

If you can harness the power of all three of these, good for you.

If you can only manage 1 or two, and do them frequently, you’ll be a-okay.

That’s not all there is to it. There are some other fantastic content ideas you can focus on that’ll generate mega traffic. All you really need to do is make the right decisions.

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Wrap Your Head Around Creating Some Books and eBooks

Now, we’re not suggesting that you release a new book every month.

In fact, we’re not even suggesting that you release a new book every quarter.

You might get away with one every couple of years.

Just consider getting one out there. Maybe two. For now.

Books and eBooks keep your current audience topped off with fresh content. They also leverage your lead generation power on startup-focused sites, like ProductHunt. Seriously, enough upvotes will keep you going for a long time.

Launch your books on external communities where your audiences spend their time online.

Use them for lead generation throughout your blog. Wherever you can, include regular calls-to-action, asking readers to go and download your book, especially in high-trafficked blog posts.

Finding the Time to Write a Book

When you reached this section in our blog post, your first instinct was probably to wave it away. After all, you don’t have the time for all that writing, anyway.

First, consider which blog posts have had the biggest impact on your audience. Or, consider which topic has the greatest demand.

Next, go through your existing blog posts on the topic and organize them into a simple Google Doc. Check to see if you have any information gaps. At the same time, check for redundancy issues and remove any duplicate content within this draft of your new book.

Once you’re sure that you’ve covered all the points you need to, do a thorough edit of your extremely long doc. Primp and fluff where necessary, make sure there are no grammar issues or typos, and slap in a table of content.

If your text passes the QC, design a simple (yet eye-catching cover) on a tool like Canva.

Boom, you’re done.

Templates are the Bomb Diggety

Seriously.

Don’t underestimate the power of a cut-and-paste template.

People generally don’t have the time to waffle on for hours, creating their own emails, worksheets, datasheets, questionnaires, social media posts, and so on.

Especially when it comes to learning a new business writing skill, people want as much guidance as possible. They want to know that they have a good starting point without having to worry about setting everything up themselves.

Our cold email templates, for example, have helped hundreds of customers set up successful email campaigns. Our customers love ‘em and we love handing them out.

It’s all about having the smarts to develop a useful document that is straightforward, easy to use, and involves nothing more than a quick copy-paste with adjusting of minimal content.

Start Curating a Few Online Courses

Online learning is booming right now.

People hanker after knowledge like never before. Everyone wants to develop new skillsets. Very few people want (or can afford) to pay for the extra tuition fees.

There’s a distinct need for quality instruction on a wide range of business and tech-related subjects.

Just take a quick look through any online learning portal and you’ll see topics that range from something like email writing all the way through to in-depth online marketing courses. You’ll even come across stuff like speech writing and delivery, impromptu speaking, how to run a successful webinar, and so much more.

You’re guaranteed to have at least one “marketable” skill that you could develop a course on. Take some time to mull it over and then get started.

You don’t even have to go through the schlep of designing the coursework. A ton of online teaching platforms are ready and waiting for you. With an easy setup and hosting process, and step-by-step course instruction forms, you’ll be ready to start spreading valuable knowledge in no time at all.

Most of these teaching platforms are completely template-based, making the setup process that much easier.

Coming to Terms with Topic Selection

You probably have a rough idea of what your audience might be looking for.

If this isn’t the case, you simply need to get to know your audience.

If you work in the digital marketing agency sphere, you probably want to look at subjects that your customers find particularly challenging. They could be tasks that are extremely easy for you, but that anyone without your expertise would struggle with. Consider things like:

  • How to create Facebook ad campaigns that really work.

  • How to promote blog content effectively.

  • How to become a contributor on reputable sites, like Forbes.

  • How to build relationships pitch content ideas to editors.

As long as you come up with ideas that will actively solve a problem your audience needs to solve, you’ll have enough ammunition for an extremely popular online course.

Make sure you give them enough of a foundation to get started with the work themselves but make it clear that you’ll be right there if they decide that the burden is too much to bear.

Your courses need to show that you’re the ultimate benevolent teacher. You should always be happy to share your valuable knowledge with no strings attached.

Often, you’ll find that people will give things a bash but end up discovering that they simply don’t have the time to add anything else to an already lengthy to-do list.

We’ve got one more blog post in this series coming up, so stick around for another set of fantastic content ideas for your lead generation tactics.

Guess What? You Need a Content Strategy

How’s your content marketing panning out for you?

Do you have a strategy in place, or are you just flinging your stuff into the ether and hoping it’ll make an impact?

Too many people think that a blog post here or there will cut it. Maybe they’ll lengthen their posts a little to stretch beyond the 500-word mark. Maybe they’ll start sharing to their Facebook page a little more often (let’s say twice a week instead of once in a Blue Moon)

Here’s what you should know:

Your content is probably fine. It’s your strategy that bites the big one.

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Here’s are some fun facts for you:

  • 62% of the most successful content marketers have a documented strategy vs. 16% of the least successful.

  • 72% of content marketers who increased their level of success over the past year credit their strategy as a major contributor.

How much more convincing do you really need?

A solid content marketing strategy can offer you insights into making smarter, more successful tactical decisions. There’s nothing that brightens up a content marketers day quite like the ability to plan, manage, and execute the right steps every day.

How Do You Set Up Your Content Marketing Strategy?

It’s up to you to define what your core business and customer needs are. Your content strategy should address these needs.

Answering a few key questions will help to set you on the right path:

  • What is your purpose? 
    You need to figure out why your content exists and what you hope your audience will do once they’ve taken a peek at it. Their actions should always provide some value for your business, so make sure you align your expectations accordingly.

  • Can you define our audience persona and buyer journey? 
    Which one audience will benefit the most from your content? You need to figure out what their current user state is and how their personal needs and goals could evolve in the near future.

  • What is your unique editorial mission? 
    Take a step back and look at your brand’s unique perspectives. You need to discover what differentiates your approach from that of your competitors. Find your voice.

How to Define Your Purpose

Simply put, you need to know what you’re going to achieve with your content. Different types of content are suited to different things. You need to figure out where you’re going in order to discover the best way to get there.

Here are some key things your business could be struggling with:

  • Brand awareness: 
    Are you trying to drum up awareness of your service/product to penetrate a new market? Or are you aiming to launch a new product or compete with a market leading competitor?

  • Audience engagement: 
    Are you trying to set yourself up as a thought leader or reliable source of information? Do you need to find influencers (or micro-influencers) to spread the word about your brand?

  • Website traffic: 
    Are you dealing with a high bounce rate? Do visitors to your website just not stick around? Do you need content that will push them to the CTA you’re hoping for?

  • Lead generation/nurturing: 
    Do you need help qualifying your leads? Are you struggling to get your current leads to move down your sales funnel?

  • Increasing your marketing ROI: 
    Are your marketing costs too high with no decent results for your efforts? Are you trying to find ways to open up new revenue streams or increase your current sales targets?

  • Customer retention and loyalty: 
    Is your churn rate way too high? Do you need to find better ways to get your customers to stick around? Are you struggling to find a way to upsell your services to existing low spenders?

How to Set Realistic Goals

Once you’ve ironed out the purpose of your content, you can start looking at setting yourself some realistic goals:

  • Sales goals 
    Develop mixed media content that will support specific marketing campaigns or sales-driven goals

  • Cost-savings goals 
    Create content that will increase the cost efficiency of your marketing activities across the board.

  • Business growth goals 
    Develop content that helps in generating new revenue streams or creating new product lines.

How to Identify and Understand Your Target Audience

While every business hopes its content has universal appeal, content marketing typically works best when it is targeted to serve one audience above all others. When you publish broad-reaching content that aims to be all things to all people, it never gets specific enough to provide much value to anybody.