Content Marketing for beginners
WHAT DOES CONTENT MARKETING DO?
Content Marketing has been around for over a century, but it has only regained mainstream traction in the last decade. While all brands are talking about "storytelling" and "authenticity"; how many of them truly know what content marketing is?
Firstly, Content Marketing is not...
According to Jacqueline Loch, executive vice president, customer innovation, SJC Content, said, "There's still a tendency for content marketing to be viewed as pretty pictures, snazzy videos, and storytelling."
So, what is content marketing, and what are the differences between a content strategy, content marketing, and a content marketing strategy?
Picture Content Marketing Strategy as a neighbourhood
This is your brand or your company.
Within your house, you have a distinct interior style (which is your tone and manner), your furniture (which are your content executions), and your house structure (which are your content pillars).
These are your distribution channels.
Roads allow people to get to your house, as well as to other houses.
This includes things like social media platforms, websites, podcasts, and more.
This is your funnel.
A map tells people how to get to your house instead of other houses. This includes your paid efforts such as advertisements and SERP, collaboration and influencer content, and organic methods such as SEO, hashtags, and more.
Content Marketing Strategy
Content Marketing versus Content Strategy
The three of them together is what makes the magic.
Content marketing and content strategy work hand in hand to bring in traffic. If they are not properly in place, whatever traffic comes by are likely to be bounced or are low-hanging fruits. That means they would have climbed a mountain to get to anyone’s house anyways because they are dying of thirst. There are only so many low-hanging fruits, and if your competitor is a block closer to them than you are, you don’t stand a chance in competing.
Getting started with a Content Marketing Strategy
Here are our recommended ways to build content strategies for beginners, so you still get to enjoy the merits of content marketing without having to work with top marketing agencies in Hong Kong.
Content Marketing Funnel
All of your traffic, or as my analogy states, your guests, who arrive at your house are different. It might be the first time for them to be here, or they might have become a regular visitor. To do content marketing right, these people should be fed different content to cater to their needs and drive their respective actions.
So, unless you have proper sets of content to greet your guests, which are created based on your content and content marketing strategy - content marketing on its own is just not enough.
Who is a Content Marketer and what do they do?
I can't speak for other Content Marketers, but as an end to end Content Marketer myself, my work covers everything from Content Strategy to content planning and data analysis:
We help you perform target audience research;
Align or create your brand key messaging platform;
Create and plan out your content calendar;
Identify your customer journey and set out your content funnel;
Analyse your content performance across different platforms;
Devise a strategy to attract leads.
Content Marketing versus social media, digital marketing, product marketing and SEO
"A content strategy, in general, and a core content strategy statement specifically help organizations say no to content ideas that fail to serve the audience or the business." - Meghan Casey, Content Marketing Institute
Watch the video to understand the difference between different types of marketing, including social media, digital, product marketing, and advertising.
Why Content Marketing matters
Content is important in marketing because each piece of content you create is an asset that can continuously help you achieve business goals if they were executed with a comprehensive content strategy. This video here does an excellent job explaining the idea.
Content marketing is important because people value authenticity more than ever. The regular sales message or advertisement is no longer cutting through the noise. Everyone is online, creating countless pieces of content every day. For any business to be noticed, it must learn to cut through the noise.
Content Marketing is therefore an investment, not an expense.