Without a doubt, content marketing is the marketer’s tool of the Millenium. The success of any content marketing strategy, however, is truly dependent on the quality of the content and of the value the information provides to the reader. Making sure the content is useful, while at the same time focuses on the brand or product it is meant to, can often pose a real challenge to marketing teams.
For this reason, we’re giving you seven key tips for effective content, perfect for those moments when your inspiration has run dry. Here, we’re giving you the framework. You’ve just got to fill it with the right content.
It’s a mystery: Standing between two semi-trucks, an ageing action-movie star performs a hair-raising stunt to the tune of Enya’s “Only Time” in the Volvo advertisement “Epic Split.” A musician produces a song about happiness, and people from around the world start dancing in front of a camera. A little boy is saved from a dog attack when his cat bravely comes to the rescue. In no time, social networks are abuzz: “Hey have you already seen this? That’s got to be a fake! Ooh, that’s so cute.”
Whether it’s a mini Darth Vader or Apple’s 300 percent battery, everyday articles, videos and pictures pop up on the Internet that enthral and move millions of people and spread across the world like wildfire. The rules that viral messages follow are unclear: It’s hard to predict whether content will become a raging success or simply flame out. However, the creator of viral content has several options to help him set a spark that will carry his content to all corners of the world.
Everyone wants to know the secret search algorithm that Google uses for their rankings. It is clear that a variety of factors go into the rankings of a Google search. To view the most relevant results to each user, the algorithm is updated and refined on a regular basis.
In all their astonishing variety, human societies have always run on the motor of gossip. Empires have risen and fallen on the strength of what some people thought and said about other people. Marketing-savvy businesses especially have always known to look to the strength of positive word of mouth for long-term success.
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Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and a host of eager competitors provide the modern equivalent of the back-fence and country-club chatter that once largely defined business reputations. An entire generation has grown up with the phenomenon of electronic communications, and mobile devices have come in recent years to dominate the market. The zeitgeist of industrialized countries and much of the rest of the world has shifted strongly to Internet-based social networks, and deeply visual venues such as Pinterest, Instagram and industry leader YouTube have been grabbing a giant share of attention.
Entrepreneurs have been starting their own businesses since the beginning of recorded time, and many of these small brick-and-mortar companies survived with little or no advertising because they were the only game in town. However, almost overnight, the Internet turned the business world upside down. Now, competition for products or services can come from anywhere on the globe. In order to survive, small businesses have to build brand recognition, and the best way to do that is by creating an effective online presence that drives traffic to their website.