Content is king – this phrase is used widely across online forums when budding business owners are looking to increase their online presence. Written content, video content, and photographic content are great ways to spread your branding in a world connected through the powers of the internet. Here’s why content is the best way to engage with your customers and create a loyal following.
Gaining authority within your niche or specialism is great for business. Becoming the go-to name for vehicle repairs or even nutritional advice has seen the smallest businesses thrive online, as generating authority places them higher in Google’s rankings when potential customers are enquiring about related services.
Generating online authority directly results from creating content within your area of expertise. Suppose you have an active blog producing content on everything related to kitten training. In that case, you increase your chances of appearing in somebody’s Google search with content titled “Why Is My Cat Making Weird Noises?”. When you inevitably show up at the top of their Google search, you are directly placing your branding in front of a potential customer, which can lead to a subscription or product/service purchase. Producing regular engaging content networks for your brand globally will add to your authority, which will send potential customers to your site above the competition, as you are likely going to appear above them in related searches.
Creating content can be time-consuming but is very much worth it in the long run. Many business owners believe in sticking to local door-to-door business, but a recent study shows that 46% of google searches are related to local information. If your content marketing strategies are efficient, you will see your business appearing at the top of your local area searches, giving you an edge over your competition.
Producing a video or blog post can be a free form of advertising for yourself. If you have been posting the answer to questions within your niche, you are likely to stumble across your products or services. The obvious thing to do here is to embed links that cross your site, allowing you to advertise the products you may be reviewing within the content produced. Backlinking is another option, allowing you to network with sites that are similar to yours and building relationships across the world, which may come in useful when business slows down. The content you produce is not limited to reviewing, advising, or even narrating the story of the product. The opportunities are endless for the discerning creative, but the important factor here is the free advertising you gain as your following grows. Using the correct content marketing services will allow you to build a strong profitable network based on the content produced. Sometimes it is easier to outsource this level of work.
Content production is dynamic, and this allows customers to engage with you on your creations, which can provide valuable metrics as to what you should be doing to improve a product or service, but also what you should consider creating next. Engaging with followers builds loyalty within your customer base, taking them from customer to follower. Connecting with customers is the ultimate form of branding, as this humanizes the purchasing experience, making you more relatable if you choose to be. You could be putting your face on the business or simply responding to customer queries on a regular, consistent basis, giving you that personal edge above the competition.