Today I’m going to be covering content marketing, part one. So we’re going to get into the fundamentals, and then the next lesson is going to go over step-by-step tactics that you need to implement to get results through content marketing.
Before we get started, I want to let you know, don’t look back and ask, “Why,” look ahead and ask, “Why not?” Because, as we cover content marketing, what you’ll find is, a lot of companies are asking, “Hey, why should I end up doing it?” Well, you should end up doing it because it produces results, and I have some stats to show you later on. But before we get started, let’s look at the evolution of Google. What most people don’t know is Google does more than one algorithm update per day, and as they’ve gone around over the years, they’ve gotten smarter and smarter, where now, a lot of it is related to artificial intelligence, and they’re really able to predict what humans want. So why is content marketing important? I’ll go over a few of the main bullet points. Conversion rates are six times higher for adopters against non-adopters, it results into increased brand awareness, 91% of B2B marketers use content marketing, so it’s not just for B2C, it’s also for B2B as well. 27% of U.S. internet users now have ad-blocking installed, so you’re not going to get to as many people as you used to through ads, so content marketing is another way to attract more people. And if you adapt, you can win, it’s a great way to compete against the bigger corporations. And that’s why I really got into it, is because when you have little to no budget, and you want to compete with the big guys, ads are expensive, but content marketing is a good solution for you. If you do this, it’ll also help you build trust and authority with your ideal audience, which generates quite a bit of sales. When you’re doing content marketing, if you don’t understand you’re customer’s problems, you won’t do well. It’s all about finding the balance between the keywords that you want to target with your site, and the content. When it comes to e-commerce, you need to know the journey, especially with content marketing, from discovering the potential problem to understanding it to then figuring out solutions, to the type of product that you want to test the solution against, comparing your brand with other brands for the same type of product. You also want to search for discount codes, see if people are using content for that. You want to look for your product specifically, see if there’s good content around that, and then of course, creative applications for your product. And this one applies to innovative products specifically, right? And we’ll go over examples of that in the upcoming lessons. And creativity is a huge component in doing well with content marketing. And with this formula, we found that even if you’re not that creative, you don’t have to worry, just following this formula will get you results. So the first step in Franklins’ Law of Content Success is String Ideas. Well, you can grab your keyword ideas from the earlier modules that we covered in SEO Unlocked. Now that you have some keywords, you want to first figure out who you are, because not every company is the same. This is super-important, especially at the beginning, you don’t want to go off-brand, because yes, it may drive traffic, but if it’s off-brand, it probably won’t drive any sales, and this is both for B2B and B2C. If you have little to no traffic, and you have a brand-new site where you’ve done little to no SEO, put in a competitor’s domain here, because when you add a competitor’s domain name, you’ll be able to see what’s working for them, and it’s a great place to start. This will take you to a page that shows you all the keywords that you’re getting traffic for, or your competition’s getting traffic for, and it’ll give you an idea, on the right side of the report, of who else is ranking, and it’ll give you the essence of, all right, how much traffic can I get if I ranked higher, is this keyword representative of my brand, will it work well?