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Top Six Content Marketing Myths DEBUNKED!
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By Michael Shatravka | March 9th, 2023
In today’s digital age, content marketing has become an essential aspect of any business strategy. It involves creating valuable and relevant content to attract and engage a target audience and ultimately drive customer action. However, there are many misconceptions about content marketing that can prevent businesses from reaping its benefits.
Misconception #1: It’s Just About Creating Content
Content marketing is more than just creating content. It involves a comprehensive strategy that includes content creation, promotion, and analysis. To start, understand the target audience and tailor the content to their interests and pain points. Optimize content for search engines to ensure it reaches the intended audience. Promote content effectively through social media, email marketing, paid advertising, and other tactics. Regularly analyze content performance to refine the content marketing strategy and ensure it reaches the target audience.
Misconception #2: It’s Only for Large Businesses
Another common misconception about content marketing is that it’s only for large businesses with a large marketing budget. However, this is far from the truth. Content marketing can be effective for businesses of all sizes, including small businesses.
In fact, small businesses can often benefit more from content marketing than large businesses. By creating valuable and engaging content, small businesses can attract and retain customers, build brand awareness, and establish themselves as experts in their field. This can help them compete with larger businesses and grow their customer base.
Misconception #3: It’s a Quick Fix for Sales
Content marketing is not a quick fix for sales. It’s a long-term strategy that requires consistency and patience. While it can ultimately drive sales and customer action, it’s not a magic solution.
A content marketing strategy should focus on providing value to the target audience and building trust and relationships. By doing this, businesses can establish themselves as a credible and trustworthy source of information, which can ultimately lead to increased sales and customer loyalty.
Misconception #4: It’s All About Quantity Over Quality
While creating a lot of content can be beneficial, quality is more important than quantity. Content that provides value, engages the audience, and aligns with the brand’s values and messaging is more effective than a large volume of low-quality content.
Businesses should focus on creating high-quality content that meets the needs of their target audience. This can include blog posts, videos, infographics, social media posts, and other types of content. By focusing on quality over quantity, businesses can ensure that their content is effective and valuable to their target audience.
Misconception #5: It’s Easy
Content marketing is not easy. It requires a lot of effort, resources, and expertise to be effective. It involves creating high-quality content, promoting it effectively, and analyzing its performance to continually improve the strategy.
Businesses need to invest time and resources into their content marketing strategy to ensure that it’s effective. This can involve hiring a dedicated content marketing team, outsourcing content creation to a professional agency, or investing in training and resources to build internal expertise.
Misconception #6: It’s Only for Online Businesses
While content marketing is often associated with online businesses, it can be effective for
brick-and-mortar businesses as well. Content can be used to showcase products and services, provide valuable information, and attract and retain customers both online and offline.
For example, a brick-and-mortar clothing store can create content that showcases the latest fashion trends, provides styling tips, and highlights new arrivals. This content can be shared on social media, email newsletters, and the store’s website to attract and retain customers both online and offline.
By creating high-quality and engaging content, businesses can attract and retain a loyal following, build their brand, and ultimately drive customer action. However, it’s important to approach content marketing with a clear understanding of what it entails and how it can benefit the business.
In conclusion, content marketing is a valuable and effective strategy for businesses of all sizes and types. By understanding and dispelling common misconceptions, businesses can approach content marketing with a clear and realistic understanding of what it entails and how it can benefit their brand. By investing time, resources, and expertise into a comprehensive content marketing strategy, businesses can attract and retain a loyal following, build their brand, and ultimately drive customer action.
w/ Michael Shatravka
What is Content Marketing?
“Content marketing is simply a cog in the machine. It’s one of the many pieces working together in the sales process. In most cases, content marketing alone will not close the deal, but it is vital for creating awareness, building trust, and establishing credibility, all of this makes it easier for you to close the deal.
For example, let’s say you went to the dentist, and everything on Google looks good. The website phone number checks out, but then you get to the office and see a secretary, but there’s no chairs. You just see a bunch of people sitting on the floor, and it doesn’t make any sense. This single moment causes you to lose all faith in this business, and you simply walk out the door.
So even though they were a real dental practice with good doctors, a nice website, and nice equipment, this one simple thing of just not having a waiting room, made you lose all trust in the business. The same thing applies to content marketing; it’s just one of the many factors in the sales process that you need to have in order to make an airtight case to your potential customers.”
What are some realistic expectations for Content Marketing?
“I meet with so many people who think content marketing is the solution to all their problems. They believe that one piece of content will blow up their business and make them a million dollars, and that a single piece of media will go viral. However, this almost never happens. Of course, in rare circumstances, it does happen, but in most cases, it doesn’t. You should not expect a single piece of content to transform your life. What will transform your life is a long, consistent series of valuable content posted over a long period of time. Like 6-12 months. Content marketing is just a cog in the machine; it’s one of the many gears working together to make the sale an airtight case.
Here’s an example: imagine you had a website where you had a hundred video testimonials from top business executives, industry leaders, and celebrities, all vouching for you and the types of results you generated for them. On top of that, you have project case studies with photos and video clips of you going through the process, explaining the obstacles, the solutions, and how you brought your clients to an outcome. It’s total transparency; people can see exactly how you work and how you create these incredible things. You’ve got a hundred of them on your site. If you had such a powerful online presence, would it make any significant difference in your business? Would it make it easier to get new clients? Do you think you would even have to look for clients at this point?
That’s exactly what content marketing is. You are taking the most valuable moments of your career and packaging them into bite-sized chunks of information helping people go from point A to Point B. You position yourself as a trusted advisor in your industry, and if you do this consistently over a long period of time, it’ll start to compound and snowball, and pretty soon you’ll have an avalanche of success. That is pretty much a dumbed down explanation of content marketing.”
What mistakes do I see people making?
“I would say the number one mistake is not planning and thinking it through. I like to call it “doing your homework.” Ultimately, this means doing some research and being knowledgeable about the subject you are talking about. So many people go on Instagram and just read text they ripped off Google or some site like Zilbert, and they just repeat it word for word straight into the camera.
I like to use an iceberg as an example. Everybody sees the tip, which is the final content that goes viral. You see a post and think, “Wow, that’s so easy. I can’t believe this post is getting so many views.” Then, you try to go and recreate something similar, and it gets nothing. Simply put, it’s because you have not done your homework. No research, no preparation, no strategy behind the post, no call to action. Your post is just a post that doesn’t lead to anything. That’s the biggest problem I see. Everybody is just making content to make content. Nothing is thought through, nothing leads anywhere. If you want to have a successful campaign with your content, it needs to lead to something. That’s what a call to action is (CTA).
You have to offer something good to your viewers and not just some copy-pasted text off Google. You need to provide some real insight, some real practical knowledge they can apply to get closer to their dream outcome. I’m sure you’ve heard of Russell Brunson and his funnels. That’s exactly what this is. That’s how you effectively create content.
Another thing I see that drives me crazy is people slapping together some professional-looking graphic templates from websites like Envato. They stick some stock photos into it and tag a bunch of local fancy restaurants, making it seem like a top-five restaurants in your city type of guide. This is what I call lazy content. These people don’t even have the decency to just go to the restaurants themselves and take a photo. Even if they don’t buy anything, they could just snap a quick photo in front of the restaurant and say something authenic, but they aren’t even willing to do that. LAZY!”
Why is content marketing important?
In 2023, your online presence is your social credit, whether you like it or not. It’s people’s first impression of you, and the best part is that it’s all in your control, and it’s free. You are the captain of your story, and by adding to it every day, you can turn it into an avalanche of success. That’s what content marketing is all about.
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