The first, if not the most difficult, step in content marketing is figuring out what you’re going to write about. If you’ve ever tried to write anything, I’m sure you’ve had episodes of writers block – staring at the blank page for what seems like an eternity hoping for creative inspiration.
Successful content marketers don’t have this problem because they are always on the lookout for new and innovative content ideas. Put these tips into action and you won’t have this problem either.
2 out of 3 marketing teams are increasing their budgets in 2016.
The rapidly changing face and needs of your customers, combined with the rise of online and mobile technologies in the workplace, has rendered your old sales tactics inadequate to maintain relevance and growth. But what can you do to adapt?
Online marketing represents a tremendous opportunity for growth for your company, as more business is conducted online now more than ever before.
These nine marketing ideas will help you succeed.
78% of salespeople using social media outsell their peers.
Watch Bob DeStefano explain how to profit from social media marketing.
1999. We look back on that time longingly. In many ways the world and our lives were much simpler. Terrorism was something that only happened in countries thousands of miles from us. We had a soaring stock market thanks to the ‘dot com’ boom. Real estate values were starting their astronomic rise. The unemployment rate was only 4.2 percent.
And, marketing was much simpler.
As a distributor or manufacturer in 1999, you could rely on a handful of simple marketing tactics to grow your business. At the heart and soul of your marketing efforts were face-to-face sales. Pounding the pavement and calling on customers was the tactic most relied on by industrial companies.
Content marketing generates 3 times as many leads as traditional outbound marketing, but costs 62% less.
“Radio Interview: Online Marketing on a Limited Budget”
If you think of marketing merely as an expense, chances are you’re doing it wrong. You need to think of marketing an investment that should produce a measurable return in the form of qualified leads and bankable sales. Just as you would carefully review the return on investment for stocks, bonds and mutual funds in your retirement portfolio, you need to carefully evaluate the return on investment in your company’s marketing portfolio.
So, what type of return on investment should your marketing produce? Well, your marketing should produce a measurable return in four ways.
80% of business decision makers prefer to get information from articles not ads.
Watch Bob DeStefano explain how to profit from content marketing.
This may sound like a ridiculous statement, but all too often industrial companies do not design their website for their customers. Rather, they take an egocentric approach to web design, more interested in talking about their products, their history, their news, their events, etc. While that information may be important to them, it’s not necessarily what their customers are interested in.
People are not visiting your website to kill time. They are visiting to find a solution, answer a question or take the next step to do business with you. So, to be successful, you need to create your website for your customers – not you. If your website does not serve your prospects and customers, it is not serving you either.