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Don’t Overlook Images in Content Marketing

content imagesMention content marketing nowadays and you can safely assume that people are thinking of articles and blog posts. That is because these are the tactics most often used by businesses as a part of their content marketing strategy.

According to The Content Marketing Institute’s 2014 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks report these are the five most commonly used tactics:

  • Social media, other than blogs – used by 87 percent of all respondents
  • Articles on the company website – used by 81 percent of all respondents
  • eNewsletters – used by 80 percent of all respondents
  • Blogs – used by 76 percent of all respondents
  • In-person events – used by 76 percent of all respondents

Unfortunately, with the exception of infographics, images and pictures did not make the list. Could it be that most people don’t think images work as content marketing? It’s quite possible, but when you consider the fact that videos, infographics and games all made the list it is hard to make a case for images to be left out in the cold. It’s easier to assume that people just forget about images because they are just a part of written content.

The worth of a picture

We all know that a picture is supposed to be worth a thousand words, but let’s take a look at some more quantifiable statistics to prove the point.

In a blog post on his site Jeff Bullas provides six reasons why images should be incorporated as part of the marketing strategy:

  • Articles with images get 94 percent more total views
  • Including a Photo and a video in a press release increases views by over 45 percent
  • 60 percent of consumers are more likely to consider or contact a business when an image shows up in local search results
  • On an ecommerce site, 67 percent of consumers say the quality of a product image is “very important” in selecting and purchasing a product
  • Customers shopping in an online store think that the quality of a products image is more important than product-specific information (63 percent), a long description (54 percent) and ratings and reviews (53 percent)
  • The engagement rate on Facebook for photos averages 0.37 percent where text only is 0.27 percent (this translates to a 37 percent higher level of engagement for photos over text)

So if you are still not using images as part of your content marketing strategy, then quite frankly you’re doing it wrong.

Doin’ it well

It’s relatively easy to slap a picture into the middle of a blog post’s text, but is that really more effective?

Images should be used to compliment, and break up, long form content. If the piece of written content exceeds 700 words two or more images can really help keep the reader engaged; if the images are relevant that is. Longer content would obviously benefit from more images; and if a chart or graph can be used to represent the data mentioned in the content all the better.

But what about images as a stand-alone marketing tactic, can that work? Take a look at this page on the smokeymountains.com site and see how effective their collection of nighttime images is.

So the next time you are preparing a piece of content for publication, remember these simple words from Jeff Shjarback, an Internet Marketing Consultant/Manager, “By placing one well taken, well conceived, and well thought out picture, a piece of content marketing can draw in many more viewers and potential customers than a simple article or word laden ad may.”

Author: Jeff Orloff
Courtesy: www.revenews.com



17 Sources Of Content Inspiration For Your Content Strategy

search website content In order to succeed at content marketing, you have to have high quality content. Rather than promoting your products, services, or even your business, content marketing means pushing the actual content. In turn, it is the content that will convert readers to buyers.

It may seem like a long and convoluted process to market various stages of the buying process; one that will inevitably mean that you lose a few leads along the way, but, the modern prospect is a complex, emotional, and savvy animal – one that devours content of all types on a regular basis, and this means that publishing a keyword laced content page will not prove enough. Not only does your marketing need to be highly effective, but your content needs to be a level above everything else in your industry.

If you have an established online presence, then you already have access to powerful data, and if you don’t already collect data from your blog, your website, and your social media profiles, it isn’t difficult to start doing so.

So, where can you find inspiration for your content?

Your Own Content

1. Site Analytics – Use your analytics software to determine which of your pages are most popular. You should be able to quickly determine which pages attract the most search traffic and the most click throughs from other destinations. You can also see which content your visitors are most likely to consume once they are on your site. Look for trends, popular topics, and the most popular types of content in order to determine what your visitors want to see more of.

2. Social Analytics – If you have a Facebook account, Twitter feed, or a social media profile with any other site, and you have a reasonable following, take a look at the content that you have shared. If you use Klout, then this is even easier, because it will measure the success of the content that you share for you.

Crowdsourcing Content

3. Social Engagement – Social engagement is any action that means a person has engaged with your content, so likes, comments, shares, and essentially anything else that can be measured. The content that enjoys the most interactions with your readers is the content that has proven most socially successful, and you can aim to replicate this.

4. Comments And Conversation – If you have a blog on your own website then you should already be following and joining in with the conversation. As well as being an active participant, sit back and consider which of your posts cause the greatest reaction.

5. Surveys, Polls, And Questions – Once you have a reasonable social following, you can put your followers to work. Encourage visitors to ask you questions. Not only does this give you the appearance of being an authority in your industry, but it will encourage engagement. Post polls and surveys, and even consider getting permission to email and ask questions directly.

Competitors

6. Google Search – You will probably already be following a number of your competitors, and blogs and websites that are prominent within your industry. Conduct Google searches to find other sites that you can follow. Run a number of searches with slightly different keywords and for each of your niches.

7. RSS Feeds – Simply knowing the address of your competitor blogs is obviously not enough, you need to do something with that information. Find the RSS feeds for those blogs, and follow them. Consider using an aggregator of some sort, because if you follow a lot of sites, you will soon become swamped with information.

Answers Forums

8. Answer Sites – Yahoo Answers is one of our favourite places to dig for content inspiration. It gives you genuine insight into exactly what people want to know when they are looking for information regarding your industry. One problem with Yahoo is the amount of spam, and for this reason you may want to consider Quora instead, or as well as Yahoo Answers.

9. Social Media Groups – The likes of Facebook and LinkedIn offer similar services to the Answer sites that you can benefit from. Trawl through the Groups and Topics pages to find inspiration, and join the community forums in order to find out what people are talking about within your industry.

Google News And Alerts

10. Google News – Google News is another favourite source for content, although it is obviously more beneficial when looking for newsworthy topics. While there are still some irrelevant pages, and getting the best results requires some search query tweaking, you will find a lot of relevant content in any industry and for virtually any keyword.

11. Alerts And RSS – Rather than keep submitting the same searches every morning, you can set up alerts so that you receive an email whenever relevant content is published on Google News. You can choose to receive an alert each time something new is added, or receive a daily digest. Alternatively, you can conduct your modified news search and then set up an RSS feed and include this in your feed aggregator. You will always have a stream of relevant, newsworthy, and up-to-date content sources.

Search And Social Trends

12. Google Trends – Google Trends enables you to select a topic and see exactly what people have been searching for in that industry. The list you receive will be pretty basic, but you can then click through the search terms and determine whether anything is worth your attention or not. This does require some manual effort, but you could uncover some of the hottest trends for your industry.

13. Topsy – Social media is more current than search, and trends can change quickly. Topsy enables you to add a keyword or search term, and it will display the most popular tweets, trending topics, and more social information in a single location. Check back often and try not to get too lost in the world of content.

14. Alltop – Alltop is essentially an aggregator of sorts. It displays the latest posts from leading and authoritative figures within different industries. It is will categorised and enables you to view the very latest updates from your industry. Another very useful resource for your content strategy.

Don’t Be Afraid To Take It Offline

15. Magazines And Newspapers – Just because you’re looking for content to publish online doesn’t mean that all of your inspiration has to come from Internet sources. Look at trade and industry magazines and scour the newspapers. Some of the content you see may not yet have enjoyed extensive coverage online.

16. TV And Radio – In the same way that you can use magazines and newspapers, you can also use the TV and Radio. Watch and listen to the shows that are relevant, whether they are documentaries or sitcoms. This can give you a unique source of content and one that will connect with other similarly minded individuals.

17. Exhibitions, Seminars, Trade Shows, And Events – Most industries have multiple events that occur throughout the year and across the world. You don’t necessarily have to book your own booth to take advantage. Turn up, note what’s important, live Tweet the event, and even interview some of the attendees to find inspiration and to create content.

These are just some examples of sources of inspiration for your content strategy. Be bold, be creative, and don’t be afraid to cover topics and content that your competitors haven’t thought about yet. Some of it may prove unpopular, but you may uncover a sticky topic that continues to attract visitors for years to come.

Author: Matt Jackson
Courtesy: www.level343.com



Unlocking the Secret of Organic Traffic and Dominating Google

google rankingHave you ever tried Google “How to drive organic trafficФ or How to rank in Google”? I bet every one of us has done. But you might have end up with some posts УHow to rank your website in GoogleФ or How to dominate Google in 24 hrs or just couple of months.

But today I will share some of the ways that will 100% work for now and forever because this is something what Google loves.

Why not start with Google free tool?

1. Google Keyword Tool: Keyword research is important. It is very essential for developing a powerful content, strategy and paid advertising campingТs like Adwords. With the help of keyword tool you can find the most lucrative set of keywords. I will suggest start with #long tail keywords as these keywords are usually less competitive and easy to rank. This could be a good option for start up.

Other Tool you can use as an Alternative of Google Keyword Tool free as well paid ones.

Free Keyword Research Tools:

  • Wordtracker
  • Ubersuggest
  • SEO Book
  • Soovle
  • Google Adwords
  • Bing Ads

My all time favorite paid tools:

  • SEMRush
  • KeywordSpy
  • RavenTools

2. Optimizing Your Articles: After #keyword research, itТs time to put up all your ideas on piece of paper or you can as well sit before your computer and start typing the rough ideas whatever comes in your mind ( this is what I do J). A little secret from my side.

Make sure while writing the content try including your #focus keyword in your first two line of your content.

Include long tail keywords in your content. NP: I am not asking you to stuff your content with keywords but to make use of keywords that are more sought after by users and are not your actual keywords.

3. Don’t Stop Ethical Link Building: DonТt make use of link schemes like paid adverting or use of fiverr to drive more traffic or build massive links using some crappy software. Instead of all these spammy tricks choose proper title, meta description and keywords for your page.

4. Make It Valuable For your readers: Don’t write for Google, donТt write for yourself, write it for your readers. When it comes to #increasing organic traffic through content marketing, blogging, or guest post providing value read plays a major role. Help your readers with what they are looking for.

5. Decrease Bounce Rate: Provide quality content, Google will reward you for that. This will automatically #reduce your bounce rate.

6. Set up Company’s Blog: DonТt always think about publishing your content on some site with high traffic and PR. In-fact update your blog with quality content regularly. Google loves blog that are regularly updated with fresh content.

7. Interview Industry Experts: Everyone loves to hear and follow what industry leaders say. These experts can provide you with excellent content for your website in the form of their interview.

8. Don’t Copy Other: Yes, you heard me. Write something form your own. People love to read something fresh everytime. Doesn’t makes a different you are sharing some ones view, but #make it more interesting and #worth sharing and easy to understand. You can do all this by giving relevant examples while explaining your point.

9. Leverage the power of Social Media: At this point there is not much to say about use of social media in driving organic traffic from my side.

10. Create Community: Create community, connect with your readers. Give them a chance to share their view. This is other way you can find more content to write on by asking them a question or by sharing their views on your blog.

Using these points not only will help you drive more organic traffic, but will also supply you endless evergreen content for your blog.

Author: Arjunsinh Chandravat
Courtesy: www.greenapplemarketingsolutions.com



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