Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable,relevant and consistent content to attract and retain existing clientele to ultimately drive up leads, and HERE is why every small business must use content marketing.
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Digital aka Internet marketing is the ‘greatest thing since sliced bread’ . This form of marketing promotes products or services using digital channel to reach wide audience online. The key objective is to promote brands through forms of online media such as search engines and social media channels. Digital marketing has ushered new innovate ways of conversing with customers.
In the First quarter of 2018 Facebook daily active users were 1.45 billion on average for March 2018 , an increase of 13% year-over-year and monthly active users were 2.20 billion as of March 31, 2018 , an increase of 13% year-over-year. Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average(visualize them here), which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Facebook and Google present mammoth numbers of users and continues to lead in social media channel and search engines ,respectively.
Every small business is unique and there are no hard and fast rules to running online marketing campaigns but these 3 methods are indispensable in every digital marketing strategies.
1. Content marketing
Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable ,relevant and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience and ultimately drive up leads. Content is king of digital marketing and both social media and search engine marketing(SEM) are nothing without this important piece. In social media marketing , Content has to relevant to the social media channel and informative to users. In the latter then, content must be search engine optimized(SEO) to make it easy for search engines to display in their indexes.
2. Social media marketing
Social media marketing(SMM) is a form of digital marketing that involves creating and sharing content on social media channels. The nature of products or services, customer preference and type of content that the small business offers determines which social media site is best suited to share content. Facebook continues to lead in innovating different types of content to disseminate to customer but is only suitable to business that offers certain products or services. Infographics ,Visuals and live-streaming contents are dominating across all social media sites. Social media sites offers an opportunity to advertise to customers based on their interest, location and age group and guarantees a maximum return on investment(ROI).
3. Search engine marketing
Search engine marketing(SEM) is an overarching concept that include all paid and not paid form of online marketing via search engines. SEM is made up of search engine optimization(SEO) and paid advertising(pay per click(PPC)/cost per conversion(CPC)/cost per thousand impression(CPM)). SEO is a form of search engine marketing ,it includes optimizing content ,structure and keywords on a website to rank higher on organic search results. Paid advertising on the other, includes making payment whenever an ad is click or a client has taken action or when an ad is seen by a thousand clients.
Small businesses are inundated with choosing effective marketing strategies and these 3 methods offers opportunities to unlock unprecedented numbers of leads.
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In 1996, Bill Gates wrote an article titled “content is king”,in which he touted content as the next big thing on the internet and today a lot has changed yet content still remains the most important piece on the chess board. Content is often underrated but remains the most free means for any small business to leverage and engage their customer with informative and relevant content.
Social media and internet marketing offers a great platforms for small business to communicate their content to a wider customer without shedding any ‘fat’ . Content is the most lucrative exercise for small business and a dormant website or an empty social media page is hindering the growth of any unwary small business. About 88% percent of business-to-business companies and 78% of business-to-customer companies reported using content marketing in 2015.
Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable,relevant and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience -and ,ultimately ,to drive profitable customer action. Small businesses have the necessary ‘runway ‘ with content marketing and whilst increasing sales and building brand engagement.This ‘democratization’ of content is pioneering new innovative ways of engaging customers.
Search engine optimization(SEO) is a big word in the realm of internet marketing. SEO is the unpaid form of internet marketing ,it includes optimizing the structural and content on a website to make it easy for search engines to display on its index. Google accounts for approximately over 96% of all mobile searches traffic worldwide and the user experience of these mobiles searches must be priority. Small business websites must be optimized for mobile handsets and the content must be compelling enough to engage customers.
Social media marketing
Social media evolution have presented a new dynamic in content marketing ,and small businesses have to create content that is appealing and relevant to different social sites .The average daily social media use in South Africa is +/−3 hours and for every 100 there are 27 people who are on social media. Social media sites such as Facebook,Twitter,Linkedin,Youtube and Instagram present new opportunities for small businesses to engage and entertain new and existing customers.
Social media sites are proving very popular with users(customers) and the relevant type of content to a particular site is king for the day. Facebook continues to dominate the social media landscape and new innovate ways to create,publish and distribute content that is relevant to its users. Today visual content is growing popular among social media users and video will account for 79% of global internet traffic by 2020.
The democracy of internet marketing is helping small business disseminate valuable content about their product or service and failure to produce quality content that is relevant, consistent and valuable would get the king in a check mate.
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