Is Content Marketing Worth the Effort?

I won’t make you scroll to the bottom to find the answer to this one. YES. Yes, is your answer. Content marketing is worth the time, effort, and cost that you may incur.

But, why? And, how do you convince those who decide where time and resources are allocated that this is an important initiative?

What is Content Marketing?
It’s one of the big marketing buzz terms right now, but the purpose behind it may not be completely clear. The content your organization puts out is the greatest representation of who you are as a brand.

This content can

By, Christine Johns

Generosity. It’s a win-win strategy. It’s the dynamic that occurs when one person gives selflessly to another, based on a mutual understanding of the relationship. Both parties benefit from the affinity which results, and hopefully, a lasting bond of trust is formed.

Who doesn’t love the thought of everybody winning? When it comes to your brand, you can’t afford to be insular and self-absorbed, especially in an age where loyalty and outcomes are the primary drivers of your audience.

Consider these statistics:

  • 56% of consumers said receiving a personalized incentive would improve consideration of the brand

Keys to Content that Emotes

The average human attention span is approximately 8 seconds.  Scientifically speaking, attention is the duration a person can remain focused without distraction. And I am willing to bet in the time you have read these words thus far, I have lost your “attention.”   

Did your office phone ring? Did you get a text message on your cell? A work email? Even someone speaking around you may have detracted your eyes from this page for a brief moment. Do I have your attention now? These represent just a brief glimpse into the obstacles that can hinder your content marketing.

How

In my youth, I was convinced I would be the next Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I was an avowed Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, and like any devoted follower, there is the inherent desire to perpetuate the life of a beloved character. Hence, the development of fan fiction.

I joined a Holmes fan society, named “The Baker Street Irregulars” (a reference to a cabal of street-smart youths who were Holmes’ eyes and ears), and shared my first finished piece of fan fiction, which I was convinced would play on the hearts and minds of the harshest critics and devotees to the canon

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

While that phrase may take you back to 1990 with Hypercolor shirts and Saved By the Bell (you are welcome for your earworm of the day), there are actually some keys that you can apply when working on a project that keeps you spinning your wheels.

Stop
When you are not sure if you are heading in the right direction, often times the best thing to do is stop and evaluate what it is that you are trying to accomplish.  Often we get caught up in trying to do things the quickest way, but we are not doing it