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Kick-Start Your Marketing with Great Content

As a small business looking to attract new clients, there's a good chance you've tried all the usual marketing methods. Unfortunately, so has everyone else. Content marketing uses useful information to attract and retain customers - making your business a useful resource that customers actually seek out.

Content marketing is a simple strategy that uses written, recorded or live content to attract and retain customers. It works because it positions you and your business as a trusted resource and encourages prospects to search you out as opposed to you doing all the chasing.

Perhaps equally as important is that it rewards your customers for responding to your marketing. Instead of getting the same old sales pitch they get useful, informative or simply entertaining content.

It's precisely because it rewards people for their attention that it works so well when combined with other marketing strategies - and smart businesses can use that fact to kick-start their existing efforts. Let's try an example:

Suppose you run a nice upmarket café. Your traditional marketing might include things like your ads in the paper or the leaflets you hand out. In terms of content, it's pretty much a sales pitch along the lines of, "here we are, this is what we offer and isn't it great."

None of that really does anything for your prospective customer though. On the other hand, as a content-led business you can make a few small changes to those leaflets or ads that actually gives your prospects something of value - and increases the response rate accordingly.

Start by looking at your ideal customers, what do they want? Are they interested in healthy options? Saving money? Trying new things? In this case we'll assume that healthy eating is important to your customers, they want to know how to prepare wholesome meals with minimum fuss.

With that in mind, you might decide to create a series of attractive recipes and simple suggestions for healthy alternatives to burgers and pizzas. That kind of information is useful in itself and so will appeal to your market much more than a standard sales pitch.

Now that you've got some content worth talking about you can use it to supercharge your ads and leaflets (or anything else you use). Your ads can be recipes in themselves, designed to be cut out and kept (or at the very least say 'check out our website for healthy recipes options'). Instead of printing leaflets destined for the landfill site, you can transform them into well-branded recipe cards that people actually want to keep.

Done well, your great content makes you the place to go for healthy eating when your prospects couldn't be bothered to try those recipes themselves. Even when they do, the recipe card or cut-out ad will stay in the home and likely get a few mentions to friends and family as well.

In short, if you start with a focus on creating valuable content to attract and keep customersFree Reprint Articles, then bringing that content into your existing strategies is the prefect way to give flagging advertising and marketing campaigns a real kick-start.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Mark Nagurski is a small business marketing consultant and regular contributer to numerous online and offline publications.

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