Content is King

You have a brand website. You have a blog. You have social media networks. You have banner ads. And, yes the list of tools and resources you utilize on a daily basis to extend your brand’s awareness and educate consumers goes on and on and on. But, how do you make sure that you have fresh and interesting content to keep consumers coming back for more? 

Content is key to the success of your emerging media efforts. Even back in 1996, Bill Gates commented that content would be king of the internet kingdom and drive its overall success. But as Gates points out, the word “content” takes on an even broader meaning now that marketing has shifted to an online presence.  No longer is content simply just newsletter stories. It is videos, podcasts, tweets and Facebook posts. It is the lifeblood of the brand, and it must be interesting enough for people to share with others, and it must encourage people to interact with the brand. If it does not accomplish these two objectives, then you may have to rethink your content…and overall emerging media strategy.

Ask questions. Be creative. Provide thought leadership on trends. Check out this recent article from USA Today for more tips. And while it may be geared toward small business owners, it provides valuable ideas that any brand can use – regardless of size.

Yet, how do you plan for great content? Yes, sometimes inspiration just comes to you, but let’s face it, even the greatest marketer hits creative roadblocks. I tend to either brainstorm or walk away from the task and work on a completely different project. Yes, I know these are two very different approaches, but each has proven beneficial to me. Maybe those suggestions will help you, maybe they will not. This list also provides some great ideas to get those creative content juices flowing. Are there any creative content approaches that are missing?