If you think back to what the internet looked like ten or 20 years ago, it was a whole lot of sales-focused content. Websites were essentially digital brochures, and the most ‘education’ a company was concerned with was educating the masses on their product or service.
Fast-forward to 2018, and while our goals aren’t all that different, we’re a lot more covert about it now. We’ve got nearly every company out there creating and distributing content for education, entertainment, and thought leadership, but with the end goal of getting more exposure for our brands. The challenge now is that everyone’s content is competing for the same buyers’ attention. How can you make yours stand out?
It all comes down to promotion. Content is only effective to the extent that it is seen. So while you must create great content, you also must put the same effort into promoting it.
Andy Crestodina, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Orbit Media Studios, joins the Content Experience Show to discuss the importance of promotion and creating visible content.
In This Episode:
How Company Websites Have Changed
Andy discusses how in previous decades, every website was essentially a downloadable brochure, and the internet was filled with a bunch of sales messages. He explains how much this approach has shifted, and where we are now.
“The benefits of content are durable, and the competitive advantages that you gain are durable.” — @crestodina
Content Brings Long-Lasting Benefits; Ads are Short-Term
Every ad is temporary—it’s only around for as long as you’re paying for it. While content may take longer to gain traction, it lives for weeks, months, or even longer.
“The pieces of content we see every day aren't the best on the internet—they’re the best promoted.” — @crestodina
Promotion is Just as Important as the Quality of Your Content
“Post and pray” doesn't really work too well, Andy warns. In order to give your content a competitive advantage, it’s important to start thinking about your promotion strategy while creating your content.
“We need to be working at least as hard at promoting our content as we are on making it.” — @crestodina
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