There’s no such thing as a boring business, only a boring approach. Whether you’re involved in producing high-fashion haute couture for intergalactic missions or selling paperclips to accountants, there is plenty for you to shout about and be proud of!
Solid content strategies are the way forward for online marketing and, if you want to make a big splash on the web, you’ll need to work closely with your online marketing agency to ensure you are producing tonnes of excellent content which your visitors will love.
Content and communication
In terms of how online marketing has worked in recent years this is a big change and it means that client-agency communication is more important than ever before. Rather than just letting your ‘guys’ get on with building link after link behind the scenes, your online marketing agency will prefer to be in close contact with you so that you can let them know what’s going on in your business, sign-off interesting projects like competitions and videos and ensure that they are on board with industry developments as they happen. After all, nobody knows your business and your market like you do.
Slow burners, stable results
Another thing to remember is that, unlike link building and other related SEO techniques, content strategies are relatively slow burners. You are unlikely to see fast results. Instead you should expect to see a gradual increase with a much more stable effect on your online presence and search ranking. That’s assuming it’s done well and it’s done right.
There is no ‘boring’
For many online businesses, the increasing importance of appealing and high-quality content is a concern. The majority of business (both online and offline) are not especially interesting at first glance. However, there is no such thing as a ‘boring business’ – it’s all about identifying what’s special about you, what your strengths are and what is going to really get your target audience talking.
Let’s take our earlier example of a paperclip business who are targeting accountants. Paperclips are not necessarily compelling dinner table conversation, accountants are viewed stereotypically as dull, so how can you create content which gets people talking, gets people clicking and ensures that potential clients remember you the next time they need to collate some stray pieces of paper?
For the ‘not immediately interesting’ business, creativity is even more important than in traditionally creative industries. Going big or going home is the way to go if your online business isn’t particularly captivating. Big stunts and getting people involved is the best way to create content that people will read, share and remember.
· Launch a competition
Challenge visitors to find the most creative uses for paperclips, challenge them to create the best paperclip fashion items – visitors can get involved, you’ll get some great images and you’ll get people talking too!
· Pull off a stunt
The current Guinness World Record for the longest paperclip chain assembled in 30 seconds is 56. You can do better than that, right? If you’re considering a stunt, make sure you get video content – this goes down extremely well online. You can even challenge visitors to do better and share their own videos.
· Produce unusual content
Top ten worst paperclip accidents, how to turn paperclips into attractive earrings in the office, the history of the paperclip, how to pick a lock with a paperclip in 30 seconds, how to turn paperclips into a impromptu ‘bead curtain’, an infographic displaying paperclip use across industries – these might sound like fluff pieces, but they’re fun and with some good graphics or instructional video they’ll get shared around and it will work absolute wonders for your online presence – boosting your business online.
Finding your angle
The key to outstanding content strategies for stereotypically ‘boring’ businesses is understanding your target market and finding that thing which will make your company stand out from your competitors. Working with an online marketing agency who understand how to produce great content will help you to discover your target audience, establish their online habits and preferences and create an SEO rich strategy which will get you noticed online.
If you’re looking to go viral, Liberty Marketing can help. With a creative and knowledgeable team experienced in online marketing you can ensure your business shines for all the right reasons and grabs the attention of all the right people. To learn more about our creative content strategies please get in touch or explore the rest of the Liberty site.