1. Simply helpful
Google introduced the content model ‘Hygiene, Hub, Hero’ for YouTube. It’s great for search engine optimization, addressing the reader’s questions, introducing them to your brand and positioning you as the answer to their problems.
How-to guides, blog posts, white papers and web pages are all examples of simply helpful hygiene content. While that sounds like a lot of reading, a study found that 88% of consumers do online research before a purchase, and read an average of 10.4 pieces of content before reaching their final decision.
2. Perfectly personalized
Companies such as Spotify, Netflix and Amazon have mastered personalization. In the process, they’ve changed customer expectations around the world. As a result, 80% of consumers now prefer to shop with companies providing a personalized approach. You need to make sure your personalization is driven by customer data and supported by your customer journey map, segmentation and personas.
3. Socially connected
Social media is also fast becoming a customer service must-have, with 54% of customers preferring social channels over phone support. However, they do also expect a fast reply. For example, 60% of Twitter users expect a response within an hour.
4. Find your formats
Cisco predicts that by 2022, online videos will make up more than 82% of all consumer internet traffic, and 54% of consumers want to see more video content from brands they support. As a result, video production should be a key consideration for marketers.
Infographics are a frequently shared format - in fact, they’re shared three times more often on social media than other content types. Their use is still growing, particularly in B2B, and they can attract high numbers of links to your site, further boosting your SEO.
However, brands also need to experiment with new formats, like augmented reality: from virtual fitting rooms to live make-up mirrors, and vehicle demos. Although visual formats and design have a unique appeal, they haven’t made text redundant. Original, authoritative research can outperform viral content, while building trust and domain authority. Ultimately, the right choice for your brand depends on your audience and your industry sector, but when it comes to making a splash with your ‘hero’ content, don’t be afraid to think big.
Original, authoritative research can outperform viral content, while building trust and domain authority. Ultimately, the right choice for your brand depends on your audience and your industry sector, but when it comes to making a splash with your ‘hero’ content, don’t be afraid to think big.
There are many forms of user-generated content, from photos, videos, social media content, customer reviews or forums, to content created with branded AR filters. Consumers perceive it as more memorable, authentic and trustworthy than brand content.
During the 2020 pandemic, it’s come into its own. People are spending more time at home and they’re less able (or willing) to do in-person research. It’s no surprise that user-generated content has featured in high-profile campaigns, such as KFC’s reopening.
Building your brand voice
Successful content creation depends on your audience, brand and goals. However, a consistent brand voice is always part of the equation. Inconsistencies in tone are the equivalent of a branding mood swing - they’re unlikely to build trust.
Analyze and document your tone of voice to help your team sound consistent. Start with your brand values and audience to choose the principles of your voice.
Try adding before and after examples to create a practical and useful guide. Consider how it can adapt to different channels, then test it with your team and customers. This will help you pinpoint anything that needs further clarification.
Customers that have better experiences are 140% more likely to spend money, and this is likely to increase over time.
There are general trends in the popularity and effectiveness of different content types, but one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to content choices. This is where customer data comes into its own - from social media stats to website traffic, sign-up forms and other sources.
All but the smallest campaigns benefit from technology that allows you to automate the content process as much as possible. This leaves you the time needed to analyze your campaign’s success and repeat what works effectively.
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