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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Content Marketing to Sell Online

First of all, when it comes to your content, you need to consistently deliver top-quality, valuable content to your readers. It is your content that enables you to build a relationship with the other person, which means that eventually, that person will trust you enough to want to buy what you are selling. This is where content marketing comes into it.

Content marketing is an amazing tool to help you sell your product(s) online. If you do it correctly, your content marketing materials will reach the other person in such a way that he or she will only consider you and your business to be the one from whom to buy.

The truth is that your ability to sell anything online stems from the content that you share with other people. If not for your content, you would not have any way of letting your online connections know about what you are selling and why it stands above the products and/or services of your competitors. Of course, as far as selling is concerned, it is much more difficult to sell a service than to sell a product.

On the other hand, the concept of selling using content marketing is the same whether you are selling a product or a service. The fact is that content has always been king, is king now, and will always be king.

Right about now, you may be asking exactly how you go about creating a selling strategy using content marketing materials. Well, there is an approach that will most likely work for you.

Online business and content marketing
When it comes to selling online, there are a few things that you want to accomplish. You want to:

Increase brand awareness.

Raise your ranking on the search engine results page (SERP)

Engage your readers more effectively

Increase your brand’s value through your content marketing materials

Increase your social reach through a large volume of top-quality content. If you achieve this, you will have a chance that your content will go viral.

Make it feel as though you are not selling. If you are actually teaching your readers what you know, they will walk away from your content with something extremely valuable.

The effective type of content to allow you to sell online
The answer to this is not the same for every person and for every business. The most appropriate type of content largely depends on the industry that you are in and your particular target audience. Some of the possible vehicles that you may want to consider using include online newsletters, white papers, short videos, graphic materials, etc. Now, you are at the point at which you need to consider what to do with the actual content.

Make your headlines highly effective: What you need to understand here is that you have exactly three seconds to capture the attention of your reader with your headline. If you can’t do it in that amount of time, the reader will move on to someone else’s content. Your headline should contain strong keywords or key phrases (although you will want to be careful about not over-stuffing the title with too many keywords or key phrases). If you don’t feel confident about your keywords and key phrases, you will want to do your homework so that you have a clear understanding about which keywords and key phrases work most effectively for your particular brand.

Using guest bloggers can be extremely beneficial: Using guest bloggers can be extremely effective because it adds interesting perspectives to the content that you have written and shared. Your readers will thank you for it. Of course, you should not surmise that your readers are more interested in what your guest bloggers are writing than in what you are writing. It is a value-added service that you are offering them. The more valuable, informative information you share with your readers, the more they will appreciate what you are doing for them.

Offline Marketing Strategies

First, you’ve already primed them for a higher price, so when you offer the lower price, they’re actually relieved and much more likely to say yes.

Second, in the back of their mind they’re thinking, “If s/he is using my business as a case study, that means s/he’s going to work extra hard to get good results.” Which makes perfect sense, because you wouldn’t want a case study that failed.

Third, you can use these case studies to bring in new clients. For example, let’s say you performed a service for a plumber. Now you can contact plumbers in other cities and show them the exact results you achieved in that first plumbing business. When they see these specific results, they are much more likely to sign on.

The same goes for any other service you provide to local businesses, professionals, coaching clients, etc.

Show them your ‘regular’ price, then offer the option of getting a reduced price in exchange for allowing you to use them as a case study.

One caveat: In the case of personal coaching (versus business coaching) you might want to change their name in your case study to protect your client’s privacy.

Market Start Up Creatively

Focus on Public Relations. While social media and web promotions hold high importance today, leaving the PR activities out of your marketing strategies can cost you bucks, especially if you are targeting masses in a developing county. For example, do not forget that unlike other countries, the number of regional newspapers is growing fast in India! And believe it or not, PR and external communications can help you gain the traction that you are looking for, especially if you are a start-up in search of an investor. For that, you do not need to hire a permanent PR professional. Rather, you can take help from a freelance PR executive to get your message out to journalists and media houses. You can also rely on PR agencies, but PR firms are usually costly. A freelance PR exec, thus, will not only cost you so much less, but will also ensure regular interactions with the market influencers. However, the key to success is not the PR executive; it’s the quality of message that you disseminate across media. Do not sell directly, if you are taking the organic path. Do promote your best proposition if you are opting for the inorganic ways of promotions. Basically, be creative when you plan for PR activities.

Leverage Resources Wisely for Marketing. If you think marketing is a cost center, then you are not alone. Hiring for a function, which costs you money may not sound lucrative, but it pays you back in the long run. You can actually convert marketing into a revenue center by being creative in terms of how you establish this crucial function. For example, as you are a start-up, you do not necessarily need to hire people for everything that you do. Work with freelancers or hire part-time employees. It works. However, working with freelancers could be challenging and frustrating at the same time. If you lack the patience of dealing with freelancers, then you can go for a part-time employee or can also look for a friend who can help you do the essential PR activities by yourself-only if you are running the show by yourself.

Boost Customer Retention

Show Loyalty to Your Users

When customers are buying from you, don’t you think you should offer some loyalty gifts to them so that they can enjoy their shopping even more? One such way of showing the love for your customers is to give them exclusive offers. It’s not like customers are always visiting your website. So, how are they going to know about the discounts and offers? You have to send them notifications in a tactful way. Things become even better when you send personalised notifications to your customers.

For an instance, you can offer your customers a special discount on their respective anniversaries or birthdays along with a good wish message. This is surprisingly a very effective way to boost the customer retention rate.

Use Social Media Platforms Tactfully

Technology is booming on each passing day and in today’s tech-savvy era, you are not unaware of the immense popularity of various social media platforms. People from different parts of the world are staying connected to each other through these social media platforms. Now, what you can do is to promote your brand tactfully on this huge platform reaching a vast audience at a time! If you properly use this, staying connected with your customers and interacting with them become smoother and efficient. More importantly, using such social connections along with easy integration of shareable things, your brand becomes popular among the friends of your customers. This is undoubtedly an impressive way to augment the conversion rates.

Communicate Efficiently

While communicating with your customers, be a bit careful so that it doesn’t sound like a “spam”! An effective way to communicate with your customers is – ‘push notification’. However, try to add a little bit flavour of personalisation with your notifications. Otherwise, users are simply going to ignore your push notifications thinking of it as a spam. Moreover, be a bit judicious about the time of sending push notifications.