SEO covers a wide range of website elements. It helps optimize your page titles, your meta descriptions, the keywords on your website, and even your website’s structural layout. It can be overwhelming and confusing at times (no worries, we can help guide you), but it also heavily influences another type of marketing that is more easily understood: content marketing.
If you read that and instantly thought of blog posts, YouTube videos, or infographics, you’re on the right track! SEO can help ensure that the content you create is optimized to get more views and, ideally, more customers. Let’s dive into what exactly content marketing is and how you can improve your content’s reach.
What is content marketing?
Content marketing is a marketing approach using strategic creation and distribution of relevant and valuable content to attract and assist your target audience with the goal of driving more business to your website.
Content marketing is a very important strategy to consider, as once you have created a piece of content, it can be used across a number of different digital marketing channels. It does require a higher initial time investment, but when done correctly, the returns can be amazing.
Types of content marketing
The only constraint on what’s considered content marketing is the limits of your creativity. Anything you create to help reach your target audience can be considered content marketing. If you’re looking for a succinct list of some content marketing examples, then look no further!
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Yes, you read that last one correctly. Even a simple meme could technically be considered content marketing. How helpful those are to an individual is definitely up for debate, though I’d argue a good chuckle can be incredibly valuable now and then!
A number of those examples are great pieces of content that can be created with your target audience in mind and easily distributed throughout your various digital media channels. Take an infographic, for example, and think of where you could use that. A simple infographic can be used on your website, in an email blast to your audience, and on your social media profiles. One piece of content has now opened a door to your website through three different channels!
Now imagine consistently creating, sharing your content, and having your audience reshare it. The number of people you are reaching at a lower effort increases at a much larger rate. That’s the core of content marketing.
What is content outreach?
Content outreach is the process of sharing, promoting, and spreading the content you created to your contacts or any outlet that you believe would find your content valuable. For example, reaching out to popular relevant blogs, news sites, or social media profiles to see if they would like to promote your content in exchange for a link back to your website is a common outreach tactic. A single blog post linking back to you or even a Tweet showing off your watermarked infographic can help increase your brand awareness and drive more users to your site.
How do content marketing and outreach mix?
So, how do content marketing and content outreach synergize to create results? Before creating a new piece of content, doing research to ensure that there is user interest in the content topic and finding outlets to reach out to after the content is completed will help your efforts succeed. Having a plan that keeps both your content marketing and outreach strategy in mind is key to creating successful content.
Create an outreach plan
So, what is an outreach plan? Essentially, this is a plan where you note each content piece you plan to make, what the goals of those pieces are, where you will post that content, and who would or where would be the best to ask for help spreading that content.
One common tactic is to create a spreadsheet that lists relevant popular industry websites, social media accounts, and public figures and their respective contact information. Then, when you create a content piece and you reach out to those outlets, keep notes in that spreadsheet with what you said and when. Also, decide when you will follow up at least twice if you do not get a response. Consistency is key in outreach and creating a relationship with those outlets.
Knowing who or where you will reach out to, when you will contact them, when you will follow up, and what the goals of your interactions are will help provide incredible ease of mind making it easier for you to stay consistent.
Bolster your SEO strategy with content marketing.
Content marketing is a great avenue for increasing your brand awareness, making your target audience trust your expertise, and providing more ways for users to spread your message in a low-effort way once the content is made. Pairing that with a sound outreach strategy will make your efforts much more efficient, and you will also get the benefit of creating more relationships with other relevant parties in your industry.
If you have any questions on how content marketing and outreach strategies can bolster your SEO efforts, we're here to help. Contact Workshop Digital with any concerns—and we'll be happy to help your strategies succeed.