Content marketing is all about providing useful, relevant, and valuable content your prospects and customers need to help them solve their issues and problems. This has a host of benefits, including increased brand awareness, engagement, leads, traffic, conversions, brand trust, loyalty, credibility, reputation, and authority, to name just a few. This simple 2 step content marketing strategy involves identifying audience questions and creating content that answers these questions. It’s as simple as that. What’s more, it’s easy to implement and doesn’t require a big budget, so any small business can employ this strategy today to start getting results and reap the benefits of...

Email marketing remains one of the most effective ways of engaging and reaching prospects, retaining customers, and encouraging them to take action. This post offers some tips on how to improve results from your email marketing campaigns and optimise performance.   1. Build A List   Prior to any email marketing campaign, you need to build an audience to send your email to by building an email list. Start by asking yourself why your audience would sign up for your emails,  then use this to build a list. This can be done any number of ways, from using a lead generation form on your site,...

I spend a fair bit of time writing about SEO. On our own blog, on my Search Engine Land Column, and just generally around the web. One acronym I have never been too keen on is SERP. This brief post explains that acronym and any other related SEO SERP jargon.   SERP - A Definition   SERP stands for Search Engine Result Page. So the SERPs are the search engine result pages. These are pages of results for any given search query. These SERPs will also consider other variables such as personalisation, device, and user location. A SERP will typically include organic results, features, and...

So you’ve written a piece of fully optimised high-quality, valuable, relevant content that stands out and you’re ready to release it into the world for your content to be read and loved by your audience. Don’t make the content marketing mistake of leaving your amazing content on your site waiting for it to be read and the views to come pouring in. Unfortunately, it’s not a case of building it and they will come, you have to work hard to promote your content and get it in front of those who need to read it, otherwise, your hard work producing the...

I have previously written about building a loyal online community through social media, in which I discussed how to leverage social media to help you achieve your business goals. In this article, I go into more detail on some of the best types of content that will boost engagement in order to do this. To boost engagement on social media, you need to share relevant, useful and valuable content to start a conversation, increase trust and loyalty, and build a community. The idea is to build a relationship with prospects, customers, fans and audiences through content, not just through hard selling...