Marije asks, “Do you think it is worth it to put a lot of effort into one piece of content or is one better off focusing on making more and smaller pieces of content?”
Quality is job one in content marketing, but the ideal state is to produce high quality content at scale. There’s a catch: quality doesn’t mean what you think it means. Watch the video for more details.
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In today’s episode Murray asks, Do you think it is worth it to put a lot of effort into one piece of content, or is one better off focusing on making more and smaller pieces of content. So this is the age old quality and quantity of content marketing
today, quality for the marketer is job one, your content has to be high quality. And the reason why is this thing, these devices give us unlimited access to infinite amounts of information, or nearly infinite in nearly unlimited more than you could consume in your lifetime. More, you’ll run out of years before you run out of content. So as a result, the customer, the consumer, b2b or b2c, doesn’t matter. The customer never has to settle for anything less than the best when they are on this device. And they’re on YouTube, or blogs, or LinkedIn or wherever, they don’t have to spend any time on anything that is less than great, right? So good, or mediocre or good enough or Okay, doesn’t cut it anymore, your content has to be great, your content has to be worth spending the time which means that generally speaking, your content has to follow the three he rule has to be either engaging, entertaining, or educational. Engaging means that it is something that they’re emotionally invested, they get some kind of emotional benefit political news, for example, people are very emotionally engaged, and not necessarily to their benefit. But they are educational, they’re learning something, they’re improving themselves, they’re getting, they’re becoming a better person and entertaining, they, they are deriving satisfaction or enjoyment or contentment or something from that content, your content is got to be one of those three, ideally, it’s all three. But it has to do one of those things that has to do it really, really well as to better than then the other choices that the customer has in that time frame. So it doesn’t matter what the content is, if it’s a podcast, if it’s a blog, if it’s an email, if it’s a video like this, you have to be entertaining, educational or engaging. And if you’re not going to do for example, like the videos I try to publish every day are focused on education. And so I have to provide educational value better than what you’re going to get somewhere else, hopefully. And since I’m not particularly funny, and I’m not going to say outrageous, outlandish things, or swear at you know, for 10 minutes straight, I have to double down on the education aspect, because it’s not going to be that emotionally inciting.
So that’s quality. Now,
here’s on the question of where you should spend your time, you have to figure out how to get automation and technology working for you. So that you can create great quality content all the time.
And you could do it at scale. So instead, it is not enough to publish one great piece of content per quarter, right? That’s just not enough people’s attention spans, they forget who knows what they forgot who should come to top of mind. And, and humans. We know this through the power of advertising. Humans remember more through repetition. When you seen that car insurance commercial 44 times
in the last five days, you remember the brand you remember who it is. And there’s a good chance that by just saying just by saying the words car insurance, commercial, pretty much one of two companies has come to mind, right?
you saw an ad your news feed for that Coffee Company, right? And it’s always there for for a month straight, there was nothing but pumpkin spice latte ads, pumpkin spice this right.
Again, I say that Coffee Company. In your newsfeed. This probably one of three companies is going to come to mind because of the power of repetition. So in your content marketing, you do need to have frequency, you do need to be doing stuff often.
So you need great quality content, and you need a lot of it, which means that you have to figure out how to make your content marketing processes faster and better. Now, here’s the catch about quality content quality content does not mean expensive. Content quality content does not mean a polished production, unless your company’s product is that content. So for example, if you are a video marketing company, yes, your videos should look expensive, they should look highly polished and publish, right? If you are in a podcasting company, your podcast should be like a spa massage for somebody ears, right? It should be that good for everybody else who’s core competency whose product is not the content format itself. Quality means that you’re providing education, entertainment, or engagement. That’s the definition of quality. So you can do something shot right on your smartphone like this with, you know, an inexpensive Mike like this in a basement like this. As long as you’re fulfilling the brand promise and creating entertainment engagement or education.
How do you produce great quality content on a regular basis produce stuff that people want through stuff that people have asked you for? Go into your customer service inbox and pull out all the questions people ask you. And guess what? There is your content because, you know, people want to know the answers to those things.
They wouldn’t email you about it if they didn’t.
They is the whole reason that this series which is named after a book that Marcus Sheridan wrote called, they ask you answer. That’s the reason this series exists because
I can inherently provide and you can inherently provide more educational, entertaining or engaging content by simply answering questions people have asked you or giving them what they want to know, in yesterday’s trust insights newsletter, I asked a question
asked Would you be interested in a webinar or some content around personal branding? And so just don’t don’t worry about form just hit reply in your email client and reply Yes, I’d be interested to know it wouldn’t be interested in and a dozen people applied. Yes,
I would like to know more personal branding. Well, guess what.
Now I have a mandate from the people that I serve our customers that they want more content on personal branding. So it’s no longer I don’t have to guess what quality content is going to be for them. They told me they want stuff on personal branding. Cool, we’re going to do that.
Ask your customers if you if your inbox isn’t full. Ask your customers
What do you want?
Our advisor Ginny Dietrich who runs spin sucks, calm has this fantastic one question survey that we sent out following her advice.
If you read my newsletter, or you read the trust insights newsletter, you got this question, which is if we were to
talk for an hour sit down to talk for an hour, what would we discuss?
And I had over 300 replies to sort, categorize, filter, tag, etc. to categorize what you want.
So ask your customers ask your audience
that exact question. If you can’t think of a better question to ask
that question. What would you what would we discuss for an hour people will tell you that some people give you silly answers. And that’s fine. Some people will complain if especially if your
brand isn’t hasn’t done the best job but for
the most part, people will tell you what they want. So that’s where you create quality content. And when people are asking questions like Maria asked
if she could send me 15 questions to answer Sure, I’m going to answer questions, because that’s a great way
to give you what you want. Because there’s a very good chance that you have very similar questions that Maria did. So great quality content just means being educational, entertaining, or engaging, and giving people what they want. At high frequency. You don’t need a lot of money. You do need a lot of knowledge in your industry, which I hope you have. And you do need to invest the time to create content and have a system put together to do it.
Unlike some folks on you know, who have 10 or 15 or 20 person teams. This is a one person show literally the in the sense of what happens and I’ll put a link if you want to see how I produced the show every day is 45 minutes total to produce this show, you can do the same thing so I’ll put a link in the show notes to that as well. Thanks for the question. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the YouTube channel the newsletter and I’ll talk to you soon one help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems.
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