Marije asks, “Do you think that a small company should use a different content strategy than a large company? If so, what is the main reason for that?”
At a macro level, every company’s content marketing strategy is and should be identical: use content to improve the experience along the customer journey, from awareness through loyalty. The difference will be in implementation, driven by budgets, resources, and one key factor that 99% of companies do completely wrong. Watch the video to find out what, and one way to avoid making a disastrous content marketing mistake.
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In today’s episode, Murray Hey. All right. asks,
Do you think that a small company should use a different content strategy than a large company? If so, what is the main reason for that? Yes. So well, let’s back up. The big
overall content strategy remains the same for pretty much every company, which is we want to use content to build awareness, build trust, in our brand, get
us content, influence, consideration, evaluation and purchase, right, the standard buyers journey content helps make that journey move along more seamlessly. And so from that perspective, from the big picture perspective, yes, every company’s content strategy is roughly about the same thing, which is use content to help power marketing and sales and customer service.
Now, the Why is the same, the what the How are going to be different, the what and the how are what choices you’re going to make in terms of channel budget method
format. And then the How is you do that stuff. And that’s going to be different for every company, every single company is going to be do their content differently. Every company should do their content differently than every other company. Because otherwise, your content is just as much of commodity as your product is, and no one’s gonna buy it, no one’s gonna pay attention to it, no one’s going to use it. So the big differentiators for the content production strategy are largely around resources, what do you have the ability to create the content. So for example,
my company trust insights were a three person company, there is only so much content we can create every day,
we create good
podcast content about once a week, we create video content every day, I use the video content that I do for my personal blog. Also, for the company as well, we create a newsletter once a week, we create blog posts couple times a week, depending on what’s going on. And what we have to share this important that is, and that is useful to our audience. So
you’re talking a three person company can credibly crank out about one to two pieces of super high quality, useful content a day.
Now notice, I didn’t say professionally polished or expensive looking content. Because today,
you don’t want to get to elaborate and too fancy with your content creation, it’s better to provide useful content frequently, then polished content infrequently. And the other thing that tends to happen with very polished content is that
the more people who are involved in the creation of it, the more the less useful it becomes to the end user. Because as you do more content by committee, more and more people wanted to be about the company and less about the audience. There are not a lot of content programs that survive a committee and create useful content at the end. So it is better, you are better off doing something like this, recording something on a phone with a $40 microphone or something. And publishing frequently. But making it all about you, the audience and not about the company.
The channels will vary as well. If you are if you are a company that has a difficult time conveying information, a certain format, don’t use that format. So you really have what four major channels, you have text, your audio, you have video, and you have interactive, those are the four ways you can get someone to do something up with you.
Most companies don’t have really good interactive capabilities, because it requires a very specific skill set that is very, very difficult for most companies to do. For example, creating your own app, creating your own apps and maintaining the midst of a software business in and of itself, it is content.
But it’s difficult to do
videos relatively easy these days, thanks to the prevalence of smartphones and things. So if you are comfortable on video, or even if you’re uncomfortable in video, but you’ll do it is a good way to provide content depending on your audience. Audio is a fantastic way to reach people. Because audio is the only format that you can
that somebody can consume while they’re doing something else. So you can listen to a podcast while you’re at the gym, or driving a car or making lunch or whatever, it’s very difficult to read. Or even to watch a video. If you are doing something else. You absolutely should not be watching videos while you’re commuting, for example, just a terrible idea. It’s highly unsafe,
but you can listen. So if your audience
is an audience that is busy,
and they listen to audio sources already audio content, maybe the way to go. A lot of people have jumped on the podcasting bandwagon the last couple of years, which is, is good as long as again, the content you’re creating is useful.
The last thing I’ll say on small versus large company is that a larger company because of its budget, and resources can create more content. But it doesn’t necessarily mean it is better content. The
number one challenge every single marketer faces is creating content that is actually useful to the audience.
for marketers to
to make very self centered content, say, hey, check out our awesome products in our awesome company. And our here’s a picture of our lobby, and you know,
is makes the CEO of the company feel better, or it makes the board directors feel better, but doesn’t do anything for the customer. And so
the biggest struggle you’re going to find is how do you create content that the audience actually wants? And the number one way to do that is to ask people, what do you need help with? What questions would you like to have answered? The entire reason I do this show you ask answer, which is based off of Marcus Sheridan’s book they ask you answer is because it is inherently audience centric, you have a question, I’ll try to answer it as opposed to me just putting stuff out there that may or may not be of interest to you. If you’re if you marry his sent me this entire document of like 15 questions, and I’ll answer the ones that are relevant
by default. I’m making content for the audience for you for her this case, because this is what she wants to know.
So what questions do you get? And you feel like I don’t know where to get questions. I guess what I can tell you the number one source of year of questions for your shows for your blogs, podcasts video is your customer service inbox guarantee you if you get at least one email a day from customer service
to your customer service inbox, you have questions to answer that customers that audience members want answers to. And by the way, if you create content that is answering the questions that people have that you have received, guess what the next time that question comes in your sales team, your customer service team, your marketing team, your PR team, whoever can grab the link in the content that you made and say, Hey, here’s a 10 minute video answers your question aren’t we so helpful to you?
Like, hey, I’ve got you know widget w x 42 and I don’t know where the flow goes for why to have the W x 41 and if someone’s got that question you can provide them a serious well thought out answer that will provide real value to them and to anybody else who has questions about your stuff. So great question at the macro level everyone’s kind of strategy the same at the execution everyone’s is going to be different and it should be different. As always, please leave your questions you can send them to the link in the show notes below and please subscribe to the YouTube channel in the newsletter and we’ll talk to you soon
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