You Ask, I Answer: What Makes a Good Content Marketing Idea?

Stephanie asks, “How do you define what makes a good, quality content idea?”

The easy answer is whether it provokes emotion. Measure your emotional writing with a service like IBM Watson Tone Analyzer.

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In today’s episode, Stephanie asks, How do you define what makes a good quality content idea? Fundamentally, a good idea is one that provokes some kind of emotion.

Right? It makes you care about it, when you’re creating it should provoke something and then when you send it out to a beta tester, it should provoke something in them.

For years, I’ve had a what’s called a three l framework.

When you’re working on an idea, if it doesn’t make you laugh, if you didn’t learn something, when you were building it, if you don’t love it so much that you’re talking to, you know, your significant other or a friend who’s not involved in the company or the industry, he just can’t stop talking about you know, you’ve got a good idea.

You know, you got something that is exciting to you.

It makes you happy.

You engaged with it.

And those are the same criteria as well from the readers or the consumers perspective, right? It should be educational.

It should be entertaining, possibly it should be engaging.

Did did you laugh? Does it make you does it provoke some kind of reaction? Did you learn something? If your content doesn’t fulfill any of those criteria, it’s not a good idea.

Right? On the other hand, if Phil’s at least one, there’s some sharpening of the pencil you could do to make it better to elevate it, but at least you’ve got that one.

If you can get all three, you’ve got a piece of magic I enhance and that is something that is very difficult to to create without a lot of work.

I was writing a piece of short fiction not too long ago, and in the first version of it, I had a beta reader read through it and be like, okay, Good.

Good isn’t what I’m going after a good as good isn’t great, right? So I rewrote the ending for it, I handed it back to this person.

And I said, Give it another read through.

And we’re back.

Oh my god.

fpu because I, there’s a twist at the end of the story.

And that’s what I knew I had a great piece of content.

It provokes such a strong emotional reaction in the person they like, I feel like that’s the winner.

I know.

That’s, I know, that’s something.

There’s a there there.

And when other people have read it, like okay, yeah, that’s that that was the thing.

You have to figure out which emotions you write well, because it’s not always going to be ones that are necessarily appropriate all the time.

And it depends on your creative abilities right? Some people can create humorous content really well consistently all the time comedians do this all the time.

And yes, they have you know missus and they will take stuff out like a small comedy club and test it out for small crowd and you know some stuff just bombs, but other stuff does really well depending on the audience.

You may not be able to do humor if it’s not one of my capabilities to create consistently humorous material.

You may be good at creating material that makes people sad, right? There are any number of really good writers that can create you know, angsty stories that are just heart wrenching tales.

That may be the emotion that you’re good at.

You could be somebody and you have to use this power judiciously.

You could be somebody who’s really good at making people angry intentionally by design, writing content that makes people angry.

If That kind of person, there are a number of political campaigns that would like to help.

And, you know, there’s, again, one of the basic core emotions, you may be good at making people afraid.

Again, a lot of marketers do this not well, either.

Microsoft for years was known as, as the company of fun, fear, uncertainty and doubt being able to create content that created those emotions and people and made them purchase Microsoft products as the safe haven as a safe haven from all these, you know, crazy new things, they would say could ruin your company rarely ever did.

But they were really good at that, that writing style.

So when you’re creating content, figure out what emotions you’re really good at writing.

And there’s are a number of tools out there suddenly, like IBM, Watson has Watson Tone Analyzer and Watson personality insights but Tone Analyzer is the one that will can take a piece of text and and tell you what you meant.

motions appear in the language and centers around was it? anger, fear, sadness, anticipation, joy.

Gosh, I’m missing two.

But there’s eight emotional directly directions are vectors that it measures your text on.

Take some of the content that you’ve written in the past, your best pieces that you that you feel are the best way to perform the best feed into a service like you know Watson Tone Analyzer.

It is a free demo, you can try and see what emotions you’re really good at writing.

Even if it’s not necessarily once you think that you’re you’re good at writing it, if the they’ve performed well, you have the objective measurement, they’ve performed well.

And the software says hey, you’re really good at writing joyful pieces.

Great.

You know that and then you can double down on that and working on improving the language that you use to bring out even more more of that.

So what makes good quality content is emotions, provoking them, eliciting them from people.

And the most important thing you can do is to figure out which emotions you’re good at writing.

The challenge you may run into, is that what you’re good at is what your company is not aligned with their brand, right? If you’re really good at writing content that engages fear, and your company is like a yoga, there could be a bit of a mismatch.

And in those situations, you have to figure out how do you write in such a way, and maybe you partner with somebody else on on your team if there’s someone else available that can write in those other styles.

Again, using the tools like Watson Tone Analyzer, you may be able to analyze pieces that other folks on your team have written or in your company, and see what are the companion emotions that you could do.

Team up with somebody else and collaborate and create content that strikes a good balance between those two emotions.

It’s, you know, the the, they’re not negative, but they’re associated with being negative emotions, like anger and fear, are good as part of a piece of content.

Because in your standard marketing copy, you’re looking at what state the problem, what the impact of the problem is, what the solution is, and then how your company fulfills that solution.

That fear and anger right and goes in the problem and impact right, you know, this is the problem.

This is what happens if you don’t solve the problem.

And if the writing that someone, a joyful person would be like, I don’t know how to express this in, you know, the impact in a compelling way.

Like, if you don’t solve this problem, I don’t think so.

Okay, that won’t sell anything.

That’s where you as the writer who’s like adding to these terrible things will happen and you’ll lose your job and someone will come and take your dog away.

That will allow you To use those skills there and then you have your your, your colleague who can write in the emotional release of the solution in the second half of the content it will Delta work on making a unified voice.

But knowing the emotions you’re good at and then figuring out how to artfully weave them into pieces of content is important.

So again, yep, questions, leave them in the comments box below.

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