Developing Content Marketing Authority

Content Marketing Authority

A basic understanding of content marketing must precede the ability to establish content marketing authority. Kristen and I have found out that we need a few good one liners because “content marketing” isn’t a word people that many people know yet.

But they need to know it if they expect to develop authority!  And if you can’t describe what you do in just a couple of sentences, it doesn’t sound interesting or worthwhile and you lose them.

We want to keep everybody we talk to, so here are a few one-liners on Content Marketing:

  • Increase your bottom line:  Get recognized and respected online.
  • Got a website?  Then let the world find it!  You’ll get more business!
  • Grow and Manage your online presence: It brings you business!
  • Spread your authority online:  Being found brings new business!

What do all of these one-liners have in common?  They all have to do with being online, and they have to do with making more money.  If you’re in business and you aren’t a hot topic that comes up everywhere where people are looking for information (ONLINE!) that has to do with what you do,  you need to become one!

Become a Hot Topic!

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Be One! You Must Be Seen and Known!

If you become a recognized authority at what you do, your customer base will start to mentally connect your name with your business.  How does that happen?

You become an authority at what you do by being involved with groups and activities connected with your work.  In the internet era, those groups and activities are online.  In the pre-internet era those things were offline.  But they are the same groups and activities.

There are a lot of success stories that sound like this, aren’t there?  How about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates?  They both were just tech nerds that started out in their garages!  They didn’t use the internet to build their reputation because it didn’t exist yet.   In marketing-speak, they built their” brand”.

What distinguished those two engineers from a sea of equally qualified and inventive engineers?  It was nothing other than “brand building”.

What happens when you don’t build your brand?  What happened to all of Bill Gates’ and Steve Jobs’ friends and peers who were just as clever as they were?

Well, really, nothing significant happened to them.  In contrast, what happened in the lives of these two guys who understood how to “build their brand”?

There are brand building businesses like Microsoft and Apple, and there were all the other non brand building businesses who sold computers and operating systems that eventually went by the wayside.

Which category would you rather put your business into?

Branding Principles Apply at ALL levels of Business

Everybody can identify with the success of Apple and Microsoft, but you don’t have to be a prospective corporate giant to experience the same principles

The sky is the only limit!

The sky is the only limit!

of publicity.  A principle is a law that operates always, and on anything it is applied to.  And branding is a principle!

Maybe you only run a gardening shop.  If there are a couple of other good gardening shops around town, and you are the one who always toots your horn in the local Gardening Club newsletter every month, and the other two stores don’t, which store is most likely to be perceived as the authority on gardening?

The Essence of Content Marketing

There are many ways to build your brand, with or without the internet. Your customer base is finding what they want to find on the internet.  Are you going to play in the same game as them?  The essence of content marketing is brand building, specifically online.

Develop Content Marketing authority!

Not to sound like a broken record, but please watch our free video training series presented mostly by Kristen, but partly by me.  You will be emailed a link to it by simply filling in the box at the top of the right sidebar of this page.  Then let us know how we are doing!  Drop us a line.  We would be happy to hear from you!

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Video Blog Marketing on the Cheap

Video Blog Marketing – It Doesn’t Have to Cost a Lot!

“Video blog marketing” is a catch phrase that describes the use of an authoritative blogging platform that’s enhanced by the personalized  power of video presentation.  And “on the cheap” is a term that describes the way a lot of us like to do effective things!  Put them together and what do you have?  An effective video- personalized blog that people identify with, and one that doesn’t cost you a lot!

The Appearance of Your Site and Blog

There is much you can do that costs from little to nothing to present your website and blog in a neat, attractive, and professional format.  That’s the primary reason we like to develop websites using WordPress, and it’s why we encourage you to learn to use WordPress too.  Any average computer user can learn to alter the entire look of a Word Press website, or even to create one entirely from scratch.  Uusing WordPress, it’s also easy to embed personalized videos within your posts.

Kristen talks quite a lot about the technical how-to’s  of that very subject in her free video training series on content marketing (available by filling in the sign up to the right of this post).

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Our video crew – NOT!!

The Appearance of Your Blog Embedded Video

At the present time, we do not have or use any video editing tools, nor do we hire any professional video editing services. We are operating “on the cheap”!  So, we only can adjust the factors that are actually in our control.  That means, primarily, how we come across on camera.  Without the addition of professional editing resources, there are going to be interest and viewing factors that will remain beyond our control.  We always tell ourselves, “perhaps later”!

Being Ourselves

I firmly believe that for a business which involves a lot of personal interaction, the greatest virtue of video marketing is in allowing people the opportunity to get to know you before they ever even have an opportunity to speak to you or to meet in person.  That ever-important  first personal impression is already made in your videos.

Many people just feel like they never will be comfortable making videos.  So, they either don’t bother, or they hire their video work out.  Neither of those choices is an effective option for the business owner striving for personal brand recognition.  In my experience, contracting out any task at all does nothing to stimulate my own learning and growth process.  Because video is at the top of our “must be competent at” list, we work hard at producing our own videos as well as we can on a shoestring budget.

Once you get past being camera shy it gets easier. I have a rather silly sense of humor, so occasionally, I let something spontaneous and along the lines of silly stay in a video, because I think it helps people identify with my true character.  So, when I meet someone, they can feel like we already were friends long ago.

Lack of Professional Video Editing can be a Boon!

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This is more our style!

Always focus on what you have, and not on what you seem to lack! I do my best to compensate for our present lack of professional video editing control by continually practicing the art of presenting my real character on camera.  And it hasn’t been easy!  It sometimes means many retakes.  Many retakes also translate into a lot of mental repetition.  But I am only repeating the things I need to know well anyway!

Lack of editing also can mean putting up a video that we are not completely comfortable with.  But we know that whatever we publish is the best we could produce at the time it was done.  We can, and do, often go back and replace the poorer videos with better videos.

Your Best Ally:  The Expression of Your Real Character

Video blog marketing on the cheap means expressing your real selfhood. I believe that honesty always shows through, and that it prevails over what many perceive as the benefit of a flawless professionally edited video production.  Whatever character traits distinguish you from others, just work on presenting them in your video, and keep doing it, over and over.  Don’t quit!

Allow me please to plug our very personalized free video training series.  Kristen stars in most of them.  Please let us know how we are doing!  Thank you for following us, and we look forward to being in touch with you.

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photo credit: jai Mansson’s photography. via photopin cc