Category : Content Marketing

M3 Publishing > Content Marketing
31Jan
content - wordpressContent: How Can You Convert it into Business?

Content: How Can You Convert it into Business?

Content is a serious marketing tool that can generate considerable sales results.  It is not a luxury or an add-on to your core business if, or when, you have the time or resources for it.

Content adds substance to a business’ online – and offline – presence and does so in such a way that it attracts interest.   It engages and, ultimately, helps to convert people into qualified prospects.

 

Attraction and Retention

SEO can get you ranked higher on search engines and it can encourage clicks onto your web pages.  Once you have attracted your audience to you, does your content keep them interested so that they don’t simply move onto something else?  Online attention spans are notoriously short.

Content works strategically.  It enables you to allow people find you online and, once they have found you, to want to find out more about you.  This provides you with opportunities to engage with those prospects.

 

M3 Media Publishing’s methodology is to combine high quality, powerful, content with psychological insight and the use of social media and other channels to distribute it, to attract customers

 

The essence of great content is storytelling.  This can make your brand and your business stand out from the competition, while exploring the kinds of issues and problems your customers have.

M3 Media Publishing’s sector-specific, authoritative, digital magazines publish stories that highlight business leaders’ expertise and creates powerful third party recommendations.

 

The Legacy of Successful Content

Peter Knight, is an expert property consultant, with Knight Morris.  He explains how the M3’s approach has helped his business.

“I wanted an innovative, creative and cost-effective way to raise my company profile,” he explains. “The results of my strategically-placed articles, in M3’s digital magazines, have exceeded my expectations.”

 

M3 Media Publishing’s articles, coupled with engagement, offers an excellent return on investment.  One piece of business per year is all it has taken for us to surpass our spend with them

Peter Knight, Lead Building Surveying Partner at Knight Morris

 

“The original content has allowed readers to explore issues that affect them and seek out my professional help and advice,” concludes Peter.

To discover how content can generate business for you, please call 0161 922 8571 or visit m3publishing.co.uk.

 


David Lomas - How can you use content to get more customers?David Lomas, CEO of M3 Media Publishing, is hosting a special seminar, entitled “How Can You Use Content to Get More Customers?” at the prestigious E3 Business Expo in Bolton on 5 April 2017.

To find out more about his appearance, click here.  Alternatively, to book your free place at the Expo or the seminar, please click here.

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29Sep
content marketing - are you getting it right?Content – Are you getting it right?

Content – Are you getting it right?

“Content Marketing” is apparently all the rage among marketers, along with the often used phrase “content is king”.

For someone who has worked creating and publishing content for some 15 years, I consider content and, may I say, its’ subsequent communication is essential to the success of any business.

However, content is only powerful if it gets seen or heard by the target audience at which it is aimed.

Content comes in many forms, of course. This can include video clips – in both real or animated format and it can include visual content such as images, logos, gifs and infographics.

With the growth of sites like Pinterest and Vine, all these different types of visual images can be a powerful tool, especially for b2c marketers.

Audio content is also an option. e.g. sound bites – maybe your own voice recording or a radio interview for example. Audio clips may be particularly useful if your prospects spend a lot of their ‘research’ time driving in their car.

Written Content – Leave it to the experts

Then we come to good old written content – It never goes out of fashion and we can all write it very easily.

Is that maybe not quite true, dare I say?

It doesn’t go out of fashion –  that’s true, and maybe words and styles may change.

Do we all find it easy to write? No, that’s certainly not the case with the majority of people I talk with.

My first client for content marketing 15 years ago, asked me the question… “Do I have to write our content?” “No, we will do it for you”, I answered.

“Excellent, we’ll go with that!”, he said, very relieved.

I learnt very soon, that clients did not want to have to write their own content as it was time-consuming and not their area of expertise. They also did not feel very comfortable singing the praises of their own business – maybe that’s a British trait?

Producing good content is one thing but getting the content right is an art in itself.

What is the best type of content for your audience?

A Recent study into content by global research specialists Nielsen, looked at the three main types of content that we, as marketers, produce.

These are:

Branded or company-generated content, which focuses on the facts about a business, maybe including case studies highlighting work being done.

Secondly, testimonial type content or product reviews from customers.

Lastly, there is what we refer to as ‘third-party expert’ content.

In the survey, it was found that the 3rd-party expert content had the most impact and influence on customers.

Why is 3rd party content so valuable? 

The implied endorsement of third-party experts holds much more weight to consumers than anything a company can say about itself.

This content needs to appear on some place other than your own website of course, otherwise it doesn’t quite achieve that critical 3rd party legitimacy. The website also needs to have credibility for your content to be taken seriously by your reader.

This 3rd party content can therefore be very powerful if used correctly, within your content marketing & communication strategy.

If you can position yourself as a ‘quoted’ expert with integrity, within your chosen sector, your authority and reputation can acquire a real boost.

Why not talk to M3 Media Publishing about how you or your business could feature in one of their digital sector-specific magazines.

Call David Lomas on 08450 519374

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3May
M3 and All Survey StorytellingCan Strong Storytelling Accelerate Business Development?

Can Strong Storytelling Accelerate Business Development?

We talk a lot about the value of storytelling when it comes to engaging with an audience because we know that it works.  And storytelling has real power to open up business opportunities.

Uncovering the Asbestos Threat

All Survey is a business specialising in conducting asbestos surveys. Gemma Voaden is lead asbestos surveyor with All Survey and in this role she has built up a clear picture of the scale of the issue.

At a recent M3 Connections event, she told a story to illustrate her work and how asbestos is a potentially widespread threat. A chain of charity shops asked All Survey to inspect its stores but felt pretty confident that they were in the clear. Gemma and her team went in, and discovered asbestos in 176 of the shops. Three had to be immediately closed for safety reasons.

When she recounted the story, it clicked immediately with her audience. M3 developed and published the story and distributed it through social media.  Gemma continued to use it as a perfect example of the value in what her business does, and how asbestos surveys are very much in the public interest.

 

On the Accelerator

All Survey is one of 80 enterprises involved in the Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator programme in Manchester. This is being run in partnership with NatWest and KPMG.

The programme recently ran a pitching competition called Acceler8 and All Survey was one of the winners. Gemma’s business is well suited to strong storytelling because it’s key subject matter, asbestos as an ongoing, hidden threat, has the potential to be immediately intriguing.

Gemma’s pitch was a bid for financial assistance in marketing All Survey so that her message about asbestos can reach key decision-makers.

“Asbestos is still around and it’s a deadly, hidden killer that kills over 5000 people per year in the UK today”, warns Gemma.  “We want to set up the first UK Asbestos Register to reach more people with this message”

 

Future Storytelling With M3

NatWest has awarded All Survey a cash prize for its successful asbestos pitch. This will help All Survey to continue its work with M3 in developing its marketing message.

 

“The team at M3 Media Publishing know about storytelling and we have compelling stories to tell”
GEMMA VOADEN

 

“Alongside Entrepreneurial Spark’s help in focusing our energies, we’ll be able to move that much closer to realising our goals”, concludes Gemma.

 

If you would like some assistance in getting your stories to your audience please contact us.  Alternatively, if you fill in your details below, one of the M3 team will get in touch.

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26Dec
don't be afraid to shout about yourself using contentContent – Who is writing about you?

Content – Who is writing about you?

At this point in time, we should all know that content writing can either make us or break us, no matter what line of business we are in. We now live in a world of communication where content is what catches the attention of our audience and brings customers towards us.

I have found that the most effective content is that which not only engages the reader but tells them a little bit more about who we are and, in particular, how we behave.

It doesn’t always mean shouting out to the world how great we are but rather telling prospective customers what it is that we are passionate about and what we can offer them.

Yes, it has become a bit of a cliché to hear “Content Is King,” but the fact of the matter is, content really is the supreme being on your website or social media page. Content tells your prospective customers what it is you do, how you think, what your products are and most importantly, what you can do to benefit their personal lives or their businesses.

Having worked in content marketing for over 15 years now, numerous business owners have told me that they find it uncomfortable to write about themselves in a really positive way – I think that is a particularly British thing – that we don’t easily brag about our own achievements. Other business owners just don’t find the time to sit down to write and consequently, have been unable to use content very effectively.

The first thing I do is to tell them they are not alone. No one likes to go about bragging about their victories and of course, most business owners are so wrapped up in the day to day issues of their company that they don’t have their eye on the ball when it comes to content.

Content Marketing – Use an expert to engage your audience

I believe that most, if not all businesses could benefit by hiring professional writers to handle this task for them. In the first place, writers have no qualms about ‘bigging up’ your image because they are not ‘bragging’ about anything they have personally accomplished.

Secondly, some writers are expert at creating content that can ‘engage’ your audience.

Using engaging content to attract and bring your customer to your door is a path that I refer to as your ‘Customer Corridor’. It is the route that a reader takes through your content all the way to sales conversion.

A very good writer will understand how to guide a reader through written content by using a practice known as ‘thought sequencing’ – This is where the reader’s thoughts are influenced as they read your content and they are subsequently prompted to respond via a ‘call to action’.

These are all tools of the Internet marketing sector and something you shouldn’t feel bad about lacking. Connecting with customer is a job that requires a special brand of expertise, so I suggest you let someone else do it for you.

It’s so much more effective when someone else is talking about you and your business and that’s what good writers can do.

David Lomas

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22Dec
write good content of interest to your audienceAre you sending out the right message?

Are you sending out the right message?

Sharing good quality content with any audience surely makes good business sense, doesn’t it? We all need to give out valuable messages to our audience to first gain their attention, in order to begin to engage with them.

This is similarly true when giving a speech or presentation, or even when we may make our 60-second introduction speech at a networking-style event. We must always try to grab the attention of our audience with a message or story that resonates with them.

If we start by talking about something that is relevant and ‘of value’ to our audience, then it provides us the opportunity, at a later stage, to ask them questions and use our stories to provide the answers that they may bee seeking to their individual challenges.

The information you give out initially, must stay relevant to your prospects’ current business issues, in order to catch their attention. It must not be focused or be directly relevant to your own product or service offering.

It is far better not to be talking about yourself at all. In fact the whole focus of your message must be on your prospects, not you!

This is exactly the same way that we should also position and focus our social media activity. Social media works far better when you try to engage with others and take an interest in them. The clue is in the name!

It is therefore, very important that the content that we push out to our contacts via social media has real value to our prospects. It must not be simply a blatant or even, ‘slightly-hidden’ sales message about our products and services – we see too much of that already.

In this digital and social media world, asking questions and then sharing valuable information with others is the critical first stage of customer engagement. You need to ask the questions forst to identify what information can be deemed ‘valuable’ to your prospect.

This sociable attitude will help you to initially discover the VALUE that your prospect will recognise and enable you to connect with them. At some stage they WILL want to hear more, I promise you.

Then, all you need to do, is to ensure that you have a ready supply of good quality, valuable content for your new audience!

David Lomas
www.m3mediapublishing.co.uk
Content Creators & Digital Publishers

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25Nov
how do you build loyalty - create trustHow are you building Trust with your customers?

How are you building Trust with your customers?

Building and establishing trust with your customers is key to developing a good reputation and driving company success. There are a number of ways in which you can build trust with your customers, however in my opinion, simply being honest and open with them is the best and simplest policy.

Customers appreciate honesty – they want to know that they can rely on a company to deliver on their promises, especially when they are spending a lot of money on a product. Customers need to be assured that everything the company has told them about a product that they plan to buy, is accurate, without any misleading information.

Simply making sure that your customers are not misled in any way, such as through confusing advertising or misinformed staff members, can do wonders for your reputation.

When it comes to trust this will encourage your customers to keep coming back.

Not only that, but customers like to be able to rely on a company that will give them the help that they need, as and when they need it.  As a customer, I like to know that the organisations I do business with are willing to listen to my concerns and strive to ensure that I am satisfied.

Good standards of customer service are essential to building trust – customers are rarely likely to trust a company which is reluctant to provide them with good service. There is a good reason why successful companies make customer satisfaction a top priority – satisfied customers tend to be trusting customers, and a customer who trusts your company is much more likely to return more often and spend larger amounts of money than one who does not.

Building trust with your customers is also crucial for good word-of-mouth advertising – customers who trust you are more prone to having positive things to say to others about both you and your business.

David Lomas

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16Nov
International Trade on Metal Gears.M3 Media launch Export Experts Magazine

M3 Media launch Export Experts Magazine

M3 Media Publishing are delighted to have been asked to provide a digital export magazine as support for an exciting new Export Initiative being launched in the North West.

The Core Privilege Partnership will provide SME exporters and would-be exporters with a wide-range of support services from a group of experienced business partners in the region.

Digital Publishing experts M3 Media Publishing have been asked to create Export Experts Magazine through which The Core Privilege Partnership can communicate with businesses in the NW region that want to focus on exporting.

The initiative is the brainchild of export marketing expert John Holmes of Core Business Solutions.

John Holmes has over twenty years experience in project management, systems and business analysis and sales and marketing across a variety of business sectors, on a national and international basis.

Being highly skilled at budget planning & control, policy & procedure development and implementation, John has developed sales & marketing strategies for several global manufacturers and set up and managed distribution networks in over 70 countries.

John commented: “The move into overseas markets can represent an exciting phase in any company’s overall growth strategy and this new initiative can provide support for these businesses in key areas critical to their export success”.

How Core Privilege Partnership can help exporters

John explained: “The Core Privilege Partnership will supplement the great work already done by UKTI and will work closely with businesses that may benefit from our help”.

He added: “We have put together a great group of key export experts who individually can provide access to resources normally not available to many SME businesses. They will be well-positioned to hold the hand of the SME at the most crucial times during their export journey”.

One of the strategic members of the Core Privilege Partnership is Chris Houghton MD at Freedom Logistics, who explained his involvement. Chris said: “I have personally been involved in Export for some 35 years and I am committed to delivering customer satisfaction. At my company, Freedom Logistics we put the customer at the heart of everything we do”.

“As a part of Core Partnership, I will have the ability to offer an enhanced range of logistics solutions to businesses that are looking to develop their overseas sales”.

Chris concluded: “Freedom Logistics provides integrated, flexible international freight & logistical support solutions by sea, air and road to commercial customers in a range of industries from food & drink to digital networks. We have considerable experience in the export sector and look forward to providing our expertise to other businesses.

The launch of the initiative will start with the publication of their online Export Experts Magazine, presently being created by digital experts M3 Media Publishing.

For more information about Core Privilege Partnership, please contact Martin Byrne via: Martin@corebs.co.uk

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16Nov
how are you building trust with othersAre you building trust with your audience?

Are you building trust with your audience?

One of the most important aspects of marketing is building trust with your audience. Without wishing to gain trust, there really is no reason to go any further with a marketing campaign – because who would buy from you?

So why would you want to waste money on marketing your products or services if your prospective customers don’t believe you can deliver?

In all the years that I have been developing content marketing campaigns for clients, I have found that nothing is as effective and important as developing a sense of trust in what their businesses have to offer.

Today’s consumer is much more aware of who they choose to deal with. They are wary of buying from unknown brands because they have learned the hard way that not all companies and products always do what they say they can.

Establishing a reputation with your content

Yes, we can get traffic to your website with catchy headlines and with well-written content but I also know that this is not enough to convert today’s consumer. In order to buy from you, I know that prospective customers need to believe that you are a reputable business, have a strong sense of ethics and provide products or services that are exactly what you say they are.

With online marketing, this takes a lot of work because they cannot see you, hear your voice or get non-verbal messages when communicating with you. I believe that if you give them something of substance, something they can learn from, then you can quickly establish yourself as a person of authority and that is someone they can trust.

Website Content must Resonate with Readers

This influences the type of content and messages that you should include on your website. It needs to go deeper into the minds of your visitor and resonate with them. This is of much more value to your web visitor than merely talking about your products or services.

I suggest you write about how you would address certain issues or problems they might be having and then illustrate how you helped one of your customers solve that particular issue. Once you ‘prove’ that you know what you are talking about and can offer them rock solid proof that you have helped others, they will begin to understand that you can do what you say you can.

If you can create a sense of trust in the fact that you know what you are talking about, I believe those visitors to your site will begin to trust in you. Remember, trust is the ultimate motivator for today’s buyer so that is what you need to focus on. If they trust you, they will decide to buy from you.

It’s really that simple.

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30Sep
m3 / RBS connections events for business owners and directorsRBS – A Bank with a Solid Customer Focus

RBS – A Bank with a Solid Customer Focus

RBS Group (future Williams & Glyn) Corporate Banking in Spinningfields, Manchester recently hosted another successful Connections event for their business customers.

These evening events are designed with their customers in mind, as they provide a great opportunity for Directors and business leaders to make some really valuable connections.

The main focus at the event was a business growth workshop, presented jointly by Andrew Thorp of Mojo Your Business and David Lomas who heads up M3 Media Publishing.

These two experienced speakers engaged the audience with ideas for using stories to improve your marketing. David highlighted how powerful the right sort of content can be to a business. A couple of very amusing stories from attendees, were heard during the workshop session.

David, who heads up M3 Media Publishing also spoke about the way the RBS (future Williams & Glyn) team were doing a superb job in creating business opportunities for their customers.

He commented: “Rob Taylor and his team do a great job hosting this event in Manchester. In my opinion, there is nothing more valuable to a business owner than to be put face-to-face with a prospective customer. When that meeting comes through an introduction from RBS, it adds real value and credibility to that connection”.

Rob Taylor, Client Services Director at RBS added: “We felt the event was a great success. The overriding value gained by attendees was the information gleaned from the workshop and the calibre of the guests that attended, and their willingness to engage in credible business discussion.

 

Are you a director or business owner who would like to come along to a future Connections Event and meet other successful business leaders and directors? If so, please call M3 Media Publishing on 08450 519374.

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24Mar
m3 connections business eventBusiness event finds ‘trust’ vital to prospects

Business event finds ‘trust’ vital to prospects

The recent M3 Connections business event hosted by RBS Group Corporate Banking in Spinningfields Manchester was a great success.

With a few dozen selected business leaders participating in a business growth-related workshop, the room buzzed with a really positive chatter.
Speaker Garry Samuels conducted the workshop at this invitation-only business event, on behalf of David Lomas, who heads up the team at M3 Media Publishing and did a superb job.
The overriding value gained from the room was how important it is to create trust when prospecting.
 Many of the guests wanted to understand how to do this in advance of a meeting with a prospective customer.
As specialists in the field of customer acquisition, M3 Media Publishing do have considerable experience on the subject.
David Lomas commented: “With so many people wanting the answer to this question, I have decided to cover the issue in our next workshops at our next two events.

If you are director or business leader based in Manchester or the North West and would like to attend a future event, please call M3 Media Publishing on 08450 519374.

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