Category : Content Marketing

M3 Publishing > Content Marketing
27Jan
article marketing can help drive visits to your websiteHow can articles generate business for you?

How can articles generate business for you?

Articles on their own, may not be enough to generate business for you.

The articles need to sit as part of the route that your prospective customer can choose to follow, that will eventually lead to your front door.

I refer to this route as the ‘customer corridor’ and your articles will work better when they form part of this route.

Very simply, you need to create a number of simple steps for your prospects to take to reach you.
If at each point, your prospect is given some idea that you can still be helpful to him, then the next step is for you to offer them another piece of valuable information.

Thus drawing the customer closer to you.

Think of this as if you were laying a trail of breadcrumbs for them to follow.

The final document should contain a little more ‘in-depth’ information for the reader, which follows the theme of your initial article. Thus retaining the focus of your prospective customer on whatever caught his attention in the first place.

This ‘teaser’ document, as I sometimes call it, should contain information that your reader really wants to see and it should ideally be placed within your website – and hidden from view.

This, critically, will then allow you to offer this information to your reader, in exchange for his email address.

Thereby completing the customers’ ‘route’ to your door and more importantly, providing you with a method of measuring and converting your reader into a partly-qualified prospect.

For help with writing articles that generate business, please contact me via:  david @m3publishing.co.uk

David Lomas

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27Jan
aim your article writing at people not GoogleHumans or Robots – Who are you writing for?

Humans or Robots – Who are you writing for?

Do you consider this a strange question?

It’s not really, if you understand how the internet works.

When writing content, I much prefer to communicate with ‘people’ rather than ‘search engines’.

If we follow the preachings of Google, and to survive on the internet, you need to pay attention, if not necessarily pay homage to them, we should be writing articles in a natural way.

Over the last 10 years I have seen the way Google has steadily been improving the way they respond to and in turn, value well-written content.

We have come a long way from all that heavily keyworded content, that in many cases made no sense whatsoever. These articles were written in many cases, to accommodate the requests of the search engines.

Things have improved from a Google perspective and good quality, informative content is now being deservedly recognised.

However, the majority of articles that I see on websites, that are written by ‘marketing or SEO agencies for ‘SEO purposes’ are dull and uninspiring, to say the least.

Grammatically, they may be well written, and I am sure that they contain the relevant keywords and phrases that will no doubt attract the search engines.

But from a customers perspective, they are as dull as dishwater.

Who cares? you may ask.

Well as website owners, we all should…

Why is it important to have ‘engaging content’?

Well, when you consider that, next to ‘unique & relevant content’, the most important factor that Google can measure on your website is ‘popularity’, then you may need to re-assess your content strategy.

I recently looked at one particular business who was paying an SEO agency for around 25+ articles each month – to be published on their website.

On the face of it, this is what the search engines wanted to see.

But when I looked at how many of these articles were actually being ‘shared’ by web visitors, the results were very disappointing.

From a count of say 50 articles, I only found a dozen of them had actually been ‘shared’ on social media and none of them more than 5 times!

When you realise that Google’s method of measuring the popularity or ‘value’ of a website is in the number of times ‘others share their content’, this is therefore a content strategy that is having a negative influence on their rankings.

The content was nicely written, but, frankly, it was dull.

So, if you are going to get your content written by others, ensure that they aim it at us humans and not just at the internet spiders.

Otherwise, enjoy your writing!

For help with using engaging content to gain the attention of your chosen target audience, please contact me via:  david @m3publishing.co.uk

David Lomas

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11Jul
spread your stories using social media as part of a content marketing campaignContent-sharing – How can you benefit from it?

Content-sharing – How can you benefit from it?

Sending or sharing good quality content with your audience makes perfect sense to me. We all need to give out a valuable message first, in order to subsequently attract and then engage with our target audience.

This is true in other ways of communication, when, for example, we may be giving a speech. If we start by talking about something that is relevant and ‘of real value’ to our audience, then maybe, we let them know we could have some answers to their challenges. Your audience are then immediately engaged with what you are saying and will hopefully pay attention to you.

The information does not need to be about our own products or services and in fact it only works if you talk about something OTHER than yourself. This is exactly the same with your social media activity.

Google likes valuable, well-written content 

It is important that what we push out to our contacts via social media has value to THEM and is not just a sales message about our products and services. I am sure most of you will agree that we see too much of that already.

In this digital and social media world, sharing valuable information with others is the critical first stage of engagement. If this content is relevant to your audience, it will help you to initially connect with them and at some stage they will hopefully want to hear more from you.

One clever way of starting this engagement process is to have a ready supply of good quality content, ready-prepared. You can then use this content as part of your strategy to attract your target audience.

How to raise your social influence by ‘sharing content’.

M3 Content Marketing Programme enables you to boost your social media profile by providing you with well-written and engaging articles that you can share and tweet through your social media forums and groups. The articles they share with you are all professionally written by their team of journalists and will each be relevant to a particular sector.

These articles are published across a portfolio of professionally-managed blogs and higher Page-ranked websites, and can then be shared by you through your social media forums – thus boosting your activity and raising your profile and influence.

M3 Media Publishing can show you ways of including articles about you in this content in order to not only raise your profile, position you as an expert but actually generate leads and connections for your business.

The main sectors in which M3 presently provide content are:

Property & Construction
HR & Recruitment
Business Expertise
Marketing & Communications
Retirement Sector
Exporting

If you want to join our content distribution programme email us at:-   info@ m3publishing.co.uk detailing the sectors in which you prefer to receive content.

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13Oct
What do you know about ‘Hummingbird’ and how it affects you?

What do you know about ‘Hummingbird’ and how it affects you?

algorithm from Google reads your contentGoogle recently implemented their latest and most powerful search algorithm, ‘Hummingbird’.

What a great name, and a great way of catching our attention.

Named ‘Hummingbird’ because it deals with both ‘speed’ and ‘precision’, it was introduced around the beginning of September and its’ intention is that it will improve the relevance of Google’s search results – particularly for longer, multi-word queries.

Nowadays, consumers, whether they are in business or domestic consumers, behave differently. We all as consumers, have so much more confidence in Google as a search engine that we trust to get accurate results.

This is what Google want – To find, as accurately as possible, the exact information for which you are searching.

This leads people to enter much more complex search queries into the Google website.

So rather than searching for car servicing, the customer now may request something far more specific to their particular needs, like ‘Mercedes recommended oil brand CL500’ – effectively asking for exactly what they want to know about.

This means that your business has to work to attract a much more targeted customer, by using what we call ‘long-tail keywords’.

It is all getting a bit complicated but the end result, in my opinion, is that hummingbird will help you cut through wasted enquiries and find the customers that you can really want to help.

Read my full article here at LetsTalkSocialMedia.co.uk

David Lomas

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8Oct
How do you attract customers to your business?

How do you attract customers to your business?

audiencemenContent marketing can be an effective way to attract customers to your business as long as you follow the rules.

The quality of your content is important, as initially, it needs to help you ‘engage’ with your audience.

This needs to be done with a powerful headline before anything else.

The shorter the headline the better and try and get a word into it that catches the attention of your specific target audience.

“We are going to attract new customers”.

This has surely got to be the campaign slogan for any business, because if you do not attract customers you are potentially going backwards as a business and allowing your competitors an opportunity to step in and maybe overtake you.

Creating content to attract customers

Many business people tell me they have been offered poor quality content, by so-called SEO experts in the past and have then been told: “It is only for the search engines, it isn’t important”.

Well, take it from me, it damn well is!!

Never use crappy content, that is stuffed with keywords and from a factual point of view, is of little or no value at all.

Bad content will actually downgrade the page rank of your website!

Also, NEVER use duplicate content – it can have a serious effect on your wealth. As two major banks in the UK have recently experienced with what can only be a lack of good advice from their digital team.

Good stories about your business can become part of your ‘word of mouth’ marketing, because nowadays, as we all have access to social media, they can be ‘shared’ to many others, by whoever reads them.

But this is only likely to happen if your readers perceive what they read to be valuable.

Sharing content is so important nowadays.

Content marketing is not just filling articles with keywords and putting them on your website.

The key is producing ‘engaging’ content which is necessary when attracting customers. The second thing is to work at getting it ‘shared’ by others.

That is what the search engines really want to see, as it is one of the important ways that they actually measure the popularity and value of your website.

So, ensure that you provide relevant, useful and focused information for your readers or prospective customers, and they are more likely to read it, pass it around their social connections and then hopefully, come back for more!

If you want to learn how to tie in your social media activity to an effective content marketing strategy, please talk to me!

David Lomas

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29Sep
How Social Media can help the NW Property and Construction Sector

How Social Media can help the NW Property and Construction Sector

PropAspectstwittericonOur North West-focused Property Aspects Magazine is a digital publication that helps construction & Property related businesses in the Region to raise their profile in order to attract business.

It is used to publish and then distribute articles and PR-related stories across  the internet using social media.

We believe that many property and construction-related businesses are still set in a very traditional mindset – particularly when it comes to doing their marketing.

They may be missing some valuable opportunities.

They are, I am sure, surviving quite well without social media, but I do ask, How much more business would they have if they were embracing it?

One of our clients has been using the programme that we set him up with, alongside the content we create for him and his business in Property Aspects Magazine.

Only last month he told me that him and his new partner are sitting on over £1 million of quoted business which they have received as a result of our programme.

I was pleased and quite pleasantly shocked at the same time.

If any business is operating within the property and construction sector and looking to attract more customers and connections, they should consider looking into our unique social media programme.

Property Aspects Magazine – How does it help businesses in the Property and Construction sector?

The success of Property Aspects Magazine hinges on unique, well-written content that is produced for your business and which is focused on the particular target audience that you wish to reach.

The magazine is built in a way that these articles can be distributed very effectively to literally thousand of well-targeted and relevant businesses each month.  Enabling you to not only raise awareness of your business and services but also boosts your individual profile within your chosen social media forums.

Running alongside this magazine we run a series of events which are set up to strategically place you in front of our other business partners and prospects.

Effectively, a very clever social media programme, that could help you generate quality business leads.

For an explanation about how we work, please contact David Lomas on 08450 519374

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27Sep
Do you know what is meant by ‘attraction marketing’?

Do you know what is meant by ‘attraction marketing’?

Attraction-MarketingNowadays, as customers, we have access to an incredible amount of information online.

We are able to check out, in advance of our buying decision, any products and services that we might need. This also includes those products that we are offered through commercial marketing channels and, of course, any services that we may have been offered via sales or business development people.

In the past, we may have automatically agreed to a sales meeting in order to discuss and evaluate a product or service.

Then of course we may end up being sold to!

We now have a choice…

Many of us now tend to go and research the products that we are considering buying. We now have such easy access to the Internet and this provides us all with the ability to evaluate our impending purchase in advance.

More importantly, we now want to see what other people are saying about the businesses that we are looking to deal with – I call it ‘Trip Advisor Syndrome’.

Have we not at some point been influenced by ‘guest comments’ when choosing a hotel? I know I certainly have.

When we search for information, we are in effect, looking for someone to trust, someone to advise us correctly about making our decision to buy.

It is therefore important that when we market our businesses using content, that we firstly use it to gain ‘trust’ before anything else.

To do this, we have to give out advice and show that we are happy to help others, without ANY suggestion that we want something in return.

This can be done particularly well, by keeping the amount we say, to a minimum.

The phrase ‘less is more’ is very relevant in this situation.

To make a small, but valuable comment about a critical issue affecting a prospective customer, can really enhance your reputation.

It also gives your prospective customer real confidence in you and a positive impression of your ability.

In summary, my advice to you…

Keep it short and sweet and focus on the people you wish to meet!

David Lomas
M3 Media Publishing

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27Sep
Why could some people fail at content marketing?

Why could some people fail at content marketing?

Content MarketingContent marketing has become one of the latest buzzwords on the Internet over the last couple of years.

By now, most people do realise that good quality ‘content’ is fundamental to your marketing success.

Whether you are advertising your business, speaking at an event, presenting your offering at an exhibition or maybe getting your message out via social media, then you will need to create some sort of written, audio or visual content that you can use to attract your target audience.

What is ‘content marketing’ exactly?

Content marketing can be simply described as ‘Getting the relevant information to your chosen prospect, or customer at the right time’.

We have actually used this description to describe marketing for many years. The difference is that nowadays, in today’s ‘attraction marketing’ environment we have to alter the way we write and ‘present’ our content.

Most people fail at content marketing by pushing a sales message at their audience

We must no longer push out our sales message to people. We actually need to attract them to our expertise first, in order to gain their trust.

This means that the style of content and the value of the content we all produce, must be ‘attractive’ to our prospective customer. Then we have a much better chance of moving closer to a sale.

We must now show that we have some expertise in our customer’s sector, as well as just our own.

In this digital age  where many of us adopt a sort of ‘trip advisor syndrome’, it is vitally important that we get others to actually talk about us, in a positive way.

Within the articles we publish via our portfolio of magazines, we are able to position people as ‘knowledgeable’ and more importantly, influential in their chosen sector.

Isn’t one powerful statement from a credible source, endorsing someone’s abilities, far more effective than a person who is continually pushing out a sales message promoting all the services they can provide?

I believe so.

What is the key to producing good content?

The key to creating effective content is to ensure it engages with your specific target audience and offers them an insight into how you have helped others in their situation.

It is important to show that you understand your prospects business sector and the specific issues that they face.

David Lomas
M3 Media Publishing

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26Sep
Why is content from a 3rd-party so powerful?

Why is content from a 3rd-party so powerful?

web-site-contentThe real power in marketing yourself and your business using content, is to have it written and published by someone with real credibility in your sector.

If your prospects and customers can get to read and even see you, being asked for advice on issues relevant to them, it can create confidence in you and helps develop real trust.

All customers need to learn about you first, before they consider whether to conduct business with you. They then need to ‘like’ what they see in order to trust you.

It is actually your ‘behaviour’ that people are watching, even though many of us do not realise this.

More importantly, they prefer not to hear a sales message from you – they want to hear and see your expertise.

They just want to hear solid advice and to see your ‘understanding of their business’ and it will be much more powerful if it comes from an independent and credible source.

Within our portfolio of magazines, we are able to show your thoughts and your expertise with an assured confidence that sits comfortably with your audience.

It is the first step in attracting a customer – showing your expertise in their sector.

This is actually one of the most important issues for decision makers – that YOU understand THEIR business sector, not just your own.

This is what you must convey to your prospective customer in your content whether in your articles or on your website.

If you get some 3rd-party content, published and positioned elsewhere, in front of your chosen target audience, then all that remains is to complete the ‘route to the sale’ by using a ‘conversion technique’ that helps to trigger a response from your target audience.

I will cover the subject of ‘Internet Conversion’ another time.

Good luck with getting some 3rd-party content!

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