I came across a new article on the Content Marketing Institute’s website today about free keyword research tools for content marketers. It lists the Keyword Surfer chrome extension, Google Keyword Planner, QuestionDB, Answer the Public, Rank Tracker, Google Trends and Google Console as solutions.
Do these have value?
Companies are spending 3002% more per month on content creation than SEO, yet both focus on content… Why is this happening, and how can SEO agencies close the massive gap?
I have a theory.
So many are struggling to get results from their content… and a big part of that issue is knowing what to write. We’re guessing and brainstorming topics and working from assumptions, instead of data.
I found some interesting stats today from a study of 100,000 people done by Content Science. According to their results, content must be relevant and useful to be successful. It’s not enough to create one or the other; it must be both.
The survey also points out that broad articles or thought leadership content just doesn’t cut it.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? If content doesn’t help them accomplish their goal, why would it accomplish ours? It won’t convert.
I’ve been deeply interested in conversion for quite some time, and watching how different types of content helps or hurts conversion for each client is a fascinating thing.
Because I focus on the integration of content with SEO and social media, I am lucky enough to see the entire spectrum from creation to ROI – something many marketers don’t get to see. They create and post, then move on to the next piece of content.
From a corporate perspective, social media is the gift of a brand platform; a place to step up to the podium and let your voice ring out.
There’s no better place to share content and be heard.
When we share a post on social media–particularly Facebook and LinkedIn–a title and summary of content from that hyperlink are pulled in right along with the link. These are called snippets.
Snippets are also showed in search engine results when a piece of content is listed (although Google occasionally rebels by replacing them with its own inexplicably bizarre findings).
I was sitting on the sidewalk, lacing up my white roller-skates. A neighbor came out and said, “Good morning, Carrie!” What could I do but strike up a conversation? So we talked about skating and, being the gregarious child that I was, I found myself asking if he would like to learn to skate.
He did, so I found myself teaching a swami living in the monastery next door how to skate.
(Nerd post alert. Endorsed and paid for by Carrie’s Inner Geek.)
Well, this is rather interesting!! I thought I’d take a quick look at Google Trends to come up with new keywords (blog inspiration!).
First, I searched trends on content marketing.
Looks promising, right? The growth is a bit obvious, since everyone is buzzing about content marketing like it’s Columbus arriving at the New World. Add in the projected explosion in content creation over the next five-plus years, it’s no surprise to see an upward trend.
But then I added in public relations, social media and search engine optimization (SEO) – the other three key components of digital PR – just for comparison purposes.
Which areas are generating the most online search activity? The results surprised me.
Let’s try an experiment… Click the > button on the playlist below, then pop back up and read this blog post while it plays.
Sure, reading keeps your eyes and brain busy…. but what about your ears?
Sensory branding is an emerging marketing tactic that helps create emotion using more than just one sense – it creates an emotional reaction that is linked to that brand. It doesn’t have to mean adding scent to a direct mail piece that people inhale when opening the envelope or handling out tchotchkes they can hold in their hands – it can also include audio.
And who doesn’t love music? Everyone does.
Like a jingle in a commercial that sticks in your mind, audio can be powerful.
Adding a playlist to a piece of content probably isn’t exactly what some have in mind when they think of sensory branding… but why not? It’s fun! And I think it’s a teeny tiny bit outside of the box, maybe?