Posted by: Laura Hills
With all of the media choices available, do you know the best options to promote your business? The first step is to understand the variety of media available to support your content management marketing strategy.
Let’s start with your company’s website. This is often the first impression that a customer or potential customer has for your business. Your website is media that you own and control, whether you physically maintain the site yourself or have someone else do this for you. Your site should always be up-to-date, easy-to-navigate, function properly and be an inviting source of information about your company and products. It is important that your site is search engine optimized (SEO) to be sure that those searching for your company or products have the best chance of finding you.
Your website is a place to feature your active social media channels, blog postings, relevant publications including catalogues, newsletters, videos, webinars or other content that you publish. Email blasts and direct mail that you produce and distribute are other forms of content. All of this is an important part of your content strategy.
Depending upon your business strategy, public relations and other outreach efforts can promote your products or company with placements in magazines, newspapers, broadcast media or online to help tell your story and get you noticed. Good public relations doesn’t have to involve using an agency to represent you. Today this media includes blogger and social media channels that enable you to gain greater exposure for your message. Whether you write your own blogs or follow and post comments to other blogs, have your own social media pages or follow and comment on others, you are spreading the word about your company. And, in spreading the word through social channels, you are driving attention back to your website or storefront.
Providing information on relevant and timely topics, whether through articles in newspapers, magazines or internet channels helps your company gain recognition. To supplement your content management strategy you should take time to cultivate opportunities and business connections through attending industry events, writing blogs (your own and/or guest blogs for others), reaching out to any local media outlets and being active in social media channels. Quality content tends to get shared which helps to increase recognition and is an important component to overall content strategy.
Another area to consider is paid media which includes any type of promotion or advertising that you pay for. There are limitless opportunities to buy advertising space for your company including all forms of print and online ads, product and service directories, radio and TV spots and all forms of online search advertising including pay-per-click (PPC), Google and LinkedIn sponsored content. Facebook now offers paid advertising and it’s said that Twitter won’t be far behind.
Budgets play a big role in the type of paid media you can utilize. Determine where your customers and potential shoppers are likely to see your ads; where do you see your competitors advertising? It pays to know your shoppers – are they internet savvy and online most of the time? Do they read or subscribe to magazines or newsletters that would be a good fit to promote your products? Don’t be afraid to test new outlets for your message. It is important that you blend available media options to create a cohesive and targeted content strategy.
For additional information on developing a converged media content strategy, read Jayson DeMers’ article, How to Execute a Converged Media Content Strategy (And Why You Should) which appeared in Forbes online Entrepreneurs column.