Everyone wants to stand out.
To stand out, you need to carefully consider what you want to say.
We’ve discussed strategies to take advantage of free marketing, and how important it is to get your brand amplified through radio and newspaper articles. But even more important is carefully considering the value your content is delivering to your audience. If your message is the same as everyone else’s, how can you stand out?
It is challenging to come up with content regularly — and especially high-quality content. It takes time, effort and energy to commit to consistently writing a blog or creating something unique enough to catch the attention of a television station or a newspaper.
It can be tempting to subscribe to an online newsletter for content — it’s reliable and simple. It’s also the same content that every other financial advisor is using. You don’t want to be just another of the endless financial planners who appear in a Google search.
If you want to commit to creating high-performing content, it’s a tall order. The key is to start somewhere. Here are two strategies to help you get there.
Today, especially in a prospecting call to action, you need to make sure that that content is worthy enough to give up the new currency of digital marketing – personal data.
In other words, is your content worth exchanging their email for? Are they willing to give up contact information to secure the information you are offering? If not, you lose access to your market. You have no way to contact them, add them to a nurturing campaign, or let them know about changes to your website.
It’s critical to hit your target market with meaningful, value-added information, even if it’s not necessarily about financial planning. Whether or not you ask for an email address to read your content, ask yourself before you start: Is this meaningful enough that my audience would share their email address?
Hitting both of those every time should bring greater success with your content.
I heard a great line at a conference last summer: Content does not need to be cringe-worthy, but it has to be binge-worthy.
For example, if your target market is younger, think of what they are exposed to every day. Topics like:
These types of stories are meaningful. Even though they may not apply to your practice, they add value and draw attention. Meet your audience where they are.
Don’t just create content as a touchpoint. Keep your target market in mind and develop meaningful content that improves your relationship with your audience.
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