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First things first, blogs aren’t the end-all, be-all of content marketing. That being said, they are important. So, if you haven’t already jumped on that bandwagon, get hoppin’. And spend some time perfecting your blog game before you branch out into the other types of content marketing options.
Once your blog game is tight, we’ve got our top five recommendations for which content is best to find fresh traffic, boost targeted visitors and discover higher conversion rates.
In the simplest terms, an infographic is data presented in a visual way. And no doubt about it, people love ‘em. Why? Well typically they are easy to understand, and they break down more complicated information into easy-to-reuse tidbits. Learn more about infographics here.
When should you create an infographic? If you have any data, research, statistics or findings, then an infographic might be the right content marketing form for you. Infographics are not the least expensive option, but they can be very valuable and are often very shareable. Shareable is definitely something your company wants. To ensure your infographics go viral, it’s important that you create a quality infographic. Lots of marketing players are creating infographics now, there are even drag-and-drop sites that allow non-designers to create infographics, so your efforts have to be well-made.
As more and more social media outlets embrace video, it’s easy to see that this is a popular method of content marketing. That being said, like infographics, it can be expensive. This format offers a multitude of interpretations, so before starting be sure to nail down what your focus will be to meet the goals you have.
Once you have determined what kind of video you want to produce, you have to create a solid script and storyboard. We’ve got insight on that here. You may think a video is all about the imagery, but the words are as important. Then be sure to keep it short and sweet—two to three minutes should be the maximum. Then you are ready to post your finished product to the masses on YouTube and Vimeo.
A guide and a how to are very similar and both offer a great deal of value to your customers. Both are akin to a pretty lengthy blog post—so instead of The Old Man and the Sea aim for Moby Dick. They are also similar because both require a good writer, a good designer and a good topic. And both provide a lot of ideas to choose from.
Now how are they different? A guide can be an effective way to garner more subscribers or followers, i.e. they give their email address, and you provide the guide as a downloadable pdf. The how to addresses a common issue or problem your customers or followers may have and then provides them a solution. The more detail you can provide, even in the form of graphs, images, etc. the better.
An ebook is another great long-form content marketing option that allows you to garner email addresses of potential customers or followers. Even longer than a guide, the best ebooks average about 10,000 words and will be divided into chapters. Each subsection should be focused on a specific topic. Finally, it should be available as both a pdf and as an html link.
The design of the ebook is a big deal. If it isn’t visually appealing, it simply won’t be read. Be sure to include graphics, colors and good formatting to drive readers’ interest. And speaking of interest, you gotta grab them with a great headline off the bat if you want those downloads.
Want to tell customers what you do, how you do it and the results you’ve received? Then a case study is the content marketing format that you want to pursue. To avoid this coming off as total marketing speak, your case study needs to read as a true story, a success story for your company or brand.
Its format should include both a summary of the study and a preview of the outcome. A case study should also explain any challenges and problems that were overcome, detailing the solution you provided and the results that solution gave. Finally, be clear why your solution was successful, and give readers a call to action at the end of the study that encourages more interaction with your company.