Useful x Enjoyable x Inspired
As Ann Puts It:
“Content marketing means you consistently create and share information that is packed with utility, seeded with inspiration, and is honestly empathetic to attract customers to you.”
So What Do Those Terms Mean?
A piece of content that is useful helps the consumer in some way. It may allow them to do something, or it may simply help them make a decision. In any case, it makes their lives easier, makes them smarter, provides a tip/trick/lifehack… and so on.
Simply put, this is content that people like. “It’s not written or produced in marketing-speak or Frankenspeak,” says Ann. “It’s human, real, and maybe fun. It’s not painful to get through. People LIKE it. If they pass it along or it makes them laugh — all the better.”
According to Ann, this is content that is “inspired by data (you know what your customers want or need) and/or creatively inspired (it’s interesting and different — it’s unique to your brand’s point of view). It is not what anyone else would do, and maybe it breaks the mold a bit.”
The key however, is that if you really want your content to be innovative, all three attributes must be present. If not, the content is simply not innovative.
Of course this is (much) easier said, then done.
Introducing The Marketing Nation Podcast
In the inaugural episode of Marketo’s new weekly podcast, The Marketing Nation Podcast, Ann discusses this “innovative content” formula in detail.
Just a few days after an international trip that included stops in Istanbul and Denmark, Ann chatted with me about:
- Her feelings on the current state of digital marketing
- Why the best marketing shouldn’t actually feel like marketing
- Why companies are beginning to put more money into content
We also discussed a few great examples of content that meets all three of the innovate content criterion.
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