You’re probably familiar with “art imitating life” and “life imitating art.” I know I am.
We can apply this idea to content marketing, as well.
Your content may imitate life if it’s engaging, entertaining, and useful. You take recognizable, relatable elements from life and infuse them into your content to connect with your audience members’ worldviews.
But how can life imitate your content?
Well, winning content marketing is often the product of trying different experiments to see what works best for your message and your business. These experiments help you get to know your audience better and may help you uncover a new, more effective content strategy.
You see this in life when you try a new activity and broaden your outlook of what you thought was possible.
Today, we’re going to focus on techniques that could expand the types of content you offer your audience. This week’s Copyblogger Collection is a series of three handpicked articles that will show you:
- How to use content marketing to sell your creative work
- How to take your Pinterest marketing to the next level
- How to determine if you should publish a curated email newsletter
As you work your way through the material below, think of the following lessons as a mini content creation course.
A Simple Content Marketing Strategy for Creative Folks
In A Simple Content Marketing Strategy for Creative Folks, Rafal Tomal admits that he promoted his business the wrong way for a long time.
Just like many designers and artists, he built a portfolio and posted his work around the web. Then, he waited for feedback.
The problem with this method was the assumption that people — who are not design experts — would recognize his work as superior to the work of other designers and artists. Rafal soon realized he should focus on content marketing instead.
You’ll want to find out about the changes Rafal made to his strategy because it produced stellar results: with just six blog posts, he grew his email list from 800 subscribers to more than 5,300 subscribers between June 2014 and February 2015.
5 New Ways to Take Your Pinterest Marketing to the Next Level
Beth Hayden wants to keep content marketers informed about the world of Pinterest marketing and the latest changes to the platform.
5 New Ways to Take Your Pinterest Marketing to the Next Level outlines how to take advantage of new developments on Pinterest.
The Pinterest user base keeps growing exponentially every year, so it’s likely your readers and prospects are already on Pinterest looking for the types of content and products you produce.
Do You Have What It Takes to Publish a Curated Email Newsletter? [Infographic]
Curating is essentially sifting through a mountain of information on a specific topic (news, health, HTML, entertainment, lifestyle, content marketing, etc.) and plucking out the best content.
To create a curated email newsletter, you package that curated content into an email message, add a brief commentary about each link, and deliver it to your email list subscribers.
Some do it daily. Others do it weekly. But why go through all the trouble? And do you have what it takes to publish a curated email newsletter?
Demian Farnworth will help you answer those questions and decide if this type of content is right for you … with a little guidance from his Aunt Ona.
Move one step closer to your desired results
Review this post (and save it for future reference) as you think about ways to produce the best content experience for your prospects and customers.
A small change in your standard content routine could move you one step closer to the results you’ve been waiting to see.
Reader Comments (10)
Demian Farnworth says
Ona says hi!
Stefanie Flaxman says
I love Aunt Ona!
Nice to read the whole article. It is really helpful for the newbie marketers like me. I hope I will implement these in future.
Nicolas Puegher says
“Content may imitate life if it’s engaging, entertaining, and useful.” I totally agreed with that, if you can create content with your personality it’s like imitate life as well and it will be entertaining, useful and probably engaging. People can feel connected with the writer just by throwing personality into an article or post, providing value of course.
The Content Strategy for Creative Folks it’s interesting since to me was exactly the same as the first part. Infographics are quite popular now, could be the best text out there but an image is a must have for me, something that stand out from the rest and call for engagement.
Love the post Stefanie!
Really nice article on content research and management. It will help many persons like me who want to make a living from blogging.
I really like testing, experimenting to know which one is work best, because its working especially in Facebook Marketing.
Thank you for the useful post.
Ankit Agarwal says
Thanks Stefanie for the article.
Stefanie Flaxman says
Thanks for stopping by and checking out the articles in the Collection, everyone!
Another great post, I love the concept of curated emails newsletters – they are a real time saver for the readers.
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