May 10, 2012
The word (or the concept) of “great content” is becoming kind of a buzzword. And when something becomes a “buzzword,” it kind of looses it’s meaning. Or it’s meaning takes on lots of new definitions and connotations that may or may not be helpful.
In terms of your blog/website, and for our purposes here, all we care about is the “great” part. Truly GREAT content has a level of expertise to it, and a mix of experience and know-how that combines together in a magical new way: it’s infused with your very own special sauce. This is great content.
The question you have to ask yourself is this.
“Is my content good enough to get shared? And if so, are high quality experts sharing my content right now?”
- How often is your content (blog posts, articles, videos, etc..) shared?
- Who shared your content? Do they also have expertise in my area?
- How many comments did your content generate?
- Were the comments on your content of high-quality?
- How often is your content endorsed? (i.e. – +1, Like, Pinned)
- Do the same people always endorse your content?
BUT…there is an even MORE important consideration. The REASON they share it is YOU.
When you go to create your content, it’s not enough just to put up the same old tired tips that you see EVERYWHERE (and I mean everywhere these days), you have to add your own special brand. Brand YOU.
If the keys are authenticity and value, then what turns the key in the lock is YOU. Your personal brand. There are thousands – maybe millions – of dentists, movers, engineers, marketing pros, and Tarot visionaries out there – the only thing that will differentiate your content from that of those others is what YOU bring to the table.
YOU are what raises the bar. YOU are what’s going to differentiate what you are saying from all others.
Now, get started.
May 8, 2012
There’s a couple of cool things about using video in your blog: not only are people more likely to watch it than read a ton of dense text, video actually affords you lots of creative opportunity to bring information to your “readers” in compelling (and memorable) ways.
Check out these stats……
- Visitors who view product videos are 85% more likely to buy than visitors who do not, according to Internet Retailer, April 2010. (via Invodo)
- From a study by Simply Measured, video on your brand’s Facebook Timeline increases engagement by 33%. (via VatorNews)
- According to a Google report from 2010, “Video exhibits higher click-through rates than non-video for both in-page as well as expanding rich media formats.”
- Ever since Google integrated video into its universal search offering in 2007, websites featuring video have gained a significant SEO advantage. When a company integrates relevant videos that match the content of its website, search engines find and index the video within the site’s context. This improves your overall website and video search ranking as it relates to your business’ keywords, and also allows search results to be presented with matching videos, making them more appealing, thereby increasing search-based traffic. (SearchEngine Land)