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5 Reasons Why Your Content Marketing Efforts Failed

Posted by Brandon Choquette on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 04:48 PM
Do Or Do Not, There Is No Try: 5 Reasons Why Your Content Marketing Efforts FailedMarketing is a difficult and delicate art form, and some would consider it to be as difficult as training to become a Jedi Knight. Content will always be the crowning jewel for gauging your online marketing success. Is your website's content engaging and instructive or is it self-referential and littered with jargon? These are impotatnt questions for business owners to consider as they focus on how they're structuring content. If you aren't doing this constantly, you're missing out on a wide variety of opportunities. To help lift your content marketing from the swamps of Dagobah, we've included five mistakes that often hinder a businesses' plans for content marketing success.

Your Content Was Written By A Fourth Grader


Well, not really, but you get the point. Quality content is the foundation for building trust with readers, leading to increased engagement and higher conversion rates (not in all cases). Admittedly, if your content isn't performing well, you may find that a failure to adhere to the basic rules of quality writing may be the source of the problem. Not only is content quality important for educating prospective customers, but it's essential for satiating Google's fluid SEO requirements.

Your Older Content Has Become Stale


This is similar to the issue of poorly written content, yet it's often more easy to fix, especially if you focus your efforts on creating evergreen content. Consider this, have you ever put a lot of effort into a post that was engaging and on-point when you first published it, yet after a while, it generated fewer and fewer visits?
When content becomes outdated, it becomes more difficult to attract and engage readers, often reflecting poorly on your company's ability to relate to reader's current challenges.

You Don't Have Quality CTA's To Take Readers To The Next Step


This mistake can be quite disheartening, especially if you have taken ample time to create content. However, you can't assume readers will consume your content and magically transform into loyal and engaged customers. Rather, you should gently encourage them to take the next step in the purchase process, which often requires them to click a CTA (which brings them to a landing page where they can access valuable content offers in exchange for some of their basic contact information).
Readers generally anticipate a request for them to take action after reading compelling content (after all, that's the main idea behind marketing-- you want readers to do something based on the information they just received).
Make sure that you place an eye-catching call-to-action on your blog posts. Without it, you are leaving your readers at a dead end.

Inconsistent Posting

Be consistent. While you don't have to post every day, readers will appreciate consistency. By publishing on a consistent basis, readers will look forward to reading your content. At first, it may be difficult to be consistent with blogging; however, it helps if you plan a few posts ahead of time. Your blog's success depends on your goals and the effort you put into creating fresh, interesting, and consistent content. Don't fall into the habit of skipping posting. A short, thought-provoking post is better than nothing. Just don't publish useless posts that do nothing more than clutter your blog so people can't find your good content.

You're Cloning Your Competitor's Efforts


While it's useful to keep an eye on your competitor's approach to content marketing, if you obsess over or imitate their efforts, you find yourself on the path to meaningless results. There are numerous reasons why this approach is not recommended. First off, you may not be sure they are even doing content marketing correctly.  Ultimately, your team's energy should be focused on using their knowledge to identify areas where your business can provide unique value for prospective customers. Do this and you will distinguish your business from the rest.

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