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Building your business brand online takes consistent time and effort. Creating massively interesting and compelling content can help you build your blog, brand, and a thriving community. Content is a means to an end, don’t get so caught up on content that you miss the bigger picture.
Why do you create content anyways? Your number one content strategy should always be built around people. Create content that speaks to your tribe, keeps them coming back, keeps them sharing it. This creates a snowball effect and leverages the power of your existing followers, to attract more followers, and over time you will have a solid community, that is thriving and having conversations about you or your business, even when you are not initiating and leading the conversations.Your number one content strategy should always be built around people. Click To Tweet
Is Content Really King?
In your efforts to learn more about online branding and digital marketing, you may have heard that “content is king” at least a thousand times, ( ok, maybe more! ) While this is mostly true, since search engines like to see fresh and relevant content to send visitors to your website, that is not where it ends. If you take the time to step back and look at the forest, and just for a moment, stop focusing on the trees, you will see something much bigger unfolding: Content is simply a means to an end, NOT the main goal.
There is an underlying reason for creating all this juicy content, you are selling yourself by sharing your knowledge and expertise. The fruit (profit) from this (content) comes from the forest (or community) that you nurture and strengthen over time. When you are creating content treat each of your topics or categories as branches from a highly focused content tree. That tree will allow for more fruit to grow and help you start and nurture your own community.
The goal of your content should be to inform, educate, or entertain, and thus build a relationship with your readers. Over time, the content opens doors of opportunity and can help you to create a positive environment that encourages others to share, learn, and grow. All this sharing, learning, and growing is happening around your business, this helps you build your credibility and influence over time.The goal of your content should be to inform, educate, or entertain, and thus build a relationship with your readers. Click To Tweet
How Facebook Has Capitalized on This
The main reason that Facebook is so popular is because it has created a huge online community who all share content and interact with each other daily. Each Facebook user has hundreds of friends who log on and consistently to post pictures, videos, live streaming, memes, news, jokes and more. Facebook has been successful in creating a share- friendly ecosystem that nurtures people’s need to belong, by providing social rewards for their sharing of content.
Facebook has a giant user base; thus, it has become a breeding ground for paid advertisements and a major source of traffic for key brand. Many brands and businesses are using Facebook to build their list, drive traffic to their blog, sign people up for webinars, and more. They know that taking even just a teeny tiny slice of this huge community, and directing their attention to their business, will help them reach their target market where they already are. This process feels natural, and finds people in a setting they are already comfortable in, so it is a win-win-win for you, your tribe, and Facebook.
Take Facebook & Google Out Of The Equation
Your content is the “sugar” that attracts people to your business, and the goal is to leverage content to keep people coming back to your blog and subscribing to your newsletter. Your goal is to find your audience where they are already at, redirect them to your site, and create a community that encourages user generated content, discussions, and sharing. When you create a community, you are slowly taking Google, Facebook and other social media channels out of the equation. Thus, eliminating distractions and “competition,” resulting in a more loyal and engaged audience. These are the 4 main ways that you can use content to build a community around your brand and business.Leverage Your Branding & Content To Create A Thriving Community Click To Tweet
Your Goal is Emotionally Intelligent User Content
As a long-term approach, once you start seeing that your community is starting to take shape, once you give them a comfortable place where they can talk more openly about the topics that interest them, they are very likely consistently return there. People love to interact in a safe environment where they feel they belong, and their ideas and opinions are valued.
Creating a user forum or a smaller social media community of your own niche on your own site should be the goal of your content creation efforts. When you build your own community, members will start new topic discussions and there will be a constant flow of ideas and fresh content with very little effort from your part. Those conversations can help you come up with new content ideas, and help you discover unmet needs that you weren’t previously aware of, but that you can now cater to.
In interacting with the community, members will create an emotional connection with other users and this can start new relationships, partnerships, or provide additional resources. Having a safe place to share, will make viewers frequent your community consistently to see what others have posted or shared while they were away.
By starting your own community, you create social proof, authority, trust, influence and a loyal following without relying as much on search engines or social channels. As Facebook and other mainstream social media networks get more crowded and create more clutter, people are always looking for more comfortable places and tight niche communities that feel more private and safe. When you can provide this for your target market, it will help you build a sustainable brand and business.By starting your own community, you create social proof, authority, trust, influence and a loyal following without relying as much on search engines or social channels. Click To Tweet