Team Impressa works with a lot of startups, and most of them face very similar challenges. The issue, essentially, is that there's a lot that needs to be done, and the internal team is too small to tackle everything themselves. This includes content strategy.
Yes, I get it entrepreneurs. Once you’ve established what your product or service is you’re eager to start promoting it, right? You want to start churning out content, letting the world know about your business.
About a month ago, a potential client reached out to the Impressa Solutions team because he needed some blog posts. To be frank, blog posts alone were not going to get this guy to his stated goals. He needed a content strategy, but when I told him this, I was met with resistance. He didn't want to be "upsold" on "extras," and he insisted that I describe what a successful blog post looks like--because that was what he wanted.
Producing high quality content for your business can be a daunting task, especially if you lack the resources to hire and manage an in-house writing team to do it.
So, the other option is to outsource the work, but where do you start looking? There are many content creation services out there and, honestly, it can be a pain in the butt to try and filter through them all in order to find the right one.
However, there are several key things you can do to help simplify your search.
Nine seconds is the average attention span of most readers. Therefore, you have nine seconds to capture their attention with your content. To achieve that, the first question you may ask yourself is this: Okay, so what is the best blog post length? Well, it depends on a few factors.
You adopted blogging as one of your content marketing strategies to expand your audience and grow rapidly. But you’re having difficulty finding time for blogging.
How much time did it take when you wrote your last blog post? My guess: at least four to five hours. Sometimes, it takes up to eight hours before you hit the “publish” button. In general, you need to do this for one or two blog posts per week to keep your audience engaged and market your expertise!
Because you understand the importance of blogging, you’ve built out a blog to spread your talent and skills in order to position yourself as a thought leader in your space.
Successful blogging requires you to be proficient in a number of skills, like keyword research, user and search engine-friendly content creation, and blog management. Yes, this will eat up your valuable time and energy in order to make the blog a perfect content marketing tool. That’s why most of the successful entrepreneurs, life coaches, and authors find alternatives that work best for them.
Nothing quite prepares new life coaches for the amount of writing necessary to properly market their business. For instance, content marketing best practices all but require a brand blog. That wouldn’t be a big deal if you could write about whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted, but such is not the case here. Instead, your brand blog must feature a steady stream of new and interesting content either ideological or promotional in nature (and sometimes both at once) that targets popular industry-specific search terms in order to drive traffic to your website.
Oh, the ghostwriter. He’s made a name for himself. Actually no he hasn’t, but he has for his employer in the form of presidential speeches, best-selling books, and influential marketing material. Ghost blogging does essentially the same thing, but with a healthy dose of digital exposure!