The 7 Characteristics of Great Marketing Content

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Hot water Content marketing is red-hot for one reason only: It works.

So how do you craft great gotta-have-it content? The white paper that endears you to your customers, the video that shows how your solution rocks, the webinar that subtly underscores how your company is the trustworthy expert?

There’s no one right way; there’s no one right format; there’s no one right channel. You can buy it, borrow it (with permission), or build it yourself, but however you acquire content, there are seven characteristics that all great marketing content has in common. Act-On’s new white paper, “The 7 Characteristics of Great Marketing Content” lines them up and tells you how to spot the good stuff.

Great marketing content…

  1. Speaks to a targeted audience
  2. Fits a specific place in the buying cycle
  3. Tells your story with customer-centric examples
  4. Uses meaningful images
  5. Can be used in interesting, varied media
  6. Employs a clear call-to-action
  7. Can be parsed into additional pieces for optimum use and visibility

Just to give you a taste of the paper, here’s an excerpt:

1: The targeted audience: Know who you’re talking to

Imagine pitching specialty cat food to a dog person. Promoting the benefits of a buffalo steak to a vegan. Pushing a SaaS solution to a person who isn’t familiar with cloud hosting.

We’ve all experienced it: mismatched promotions and messages that clearly demonstrate the sender either doesn’t know what we’re interested in, or doesn’t know where we are in our information-gathering process.

Writing your content for “everyone” is precisely the wrong thing to do. Not only does it miss the key markers of your sales cycle, it also tends to be too general and diluted to have any meaningful impact.

Instead, pick a target reader – a specific persona – and direct your content to that person. By focusing on a single individual, you give yourself the freedom to pursue a meaningful conversation, which helps you create content (a single piece or a series) that addresses the person’s unique issues, challenges and aspirations.

Read more:

7 characteristics of great marketing content white paper

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  • Thomas Craft

    The whole article is a must read. Content is the easiest avenue to hit a home run or strike out completely. We have been displaying most of these characteristics for a while now, but really knowing your audience seems to be the one that people ignore the most. Creating content and sending it out to anyone and everyone does more harm than good, and destroys credibility with your audience.

  • bri44any

    I’ve seen it happen a few times before when the content becomes so much of the focus that the call to action is forgotten or unnoticeable. Keep the big picture in mind.

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