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There are a lot of businesses out there trying to get their customers’ attention. Among the ways to engage your clients and stand out from the crowd is ‘thought-leadership’ or creating content that highlights your expertise, builds relationships with your audience, and encourages them to think of you when they need your goods or services.
You can provide expert content through many forums:
This guide reveals some of the ways you can use content to establish your expertise, and important issues to think about when you create expert content.
Before you begin, there are some important factors to keep in mind regarding what expert content can do for you and your business.
Credibility is crucial to successfully building relationships. People are more likely to listen to others who have been there already and can relate to their issues. Your content should be related to your experience and expertise, as well as to situations that you have either directly been in or helped someone else through.
If you can prove that you know what you’re doing and have the specific expertise to do the job properly, you’ll reassure potential customers to trust in making a purchase.
Successful business owners often have expert knowledge, years of experience, a particular passion and a reputation as a ‘thought leader’. It’s not enough to brand yourself as a thought leader, you need to demonstrate authenticity.
Focusing on a niche topic that you have in-depth knowledge and experience in will help, as well as being the go-to person for a topic related to your niche, such as sharing content related to the industries your clients work in.
Building a credible presence online is vital, as most people will carry out online research to check you and your firm out. Include as much factual information about your business as possible on your website, including your physical address, testimonials from happy customers (ideally well-known customers), photos, demos and videos to showcase what you do.
Follow these additional steps to generate more awareness of your business.
Blogging is an inexpensive and easy way to keep your brand name front-of-mind, and increase your prospects.
Your blog lets your personality shine through. People often prefer to buy from someone they feel they have a personal connection with. And it’s easily shared across your social media platforms, as well as by others.
Your blog helps you by:
Write an engaging post that draws the readers in, ask them a question or share an interesting fact or idea, then encourage your followers to engage with the post by commenting on it with their thoughts.
You can have links on your blog posts that allow your readers to share your content on their social media. Or, you can encourage readers to sign in through social media to comment on your blog. Depending on your platform, you can automate sharing your post on social media, so new blog posts are automatically sent to your social media pages.
Join social media communities to further promote your blog. Facebook and LinkedIn have groups that allow people who share commonalities, such as an industry or geography or hobby to come together. Follow any guidelines on promotion and be sure to engage with the group, don’t just join for the sake of talking about yourself.
Try not to overtly market yourself or include a sales pitch as part of your expert content, as it should speak for itself. The goal is to get people to see you as an expert in a particular field and as the go-to person when they have specific questions or problems they need solved.
First, ask yourself: What are the top five questions clients always ask me? “Can I claim that as a tax deductible expense?” is probably going to make the list!
Write down the questions and a few bullet points that answer the questions. Here’s what to do with that list of questions and answers:
With the blogs written, look to amplify them using other marketing channels:
You now have all the content ideas you need to get started on creating expert content.
Providing expert content is an effective way to grow your brand and increase awareness of your business. Focus on an area you’re an expert in, create content that’s authentic and relevant, and share it online to keep top-of-mind for your audience.