5 Things You Need to Create Content Marketing Stories

Posted by on Apr 22, 2020 in Content Marketing |

Stories are memorable and shareable, two of the most important aspects of great content marketing. They are also fundamental to human communication, and if you tell the right story, you can entertain, enlighten, persuade and capture attention.   Stories also lend themselves to non-interruption marketing where you provide customers, both present and future, with consistent and valuable information. The more honest you can be about your business, who you serve and the problems you solve, the more loyal your customers will become. And, as a result, they will consistently reward you with their business.  There are five things you need to create a good marketing story: You Need a Hero To tell a captivating content marketing story, your customer must be the hero, not your business. And the hero of the story is someone that is transformed as the story progresses, from an ordinary person into someone remarkable.  You Need a Goal Until you understand your customer-hero’s goal, you don’t have a marketing story.  Good business is about solving customer problems. You need to understand where your customer-hero is today and where they want to go.  You Need an Obstacle Obstacles are what make stories interesting. The most interesting obstacles to your customer’s victory are often inner limitations they need to overcome to achieve their goal. The gap between where your hero is today and where they want to go is the core of the story.  You Need a Mentor If your customer is the hero, what role do you and your business take? Your business plays the role of guide, mentor and help. You provide key information and tools that allow the hero to achieve their goal.  You Need a Moral When you are telling a marketing story, it is best to clearly state the moral of the story. Let the audience know what they should do next or what their main lesson should be. Don’t be afraid to spell it out. Be clear and direct. Every story needs something outstanding for it to be remembered and shared. Honesty is often the most significant story element of all, and by just telling the truth, you can make incredible gains. Contact WSI OMS today for more information on content marketing.  Please follow and like...

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How to Integrate Organic and Paid Content for Maximum Effect

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in SEO |

Looking to maximise your company’s SEO and Google rankings, along with taking user experience on your website to new heights? The key lies in integrating organic content and paid content or PPC. We discuss everything that you need to know below. Why Both Organic Content and PPC Are Important There are advantages and benefits to both organic and paid content. For example, PPC can lend a hand when it comes to helping a company get the proverbial ‘foot in the door’ in terms of increasing brand awareness and getting sales started. However, it is organic content that will boost reputation and conversions in the long run. Hence, the reason why integrating both is critical for long-term business success.  Ensure Consistency If you are going to successfully integrate paid and organic content, it needs to be consistent across the board. This goes for the message that it is communicating, as well as the overall branding, tone and style.  Embrace Remarketing Strategies If a potential customer has already visited an organic page on your website, capitalise on their interest by remarketing to them via PPC.  Focus on the Quality of the Content  Content of a consistently high quality is an important part of not only inbound marketing but also online advertising in general in that it will assist you in improving your organic rankings and your website’s user experience. All of this is sure to contribute to a better reputation and a higher number of sales.  Use High Performing Content in Your PPC Efforts Is there a specific piece of content that is performing particularly well organically? Take it to the next level and really make the most of it by incorporating it into your PPC efforts.  Need a hand when it comes to both organic content and PPC? WSI OMS is the digital marketing agency to contact! Our services extend from online advertising to SEO and everything in between. Get in touch now for more information.  Please follow and like...

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Digital Marketing Guide: How to Be a Better Blogger

Posted by on Dec 14, 2019 in Blogging, Digital Media Marketing |

Blogging might be an integral part of digital marketing but, unfortunately, not everyone is a born blogger. We’ve created a guide that will help you to not only write better blogs and target the correct audience, but that will also help you to stay on-trend and improve your reputation as an authoritative source in your industry.   Digital Marketing Guide to Being a Better Blogger: Topics and Targeting If you know who you are writing for and you pick topics that will speak to them, you have half the battle won. Take some time to find your audience, research them and brainstorm topics they will be interested in. Once you’ve determined your audience, you can alter your tone of voice and address pain points they might be experiencing. By speaking to the correct people in the correct way and providing answers to their questions, you’re paving the way to becoming a “go-to” source for issues they experience.  When brainstorming topics suited to your audience, be sure to maintain a balance between evergreen content and trending topics:  Evergreen content will rarely become outdated and can easily be updated with minor changes. It includes topics that will drive traffic to your blog, long after being published (nothing time-sensitive goes in this category).  Trending topics may have a shorter life span, but if the topic is relevant for a short time, it can drive a surge of traffic to your blog, especially if the content has an edge of exclusivity to it. However, don’t rely exclusively on trends to drive the majority of traffic to your blog. If you do, you’re setting yourself up for a large time investment in creating new trendy content all the time.  Writing Here are a few valuable tips to keep in mind when you are writing: Start with an outline for your post (that will guide your writing) and if this outline can be valuable to your audience, incorporate it into your post. You don’t need an outline for every post, but the more complex your post, the more valuable this roadmap becomes to your audience.  Keep your writing concise, but don’t under explain topics. Add just enough information so your post is clear but easy to digest.  Keep SEO principles in mind when writing. Also, remember to incorporate keywords into every part of your post, including the title, descriptions, headers and captions. Earn links from other sites by incorporating (and citing) authoritative data and quotes from industry experts.  Schedule time to go through old posts and update outdated information, maintain links and improve on existing content. Content  Blogging and content creation is not only about the written word. You can experiment with different types of...

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The 5 best WordPress plugins

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in Digital Media Marketing |

If you run a website (or websites) using WordPress, you may or not be aware of the additional features that are constantly being added to enhance and ease your work. There are now hundreds of plug-ins for the platform – and counting. Here are WSI’s 5 favourite WordPress plug-ins.  Yoast Where SEO is the name of the game, Yoast is your perfect companion for crafting your content with the aim of improving your rankings in the search results. It not only helps you with keywords and other SEO elements, it also helps you improve your copy for the benefit of your readers.  Everest Forms Contact forms are essential to your website and this plugin helps you make them. Forms for any purpose – from general contact to specific feedback – can be drawn up using this plugin, with both excellent functionality and sharp, professional design. Jetpack As the name suggests, this plugin helps your website take off with features to manage your security features, traffic and much more. WooCommerce If you want to take your website up a notch and start using it as a fully equipped sales platform, this is the tool for you. It sets up features for customers to make orders and make payments, and all with a single automated set-up wizard.  VaultPress We all know the risks involved in the virtual realm when it comes to information. To set your mind at ease, VaultPress creates optimised backups of your website automatically and, in the event of a crash or other attack, can restore everything in a matter of minutes.  Contact WSI to assist you in creating a great, easily-manageable social media strategy. Please follow and like...

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The Best Types of Blog Headlines

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Blogging |

While it has never been easier to create content, it has also never been more difficult to make sure that it stands out from the crowd. Even if your blog posts show up in the top ten search results, you need to be able to ensure the click through with a strong headline. While the way in which you create that attention-grabbing headline depends, to a large extent, on the specifics of your content, there are certain types of headlines that are likely to have the biggest impact on your potential readers and get them to click that link. Here are the five most likely to prompt a favourable response: The “Best” Way to Do Anything Readers want to cut to the chase. If they are searching for information, they want the best available – and they want it now! Giving them a headline that offers “the best” way to do something, promises them that immediate answer. This type of headline performs extremely well when it comes to SEO.   Make it Quick and Easy  Coming second to “the best” are blogs that offer the “quickest” or the “easiest”. Quick solutions that will make the readers’ lives easier will always be attractive. Sometimes urgency will be the motivation behind the click, at other times, ease and convenience. Either way, you can’t go wrong. An Air of Authority  For blogs that are more information-based and don’t entail a specific call to action, nothing is more enticing than an appeal to authority. Phrases like “According to science…” or “Experts say…” are always effective in this regard.  The Direct Address  It’s an old technique that dates back at least to the military recruiters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries (“The U.S. Army wants YOU!”). The direct, second-person address is almost always impossible to resist. For example, “What YOU need to do to write better blogs.”  Contact WSI to help you create an SEO-topping blog. Please follow and like...

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