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The Importance of Content in Boosting Your Online Presence

Want to dominate the online world? Skip the gimmicks and focus on what truly matters: powerful content. This post cuts through the fluff and dives into why content is your secret weapon for building an unforgettable online presence.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why content beats everything else in the digital game.
  • Which content types hook your audience and drive results.
  • SEO unlocked: how good content skyrockets your search ranking.
  • Actionable tips and tricks to create content that stands out and gets shared.

Why Is Content Important?

Content creation is a powerful tool for building trust, attracting customers, and growing your business in today’s digital landscape. Does that sound a bit generic? Here are the specific benefits content brings to your business:

  1. Share valuable content to establish yourself as a thought leader, increasing customer trust and brand confidence.
  2. Showcase your knowledge through content, earning recognition and positioning yourself as an expert in your field.
  3. Accumulate valuable content over time, building a rich resource library that strengthens your brand identity.
  4. Create content with relevant keywords to improve search engine ranking and attract organic traffic to your website.
  5. Offer helpful and educational content to engage potential customers and draw them towards your brand.
  6. Integrate content creation into your overall marketing strategy to attract and nurture leads effectively.
  7. Consistent content sharing increases brand awareness and establishes your company within the industry.
  8. Engaging content attracts new customers, leading to increased sales and market share expansion.
  9. Attract qualified leads through valuable content, leading to higher conversion rates compared to cold outreach.
  10. Valuable content draws users to your website, generating interest and engagement with your brand.

Below we focus on what we think are the 4 most important reasons to invest in content.

1. Good content boosts SEO

In fact, tailored content based on an understanding of your audience is the most important part of SEO. Search engines seek good content above all else. Almost everything they do is an attempt to identify the best content and determine what it is really about.

Text is obviously very important to search engines because it contains words. If you are producing other sorts of content (video, animations, graphics) then you should supplement it with good, descriptive text to help search engines. In addition to the text they find on a page, search engines use links to identify the topic of content and to measure how important the page is compared with other related pages.

Links are treated almost like votes by search engines. The quality, quantity and context of links are used to help identify topics and measure popularity, but all links are not created equal. Some carry more authority. A link from cnn.com carries more authority than a link from your sister’s brand-new blog about her hectic life.

At the moment links are the most important signals search engines use. Producing and promoting good content is an effective and sustainable way to gain good links for SEO. Social media signals are growing increasingly important to search engines – and good content is much more likely to generate social media activity too.

4 Tips for Effective SEO Content

  1. Before typing a word, understand who you’re writing for and what you want them to do. Research your target audience and tailor your content to their needs and search intent.
  2. Identify relevant keywords people use to find similar information. Naturally integrate these keywords throughout your content, but avoid keyword stuffing.
  3. Prioritise quality and value over quantity. Create informative, engaging, and unique content that solves problems or fulfils your audience’s desires.
  4. Ensure your content is technically sound. Use descriptive titles, meta descriptions, and image alt text. Optimise page loading speed and mobile responsiveness.

SEO is the best way to invest your marketing budget – and good content is the foundation of good SEO. Without good content, your campaigns could still drive visitors to your website. But they will not drive engagement and social sharing.

2. Content is the most compelling thing you can do

On the web nothing moves people like content. Rich copy, images, videos, animations and interactive content can inform, educate, reassure and entertain us; can make us laugh or move us to tears. Visually appealing content is more likely to be read, shared and remembered—so use tools like Wepik.com to design your content so that it stands out online.

Content gives us feelings that we want to share with other people – and social media makes it easy to share with our whole social network in a single click.

An organisation may be capable of something truly amazing – for example, a charity may even save a human life. But without content to convey the story and the associated emotions nobody will ever know or care.

High-performing content types for conversions:

  • Case studies: Showcasing real-world client success stories builds trust and demonstrates your value proposition.
  • Free guides or ebooks: Offer valuable information in exchange for contact information, nurturing leads and building rapport.
  • Product demos or explainer videos: Visually engaging content explaining your product or service can be highly persuasive.
  • Webinars or live sessions: Interactive formats allow deeper engagement, answer questions, and build trust directly.
  • Customer testimonials and reviews: Social proof encourages potential customers to trust your brand and convert.
  • Interactive tools or assessments: Engaging tools providing personalised insights can be valuable lead magnets.

 

‘Content is the thread that connects people to your brand. Doing it without much thought is guaranteed to show your audience you don’t care, which – if you ask me – is not a good look’ – Nicholas Turner, Lead Content Strategist


3. Content is essential for effective Social Media campaigns

Socialising means communicating. You can’t be social unless you have a message to communicate. Even a short, 140-character tweet (or post) is a piece of content and some tweets are compelling enough for people to share virally.

The most fundamental function of the web is to enhance content by linking to other content. Your tweet can link to a blog post, image or video – in short, a bigger, richer piece of content that might be very sophisticated and truly captivating.

You might host that content on your website to generate social engagement there and boost search engine optimisation for your website. Alternatively, you might feature your content on somebody else’s blog. Or put it on a social site like YouTube or Pinterest, where it can take on a life of its own. An effective content strategy includes plans for both on-site and off-site content.

7 Social Media Content Tips for Maximum Impact:

  1. Use a catchy question, interesting fact, or humorous anecdote to grab attention in the first few seconds.
  2. People scroll quickly, so keep your posts concise and easy to digest. Focus on conveying one clear message or call to action.
  3. Tell your audience what you want them to do next, whether it’s visiting your website, subscribing to your channel, or sharing your post.
  4. Each platform has its own unique quirks and user base. So make sure you tailor your content to the platform you’re using.
  5. Always respond to comments, this shows that you value your audience by actively engaging with them.
  6. Help people find your content by using popular and relevant hashtags, but avoid overloading. Pro tip, create your own branded hashtag.
  7. Monitor your performance and based on the data, adjust your approach to optimise content for better engagement and conversions.

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4. Content is the most shareable thing you can do

In spite of the explosive growth of smartphones and apps, it is still very rare for people to share offline content routinely or extensively. At the most somebody might take a photo of a very captivating poster – or lend a magazine to a friend.

But, as discussed above, online content adds a whole new dimension to sharing. It can be linked to, driving not just referral traffic but also search engine optimisation. It can easily be shared on social media websites, where it can take on a life of its own. Blog posts can be automatically and instantaneously syndicated all over the world using RSS feeds.

The future of the media is personal, social, instant and free access to content. The media giants of the future will be individuals, groups and businesses that provide good content and make it social and shareable.

Marketers are already seeking new ways to bridge the divide between offline and online content and interactive display ads and QR codes are early, somewhat clumsy attempts to enhance offline activity with online content. But the future of online/offline integration looks much more exciting. I’ll be talking more about that in future posts.

I mentioned that businesses will be among the media giants of the future. Because they have access to capital, man-hours and skills, businesses might turn out to be the most important content providers of all. Content is just as important for online stores as it is for bloggers and media organisations – in fact, it is even more important because traditional product pages are not usually very compelling. 

Making online stores compelling requires compelling content: every online store should have an active blog and every product page should be rich in content in the form of text, images, video, animations and interactive media. In the case of interactive media, HTML5 is an important technology and online stores have yet to begin exploring the possibilities it offers.

Remember that your content needs to be tailored to your target audience. Below are two examples of compelling content: 

1. Mint Mobile on YouTube

2. Duoling on TikTok

@duolingo

Creating and promoting good content is the most fundamental and important part of your online marketing strategy. That is no exaggeration and it should come as no surprise. However, it is a sad fact that most marketing budgets do not fund content generation adequately. This is a shocking and inexcusable mistake that reveals a widespread misunderstanding about what drives interest, engagement and sales online. 

Most marketing budgets allocate significant resources to the most popular online marketing activities – notably SEO, PPC and Social Media campaigns. Those campaigns are essential to an effective marketing strategy – but the key to making them truly successful is effective online content.

  • In the case of SEO and PPC, ask yourself, “How compelling is the page people land on?”
  • In the case of social media campaigns ask yourself, “Why will people share this?”

How To Get Your Content Shared

If you’re wondering why your website doesn’t get hundreds of Facebook Likes or why nobody is sharing your social media posts then you should stop wondering and take a good, long look at your content.

  • How exciting is your content?
  • How special and unique is it?
  • How difficult would it be for a competitor to make content that is significantly more compelling?
  • How can you deliver content that captivates your customers and sets new standards for online content within your industry in the future?

Those are questions you need to ask to understand the strengths, weaknesses opportunities and threats within your content strategy and the wider marketplace. By answering those questions you take the first steps in formulating a content strategy.

Wrapping Up

What? You have no content strategy whatsoever? Then drafting a formal strategy should be the very next thing you do today! Make sure you engage with senior management and the people with the industry expertise and creative skills to develop your content. Humbly ask for their ideas and input. Get them to buy into the strategy and take ownership of their role in it. Evangelise the importance of good content and champion a culture of passion for content within your organisation.

Good foundations of content can support a strong digital marketing strategy, enabling more effective online campaigns. Good content also boosts the power of offline campaigns, enhancing them with increased engagement – and providing more shareability than isolated and sometimes languid offline campaigns ever could. Good online content supports integration and collaboration between digital and offline channels.

Weak foundations of content are not capable of supporting campaigns effectively. You will need to work much harder to build campaigns that work without a good content strategy. Campaigns founded on poor content are often forced to resort to low-quality, unsustainable practices like spam – because the content is just not good enough for anybody to genuinely link or share.

Do you really think your product page is going to go viral? With 50 words of copy that exist on 50 other websites? With one poor-quality image? 

At the very least you need to build out your product copy to make it more unique and informative. Ideally, you would add more images to give people an experience that immerses them in your products.

You don’t need to invest in a movie director, a writer or a photographer to create good content. Just use the product and industry knowledge already there within your business.

Just make your content simple, human and informative. Better still, make it compelling, entertaining and easy to share. Above all, make sure your content is tailored to the needs of the people you are targeting.

Good content begins with a good understanding of the audience. If you don’t understand what your audience considers to be compelling and shareable content then you should get to know them a lot better.

  • Begin by asking your customers or target audience what they would consider to be compelling and shareable online content.
  • Then build it for them.
  • Finally, promote it. Make sure the target audience knows about it. Make sure the people who influence them know about it too.

This process is the most important part of your online marketing strategy.

Samantha Hops
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Samantha Hops

Samantha Hops is an SEO Executive at Digivate and has been working in Digital Marketing for over four years. She has experience in SEO, Affiliate, Content and Email Marketing as well as Social Media. She completed her Master's in Marketing at King's College London and holds certificates in Digital Marketing & Data Analytics from the University of Cape Town. When she isn't working to boost your organic traffic, she is cooking up a storm in the kitchen and filling her house with as many sunflowers as possible.
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