Listen. If you are even remotely connected to the business, marketing, and advertising world, then you’ve probably heard the phrase “content marketing.” You’ve at least been exposed to it through:
- Search engine optimization
- Email autoresponders
- White papers
- Social media
- Landing pages
But what exactly is content marketing? Glad you asked, because I’ve got answers for you. One short answer, and one really long. Here’s our official definition:
Content marketing means creating and sharing valuable content to attract and convert prospects into customers, and customers into repeat buyers. The type of content you share is closely related to what you sell; in other words, you’re educating people so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you.
Which brings us to another question: how do you actually use content marketing?
Well, even if you consider yourself a seasoned practitioner or you’re a fresh-out-of-the-box beginner, this handy, systematic, and exhaustive guide — loaded with 100 articles that cover content marketing essentials for building a viable money-making platform — is at your finger tips.
How to use this content marketing reference library
Content marketing can be simplified into the convergence of three spheres: your audience’s interests, your brand story, and your unique perspective or content medium. Combine these three to achieve content greatness.
The 100-article list below reaches back to November 2008 and goes all the way up to the present. It contains 10 categories:
- Content essentials
- Content strategy
- Content research
- Idea creation
- Content creation
- Content promotion
- Traffic generation
- Content marketing case studies
- Content auditing
- Content business building
Yes, I read all 100 articles. It took me 15 hours over six days. I recommend you do the same — but work through it at a pace that’s right for you!
First, bookmark it. That way, it’ll be easy to find when you need to answer a question or reference one of our articles in your own content.
Then, you could:
- Study one of the 10 categories each week, creating your own 10-week content marketing course
- Read one-to-three articles each day
- Identify the categories you need to brush up on the most, and make a note on your calendar to review them when you have free time
Side note: This list makes for perfect Twitter content … drip out just one article each day to your followers over a 100-day period, and you’ll look like a content marketing genius. 😉
This guide will fill in the gaps in your knowledge. It will help you become a content marketing expert in your industry or company.
Adapted from copyblogger