Stick Like Glue Radio #176 On this special episode of Stick Like Glue Radio, I interview the senior Vice President of Double Forte, a PR and marketing firm. Lots of social media and other marketing nuggets in this interview – don’t miss it!

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On this special episode of Stick Like Glue Radio, I interview the Senior Vice President of Double Forte, a PR and marketing firm, Liz O’Donnell. Lots of social media and other marketing nuggets in this interview – don’t miss it!

Main Questions Asked:

  • How do you cut through the online noise and clutter?
  • Talk about being platform appropriate.
  • How does someone find time to generate content?
  • How do you work with ‘old school’ brands so they can stay relevant in the digital age?
  • How do you help companies understand the ROI on social media?
  • What is the best way to win hearts and minds of customers or prospects?
  • What are the steps to creating content on a regular basis that is relevant and consistent?

Key Lessons Learned:

Cutting Through the Noise

  • Relevancy to your audience is the key to standing out.
  • Think about where the audience will receive the message both physically and mentally.
  • People tend to set up personal rules for using social platforms, so it’s important to tweak messages for each audience and platform.
  • Pinterest: Heavy on visuals and ‘how to.’
  • Twitter: Use hashtags and ask for retweets.
  • Facebook: Write from he heart.

What is Driving Your Content?

  • Content marketing is a strategy to let people know who you are, what you stand for, and how you can help.
  • Ask yourself, ‘What is my intent in posting?’
  • Develop a mix of content so it speaks to people in different parts of the buying process.
  • Are you building awareness, developing a following, or are you trying to reach your loyal listeners already?

Generating Content

  • What are you going to be capable of in keeping up consistent content?
  • Content is about volume and consistency.
  • Focus on your most important platform and ignore the rest.
  • Get started in a quality way in one or two platforms.

Consistency and Persistency

  • Consistency separates those who are serious from those who are fleeting.
  • Persistency is about recognizing that the sales cycle has gotten much longer than it used to be.
  • People come to know you for certain things, and if they know you’re consistent and persistent, then that says a lot about how you would work with them as a client or a customer.
  • Remember, it’s about ‘them’ not you.

The Content Mix

  • What you say and how you say it matters.
  • Build a content map.
  • What is your main theme, and what are the three key stories from that theme? Where does it need to be delivered?
  • Look at your content through the lens of ‘do you have a good mix of content that:
    • Educates: People need to understand the service offered.
    • Convinces: Let’s people know this is the service they should choose.
    • Inspires: Reinforce that people are on the right path and that goals can be attained.
    • Entertain: People want to have a good time and laugh.

Connecting & Authenticity

  • Entrepreneurs aren’t ‘founders;’ they are ‘makers.’
  • People don’t always want to hear your most serious and best advice; they want to get to know you as a person.
  • After ‘relevancy,’ the second most important word is ‘authenticity.’
  • Authenticity is a challenge for certain generations such as GenX and baby boomers.
  • Stories are more powerful than data, and in order to have an authentic story, you have to be willing to put your authentic self out there.

Staying Relevant

  • Most big companies understand they need to be on social media.
  • The biggest challenge is that putting yourself ‘out there’ isn’t a megaphone, it’s a conversation, so you need to be prepared to hear messages back.
  • Social media helps you connect with customers who might not want to ‘come back.’ It gives people a way to voice themselves.

Social Media ROI

  • There is no one set of rules for any organization that is engaging.
  • The way to measure has to be tied to what you are trying to achieve.
  • Look at consumption. Was it viewed, downloaded, shared, and commented on?
  • If you aren’t seeing sales and downloads, then you need to reconsider your strategy.

Winning Over Customers and Prospects

  • Making a connection and delivering value is the best way to create content that entertains, inspires, convinces, and educates.
  • Some content will need to be purely informative.
  • Make customers and prospects laugh and feel good.

Steps to Starting

  • Identify the audience.
  • Develop buyer personas.
  • If it’s not your forte to develop content, then hire someone who can do that, but some of it needs to be in your own voice.

Resources:

She Starts
Double Forte
Mogul, Mom and Maid (book)
Hello Ladies

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How does consistency and persistency fit in with content marketing? Find out w/ @DoubleFortePR @newsletterguru https://www.getjimpalmer.com

How do you cut through the noise with content marketing? Find out w/ @DoubleFortePR @newsletterguru https://www.getjimpalmer.com

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