Advertising

SEO Content Marketing: 4 Ways to Generate Potential Customers and Convert Them

SEO Content Marketing: 4 Ways to Generate Potential Customers and Convert Them
Advertising

     Most small and mid-sized businesses have joined the content marketing chariot to further reach potential customers.

    Ironically, some business entrepreneurs are still in their comfort zone.

    They don’t want to take responsibility for growing their business. They don’t want to take action to expand their business.

    The Internet has made it exceptionally easy to reach a wider audience. (In case you don’t know, there are people who are desperate to spend money on your products and services.)

    But until you reach out to them with valuable content, they can’t reach out with their money.

    Advertising

    I want to share 4 exceptional ways to generate potential customers and market your products and expertise professionally with SEO content marketing. We shall be looking at:

    1. SEO Content Concept: the best form of content that hooks, interests and adds value to your target   audience.
    2. Quality Content: Unique content will enhance the mood of your prospects and cause them to take action right now.
    3. Content Timing: Proper timing helps to eliminate guess work from your marketing activities and give you a blank check to cash-in.
    4. Evergreen Content Strategy: Successful businesses live for decades. Make your SEO contents evergreen and you’ll consistently achieve results, even when you’re on vacation.

    1. SEO Content Concept

    Search engine optimization has become the pivot of successful inbound marketing.

    It’s true that you can drive targeted prospects to your blog or website using other systems, but search engines and SEO content marketing are the most efficient. The return on investment is usually high, compared to other promotional systems like Media-buying.

    It’s not enough to optimize web pages to appear on search engine result pages (SERPs), there should be ways to engage strangers when they pay a visit.

    It’s a total waste of time trying to sell to first time visitors; it’s achievable if you persevere.

    In web marketing, it’s essential to lead organic visitors into a sales funnel, until they ‘agree’ with your theory and recommendation.

    Advertising

    So, proper preparations of your blog or website would ensure you achieve the best results. Don’t send visitors to a homepage, they don’t want to see how beautiful your them is. They want results. Lead them into your ‘rich’ landing page and capture their email address and name – that’s the best SEO content concept used by savvy marketers – you should use it too!

    2. Quality Content

    Oftentimes, potential prospects are confused; the marketing offers and ads they receive on a daily basis are alarming.

    All the infomercials and banner ads are not helping matters. Prospects are desperately looking for VALUABLE contents, rich and simple to entertaining.

    With quality content, you can enlighten target audience, prepare their minds to receive your marketing offers and persuade them to take action immediately. When I launched my passive income ideas blog, quality content was the foundation which brought exponential growth. Focus on quality – sales will definitely come.

    If you struggle to sell a product or service, I think the problem lies with the quality of contents and marketing copy used. If the perceived value is rich in prospect’s eye, they would have no other choice than to subscribe or buy.

    “Quality content” has become a cliché, but we cannot ignore its importance in today’s search engine marketing. If your content is able to solve a particular bugging problem or add value to pre-existing needs, then you’ve succeeded in crafting a masterpiece.

    Advertising

    Quality content doesn’t mean that every word or sentence is new, you can still make references or cite relevant articles – but ensure you round it up to solving at ‘least’ one problem in your niche. That’s what sets you apart – can you do that?

    3. Content Timing

    There are lots of guess work in SEO content marketing – but it doesn’t have to be so. You could easily leverage on hot trends and recent developments around the web to foster a unique content campaign.

    If you don’t keep abreast of all that’s happening around you, the content you put out there may be outdated and worthless. Participating in social media networks will enable you stay on top news and events. LinkedIn typically alerts users on what’s going on around the world. You should be using LinkedIn to grow your business networks.

    Content timing is important. Google updates are being rolled out periodically and several websites have been buried or sandboxed. You can make a difference if you focus on quality and engagement.

    I can assure you that if you produce time-sensitive contents, and make references on your article, no matter what Google is rolling out in the next algorithm updates, your blog will be untouchable.

    Time your content and write to engage prospects – with time, you’ll achieve tremendous success online and build a rich subscriber-list. Do you know when twitter followers are logged in? Study their activities and timelines and use it as a tweeting-weapon.

    Advertising

    4. Evergreen Content Strategy

    The last ball in our SEO Content marketing bowl is ‘evergreen.’ Evergreen is my favorite word in web marketing. For your contents to produce results consistently, creativity and in-depth market research has to come in. Evergreen plants are those plants that retain their foliage throughout the year. Your contents should satisfy Google and prospects as time flies.

    Every article and post you write ought to produce better results as it gets older. For instance, if I write an article about email marketing this month and get 100 subscribers, the article is expected to produce x3. That’s about 300 subscribers or more.

    Start your SEO content with long-tail key phrases. Research and keep a swipe file of relevant key terms to target.

    Afterwards, research what other expert’s have written about the topic you’ve in mind – learn from their experiences and use them as a guide to craft informative, rich, valuable and keyword-rich SEO contents.

    Google and other search engines would take interest and reward you every month. That’s the aim of this article and I hope you achieve it in your content marketing career.

    Potential customers are everywhere. You couldn’t find them because your content isn’t optimized properly for search engines and people.

    Advertising

    Writing for the web is an art and until you master it growing a business can be boring and slow. Plan your content marketing attack wisely and experience the surge of targeted buyers every day.

    (Photo credit: SEO Target via Shutterstock)

    More by this author

    Michael Chibuzor

    Content Marketer / http://SaaSBrand.com

    Inbound Marketing: The Best Way to Attract Targeted Buyers SEO Content Marketing: 4 Ways to Generate Potential Customers and Convert Them Internet Lifestyle: Don’t Let Your Present Financial State Stop You

    Trending in Communication

    1 I Want To Be Happy: 7 Science-Backed Ways to Find Happiness 2 13 Ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently 3 10 Morning Habits Of Happy People 4 What Makes People Happy? 20 Secrets of “Always Happy” People 5 13 Simple Habits of Happiness To Change Your Outlook on Life

    Read Next

    Advertising
    Advertising

    Last Updated on July 20, 2021

    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)
    Advertising

    You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

    Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

    Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

    Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

    1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

    According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

    “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

    Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

    Warming up

    If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

    If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

    Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

    Advertising

    1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
    2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
    3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

    Stay hydrated

    Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

    To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

    Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

    Meditate

    Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

    Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

    Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

    Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

    2. Focus on your goal

    One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

    Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

    Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

    Advertising

    Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

    If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

    3. Convert negativity to positivity

    There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

    ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

    It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

    Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

    Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

    Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

    4. Understand your content

    Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

    Advertising

    However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

    “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

    Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

    Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

    One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

    5. Practice makes perfect

    Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

    In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

    Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

    6. Be authentic

    There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

    Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

    Advertising

    Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

    To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

    With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

    Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

    7. Post speech evaluation

    Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

    Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

    We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

    You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

    Improve your next speech

    As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

    Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

    Advertising

    • How did I do?
    • Are there any areas for improvement?
    • Did I sound or look stressed?
    • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
    • Was I saying “um” too often?
    • How was the flow of the speech?

    Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

    If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

    Reference

    Read Next