Blogging is an important element of a successful content marketing strategy.
It’s pretty much a no brainer that you should have a blog these days.
But making the commitment to consistently create high-quality content is no easy task for small business owners. Especially if they don’t consider themselves to be strong writers.
Luckily, there are a few tried and true blog post types that are easy to create and will get your readers’ attention.
Use these blog post ideas to fill your content calendar and engage your audience:
1. How-to Posts
Have you ever read a blog post that makes a strong case for why you should do something…but leaves you left wondering how?
Your readers are hungry for valuable how-to posts that provide actionable step-by-step instructions to get started with something specific.
No matter what industry you’re in, there’s something you know how to do that your average person doesn’t.
A florist can write a post on how to keep flowers fresh longer. A staffing agency could write a post on how to conduct useful job interviews.
Figure out what you know how to do that your audience wishes they did and turn it into a how-to blog post.
2. Posts on FAQs
What questions do you get asked by customers and prospects over and over again?
What about the other people in customer-facing roles in your company, what questions do they hear all the time?
Sit down together and start making a list of the questions you all hear from leads and customers.
Every question that comes up has the potential to be turned into content on a topic you know your audience is interested in.
3. Product Comparisons
Some businesses shy away from ever mentioning competitors in their content, but when done right, it can be a smart strategy.
Just think — when you’re making a purchasing decision yourself, one of the biggest questions you probably have is how two similar products compare.
An honest look at how two products differ is immensely useful to someone on the cusp of making a decision. And the very fact of being willing to talk about the competition honestly can immediately build trust in your brand.
4. Product Updates
The general rule in content marketing is that most of your content shouldn’t be all about you. You should focus first on your audience and their concerns, interests, and needs.
But that doesn’t mean none of your content can be about your product, you just need to find the right mix.
When you make an update to your product, that’s a good opportunity to promote the changes on your blog. Highlighting the improvements and explaining to your current customers how to take advantage of them is information that’s valuable and could help leads finally make the decision to buy.
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