We will be the first to admit it: the internet age has given birth to an astounding array of powerful and creative ways to promote organizations. From social media marketing to online video advertising to email newsletter campaigns and so on ad nauseum — the selection is vast enough to be dizzying.
If you do happen to feel overwhelmed by the quantity of options at your disposal, then you certainly aren’t alone. Small business owners, in particular, may be driven to frustration by the disparity between their down-sized budgets and the limitless number of marketing channels they could be pursuing — if only their wallets were a bit beefier.
The point we hope to make with this article is that, even considering all the ways that you could potentially invest in organizational marketing, professional photography continues to be one of the best choices. Here are just a few reasons why:
1. Put Your True Face Forward
Stock photography might get the job done — at least in a certain, minimal sense. For example, it helps give your website a polished, well-finished look and it allows you to visually reinforce the ideas that you share through text. Moreover, virtually any form of visual content will help improve a website’s search engine scores, and may be recycled for content marketing on social media.
If you really want to go the extra mile, however, original photography can accomplish everything stock photos do, only better. Most search engines, for example, are configured to value unique content more than reposted items — and your “well-polished website” will seem a lot sharper if it features actual photos of your products! Last but not least, it is a safe bet that customer trust in your brand will increase rather than decrease when you make an effort to show what you offer first hand. Why not openly demonstrate exactly how proud you are of your organization?
2. Improve Your Content Marketing Game
Social media marketing is a pretty broad term — encompassing Facebook crusaders to Instagram artists to Twitter enthusiasts are much more. Regardless of which channels you may prefer, however, you should understand that content is the heart and soul of any good campaign.
Curating quality content from other relevant sources is a good starting point: but original content such as blog posts, videos, photos, etc. will bring the most attention and respect to your page. And because, today more than ever, the social media scene rewards visually-based content above all else, it has never been a better time to begin creating graphics, memes, and… you guessed it, professional photographs!
3. Master the Art of the First Impression.
Regardless of what a certain axiom may warn, most customers DO Judge Books Based on their Covers. According to one study conducted by Adweek, for example, as many as 80 percent of all customers now conduct at least some online research before making a decision about major purchases. If you can’t provide high quality, professional photographs of your products, then you risk losing your potential customers to a competitor who can.
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There’s a lot of content out there in the digital space, and most of it is terrible. This gives anyone with uniquely excellent content a major competitive edge. But if you want to take full advantage of this opportunity, you’re going to have to approach it like a fearless badass.
Badass Content Basics
What is badass content? You know it when you see it. It’s the Instagram feed that’s enviably curated and consistent. It’s the site copy that reads like poetry. It’s hard to do, and that’s why so few brands produce it. To elevate your brand’s content to the highest level, you’ll need to capture these fundamental qualities in your content and know exactly when each element is most appropriate for your goals.
Trailblazers set themselves apart by doing their own thing and never, ever following the leader. Sure, there are some basic rules you’ll need to follow to create successful content, but those rules run mostly in the background. Coming up with your own signature brand voice and style is an essential part of creating exceptional content. Don’t make random listicles and hop onto popular hashtags just for the sake of it. What works for another brand won’t necessarily work for you, so be brave and find your own way to shine.
Don’t go so far in the direction of originality that you start to take on a voice that doesn’t feel natural to what you’re trying to do. Staying true to your brand’s core mission and values is an essential element in creating standout content. It’s like spending time chatting with a person who obviously feels comfortable in their own skin and sure of their place in the world. Those people tend to be the most compelling, the ones you want to sit next to at a dinner party. Be different by being real.
Brands that really understand their audience tend to do the best content marketing. Speaking to some inherent need or persistent emotion can help your audience connect with your message. Call it a “pain point” if you like, but the idea is that content that feels insightful to your audience’s personal experience will be easier to connect with. It’s also quite bold to pick an audience you understand and go for it with no hesitation, and that’s the kind of badass approach that will really set your content apart.
By “inspiring,” we don’t necessarily mean something that’s going to motivate someone to change their lives, travel the world or find true love. Sure, if it’s relevant to what you’re trying to promote, go for it. But content doesn’t have to be completely transformative or lifechanging to be inspiring. Even something relatively low key, like a beautiful set of bangle bracelets, can tap into something aspirational in your audience. It’s all about making your presentation extraordinary.
Of course, that’s not all it takes to take your brand to the next level. Good content creation takes practice. Let BLACK + GOLD show you how it’s done.