There is no doubt that creating good content on a consistent basis is a critical component of effective content marketing. But what is good content and how do you create it? Creating content just to create it is not productive. And it will not get you good marketing results. We urge you to focus more on producing great content! So in this article, we define what good content is and the factors that make it “good” content, great content, fabulous, amazing, etc.
But first things first. Before we can define what makes content good or bad we need to define what content actually is.
What is content?
Looking up the definition of content will produce definitions mostly related to the feeling of being “content”. So it is a bit hard to find a definition of what it is in the marketing sense.
So here we go. We try our best to define it. Our broad definition of content is any creative work that is created for the purposes of accomplishing a marketing goal. Such goals can include promoting your business, raising awareness, generating leads, educating, inspiring or engaging an audience, etc.
The types of content are endless. Some examples of popular types of content include:
–blog posts and articles
-images and “creative”
-videos of many sorts (tutorials, interviews, brand videos, social videos, live videos, events, etc.)
-social content (in many forms)
What is content marketing?
Now that you have a better sense of what content is it is important to know how it is used. Content is part (a big part) of content marketing.
We define content marketing as the strategic and intentional act of creating and distributing high-quality content through the appropriate channels and in the appropriate frequency to a target audience to achieve your marketing goals.
You can tell from our definition that content marketing isn’t just creating random content for anyone and randomly distributing it to everyone. It is the opposite. Content marketing is a very strategic process. Content is carefully and purposefully created to cover specific topics for a specific target audience which consumes it on specific channels.
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What is good content?
Yeah we know. It’s hard to define what good content is. Whether something is good or bad is subjective. It depends on an individual’s opinion.
But good content can be defined broadly. It has certain characteristics and accomplishes a certain goal.
So in our mind, good, great, amazing (add your favorite adjective here) content can be defined as high-quality content that is relevant to the target audience and provides them with (a lot of) value.
There are critical factors that should be considered when producing content.
What Are the Critical Factors That Produce Good Content
Saying something is high quality and produces value doesn’t give you enough information. We know this. So let’s break our definition down further below by giving four actual factors that will determine whether your content is good or not.
Just so you are aware these factors are true for basically any type of content. So whether you are writing a blog post, creating an infographic or making a video these should hold true. Let’s jump into them.
1. Relevant content: it covers a topic that your target audience actually cares about
This one is super important. Our definition of good content says the content has to be “relevant to the target audience” and “provides them with value.”
In turn, your audience needs to care about the topic your content covers. If they don’t care about the content then it is not relevant. And if they don’t care about the content it will not provide them with any value.
This is where keyword research comes into play. You need to do high-quality keyword research to understand what search terms your target audience is searching for and what questions they are asking. You also have to understand the intent of the keywords and queries to ensure you are targeting the right terms.
2. Quality content: your content is high quality
Here’s the thing, you can be a keyword research master, but if your content isn’t high quality then it will not be successful.
For instance, if you are writing a blog post make sure your grammar and spelling are top-notch and you get to the point instead of rambling on.
If you are creating graphics, such as social post images, infographics and more then make sure to use a paid or even a free graphic creation tool. These are made to help you produce high-quality and polished graphics. Paid graphic design tools such as those from Affinity or Adobe are great, but you can also find free tools such as Canva.
A note on video content. In terms of video when we say high quality we don’t mean expensive, professionally produced, and polished productions. There is a misconception that video always needs to be produced by a professional film crew using expensive cameras. This is true for certain companies creating certain types of videos for certain purposes. However, great, high-quality content can also be produced using the camera on your mobile phone or computer. This is especially true for smaller companies and social media video content.
If in doubt do not shy away from hiring someone to help you produce high-quality content. It may save you time and money vs. spending hours to produce sub-par results. A lot of firms, such as ours, offer straight-forward content marketing packages with set prices.
3. Effective content: the content answers your audience’s questions or speaks directly to their interests
This is a pretty straight-forward one. Work hard to directly answer your target audience’s questions and be laser-focused on their interests.
Your target audience has questions they are searching for answers to and topics that they are interested in.
Say for example a prospect sees your content. It has a title or image (or something) that speaks exactly to a question they have or a topic they are interested in. If you are lucky enough they will click on, view, and consume the content.
But what happens if your content is off-topic, not to the point or even clickbait? When this is the case the prospect will stop consuming it and potentially get frustrated because it doesn’t provide them with any value. Content that does not touch on the topic of interest specifically (or enough) is not high quality. It also provides zero value to them because it doesn’t answer their question and is seen as a waste of time.
So make sure your content speaks directly to your target audience, answers their questions and stays on topic.
4. Valuable content: your content provides a high level of value to your target audience
High-quality content that covers a topic your audience cares about and actually provides relevant, useful information is content that adds a lot of value. In addition to this your content may offer your audience:
- answers, plain and simple
- knowledge in order to improve themselves or expand their understanding
- additional, related information that helps expand their knowledge or understanding of a topic
- a unique perspective that they can’t get from anyone else but you
- information that they can use to take real, informed action (whether it is a purchase or otherwise)
What are your thoughts? In your mind what is good content? What are some other components that help produce great content? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!