Bill Gates authored an article titled “Content is King” in 1996. He projected that content would be “where the majority of the actual money” is on the internet. But is this marketing technique still relevant in 2023?
After so many years of proclaiming content to be king, we can safely state that content continues to rule supreme, and if approached correctly, it has the potential to fundamentally revolutionize your brand’s capacity to reach consumers and deliver desired results.
So, why do we continue to assume that “content is king?”
Here are some indicators that content is still king in 2023 and will be for the foreseeable future. But first, let’s define the purpose of content marketing.
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The goal of Content Marketing
Content marketing refers to marketing that entails developing and distributing online content intended to attract its audience to a brand’s website rather than just advertise it. Storytelling and knowledge sharing help to raise brand recognition. The objective is to entice readers to take a step toward becoming clients, such as seeking more information, signing up for a newsletter, or completing a purchase.
Content marketing is about providing value to the customer rather than just selling a brand. Examples include blog postings, digital books, white papers, podcasts, digital videos, and other forms of content marketing. With content marketing, we may establish a long-term connection with our customers, leading to multiple purchases over time.
Why is content still king in 2023?
Content still holds its place atop the marketing world in 2023. And there are no signs that it’s in danger of being knocked from its lofty throne any time sooner. Here are 10 compelling reasons why content is indeed still king, and its reign promises to continue well into the future.
Google Values High-Quality Content
According to most poll respondents, content is still king since Google values content. According to a survey of over 11 million SERPs, the average word count for sites ranking on Google’s first page is 1,447. This illustrates the importance of information on Google.
Furthermore, high-quality content is essential for ranking highly on Google. You can use social listening to analyze what your customers are looking for and then craft your content according to what you find.
People Are Over Advertising
Takeovers, videos, banners, and other forms of digital advertising are becoming less effective. More and more people use ad blockers to combat the issue of ad fraud.
Businesses confront the problem of developing new methods to contact their customers in a way that makes them happy rather than infuriated.
According to Rose Burberry-Martin, Marketing Coordinator at Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick, this is where content marketing comes in. Content marketing provides information, entertainment, education, and usefulness. It is also an individual’s choice to read the content and should not be imposed on them.
Increases brand awareness
One of the many aspects that affect the development and success of any organization is consistency in the brand message. Big companies understand how to consistently convey their brand at every consumer touchpoint.
The same logic applies to content marketing: our content must have a distinct and distinguishable voice, style, and pitch across all distribution platforms. Consistent content increases the brand’s credibility, fosters trust, and fortifies our reputation.
Big companies understand how to consistently convey their brand at every consumer touchpoint. The same logic applies to content marketing: our content must have a distinct and distinguishable voice, style, and pitch across all distribution platforms.Click to Tweet
Content aids in keyword optimization
According to our poll, 15.3 percent of respondents believe content is king since it aids in keyword optimization. This makes sense, given that keywords are the foundation of SEO. However, keyword optimization extends beyond inserting them in your meta titles and repeating them as often as possible in your content.
In reality, because of Google changes like RankBrain and Hummingbird, the conventional technique of selecting keywords is no longer viable.
Marketers used to choose a single keyword (typically one with low competition and high search traffic), write an article about it, distribute it through email and social media, do some link building, and voila, Google rankings.
It’s not that easy these days. Google has become smarter, and consumers have become more knowledgeable. You can’t simply post a boatload of SEO material and expect to rank for “how to do SEO.”
To rank highly on Google, you should instead concentrate on relevant keywords, long-tail keywords, and user experience.
You should also ensure that your site’s speed is adequate.
Writing high-quality, valuable content is still one of the most significant things in keyword optimization—don’t forget about the other variables that influence rankings.
Unique content may boost conversions
Conversions are influenced by the content we publish. It allows our audience to interact with us and provides them with the knowledge they need to make informed purchases.
Furthermore, suppose we are utilizing blog material to drive traffic. In that case, we should try employing unique visuals rather than stock photographs since marketers indicate that the latter is the least successful in assisting them in meeting their objectives.
Furthermore, our content should always have a CTA and direct the reader on what to do next.
Marketing in Real Time
The time and days of marketing campaigns being locked down ahead of time are long gone. Real-time marketing is a big problem for many firms in delivering excellent customer service, remaining relevant, and giving relevance and direction as events occur.
With all of this comes ongoing challenges and the possibility of huge benefits like newsworthiness, relevancy, and being at the forefront of the audience’s thoughts.
Preparing and carrying out real-time marketing requires laser-focused, strategically planned content, training, triage, and tight engagement with all other departments apart from marketing, such as legal.
Content is everywhere
Content can be discovered everywhere, from beacons to sensors to the “Internet of Things” and everything else in between. We’re approaching the stage when almost everything, from apparel and appliances to sites and automobiles, will incorporate content.
Businesses have already begun to engage with product departments and IT to produce content that is very much based on people’s way of life, what they do, and where they are while doing it.
SEO content optimization
When it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), content is king. We can’t improve our marketing strategy’s search engine rating unless we use content properly.
In contrast to sponsored techniques, SEO generates natural, organic traffic. This traffic may originate from various online searches, including news, picture, video, and keyword searches.
This takes us to the significance of SEO in content. Simply said, our sites or pages will not rank or get discovered if they lack content.
Naturally, our material must be timely, high-quality, and well-crafted. Google’s algorithms are constantly improving to provide consumers with the best possible experience.
Our content will appear in search results as long as it fits the standards set forth by the major search engines.
Google will like us more if we have more high-quality content. That is why effective SEO is required. Our SEO approach will aid in getting our content seen.
And the only way to properly leverage SEO is via our content. It’s a mixture of two items that should complement each other. The SEO value of our content is determined by how informative, entertaining, engaging, and helpful it is.
Allow us to differentiate ourselves from the competition
Any content marketing plan will have one overarching goal: to differentiate ourselves from the crowd and our competitors.
Effective content will demonstrate why our brand and its services are unique to our readers. The ability to make our brand seem distinct and fascinating validates the concept that content is king. We may be as unique as we want with content!
When our target audience searches for a service or product, they are seeking a solution to their issues or solutions to meet their demands. We will address this problem(s) and present our unique solutions in our writing.
Brilliant content may help us differentiate our business from the competition. Our content’s tone, language, and feel will all work together to give our brand a personality.
Of course, there is a lot that goes into producing content. Content marketing allows us to showcase our brand’s unique personality, which is exactly what customers desire – personality and fun. Give them what they want.
Content is the cornerstone of every digital marketing campaign
A robust content strategy is essential if we want to begin a digital marketing campaign. The content of the sites listed in search results is the rationale for Search Engine Optimization.
PPC relies on content since it creates the welcome pages that drive people to our adverts.
Content includes the blog posts we publish on social media, the sites we optimize, and the phrases we use online to improve our reputation.
Whatever we want to do, content is the foundation.
Content includes the blog posts we publish on social media, the sites we optimize, and the phrases we use online to improve our reputation. Whatever we want to do, content is the foundation.Click to Tweet
We have repeatedly seen how important content is for brand development, awareness, legitimacy, and sales.
All of the above factors demonstrate the significance of content and why it is still regarded as “king.”
However, it must be presented entertainingly to get the most out of the material.
As a result, we must understand our target audience, supply them with relevant information, and ensure that the content is accurate, all of which will contribute to the brand’s reputation and growth.
Urmi Doshi is an expert in crafting content marketing strategies for SAAS tools and also an experienced digital marketer. She has been passionately working in this field for more than five years and has scaled various tools using her analytic skills. Currently, she is working as an assistant marketing manager with Konnect Insights, which is an omnichannel customer experience management and social listening tool.