Brand awareness is more than people simply recognizing your business name or your logo.
True brand awareness entails your audience getting to know the personality behind your brand and what makes you different from your competitors.
It’s vital to build brand awareness because consumers are much more likely to buy from a brand they know and trust than one that’s new to them.
A research study found that over 80% of people searching for a product on Google chose to click on websites they were already familiar with, regardless of their position in the results.
Content marketing can be a highly effective way to build brand awareness. With every piece of branded content an individual sees, they become more familiar with your brand. But while exposure is important, it’s not the only factor at play.
Content can help to build your brand in several different ways.
- Content marketing is an excellent way to demonstrate knowledge and expertise and build trust with your audience.
- The more content you publish, the more exposure you give your brand. Every piece of content has the potential to widen your audience.
- Your content is an important part of your overall brand and can be used to amplify your brand voice and reinforce your commitment to your brand values.
1. Demonstrating Authority and Expertise
By regularly publishing informative and educational content that helps to solve your audience’s problems, you demonstrate the fact that you know what you’re talking about as an expert in your industry.
For example, take a look at the blog published by marketing and CRM software company, HubSpot.
HubSpot publishes a lot of detailed and useful articles on subjects such as content marketing, web design, email marketing, SEO, and customer experience.
Most of these articles are not written with the aim of selling more software licenses. Nor, indeed do they even mention the products and services that the company sells.
This informational content is not published with the aim of making more sales, but rather to share knowledge and cement HubSpot’s position as an authority in the area of digital marketing.
The audience reading HubSpot’s blog may not immediately be looking for a marketing software solution. However, with each piece of content they read, they’ll build a stronger association between the HubSpot brand and marketing knowledge.
If at some point in the future they are in the market for a CRM or marketing automation software, they’ll already have HubSpot in mind and be confident in the brand’s experience and knowledge.
2. Building Trust
Consistently publishing helpful information for your audience not only helps to demonstrate your expertise and authority but is also vital for gaining the trust of your target audience.
People don’t like to feel like they’re being sold to or that brands only have an interest in gaining their business.
Content marketing means publishing content that’s not sales focused and demonstrates you care about your audience and their problems, rather than just making the sale.
The more content your audience reads and the better they get to know your brand, the more likely they will be to trust you. The more they trust you, the more likely they are to spend money with you in the future.
3. Fleshing Out Your Brand Personality
Many brands offer very similar products and services, often at similar prices. Your brand personality is what distinguishes you from your competitors and builds relationships and loyalty with your customers.
Your content should reflect your brand values and mission. It should demonstrate what you offer beyond the products and services you sell.
Every piece of content you publish should also reflect your brand tone and voice. Whether this is fun and friendly, creative and quirky, or confident and informative depends on your audience, the industry you’re in, and how you want to position your brand.
To get this all right, it’s important to have a clear and defined brand, mission, value, voice, and content strategy that pulls it all together. Skipping over any of these steps will result in content that doesn’t have a clear voice or personality, and your brand will be weakened as a result.
4. Increasing Brand Exposure and Mentions
Every piece of content you publish gives you a new opportunity to expand your audience and reach more eyes.
Publishing content around the topics that your audience and customers are interested in is a highly effective way to boost your SEO. This means your site is more likely to come up in searches for keywords related to your business. The more content you publish, the more chances you have of showing up in search results.
Good content can help you to attract traffic from many other sources apart from search engines.
People share high-quality content on social media. Social media mentions are doubly effective because they not only help you to reach a wider audience, but a social share acts as a vote of confidence and demonstrates that others trust in your brand too.
This is increasingly important these days where 83% of consumers say they are more likely to buy a product or service if it is recommended by a friend or family member.
5. Building Customer Loyalty
Content marketing is not only important for attracting new customers but also to keep the customers you already have.
Strengthening relationships with your customers is also important for building your brand. When customers are loyal to your brand, they are more likely to recommend it to others.
Consistently publishing new content is a great way to stay in touch with your existing customers, keep your brand on their mind, and give them more opportunities to share your content and products with others.
6. Engaging Your Audience with Brand Storytelling
Everyone loves a good story. So it’s no surprise that much of the most successful content on the web involves some element of storytelling.
Likewise, some of the world’s most successful brands have a great story behind them. Just look at Apple (founded by college dropouts out of a garage) or Toms shoes (inspired by the travels of the founder and the barefoot children he met along the way).
If you can use content to tell the story of your brand in an engaging way, you’ll build an emotional connection with your audience that will make them want to read more, interact more, and buy more from your brand.
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