importance of relevant content in business marketing

Content Isn’t Everything. It’s The Only Thing.

Gee Ranasinha Advertising, Business, Communications, Marketing, Social Media

For most businesses, where is the first contact point between the company and a prospective customer? Before they see your ad, read your postcard mailer or receive the sales cold call, the first engagement point with your company is most probably your website. So why don’t more companies take their website seriously? I don’t (just) mean the design and having up-to-date information on your business value offering – i.e. whatever it is that you sell. I mean having content on there that existing and prospective customers want to read. I mean having a ongoing and regular program of delivering new content that your audience will find interesting. So interesting that they’ll come back again, to consume even more of it. Today, before a customer buys your product or service, they “buy” into your company. They listen to your story, why you do what you do – why you sell, as much as what you sell. I’ll bet you that, just as with our company, one of the most clicked-on pages on your website is the “About Us” page. If your company’s brand persona resonates with your customers, then (all things being equal) they’ll be more likely to buy from you …

"Enchantment" business book by Guy Kawasaki

Review: “Enchantment” by Guy Kawasaki

Gee Ranasinha Business, Communications, Customer Service, Marketing, Social Media

Spend any time on the web looking into business, marketing, leadership or sales and ten will get you five that you’ll run into Guy Kawasaki. Most people associate Guy with his time as Chief Evangelist at Apple. However, Guy’s time there was more than 20 years ago, when Apple was a very different company to the behemoth that it is today. Nowadays, Guy’s involved in a variety of projects such as founding a venture capital fund and the Alltop content aggregation site. In between all of that Guy speaks at various events, blogs and writes books. It’s a wonder how the man finds time to sleep. Today, most industries – and many companies – have become commoditized in the minds of their clientele. To build mindshare – and market share – organizations need to find honest and genuine ways to delight, seduce, to enchant their customer base to gain recognition, reputation and (above all) TRUST. This is the premise of Guy’s latest book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, a preview copy of which I received not so long ago. The premise of the book is a ‘how-to’ guide on increasing your company’s influence on new and …

keeping your social media fans happy

Keeping Your Fans Happy With New Content

Gee Ranasinha Advertising, Communications, Customer Service, Marketing, PR, Social Media

So, you blog regularly. Maybe you tweet as well. Perhaps you have a company Facebook fan page too. Good for you. Well done. By now you may have seen tangible results from your efforts. More and more people are reading your content. Maybe you’ve converted interest into leads, and into sales. Hopefully you’ve taken my advice and have a content strategy in place that helps you and your colleagues keep that social media ship on course. You’ve got followers, fans and evangelists and they like what you do. They’re on your side. But there’s a problem. Your most devout followers have been reading your stuff all of these months and, by now, they pretty much have a handle on what you’re saying. The problem is, that you’re saying the same thing again and again. Your most loyal of followers are being done a disservice since they feel that they’re reading the same message – even if it is being regurgitated and rewritten 101 different ways. They’re not being pushed, challenged, educated or informed any more. You’ve made your point to them – and they’ve got it. The only question now is how long they’ll continue to hang around reading your stuff …