How important is content marketing to home improvement businesses? According to a recent study, 3 in 4 small businesses are planning to boost their content marketing efforts in 2013.
According to BusinessBolts.com, 74% are currently using content marketing tactics and three-quarters of the small businesses they surveyed said they planned to do more this year. And they stated that only 4% had no plans to do any content marketing at all.
The most popular ways to get content out there was by writing articles, adding social media content, and using blogs.
What does this mean for contractors and home pros? ‘
Content marketing is a great way for you to generate more leads at a very low cost. You can share your knowledge, ideas, and expertise in articles, on your blog, or on your Facebook page. These efforts always help prove you know what you’re talking about and that potential customers can trust you.
As you add content to your marketing mix, you’ll be using powerful keyword phrases that make the search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo!) happy and this will improve your web presence. And if the content is popular, people will link to your site which helps drive more traffic and improves your search engine optimization (SEO) rankings. Which can, in turn, bring in more leads and sales.
All for a very low cost. Most of the businesses in the BusinessBolts.com survey estimated that they spent under $100 on content marketing per month and only 11% spent more than $500.
What can you write articles or blog posts about to increase the number of incoming leads?
Provide tips on how homeowners can:
- Save money
- Discover new products
- Lower energy bills
- Improve home value
- Live more comfortably
- Sell their home more quickly
- Understand project costs
The list could be endless but you can see how topics like these would interest your online visitors. You can add pictures or videos to each blog post or article to enhance the experience.
And don’t forget to post links back to your posts or articles on all your social media platforms to increase exposure and links back to your site.