Increasing an Audience Starts With Great Content… but it Doesn’t End There

Valuacontent strategyble, thought-provoking content is a must for building an audience, but just throwing that content online won’t get you much attention. To gain a loyal readership that really engages with your construction company’s online content, you’ll need to put some effort into connecting with your audience.

Reach Out to Your Market

Directly interacting with people in your target audience is one of the best ways to make sure your content gets seen. Instead of just posting your own content to your social media accounts, get involved with your target readers by “liking,” replying to, and sharing their posts. When you leave a comment, make it something meaningful that will stand out.

Build a list of active blogs that cover your construction specialty and when you spot a new post that might attract your target readers, stop by to leave a thoughtful comment.

If there’s a forum where your ideal clients go for guidance on their building projects, make it a point to contribute your expertise there. Once you build a good reputation with the regulars, occasionally share links to your content when you think it might help someone.

Network with Industry Pros

Cooperating with other businesses lets you tap into existing audiences to build your own. Plumbers, electricians, and other contractors, building materials suppliers, architects and civil engineers, interior decorators and landscapers can all help get more eyes on your content.

Look for complementary businesses that share your target audience and put yourself on their radar by commenting on their blog and social media posts, and sharing their work with your audience.

After a few weeks, send a personalized email to let them know about any blog posts or other content you might have that would benefit readers. You can even involve them in your content creation by asking for a quote or conducting an interview. Offering to write a guest post is another effective way to attract their readers’ to your content in a way that benefits everyone involved. 

Building on Your Content Base to Build Your Brand

build your brand with contentYour construction company’s brand isn’t just your logo and tagline, but also the information you provide your audience. A solid base of valuable content helps your potential clients understand what your brand is all about.

Focus on Your Clients’ Needs

Start building your content base by creating five to 10 long-form blog posts that provide timeless, valuable guidance. For each one, focus on answering one of the most pressing questions your ideal client might have.

Once you have ideas on what to write about, choose a format for each post. Depending on the topic, your post might be a step-by-step how-to, a quick-start guide, a media-based post with photos and videos from your portfolio or a statistics-based post about current best practices.

Sharing stories of your clients’ successes is an especially effective way to showcase your brand’s best attributes and pull in leads. Outline a problem your client had, then detail how you solved it and what benefits your client gained from your solution.

Develop Your Content with Care

When you’re ready to write, go beyond your own knowledge and experience. Include hard data from reputable sources along with your own analysis and consider interviewing other experts. To garner the most backlinks and shares, you’ll want to aim for at least 2000 words per post, so it helps to draw in material from a variety of sources.

Throughout your content, weave in examples of what your brand stands for. If you want to be known for comprehensive home renovation services, mention the hard-to-find services you offer or describe how you’ve guided clients through the entire design, production, and construction process. Finally, remember to lead your readers toward the action you want them to take, whether that’s downloading a case study or calling you to schedule a meeting.

Once you have your first foundational content online, focus on promoting what you have, but don’t stop building your base. Following an editorial calendar can help you find time to create more high-quality content.

4 Ways To Reuse Existing Content To Generate Leads

repurpose contentCreating useful content on a topic as technical and specialized as construction takes a lot of effort, but it doesn’t have to be an unending slog. When you reuse existing content, you get more value from your work and more ways to reach new leads.

  1. Put it on video – Video helps you reach potential clients who’d rather sit back and listen than read through your website. Instead of creating new content for your videos, base them on the blog posts and articles you already have. End each one with a call to action that encourages viewers to get in touch. Then share your videos on sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Instagram to reach leads who haven’t found your website yet.
  2. Develop a mini-course – A blog post series covering a complex topic can be overwhelming and off-putting to some prospects. By breaking that information down into a three- or five-part minicourse delivered by email, you’ll have a better chance of getting through to them. You’ll also have a new lead magnet that encourages your visitors to hand over their contact information.
  3. Build guest posts – Having your content published on other construction industry blogs and sites is a time-efficient way to reach a new pool of potential leads. Think of a few topics you know well, contact blogs that cover those topics and ask if they’d be interested in a guest post. When you get a bite, reuse existing content by mixing and matching to put together a top-notch post fast.
  4. Create infographics – Few things are as shareable as infographics. An eye-catching infographic packed with useful, interesting data can extend your reach on social media and get your name in front of new potential leads. Choose a topic you’ve already written about and pull some related statistics, facts, and tips from your content. There are online services that let you make simple infographics, but a graphic designer can create images that better express your brand identity.

 

How To Use Branded Content To Generate Leads

brand marketing strategyIn today’s crowded construction market, traditional ads aren’t always enough to get your firm’s brand noticed. By using branded content wisely, you can not only reach a wider audience, but also connect better with your ideal prospects so they’ll be more likely to contact you.

Focus on Quality

For your content to garner any attention at all, it must offer real value. You’ll get more leads out of a single piece of well-made content than a dozen articles that blandly repeat facts your audience already knows.

Take the time to create content that’s not just informative, but also entertaining or inspiring. Aim to create content that resonates with your audience on an emotional level, not just an intellectual one. It’s this emotional aspect that sets branded content apart from ordinary content marketing material.

Using branded content doesn’t have to be limited to publishing blog posts, photos of your projects, and video tours of your job sites, either. An unusual format, such as a music video, a game, or a series of interviews can do a lot to set you apart from other construction firms and intrigue your audience enough that they make the effort to get in touch with you.

Guide Your Audience to You

While branded content can get your name in front of your target audience, it won’t necessarily bring you leads unless you steer your audience in the right direction. Your branding can be subtle or direct, but there must be some way for your audience to connect the content with your firm.

End your articles with a note about who created the content, with or without a call to action. In your videos, place your logo in the corner or create a simple outro that introduces your firm. If you prefer a more modest approach, include a link in the video description that leads viewers to a page where they can learn more about how the video was made and how your services fit in.

How To Make Content The Cornerstone Of Your Marketing Strategy

content marketing strategyBecause traditional ads tend to get lost in the shuffle online, valuable content is an essential component of an effective marketing strategy. If you plan to base your marketing on content, first spend some time determining what, when, and where you’ll publish.

Focus on Your Audience’s Interests

For your online content to do its job of attracting your ideal clients and convincing them to work with you, it must be tailored to your audience’s needs. Aim to provide real benefits. Your content might get your readers up to speed on new construction trends, help them understand the differences between certain types of building material or explain complex regulations.

Start by creating content that addresses the most common questions you receive. Look at the content you’ve already published, too. Which blog posts have received the most comments and which social media posts see the most likes, shares, and replies? Use polls, surveys, and simple direct questions to ask your website visitors and email list readers what they want to learn more about. Invest in keyword research software to find the phrases your potential clients search for.

Develop a Publishing Plan

An effective marketing strategy demands consistency and that consistency is easier to maintain when you work from an editorial calendar. Create a calendar that covers your:

  • Website
  • Blog
  • Email list
  • And social media profiles

Be sure to also include a balanced mix of text, images, and video. Maximize your efforts by repurposing your content for different platforms. Your Instagram images can provide inspiration for a blog post. The information in that blog post can become the basis for a video.

Aim to plan at least three months ahead if not farther. That gives you time to develop seasonal content as well as content related to upcoming events. Using post scheduling software will save you time, but tailor your posts to each platform.

Valuable content is an excellent basis for an effective marketing strategy, but you’ll need to stay consistent and focus on your audience’s needs to get the best results.