In a previous article, we talked about how SEO might not always work. Sometimes we find ourselves in a never-ending circle of keyword brainstorming and evaluating with little to no results. This is where a solid distribution strategy comes in.
Let's take a look at 9 different distribution channels that will help get your content in front of your target audience. Before we begin, we created a list of 45+ distribution tactics. Click here to view, no opt-in needed!
With well over 2.19 billion users, Facebook is the reigning king when it comes to social distribution channels. The sheer volume of daily active users gives businesses (big or small) ample opportunity to connect with their audience. This is an exceptional tool to enhance your brand's visibility and your audience’s engagement.
Further, joining relevant Facebook groups is always a good idea as it might help you find, engage, and build relationships with members of your target audience. (Click here to join our exclusive Facebook Group!)
If your budget allows it, consider using Facebook Ads. Here, you can upload existing lists into the platform or try retargeting all together to reach your audience.
Another exceptional Facebook tool that will help you reach a broader audience are Lookalike Audiences.
According to Facebook, “Lookalike Audiences let you find more people who are similar to your best customers. It’s a great way to use the insights you’ve gained from your Facebook marketing to find more people who’ll love your products and services.”
For more reading on Facebook, check out the links below:
- 36 Facebook Marketing Tips To Help Maximize Your Efforts
- The Fall of Facebook Engagement: What Should You Do Next?
- 67 Things You Need to Know When Creating a Facebook Ad Campaign
Instagram leverages the power of hashtags to bring visibility to your content. Additionally, it is an excellent platform for finding influencers to help increase your brand's awareness. Running paid advertising and sharing posts with links and CTA might go a long way to increase engagement as well as visibility.
Posting on Instagram might be one of the easiest actions to take, yet one of the hardest to generate an effective result. In essence, Instagram is simply a photo and video sharing tool. All you have to do is upload an image to your account. (This is the easy part.)
The hard part is understanding what kinds of photos, captions, and even filters work best. As a business, you will find that Instagram best serves as a branding tool (although it is also very capable of driving traffic like we mentioned above.)
If you're looking for quick visibility, consider influencer marketing. Instagram influencers can cost hundreds of dollars but a good starting point is Fiverr. (Low risk, high reward.)
For more reading on Instagram, check out the links below:
- How To Create A Business Page On Instagram To Attract More Customers
- This Instagrammer Built 10 Million Followers - Here's How You Can Too
- Instagram For Business: Five Lessons (I Learned) to Get More Followers
- 3 Types of Posts to Help You Get Followers on Instagram
- 11 Ways to Optimize Your Instagram for Business
Twitter is one of the best platforms to use if you’re looking to amplify your blog. To master this medium, you need to be concise and to the point. Limited to only 280 characters, be sure to include a short message, a shortened link back to your website/blog you want to promote, and of course a (#) hashtag.
Furthermore, adding an image to your post can go a long way in helping you generate additional traffic. In fact, a study shows, “Tweets with images receive 150% more retweets than tweets without an image.”
If you’re also promoting a new long-post article or want more awareness to a specific web page, you can always try ‘pinning’ the tweet to the top to grab visitors’ attention.
Twitter can be an effective tool in your digital marketing arsenal. Use it wisely to leverage content curation, share your original posts, retweet relevant and interesting articles, and reply to those sharing your content.
For more reading on Twitter, check out the links below:
- Instantly Improve Your Twitter Marketing With These 7 Twitter Tips!
- Twitter Optimization: Creating A Winning Twitter Page
- Twitter Engagement - Why You Should Pay Close Attention
- 24 Tips To Help You Maximize Your Twitter Marketing Strategy
- The Twitter Page Template That Helped Me Gain 17k Followers
- Improve Your Business Use of Twitter with These Steps
This social platform allows you to create a board of all the content you have created and “pin” it for users to see. However, it might not be for everyone. Pinterest is another “visual” medium, so make sure your content is full of imagery. Another possible tactic is to repurpose some of your blog posts into infographics and draw your audience's attention.
Furthermore, like Instagram, Pinterest is also an excellent tool for finding influencers with a significant following. We will explain more about the importance of influencers in just a bit.
This social platform will allow you to share your content within your niche communities and groups, and utilize your existing email or contact lists for further promotion via the networking platform. You could even write a blog on LinkedIn that will divert traffic back to your site, or gain an influencer's attention by tagging them within your status updates.
It is important to understand that “serious” and “business” do not equal “bland”. LinkedIn’s users might be more “corporate” but that doesn’t mean your posts should be strict and simple. Add an image, links, a short description, and generally make your post appealing so it can stand out and get more visibility.
For more reading on LinkedIn, check out the links below:
- 7 LinkedIn Tools to Boost Your Performance
- 4 Tactics for a Better LinkedIn Content Strategy
- 20 LinkedIn Marketing Tips To Help You Grow Your Business
Owned by LinkedIn, SlideShare is an excellent site to leverage if you have repurposed your content into a slideshow presentation or an infographic.
Before moving on, let’s briefly address something.
You might have noticed that we used the term “repurpose” a few times already. For those who are unfamiliar with the phrase, repurposing content means taking one of your older posts and altering its format so it can be used again. For instance, common repurposing methods include transforming a blog post into:
If you are interested in this topic, check out this article for insight on all you need to know about The Art of Repurposing Content.
7. Distribution Through Email
If you have a relatively new or small business, you might be thinking that it is a bit unrealistic to use email marketing for content distribution. While it might seem that way, we beg to differ. Even if you have 2-3 contacts in your email list, share your content with them. In turn, they might share it with their contacts or social followers, and before you know it, views and traffic might start flowing in.
The same goes for those with an already established list; utilize it, share your quality content with your subscribers.
For anyone interested in building an email based campaign here is a cool little tool for you.
MailChimp allows you to create contact lists, monitor your subscribers' interests, utilize customizable templates to form unique emails or lead magnets, and finally schedule dates for your content to be distributed to all or select members of your list. Moreover, there is a free and paid version available to suit every budget time.
Before we move on; if you currently have very few subscribers or are just looking for ways to increase your contact database, check out this article talking about the importance of link building.
For more reading on email marketing, check out the links below:
- Our Favorite Email Marketing Tools
- 13 Email Marketing Tips for Killer Campaigns
- 5 Elements For Writing An Effective Holiday Email Marketing Campaign
- The Importance of Email List Building
8. Guest Blogging
While not widely talked about, guest blogging is one of the most popular ways to get noticed and reach out to a new audience. By publishing your content on other (oftentimes more established) websites, you can significantly increase your brand awareness, build backlinks to increase your website/blog’s traffic, and even generate referral traffic.
9. Realizing the Power of Influencers
Influencer marketing has gone from a buzzword to one of the most successful content distribution and online growth strategies in mere months. The main benefit of building relationships and targeting influencers is getting access to their engaged audience.
Influencers already have a large, active audience that trusts them and views them as an authority. If your content is shared, or even mentioned by an established influencer you can expect:
- Significant increases in your thought leadership and authority within your industry
- A sizable boost in exposure, visibility, and traffic
- Much greater engagement (backlinks, shares, likes, retweets, etc.)
- Enhanced social proof
- Fast results
To reap these benefits, you will need to build quality relationships with the right kinds of influencers. It’s not a one size fits all approach, you will need to find influencers that are a good fit for your content and brand.
Unfortunately, the way to do this is beyond the scope of this article but we got you covered. Click here to find out all you need to know about influencer marketing and how to leverage its power.
For more reading on influencer marketing, check out the links below:
- 6 Things You Need To Know for Influencer Marketing in 2018
- The 10 Step Recipe for Influencer Marketing Success
- 5 Steps to Unlocking the Power of Influencer Marketing
- The 8 Step Influencer Marketing Strategy To Help You Get To The Top
- Influencer Marketing [It Starts With This Step!]
Generating traffic isn't the easiest thing in the world. If it were, we wouldn't be here talking about it! So don't get discouraged if these tactics don't work on the first try. Building an audience that wants to come back and read your posts takes time.
We hope you found this article useful, if you have any further questions or comments feel free to contact us.
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