Why Your AV Content Marketing Probably ‘Sucks’ (And How to Make It More Effective)

The keys to a better pro AV content marketing output are numerous, but simple: consistency, sure, but also much more than that…

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Why Your AV Content Marketing Probably ‘Sucks’ (And How to Make It More Effective)

One of the reasons you really have to alter your approach to pro AV content marketing is the world’s insatiable appetite for on-demand everything. We (and customers!) want whatever it is, whenever we want it, in whatever channel we like best, and we want it all to be easy.

Now, I’m not talking about anything specifically, I’m literally talking about whatever. Be it food, electronics or even information; especially information. If I want to learn to play piano like John Legend, I hit YouTube. If I want to read about world events, I hit up searches on Twitter. If I want to know about events, I just put my query in the “Googler.”

One thing is for sure, I want it now, I want it right, and I want it easy! So do your customers, but when it comes to pro AV marketing, most small businesses (still) suck, and I’m here to give a few pointers as to how you can make it better.

As a small business owner that drives millions of reads to company content every month by doing things (more) right than wrong: here are 10 AV content marketing mistakes I suspect you’re making — and how to fix them.

1. Not Enough Content

It takes quite a bit of content to establish thought leadership and/or community. Your company doesn’t need to post five blogs a day or a week, for that matter. But if you aren’t regularly using content to educate your community, it will be hard to get them to come looking for it.

2. Not Valuable Enough Content

Generic articles that don’t tell people anything they don’t know or give any real reason for them to want to engage closer with your company is the bane of most AV content marketing strategy. Sure, media who make their livings on traffic are benefactors of click bait, but integrators should think less is more and create frequent, high impact content.

3. Lack of Social Media

Social is a tremendous way to get the word out. You don’t need millions of followers, but you do want your customers and prospective customers following you.

If you aren’t sharing and regularly putting out content on social channels, the followers you have won’t be looking for it, or worse, in the age where algorithms rule, they simply won’t see it.

Related: Your Pro AV Marketing Strategy Will Fall Apart Without a Consistent Social Media Plan

4. Too Few Channels

Ten years ago, a blog was enough. Now, you need many channels. Content marketing needs to have product and service pieces, blogs, white papers, videos, podcasts… etc. You need to make sure that people can find you in the channel that they prefer, rather than just the place you prefer or feel comfortable in.

5. Wrong AV Content Marketing Types

Note 4…but add this.:you need to use analytics and figure out what content your company is creating that people benefit from. Video has become a great way to show new ways to use technology, or how amazing a finished integration project is rather than an article telling them.

6. Impatience With Content Strategy

So many companies get excited about content, only to throw in the towel after a few months. There has to be an appetite to build the engine and stick with it. It takes years to build the content machine up to where it is generating demand. But when you turn that corner, you will realize it is the best sleeper sales pro you will ever have or need!

7. Lack of Commitment

Maybe the marketing manager is behind it and maybe they even stick with it, but content is like culture: companies that are documenting their business through articles, social and video have more of a culture-wide appreciation for sharing their story. It can’t just be one or two people, it needs to be rooted in the company DNA.

8. Not Enough Visuals

Maybe I reiterated this a bit in 4 and 5, but people like to look at content. Pictures, infographics and videos are hot. Some people like to read, but a lot just want the cliff notes. Video is a quick way to get a ton of information to people in a friendly format. Also, don’t forget subtitles on all of your videos.

9. Poor SEO (Yep, Still Counts)

Not enough words for this, but just make sure you have someone that knows SEO — click here to read more on that, and check out the video below for a quick primer:

10. Bad or No Funnel Management

Think about a 1:1 selling process. Do you have content that supports a prospect all the way down to an existing customer? How do you get new ideas to the current customer and awareness to a brand-new prospect? Then once you do, how are you tracking their activities? Think about analytics tools and CRM as your best friend for making content marketing activities hummmmm……

The world is on demand. And we want our information now. If you are a small business, and you make customers work too hard to find what they want then your pro AV content marketing efforts will, at best, fail a little bit.

It’s time to treat content like your retail store front. And if you don’t have a store front, it is time to treat it a little more like a 1:1 sales meeting as opposed to throwing “Hail Mary” passes when you are up 2 touchdowns in the first half. Got it? Okay… then onwards, and back to creating great content that educates and inspires.

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I am a principal analyst of Futurum Research and CEO of Broadsuite Media Group. I spend my time researching, analyzing and providing the world’s best and brightest companies with insights as to how digital transformation, disruption, innovation and the experience economy are changing how business is done. Bringing together the technology layer with the human layer, I seek to solve the biggest challenges that companies have today; how to grow, scale, change and adapt to a world where technology and media shift at breakneck speed. So what does this mean? It means that I spend my life learning about what drives people to adopt new technology so I can share those secrets with companies that are ready to take their business to the next level. From keynoting on the world’s largest stages to weekly insights on Forbes, MarketWatch and our owned media properties, my goal is to provide our clients with what they need to know to out innovate and turn disruption from threat, into a business model for success.

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  • Jeremy Birch says:

    The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one. Thanks for calling attention to this stunningly disrespected method of brand building among Pro AV Integrators! 🙂

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