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Much like content, the term innovation is everywhere. Companies must innovate, individuals must think and act innovatively. Startups are changing the world through innovation. Think Uber, Tesla, Airbnb and SnapScan, to name a few.
At a workshop presented by the Greater Tygerberg Partnership on 18 November 2015, Patrick Collings, sub-Saharan managing director of Idea Couture, unpacked what innovation means, why it’s important and how it can be achieved because, as he says, “it’s innovation’s time to sit on the strategy throne”.
Some sources reckon we read 50 000 words a day. Others estimate that number to be closer to half a million. Whichever it is, we’re exposed to many words every day.
For anybody using words to grow their business this can be daunting. When it comes to online marketing there’s no time for mincing words. Your copy needs to be clear, concise and creative. It also needs to have a clear tone and style that distinguishes your offering and establishes your identity in some very crowded spaces.
In Part One of this post, we went over the basic SEO boxes your website needs to tick. Think of these as the bare minimum your website must do methodically and consistently in order for Google to rank your site. Ironically, many so-called “SEO specialists” stop here, and a basic website build often (alarmingly) may not even include all of them.
But to leapfrog from SEO circa the 2000s to SEO today, the “bare minimum” is not enough.
So once you’ve ticked your boxes there are a few more magic ingredients, and it starts with this:
Content marketing is the future of SEO
Content marketing is an essential part of growing your brand and business, but it can be a very time-consuming – and even challenging – task if it’s not your main area of expertise.
When it comes to optimising and streamlining your content marketing efforts using the right tool for the job can improve your productivity tenfold
Here are some of our favourite and most frequently used tools. Many of them are free or come at a minimal fee.
“Content marketing is great but I don’t know what my content should be about.”
This a common concern we hear from brand and business owners.
The short answer is that almost anything can be turned into content, so here are some prompts.
In a nutshell SEO – or Search Engine Optimisation – is brought about by Google’s search engine indexing your site, and it recognising that your website and its content is relevant to people’s searches.
Content marketing is a cost-effective and authentic way to bring your audience closer to your brand. Here are five reasons your brand should be investing in content marketing.