Your Halloween Candy Content Marketing Strategy
Three ways to immediately sweeten your sales through content marketing
Every autumn, there is an ongoing debate regarding whether candy corn is a tasty treat or an uninspired charade of a sweet that tears at the very fabric of our society. The argument over candy corn is a great equalizer as there isn’t much waffling or fence-straddling: you either love it or hate it.
For the record, I think candy corn is horrible. Those tricolored triangles of sorrow have disappointed more people than oatmeal raisin cookies that look WAY too close to their far superior chocolate chip cousins. To be clear, candy corn is nothing more than a sugar/honey amalgamation that provides little joy during autumn or any other season. There is, however, one good use for candy corn: an analogy to leveraging a content marketing strategy to grow your sales.
Yes, I know it’s a bit of a reach, but work with me here.
That tricolored “candy” is a great way to look at how content marketing can positively impact your sales funnel. While the phrase “content marketing” is thrown around much in the same way I throw away candy corn whenever it infiltrates my humble abode, it can genuinely work to fuel your sales funnel and drive conversions. In other words, content should be created and shared with the idea of helping your prospects move through the sales process as efficiently as possible. To truly meld content with your sales funnel, there are three types of content to be created and shared at specific times during the sales journey:
1. Awareness Content (The yellow part of the candy corn): When a prospect isn’t aware of your company or brand, the single job of content is to get it seen using one of these four vehicles in small, fun-sized bites:
If people aren’t aware of your brand, you certainly can’t create the brand preference necessary to build engagement and, ultimately, sales. Before your audience can even have the opportunity to decide whether to buy from you or not, they have to know you exist.
2. Consideration Content (The orange part of the candy corn): Once your target audience is aware of your brand and fully understands your brand message, they are in the consideration phase of the sales process. This is the time to nurture your prospects by educating them on WHY they should work with you, especially in a competitive marketplace. Here is where your shift your content strategy from snackable bites to more of a complete meal by leveraging one (or more) of the following three instruments:
Posts showcasing your work
The main goal during this stage is to showcase your knowledge, your work, and how your organization is at the forefront of the industry. By establishing your brand as an authority, you create the central part of the “why” when your audience makes a purchasing decision.
3. Decision Content (The white part of the candy corn): Once a prospect has indicated they are considering buying from you, it’s time to help them make a decision using two types of decision content: pre-close content and post-close. Pre-close content is critical to making the sale and includes:
Post-close content happens AFTER the sale and targets your already existing clients. Far too many miss this step because they feel that once the deal is closed, the work is done when, in reality, that’s when the work truly begins. Post-close content includes:
Welcoming clients/expressing gratitude
Upselling opportunities such as packaging, delivery, and overall experience
Requesting honest feedback to demonstrate care
Content marketing should be a guiding strategy to efficiently move prospects through your sales funnel and create a replicable blueprint to ensure your clients remain delighted with your services. Creating content without tying it directly to a process that drives conversion rates is not a content marketing strategy - it’s noise. If you don’t employ a solid system for the content to enhance your sales pipeline, the content you generate will be as useless as a handful of candy corn on Halloween night.