What Readers Want During COVID-19: Content Ideas for Every Niche

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Posted by amandamilligan This is a stressful time to say the least. Everything is impacted by COVID-19 in some way, including our work. Once we’ve taken time to acknowledge how lucky we are to work in digital, it’s time to assess if our current content strategy needs any adjusting based on current events. Many marketers are finding themselves: Wanting to write about something topical Needing to add more content to their calendars At a loss for how to contribute at a time like this So, I spent hours using Ubersuggest , putting myself in the shoes of various Americans. I tested a variety of keywords to see which ones have exhibited a trend during the COVID-19 outbreak and might warrant some attention from content marketers. The results below are for the term “Coronavirus,” so for the other keywords identified, I looked for a noticeable spike in the months of January, February, and March to make sure they matched up accordingly. My findings reveal potential topic ideas for several primary industries. See if any provide inspiration for high-quality content you can create in the coming months. Travel I’ll start with one of the industries hardest hit by this pandemic: travel. This was a tough one, as more and more people are understandably opting for driving, walking, or biking to get around, and are no longer relying on air travel or public transportation as trips and work get cancelled. However, I identified a few key opportunities. Travel insurance While it had an increase in the summer months, interest in the topic of travel insurance has risen back up again. Perhaps those who have to travel want to make sure they’re covered if they get sick, or maybe those who canceled travel want to see what their insurance covers. In either case, people are looking for information about travel insurance and how it can help them. Train travel It seems that train travel falls into an ambiguous category that people are asking about. I’m not here to say whether it’s safe or not (as that is obviously not my area of expertise). As we’ve all heard, it’s best not to travel at all, but perhaps your brand can offer some clarity in this regard and offer alternatives. Virtual travel For everyone stuck at home but still grappling with wanderlust, how can they still explore from the couch? Virtual travel seems to be gaining …

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Benchmark for Success: What Your Vertical Can Achieve With Content Marketing

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Posted by Domenica You’ve produced a piece of content you thought was going to be a huge success, but the results were underwhelming. You double and triple checked the content for all the crucial elements: it’s newsworthy, data-driven, emotional, and even a bit controversial , but it failed to “go viral”. Your digital PR team set out to pitch it, but writers didn’t bite. So, what's next? Two questions you might ask yourself are: Do I have unrealistic link expectations for my link-building content? Is my definition of success backed by data-driven evidence? Fractl has produced thousands of content marketing campaigns across every topic — sports, entertainment, fashion, home improvement, relationships — you name it. We also have several years’ worth of campaign performance data that we use to learn from our successes and mistakes . In this article, I’m going to explain how businesses and agencies across seven different …

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How Using Emotional Marketing in Content Can Help Drive Way More Sales

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Whether you care to admit it or not, the decisions you make today will be driven by your emotions. In emotional marketing, we talk a lot about using psychological triggers to get customers to click, convert, engage, etc. “By leveraging common psychological triggers all people have,” you might hear, “you can drive more sales.” While it may feel like we make decisions with our minds, using logic and reasoning, the “mental triggers” we hear about are tied more to emotion than anything else. Case in point, Antonio Damasio spent time studying individuals with damage to the area of the brain where emotions were generated and processed. While these subjects functioned just like anyone else, they couldn’t feel emotion. The other thing they had in common was they all had trouble with making decisions. Even simple decisions about what to eat proved difficult. While they could describe what they should be …

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How-To Content Isn’t Going Anywhere (and What That Means for Your Strategy)

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Posted by amandamilligan I’m a big fan of the Lore podcast, and in a recent episode , the host discussed a book called the Malleus Maleficarum. Two words starting with the “mal” prefix doesn’t sound super friendly, right? Well, the book is essentially a guide on how to identify witches and conduct witch trials. It turned out to have quite the horrible impact on society — as we’ve learned in history classes — but the host notes that it’s also one of the first how-tos ever written. And it was published in 1486, ore than 500 years ago. How-to content isn’t new, and from what I can tell, it isn’t going anywhere. Look at how many search results come back when you narrow content down to titles including “how to.”   It’s not just that there’s a ton of this type of content, either. People want to read it. …

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How-To Content Isn’t Going Anywhere (and What That Means for Your Strategy)

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Posted by amandamilligan I’m a big fan of the Lore podcast, and in a recent episode , the host discussed a book called the Malleus Maleficarum. Two words starting with the “mal” prefix doesn’t sound super friendly, right? Well, the book is essentially a guide on how to identify witches and conduct witch trials. It turned out to have quite the horrible impact on society — as we’ve learned in history classes — but the host notes that it’s also one of the first how-tos ever written. And it was published in 1486, more than 500 years ago. How-to content isn’t new, and from what I can tell, it isn’t going anywhere. Look at how many search results come back when you narrow content down to titles including “how to.”   It’s not just that there’s a ton of this type of content, either. People want to read it. …

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Blog Topics: How to find Your Sweet Spot (Even in a Boring Niche)

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Posted by DaisyQ I hate to tell you, but Googling “blog topic ideas” is not going to give you the content you should be creating. Not all content is created equal. Letting the internet tell you what to blog about leads to mediocrity. Mediocrity is fine in some cases, like forcing yourself to show up at the gym at 5:00 p.m. when you’d much rather call it a day. But if you’re going to try and stand out in the very crowded search results page, you won’t stand a chance. The reality is, it’s hard The web is overrun with companies that have bigger budgets than you and can churn out content every day. Meanwhile, you’re lucky to get a blog post out once a month. Where you put your time can make or break your digital efforts. How do you compete? What content will grow your traffic month after …

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Blog Topics: How to find Your Sweet Spot (Even in a Boring Niche)

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Posted by DaisyQ I hate to tell you, but Googling “blog topic ideas” is not going to give you the content you should be creating. Not all content is created equal. Letting the internet tell you what to blog about leads to mediocrity. Mediocrity is fine in some cases, like forcing yourself to show up at the gym at 5:00 p.m. when you’d much rather call it a day. But if you’re going to try and stand out in the very crowded search results page, you won’t stand a chance. The reality is, it’s hard The web is overrun with companies that have bigger budgets than you and can churn out content every day. Meanwhile, you’re lucky to get a blog post out once a month. Where you put your time can make or break your digital efforts. How do you compete? What content will grow your traffic month after …

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The Trade Offs of Buying Instagram Followers

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Like any shortcut, buying Instagram followers can be very tempting. And why not? Just look at these ads: “Get 100% real Instagram followers within 10 minutes!” “Pay only $5 for 500 followers.” “Increase your Instagram following by 25% at shockingly low rates!“ See? Tempting. But let us warn you – don’t give in . These shortcuts are never worth it. More so, because the Instagram algorithm is updated regularly to weed out low-quality and fake accounts and interactions. Plus, the results are hollow, scammy, and… mortifyingly obvious. In this guide, we’ll cover all points to give you a better idea about how buying Instagram followers works – or rather how it doesn’t work – along with actionable ways to increase your number of followers organically. So, let’s get started! How People “Think” Buying Instagram Followers Will Help Them? Buying Instagram followers is usually done in two ways, each having different …

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Blog Topics: How to find Your Sweet Spot (Even in a Boring Niche)

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Posted by DaisyQ I hate to tell you, but Googling “blog topic ideas” is not going to give you the content you should be creating. Not all content is created equal. Letting the internet tell you what to blog about leads to mediocrity. Mediocrity is fine in some cases, like forcing yourself to show up at the gym at 5:00 p.m. when you’d much rather call it a day. But if you’re going to try and stand out in the very crowded search results page, you won’t stand a chance. The reality is, it’s hard The web is overrun with companies that have bigger budgets than you and can churn out content every day. Meanwhile, you’re lucky to get a blog post out once a month. Where you put your time can make or break your digital efforts. How do you compete? What content will grow your traffic month after …

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Why consumers follow and unfollow brands on social media

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30-second summary: Sprout Social has been compiling a consumer index report of social media trends since 2013. Their 2020 report contains new insights and statics about how brands and consumers interact on social platforms. Marketers can use this information to better align their social media strategy to their customers’ expectations, ensuring that their content resonates. The survey revealed that 89% of consumers will buy from a brand they follow on social media and 75% will increase spending with that same brand. Understanding why consumers follow (and unfollow) brands, what type of content they’re most (and least) interested in, and what stand-out brands are doing right can help marketers gain more followers, while driving leads, sales, and growth for their organization. Sprout Social’s 2020 consumer index survey, Edition XVI: Above & Beyond , found that 50% of consumers have increased their social media usage in the past six months. The data …

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How To Use 3D Photos On Facebook For Your Business

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Changing consumer behavior and evolving tech platforms require us to uncover new strategies to reach our customers. One trend that presents just such an opportunity is 3D photos on Facebook. Partially influenced by 3D technologies and mixed reality resurgence, 3D photos can help you capture attention and tell your brand’s story on Facebook. What are the 3D Photos on Facebook? 3D photos allow you to view an image through three dimensions instead of two, so you can see things slightly around an image that would otherwise be out of view in a standard 2D photo. For example, in a 3D photo of a person looking into the camera, you’ll see parts of the sides of their face, and slightly above their head. 3D photos allow you to explore an image by scrolling, tilting, and panning using your mouse or trackpad. One important note: 3D photos are not to be confused …

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