7 Most Effective Forms of Content

Tami Wessley
Posted by Tami Wessley on August 27, 2012

most_Effective_contentCreating credible content should be the number one activity of every marketer today. Its impact is directly correlated to SEO/SERPs, brand reputation and interest and, most importantly, leads conversion.

But what kind of content should you create? What are the must-haves and what forms get you noticed and attract potential customers?

Below is a list of the 7 most effective content forms.

Must Haves – The first 3 content forms on the list are obvious and likely don’t need a lot of explanation. In fact, over 70% the nearly 6,500 SEO Industry Survey Data respondents are already employing these tactics because they're so important.

1. Blogging
2. Social media
3. Articles and guides

Opportunities – The remaining 4 content forms on our list may not be as obvious but just as important. Prospects clamor for content in these forms for several reasons.

1. Infographics – According to customermagetism.com, infographics are 30 times more likely to be read than text articles. Publishers that feature infographics see their web traffic grow 12% faster than those that don’t incorporate infographics into their mix. Best of all, infographics impact your SEO performance, which translates to more web visits and higher click-through rates.

2. Videos – According to BrightRoll, 70% of Internet users watch videos online. In a recent survey, 64% of advertisers believed that online video is equally or more effective than TV! Because of its appeal, video use is growing faster than any other content form.

3. White Papers – White papers are seen as credible and containing valuable knowledge information. In fact, in a recent B2B Technology Collateral Survey, 83% of respondents reported white papers were moderately or extremely influential in their purchasing decisions. The report went on to say that dollar-for-dollar, white papers are the most cost-effective way to distribute content.

4. Polls and Surveys – Fewer than 25% of SEO Industry Survey Data respondents are currently using polls and surveys in their content. Polls and surveys are a fantastic way to engage your readers AND the results provide valuable data points for fresh content!

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Topics: Search Engine Optimization, Content Marketing

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