By Arnie Kuenn published June 5, 2015

8 Nonobvious Tips to Promote Your Content

tips-promote-content-coverGreat content does little good if the right audience isn’t exposed to it.

Most marketers are familiar with many ways to promote content, including sharing content on Facebook, Twitter­, LinkedIn, and other social media sites. Nevertheless, new ways to promote content pop up all the time that aren’t as obvious, even to seasoned marketers. Here are eight nonobvious content promotion tips to leverage in content marketing:

Meerkat and Periscope

Meerkat and Twitter-owned Periscope are relatively new platforms that offer the ability to live-stream video content through a user’s Twitter feed. Meerkat gained 160,000 users in its first month and its CEO says it now has nearly 2 million users.

How can businesses use Meerkat or Periscope for content distribution? Say your company president is making a speech at an event. You’re going to record it to post on YouTube, Vimeo, and other video sites. But what about live-streaming the speech? Both Meerkat and Periscope allow you to share that speech with all of your Twitter followers in real time. Similarly, any business that hosts conferences can stream some or all of the event – providing that content to an even wider audience.

Even though these streaming services are relatively new, brands already are jumping on board. Wide-ranging organizations have tried their hand at Periscope: Park rangers at Glacier National Park gave viewers a tour of the beautiful landscape; GE streamed a top-notch science conversation with Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson; and Adidas revealed a contract signing with one of its top athletes.

Flipboard

Though traditional print media audience numbers have been on the decline, online readership continues to flourish. Flipboard allows businesses to capitalize on that viewing growth through the creation of a digital magazine.

With Flipboard, businesses are able to not only promote their own content, but also curate the best content in their industry or vertical to create a custom magazine for online consumption. Flipboard-created magazines are not only beautifully designed but also provide a great user experience for desktop, mobile, and tablet users.

Another great feature of Flipboard is the ability to mention users – and the benefit here is twofold. First, you can alert the users who are named that their content is in your magazine, which may prompt them to share with their own network. Second, you can find prospective users who are in your industry and like similar content, and alert those people about your Flipboard magazine.

If your business is in an industry that covers many topics, create a separate Flipboard magazine for each. Similarly, if your business covers many locations, create Flipboards to incorporate local content. Want to see real-world examples of brands doing this well? Check out Woodford Reserve Whiskey, investment service Betterment, and the Chicago Tribune.

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BuzzStream

Some of the best published content is content that is crowdsourced – providing opinions and perspectives from many individuals on a subject or topic. However, success requires a known network of individuals willing and able to contribute quality content.

Enter BuzzStream, a tool that allows businesses to find influencers around any topic or niche, and provides influencer contact information by way of email address and/or social media profiles.

Just as mentioning users in Flipboard can help expand your reach, using quotes and insights from influencers can do the same. You can add influencer quotes into blog posts, e-books, white papers, etc., or create a piece of content made up of influencer takeaways. Be sure to mention the influencer by name and link to his or her website, blog, or social profile to ensure proper attribution.

Once completed and published, share the finished product with those who contributed and ask that they share with their networks. It’s a win-win: The influencer receives additional exposure from your content, and you receive additional exposure from the supplementary promotion. You also get the benefit of aligning your business and messaging with experts in the industry, which can strengthen your reputation.

BuzzSumo

BuzzSumo may be a little more obvious than some of the other tips because it’s frequently discussed by CMI authors. BuzzSumo can be used to find influencers to interview and engage. However, it also offers content and social media analysis tools that are extremely useful for content promotion.

Users can use BuzzSumo to search for the content that gets the most mentions and shares around any company or topic area. Leverage this feature to get a read on how your own content is performing from a social media and promotional standpoint, as well as to understand what topics and messaging are resonating with your audience.

The data can help shape your promotional plan. Though you are privy to how your content is performing on your website and on your social channels, BuzzSumo allows you to understand performance at a higher level. By getting a baseline within the tool for what performs well and what doesn’t, you’ll be able to tailor further promotional efforts to be in line with what your audience responds to the most. You also can use the tool to take stock of what types of content pieces are among top performers and use that insight to your advantage in future content creation and promotion plans.

Top-performing content data can provide insight on the best keywords on which to focus, what topics are driving the most social shares, and what types/formats are popular. You want to give your audience the content it wants and needs, and understanding and modeling your content on what is resonating is one of the best ways to do so.

Content communities and blog aggregators

Many content communities and blog aggregators have well-established audiences who could benefit from your content. Though competition for traffic is fierce on popular content communities, if your content is truly outstanding you are likely to see success.

On each community or aggregator site, create an account, submit your RSS feed link, and fill out the submission form. Most sites require you to choose a topic. Be sure to select the category most closely aligned to your business to drive the most relevant traffic to your site.

Consider the following communities and aggregators:

  • Alltop is one of the most popular blog aggregators, featuring the best blog content around a number of different topics. For each topic, Alltop displays the headlines and first paragraph of the five newest information sources.
  • Blog Engage is a content community where users read and vote on article submissions. When a post receives enough votes, it is featured on the Blog Engage home page.
  • Triberr is a blog amplification tool that encourages bloggers who submit content to join “tribes” made up of other bloggers who write on similar topics. Each tribe then shares each other’s content, driving traffic and exposure for everyone.

Conclusion

Without a solid content promotion plan in place, your content’s success will be extremely limited. In addition to the tried and true methods of promotion, consider including promotion platforms that are less obvious, such as the eight mentioned, in your next promotion plan.

What new or little-known content promotion tips have worked for you? Let us know in the comment section below.

Looking to grow your influencer marketing outreach and promotion? Download the CMI tool kit, The Complete Guide to Influencer Marketing: Strategies, Templates & Tools, which walks you through a simple 10-step process and provides three customizable templates.

Cover image by Joseph Kalinowski/Content Marketing Institute

Please note:  All tools included in our blog posts are suggested by authors, not the CMI editorial team.  No one post can provide all relevant tools in the space. Feel free to include additional tools in the comments (from your company or ones that you have used).

Author: Arnie Kuenn

Arnie Kuenn is the CEO of Vertical Measures, a content marketing agency with an SEO foundation, focused on helping their clients get more traffic, more leads, and more business. Arnie has held executive positions in the world of new technologies and marketing for more than 25 years. He is a frequent speaker and author of Content Marketing Works. In 2014, Arnie was honored as the Interactive Person of the Year in Arizona. You can find Arnie on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn.

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  • jitesh kapadia

    @ArnieK This is a solid post. Very useful. I will definitely be using some of these tips if not all, in my next content marketing plan. Thanks

    • http://www.verticalmeasures.com/ Arnie Kuenn

      You bet! Glad you liked it.

  • http://www.mickisuzanne.com/ Micki Suzanne

    Great ideas! Thanks much.

  • Dennis Bjornstad

    Great stuff! Love the adoption / suggestion of Meerkat/Periscope. If you have any upcoming posts on Tips for paid content, would love to show my company (http://exposely.com) + some others in the influencer marketing space. Exposely, mylikes, Niche, etc.

    Will look at your blog for any posts on influencer marketing :)

    • http://www.verticalmeasures.com/ Arnie Kuenn

      Hey Dennis, thanks for the comment. I can hook you up with the experts on our paid team if you like. They know their stuff. Let me know.

  • http://www.RobToth.com/ Rob TheGenie Toth

    Audible. Amazon owned audio-book marketplace … requires a book or large enough white-paper. Avoid creating fluff. But if you have an authority paper or book, make sure you’re on Audible too.

    • http://www.verticalmeasures.com/ Arnie Kuenn

      Great suggestion Rob.

  • http://linkd.in/1mq5215 Kylon Gustin

    Great resources Arnie. Thank you. Will share with my audience.

  • http://www.tapanalytics.com/ Tap Analytic

    BuzzSumo is the best tool to get idea of trending content and keywords. I use it most of the times before planning a campaign . It is helpful and precise.

    • http://www.verticalmeasures.com/ Arnie Kuenn

      Agree – Buzzsumo is a great tool.

  • http://www.b3netbio.com Thomas Miller

    Nice article with a number of brilliant points. Here I want to refer a blog on “How Content Marketing Has Transformed The Life Science Industry”, published at

    http://goo(dot)gl/YlnFQV

    Life Science industry and pharma marketing are also under the roof of digital marketing, very few ones and companies there to take care of pharma marketing to boost their ROI with efforts of Digital Marketing.

    Can you put some light on it?
    B3NET Bio, the owner of the blog says, “Bio Science Marketing is in our DNA”

  • Gabriele Cazzulini

    Just one doubt: companies are not very often eager and happy to create another social media (or digital) account. We need to define the identity of the company and its tone of voice. We need an editorial calendar. We cannot simply go to Meerkat when the company has an event. What I want to say is that it is much easier to think about the pros of using content promotion. It is much harder to convince companies and moreover it takes a longer time to get on track from a corporate point of view to start using these tools. What are your impressions ? Thank you!