By Scott Aughtmon published June 5, 2012

21 Types of Content We Crave

Editor’s note: Because content creation continues to evolve and is essential in any successful content marketing plan, we’ve updated this post.

If your content doesn’t resonate with your audience, then they won’t follow you where you want to take them.  For content marketers, this is a cardinal sin.

The key question is:
What kind of content 
universally resonates with people?

To help you, I’ve created a list of 21 types of content we all love to consume.

You need to understand:

  • This is the kind of content we never get tired of.
  • This is the kind of content we always have time for.  
  • This is the kind of content we don’t forget.
  • And this is the kind of content we want to share with others.

This is the kind of content we must create  if our goal is to influenceinspire, and move to action the unique group of people we have chosen to reach.

You don’t have to have each of these types in every piece of content you produce.  Sometimes one type is enough.  For longer forms of content, you might want to use multiple types of content and move from one to the other.

My challenge to you

Print out this list and put it somewhere you can see it regularly to help you develop irresistible content as part of your content strategy.

Regularly pick one or more items from this list and ask yourself one of these questions:

  1. Does the content I am writing meet this criteria?
  2. What can I do to make the content I’m creating fall under this category?

*Do you have any more types of content that you’d add to this list? Post them in the comments.

Please pass this on to your friends, colleagues, and followers if you found it helpful.
**You are welcome to post it on your blog or site.  (A link back would be appreciated.)

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Author: Scott Aughtmon

Scott Aughtmon is the author of the book 51 Content Marketing Hacks. He is a regular contributor to ContentMarketingInstitute.com and he is the person behind the popular infographic 21 Types of Content We Crave. He is a business strategist, consultant, content creation specialist, and speaker. He’s been studying effective marketing and business methods (both online and offline) since 1999. He has a unique perspective and ability to communicate ideas and concepts in a way that can help you climb to new heights. Read more of Scott's insights on his blog. Follow Scott on Twitter @rampbusinesses.

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