STANDING OUT AS A CONTENT CREATOR 2/24/2020

By Abigail Portwood

There are so many types of content creation, and without analysis, it’s hard to understand and interpret the best techniques in order to reach the target audience in the most effective way. Guest speaker Carmen Hill of B2B Content Strategy & Creation explained to the J480 class on February 24th about the importance of research into the market in order to understand the target audience and the best way to connect with them.

Standing out in the deep sea of content has become increasingly challenging with so many companies and individuals sharing content. Carmen explained that there is less engagement in relation to content, so if the content is not created in a smart and engaging way, it will get lost among all of the other organizations that are also pushing content. One of the main suggestions to stand out as a content creator is to find out about the audience. Learn, listen and pay attention. Understand the sense of community surrounding the product or service. 


It’s important to put yourself into the shoes of the consumer in order to understand how you as an individual would feel about the content that is being created or brainstorms. 

Carmen explained that the attention span of a consumer is about eight seconds. The brand only has a short amount of time to make a good impression and entice the individual to do more research, take action or listen to the company and the content they have published. 

Finding out what content to push to what audience is an essential part of the research done before creating content. Some examples of research platforms are twitter lists, LinkedIn profiles, Blog feeds and social listening. Having a plan is very recommended because it will help the organization, research process and solidify a strategy. There are multiple sites that provide plan templates.

It is important to think about both sides of the situation at all times while working through content creation. If the goal is to extend reach to an influencer, it is important to offer them a benefit, something positive that makes them want to collaborate. It is a good idea to think about the “WIIFM” (What’s in it for me?) in terms of influencers. Grabbing the attention and interest of the target audience can be done many ways, and if there is adequate research done to find the most effective method, the audience will see and understand the content that’s being created and will take action. In order to stand out and be seen, it is important to know what kind of content the target audience will react to best. Once that is found, tell a story using those tools.

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This Article Has 4 Comments
  1. Carmen says:

    Hi Abigail, thanks so much for covering my talk. It was fun spending time with you all yesterday! One point of clarification on the consumer’s attention span: the study of digital natives behavior found that within 8 seconds they decide whether or not something is *worth* their attention. If your content meets that high bar of relevance, resonance and value to someone, they’ll pay attention for as long as it takes. That’s why Jay Baer’s advice to create “binge-worthy” content is so important. Thanks again! — Carmen

  2. Jaden Watkins says:

    This was a great blog post and you connected it to Carmen’s guest appearance really well! I agree that content has to be specific and finding out exactly what to say is key. Carmen’s stance on the consumer having an attention span of eight seconds is crazy to think about, but proves that initial appearances and first impressions are very important in today’s content filled age. Great overall job and I liked the images you tied in!

  3. Cameron Lewis says:

    Great post Abigail,
    I enjoyed Carmen’s lecture as well and found many of the topics you covered to be insightful and useful. As a content creator myself, many of the struggles I wrestle with is being different and original. I believe as creators we are all in search of innovation, creating content that influences reoccurring interest and revenue. Carmen’s reminder that “binge-worthy” content reminds me that ultimately as creators we should NEVER stop creating, we should constantly seek to create for the betterment of our process and unlimited opportunities that await.

    Thanks Abigail!

  4. Taylor Lancaster says:

    Abigail,
    I really enjoyed this post and I though that you made some great points based off of Carmen’s lecture! I think that because social media is so big now and there is so much content out there, it has become increasingly difficult to post unique and original content. I think that Carmen’s lecture was crucial in giving us some insights on how to generate the best content based off of consumer desires. By understanding who out audience is and what exactly they are interested in, we can have a better idea about how to cater to their needs. Doing research on your target audience seems to be the key in creating original content that will receive the most engagement!

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