Here’s why you should stop creating content & start building relationships.
What if you stopped creating content to post on every social network and publishing platform and focused instead on building relationships? Think about it. How much time, money and energy are you wasting by creating content in the name of marketing that has no noticeable impact on your business?
Sure, you might get a few people sharing a post; you might feel good that somebody liked what you wrote; but what’s the tangible value from spending hours every week creating content? Don’t know? Don’t want to know?! If you’re doing it because your ‘PR’ or ‘marketing’ company told you to there’s a pretty good chance the only winner in the process is them!
What if you stopped creating content and, instead, focused on building and maintaining relationships with the people who matter most to the success of your business? What if, rather than creating a piece of content you picked up the phone and talked with somebody? A potential investor; a prospective customer; a journalist; a former customer that just became an ex-customer.
What if, rather than trying to sell them something you asked questions? What if you tried to gather insight, rather than convincing them you’re the Uber of X or that you have a unique, innovative whatever that they simply must buy? What if you spent the money you’re wasting creating content that nobody reads; nobody cares about; and invested it in the relationships that matter most to the success of your business?
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
— What is public relations?
Public relations is a process of strategically building mutually beneficial relationships with the people that matter most to the growth of a small or early-stage business. Marketing is the process of compelling a specified audience to take a defined action in support of your business. Content marketing is compelling somebody to take an action using content.