Get All Access for $5/mo

3 Easy Ways to Create Customer-Winning Content Solid content that speaks to customer needs will boost business.

By Stephanie Mann Edited by Dan Bova

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Shutterstock

What's the point of a top-notch content strategy when your writing doesn't appeal to your target audience? The answer is, there is no point. You can write status updates for eternity, and you can kneel before the Google gods. But without engaging, quality content, you'll still struggle to win customers.

The best content strategy for entrepreneurs -- the strategy that will actually help drive your business and attract more customers -- is quite simple. It's all about writing solid content that speaks directly to your customers' needs. Entrepreneurs with the most successful content strategies will ensure that all content is relevant and engaging for their intended audience.

Related: Why Big Business Must Proactively Manage Their Online Reputations

Below are the top three ways to create content that wins customers and builds your business. From now on, before you hit publish, ask yourself -- Does this piece of content meet all three of these criteria? If it does, you're good to go. If not, rethink it.

1. Help your readers solve a specific challenge.

I call this "the problem-solving factor." If your content has this, it's golden. If it doesn't, it needs serious work. Whenever people click on a link to your content, they're expecting to find value. They could be looking for value in terms of entertainment or amusement, but most likely, they're looking for value in terms of useful knowledge. Specifically, the type of knowledge that can help solve their business problems. Your content should aim to give potential customers the value they're looking for, right off the bat -- knowledge about how to solve challenges specific to their field of business.

Let's say you're a sales consultant. If most of your clients struggle to make successful prospecting phone calls, then you would be wise to write a series of blog posts or articles about how to prospect effectively by telephone. In doing so, you write content that attracts your ideal potential clients -- those who are struggling with prospecting by telephone -- and at the same time, you position yourself as an expert on your prospects' biggest challenge.

If all of your content helps readers solve a challenge in this way, the benefits for you are two-fold. First, your content begins to establish you as an authority and thought leader in your area of expertise. And second, readers begin to trust your advice, making it exponentially more likely that they'll eventually give you their business. Not bad, huh?

2. Write conversationally, not formally.

Customers want to read content that helps solve their problems. But no matter how helpful your content is, it will always fall flat if you use the wrong tone. Far too many entrepreneurs take on a formal, stuffy and even pretentious, tone when writing business content. Pretentious is the last thing you want your content to be. Not only will it make your content less engaging, but it will also alienate your customers. Ouch.

Related: Want to Develop a Memorable Blog? Here Are 3 Keys for Doing Just That.

If you write with a friendly, conversational tone, you'll appeal to your customers as a knowledgeable peer with the expertise to help them. That's exactly what good business content should do. Formality is one of the biggest pitfalls of business writing. In their attempts to sound professional, entrepreneurs frequently end up writing content that doesn't connect with anyone at all.

Keep these five tips in mind to help you write conversationally:

  1. It's OK to start a sentence with a conjunction such as but, so, and or yet.
  2. Prepositions like with, for, in and on can be used at the end of a sentence.
  3. You can use exclamation points! Just use them sparingly and wisely.
  4. It's OK to use "I" in your writing, when it makes for a stronger story.
  5. Contractions such as I'm, don't, can't and doesn't are fine additions to business content.

3. Provide your readers with actionable ideas.

It's time to start creating actionable content for your customers. After all, it's the only kind of content that reliably converts to actual business. Instead of offering vague ideas that could theoretically help your customers, give them specific calls-to-action throughout your content. This approach will dramatically improve your writing, and engage prospects on a deeper level.

Related: How to Boost Customer Loyalty Using Analytics and Actionable Insights

Tell your customers exactly what to do -- right now -- to begin to see results. First, determine what results your customers are most interested in achieving. Then create doable, actionable tips that your customers can easily implement today, tomorrow or next week. Content that compels readers to take specific actions is the most powerful business content out there. Why? Because once your readers begin to implement your ideas in their business -- and see good results -- they'll be much more likely to reach out to you to do business.

No matter what industry you're in, creating customer-winning content is central to a successful business strategy. Implement these three easy steps, and watch as your business content attracts more customers to your products and services.

Stephanie Mann

Content Strategist

Stephanie H. Mann is the author of the book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Writing. As a content strategist, she helps entrepreneurs attract customers and build credibility with exceptional content. 

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Business News

How to Be a Billionaire By 25, According to a College Dropout Turned CEO Worth $1.6 Billion

Austin Russell became the world's youngest self-made billionaire in 2020 at age 25.

Side Hustle

This Former Disney Princess Lived 'Paycheck to Paycheck' Before Starting a Side Hustle at Home — Now She Makes $250,000 a Year

Victoria Carroll's income was "sporadic" until a friend encouraged her to take her talents to Fiverr in 2018.

Employee Experience & Recruiting

The Secret to Turning Disengaged Employees into Rockstar Team Players

Transforming disengaged employees into enthusiastic team players hinges on insightful assessments, effective communication, targeted recognition and proactive career development.

Living

Taylor Swift Has a Lucky Number. And She's Not the Only High Performer Who Leans Into Superstitions to Boost Confidence.

Even megastars like Swift need a little extra something to get them in the right mindset when it is game time.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.

Marketing

SEO Trends You Need to Be Aware of Right Now, According to a Seasoned Pro

Navigate the future of search engine optimization to elevate your online presence and drive meaningful engagement.