Hey, what's going on? Welcome to Episode 531 of The 7 Minute Mentor with me, Mark Asquith. And today, I'm going to ask you a question. Are you content creator or are you a content marketer? It's a bit of a follow up to yesterday, continuing that thread where we talked about understanding buying behaviour to develop your content marketing. And we're going to dig into that in just a moment.
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Okay, are you a content creator, or are you a content marketer? So very, very, very many people focus on content creation. But they forget why they're doing it. And there's one being difference between a content creator and a content marketer. And here is the difference, a content marketer, just like we alluded to yesterday, is intending to sell something, because marketing creates the conditions of a sale. It might not do that right away with content, like we talked about yesterday. People will research and research and research and research, and you have to be the only viable option throughout all points of that research.
But a content marketer is creating content with the intention of selling something. A content creator creates content because they like doing it. And sure, you can like doing it as a content marketer, you can enjoy doing it, but you have to be strategic. You have to have a reason. You've got to know the outcome that you're trying to achieve. You've got to understand what you are creating this content for. It's not just nice content that you enjoy creating, it's got a purpose. It's solving a problem, it's adding value, it's answering a question.
That's the big difference. And remember, the content requires marketing itself, you have to market that content. Most content creators will create the content and then move on to the next piece of content. The next piece of content. And you cannot do that, you cannot do that. So, I want you to ask yourself a question. Are you a content creator or are you a content marketer?
And do you know what? It's understandable that so many people are content creators. I mean if you think about it, the world, I guess up until very recently, we were creating marketing content to be like a one way street. We were creating broadcast media, advertisements, mail shots. That's all we were doing. We weren't creating content to engage, and then to actually market through the content. We were creating advertising, very much so, very much advertising. And PR companies, essentially that's all they do. They call themselves content marketers, but they're not. They're noise makers, which is great, the world needs them. It's certainly not knocking it down, the world needs content creation and noise. But we aren't there to do that.
As founders, as business owners what we have to do is create content that markets for us when we're asleep, that is generating results for us when we're not even there. Because people are going to always be searching for those questions. And if we are there with the answers, we are there to sell and that is what you have to remember. Please remember that above all else. As a content marketer, you are there to sell. You are there to sell. And that is the difference between a content creator and a content marketer.
So, get off the hamster wheel. This is something I'm going to talk about tomorrow, getting off the hamster wheel. You've got to plan your content, you've got to get strategic, you've got to talk about how you're going to plan this entire year of content. I've got some tactics that we can use for that as well. Because if all you're doing is creating content through the year, you'll get to the end of the year, you'll look at your results, you'll look at your KPI's, your key performance indicators, and wonder why they've not moved in the right direction. And it's because simply you were just a creator, you are not a marketer.
So, today, I want you to start thinking like a content marketer. I.e. create content that answers questions, that solves problems, with the intent of making a sale. That's the difference, and I need you to focus on that. Take that away, if nothing else, from today. So, tomorrow we're going to talk about the 80:20 rule of content marketing. We're going to dig into that deeply tomorrow. So, please, come back then, and I will see you on the flip side. And never forget, the more you expect from yourself, the more you will excel.