The first thing you need to know about content marketing is that it’s not intentionally written or made to market or advertise products and services. The intention of content marketing materials is to stimulate the interest of the target market in the business’ products and services by the creation of a number of online material such as blogs, videos, and social media posts. When you start to create the materials, your purpose is only to pique the interests of your audience and not to hard sell to them.

One of the platforms used to inspire a purchase decision is blogs. These are written personal accounts of people who share information and their experiences about using a particular product or service. Here are some tips on how to write a blog article intended for content marketing:

Know what you are selling

Though you are not writing to sell but merely to inspire, your end goal is still to influence the purchase decision of the buyer. In order for you to get a good grasp of how to influence that decision, you need to know what it is that your business is going to sell. How can this product or service, for example, make daily living easier for the target market?

Define your audience and the platform you’re using

Your content can change depending on the platform that you are going to use. Facebook and Instagram are better used for images and videos while Twitter gives you limited space to make a pitch. You can always post a link to a longer version of the blog but make sure that you have a come-hither teaser to make potential customers click on the link. You should also get to know who your target market is. How are you going to write a whole blog post without an idea of the lifestyle and the demographics of your audience? You have to reach out to them on the level that they understand.

Do additional research

Writing does not only involve the information about the market or the industry or the product or the services. There are many components to writing such as the background information, the trends, the milestones, and the impacts of a particular product, service, or idea. You have to talk about all these aspects in order to create a precise, reliable, relevant, and effective content marketing material. Before you sit down to write, make sure you have done your research well and have read about the topic extensively.