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Podcast 13: How to Effectively Use Content Marketing to Grow Your Business with Marcus Sheridan

Podcast 13: How to Effectively Use Content Marketing to Grow Your Business with Marcus Sheridan

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Marcus Sheridan is an entrepreneur that truly understands content marketing.

He was able to take his pool business from the brink of the financial abyss to strong profitability primarily through the use of online content marketing.

I absolutely love the story that Marcus has to share, and it was a pleasure to interview him for today’s episode of my podcast.

To get the full picture, you really need to listen to the podcast; plus you get a better grasp of the fun personality that Marcus has.  It was all I could do to keep myself from busting out laughing during a few parts…

Content Marketing Advice

However, here’s a brief synopsis:

Marcus started out as a partner in a small swimming pool business.  However, for a number of reasons, the company started to go downhill after a while.  At this point, Marcus knew he needed to do something differently and started learning about content marketing.  He decided to give it his FULL attention and produce lots of great content on their company website: Riverpoolsandspas.com .

It wasn’t overnight, but the website started generated more traffic and a lot more interest in their business.  By focusing on the questions customers ask for content (this is critical), he was able to rank well for lots of long tail keywords in Google.  This free traffic, began converting into paying customers.

Fast forward a couple of years and their pool business was thriving all because they started marketing their business with content online.

Now Marcus focuses the majority of his time teaching others how to use content and inbound marketing in their business.  His blog for this business is at: TheSalesLion.com . I highly recommend that you check out his site and download his free content marketing ebook.  Warning, its over 200 pages long!

Because of his experience with his own pool business and now his blog, Marcus consults other businesses on how to have an effective content and inbound marketing strategy.

Items Discussed in the Podcast

Here’s are some of the items we discussed in the podcast:

  • The importance of writing about questions that real customers ask
  • Dumb down your content marketing
  • (Listen for this funny little nugget): “The secret sauce is really just Thousand Island Dressing!”
  • An argument Marcus had with the Head of Social Media at Ford.
  • The typical buyer had read 105 pages of content on their pool website before buying!
  • The #1 Mistake of bloggers/businesses is poor page titles.  His advice here is EXCELLENT!
  • Why you shouldn’t use “witty” blog titles if you have less than 1000 readers.
  • How affiliate marketers can still do well with proper content marketing

Overall, I picked up some great advice that I can take and apply directly to my own blog right away.  Anyone with a blog or any type of business presence on the web should listen to this.

Fun fact: Marcus mentioned serving a 2 year mission for his church in Chile.  I also served a 2 year mission for the same church in Alberta, Canada! Crazy, eh?

This message of content marketing resonates well with me, because its essentially the way that I was able to quit my own job.  In addition, in my last podcast with my cousin Jon Haws, he explained how he is using almost these same tactics to give his landscaping business a big boost.

Content marketing works.

If you want to follow along with Marcus, here’s where you can find him:

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32 Comments for this Post

  1. Travis at Rossome Marketing

    Travis at Rossome Marketing

    Awesome! Looking forward to checking out the podcast when I get a minute. Reading the synopsis, it sounds like a really cool podcast. Obviously we all need to continue to develop in our content marketing. Thanks for getting good info out there!

  2. Omar @ www.ArticleMarketingWarrior.net

    Omar @ www.ArticleMarketingWarrior.net

    Awesome podcast Spencer. Thanks for sharing. Itls true that content marketing is crucial. This held true in the past and holds true today.

    Having great content also puts you as an authority in your niche pretty much by default and you can eventually have dozens of people contacting you wanting to know answers to their problems…which is amazing, so creating content can be a great marketing vehicle. If done right.

    Thanks Spencer!

    -Omar

  3. Artur Ciesielski

    Artur Ciesielski

    Such a simply yet effective approach. Give people what they want: answer their questions. Isn’t that also what Google wants.

  4. Will @ ArticleMarketingWarrior.net

    Will @ ArticleMarketingWarrior.net

    Great podcast episode Spencer!

    This shows how the simple fact of content being king still holds true and will continue to hold true. People tend to forget the importance of content marketing and how it helps you integrate different marketing methods to raise your income.

    One of the most effective skills one can obtain is to be an effective content creator and marketer or have the ability and the funds to outsource it.

    Great lessons! Appreciate it the information Marcus!

    -Will

  5. Matt

    Matt

    Love the music intro! Haven’t listened to the podcast yet, just had to comment :)

  6. Michal

    Michal

    Best interview I remember in a long time on Niche Pursuits. Down to earth, entertaining, adding stuff to a conversation we’ve had so many times. Rare!
    But why this cheesy name for the domain? Sales Lion? Please…

  7. Gautam

    Gautam

    … I agree with Michal… This is one of the best advice I have seen so far in this site, Spencer.
    Give what customer wants.
    The Ford example is real for all business out there!

  8. Chris

    Chris

    Hi Spencer, any Cyber Monday deal for Long Tail Pro?

  9. Nate

    Nate

    Great Podcast Spencer! Are you using any software for your websites to prevent click bombing or the same IPs clicking on your sights multiple times?

    Thanks

  10. Joe

    Joe

    Just listened to this in the gym today!

    Really liked it and the guy is a great talker.

    I wonder how effective this approach (adding loads of similar articles) is on a new site, in today’s climate, post-Panda (duplicate content update)?

    I’m going to try it anyway on my new big niche site. I’m using Keyword Researcher to get the data from Google Auto-complete in order to find the questions people are typing into Google.

    I don’t have experience of being ‘out in the field’ in my niche so not sure what people on the ground are asking

    Does LTP have a facility for pasting/importing a long list of keywords and getting the data on them?

    I wish I had a offline business I could do this on as doing it for affiliate marketing seems like a bit of an uphill battle against Google.

    How much does an in-ground fibreglass pool cost? ;-)

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Long tail Platinum will VERY soon have the ability to import large lists of keywords and to get the data. Available in less than a week most likely! :)

  11. Joe

    Joe

    This if for Marcus: any plans to make that big ebook on Sales Lion (great name btw) into an epub for Kindle?

    200+ pages is quite hard going on my laptop compared with the beauty of e-ink on my Kindle.

    Also, how long, in general, are the posts you write/wrote to answer a question.

    Say the question was ‘how long does it take to install a pool?’.

    It could be answered in a paragraph I would expect but would you draw it out to 300, 500, 1000+ words? What do you recommend for new sites starting today?

    Thanks!

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      I can’t answer all the questions. But if you do a search on google for “how much does a fiberglass pool cost” – you will search Marcus’ pool site ranking #1. You can see how long the article is :)

      • Joe

        Joe

        Good point. Its a fairly long article, around 1000 words IMO.

  12. Jon Haws

    Jon Haws

    Great information! This was our primary thought process when starting our home service business. It can be so easy for companies to compete online and save a bundle on their marketing budgets.

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