During WWII, the US government invented a fake spy to fool the Germans. They made up papers, a travel history, and more, hoping the Germans would spend time and money to find him. Alfred Hitchcock heard this story after the war, filed it away in his brain, and then found a use for it years later, making the concept of an imaginary spy a key plot point in the magnificent North by Northwest.
The point is, you never know where creativity comes from. Even creative types aren’t really sure: it’s a hodgepodge of things you hear and see, filtered through your own ideas, experience, and artistry. Even in marketing, ideas can come from anywhere. A good content marketing team needs to find inspiration from a frequently overlooked source: customer service.
Customer service representative talks to clients, handle their
Understanding the Customer in Content Marketing
Chances are, you are using some form of content marketing already. 80% of B2B businesses have a content marketing strategy, as do over 60% of B2C businesses. But a full 70% lack a consistent or coherent strategy. They know they need content, such a videos, infographics, white papers, and blogs, but aren’t sure how to create it, or how to correctly implement it.
Part of the problem is that they don’t truly understand what their customer wants, or what they are looking for. A company that provides
But in doing this, they don’t fit their own niche. They are offering something valuable, for sure, and wellness-related content should be part of their strategy, but customers aren’t looking just for tips: they are looking for advice and information about insurance. And they probably have some very specific questions and issues.
That’s where customer service comes in.
All of this can become content! Knowing that people are going to be searching for optometrists in their area lets you know you should be doing blog posts about eye doctors, explaining how to find the right one, and then leading people to your service. Or the marketing team could make a video about the importance of taking care of your vision (maybe computer-related strain), and lead viewers to sign up.
What they are doing is taking customer-related issues and turning them into content. This does a few things.
Don’t forget that listening to customer service issues solves another huge problem: coming up with ideas for content. 36% of B2B marketers have
Customer service representatives are the go-between between your content and your client’s needs. It’s where inspiration turns into actual ideas.
At RDI Corporation, we combine the best in progressive and comprehensive digital marketing with proven effectiveness in customer service. Our training, hiring, and execution practices make us complete partners with our clients. Connect with RDI/A or RDI-Connect to learn more, and we invite you to read our white paper, The Perfect Circle: How Customer Service and Marketing Are the Same
RDI Corporation was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Blue Ash, Ohio. We provide precise business solutions through a fully integrated outsourcing model and our clients ranged from mid-sized corporations to distinguished Fortune 500 companies.