Amplification is about catching bigger waves
What blogs do you read?
Most corporate blogs are • Boring • Bland • Safe What kind of blogs do you read? • Opinionated • Surprising • Have a point of view • Teach you something
What is Content Marketing?
How important is content marketing? Content wins for most effective strategy; but it’s also the hardest to implement
Amplification = content x channel
What is Amplification?
Example: Catching the wave in 2013 Original post: 2011
What is Amplification?
Section Two: Research
Start with People
People first The first question you need to ask is: “who do I want to reach?” Section Two Every good product, website, campaign, and piece of writing starts with people in mind.
How do you choose your audience?
Technique #2: draw a venn diagram
Our target audience is: __________________
Section Two When you understand your audience’s pain you’ll be able to better define their problem.
Focus on their needs
Observe people in their habitat
Where do people hang out?
Research examples: where would you find managers?
What are you looking for? BIG problems trends pain points frustrations
Yesterday I saw this tweet:
He’s tweeting about this site: The Grid
He’s not happy about it
A lot of other designers don’t like it either
I go to Designer News:
Where have I seen this before?
What’s the trend we’re observing? Designers are feeling threatened.
This takes time. Collect and organize your research.
Sample research I’m using an app called keeeb.com to track trends.
Focus on your audience’s biggest problems
Organize your research • Record your findings • Organize them into groupings • Identify a big pain / issue / topic you could focus on You grow an audience by targeting a topic people care about!
Section Three: Writing & Promotion 3
Write for your audience
Writing viral content is hard.
Great, shareable content…
Why do people share content?
Types of content
Amplify your content
Which train are you going to hitch your content to? Your own small network Someone else’s big network
Effects of amplification
Two types of amplifiers: 1
How do you build relationships with influencers?
How do you earn the right to on online communities? Add value Hacker News Designer News Product Hunt
Target the right networks
Coordinate your efforts
Example 1: Groovehq
Coordinate your launch
The game plan
A note on Hacker News, Designer News, Product Hunt, Reddit…
It typically takes about 20-30 minutes for a story to slip off the "New Submissions" page. That's your window to get enough votes to appear on the front page.
The algorithm on News Sites favours new content
Can you game the system?
Timing is important