7 B2C Brands Offer Content Marketing Lessons and Inspiration

7 B2C Brands Offer Content Marketing Lessons and Inspiration

By connecting these influencers with its blog, MVMT can see the benefit of content amplification and greater credibility because these influencers often have a lot of Instagram followers (which works well for visually impressive content like MVMT’s) and have become recognized voices in their respective niches. Walmart The world’s No. One of its major initiatives is its branded blog, Walmart Today. It truly feels like a magazine you want to read. A digital magazine isn’t going to be solely responsible for its success. Though Mrs. Meyer’s wants to sell its products to as many people as possible, it deliberately narrowed the niche for its content to focus on the makers in the wider audience. Its foundation isn’t the supplements, workouts, or recipes, it’s the community it has built. Home Depot’s channel has about 195,000 subscribers, while Menards has 65,000, and even the biggest retail giant, Walmart, only has 348,000. With high-quality content that rivals HGTV’s programming, Lowe’s has created several ongoing series, including how-to videos, DIY basics, and seasonal decorating videos. Most of them focus on: Delivering what their audience wants to know, learn, be inspired by, etc., rather than promoting why the audience needs their products Creating content featuring influencers, fans, and experts who will help them extend the reach of the content to audiences the brands normally wouldn’t reach Telling stories about how the brands operate in a larger context, showing how they help and connect with the larger communities Picking a niche within their wider consumer audience to ensure that they deliver valuable and relevant content Offering multiple formats, from text to video and more, to give their audiences a choice in how to consume the content Going beyond creating content to create communities through online forums, user-generated content, etc.

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Though an astounding 86% of B2C marketers use content marketing, the successful ones represent a smaller percentage.

That’s what prompted me to identify brands excelling at content marketing. These seven retail brands have committed, consistent, and differentiated content programs. Read on to see how they deliver what their audience wants.

MVMT

Recognized as the first watch company built on a direct-to-consumer model, MVMT smartly leverages influencer partnerships and multimedia storytelling with the appeal of almost global grandeur. It does this via its blog – targeting on-the-move go-getters who live life on their own terms.

Gone is boring product-focused content and self-promotional jargon. It focuses on the life its audience is living (or wants to live) with categories like travel, disruptors and dreamers, and fashion.

MVMT’s blog often incorporates its partnerships with well-known fitness, fashion, and style connoisseurs. By connecting these influencers with its blog, MVMT can see the benefit of content amplification and greater credibility because these influencers often have a lot of Instagram followers (which works well for visually impressive content like MVMT’s) and have become recognized voices in their respective niches.

Morgan Oliver Allen is one of the featured influencers. Morgan, who has over 100,000 followers on Instagram, is profiled in the Disruptors and Dreamers category. MVMT also doesn’t use a traditional format to tell the story – it breaks it up in short sections (bio, what moves you, quote) and powerful imagery.

BONUS TIP: MVMT’s blog isn’t limited to text. It uses multiple formats, including video, to appeal to its audience’s preferred modes of content consumption.

MVMT incorporates options-to-buy within its content, but not until the reader has found value. It also does it in a way that doesn’t disrupt the user experience.

Walmart

The world’s No. 1 revenue-generating company (more than $500 billion in annual revenue) with 2.3 million employees has vivacious content marketing.

With hundreds of millions of customers, how does Walmart tackle its audience outreach? One of its major initiatives is its branded blog, Walmart Today. With a more traditional digital editorial look and feel, the blog addresses a slew of news- and business-related topics of interest to Walmart’s wide audience. Much of the content focuses on community, giving, service, and volunteering to showcase how the brand is implicitly or explicitly improving the world.

The mega retailer also has Walmart Labs hosted on Medium, which includes its Tech Blog where behind-the-scenes team members share insights on advanced, technical topics.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dick’s Pro Tips blog includes content popular in many content marketing programs – checklists, guides, how-to, training, and tools – to help its audience of athletes and sports fanatics.

Its high-quality, relevant content is provided in multiple formats with the goal of helping its customers get better at their craft.

The blog is fresh and simple. It’s designed to spur users to engage in a bit of binging, incorporating elements like:

  • Related articles in the right sidebar of posts
  • You may also like articles at the end of posts
  • Shop-related gear in the right sidebar of posts
  • A sliding hero banner on the main page with top picks

Each article’s page is its own resource, including text, links to related content, videos, and buying guides.

This narrowly focused post – How to Choose a Yoga Block and When to Use It – reflects the multimedia opportunity for readers.

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