This is Episode 30 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan.
In this episode we welcome Ryan Hanley back as our first repeat guest.
If you have considered writing a book, you’ll be interested in learning the unique approach Ryan used to self-publish Content Warfare, his first book.
You’ll learn Ryan’s storytelling process and how to use it to change how you talk about your business, thereby more effectively differentiating it. That’s just one of the many content marketing takeways you can expect.
Our Featured Guest: Ryan Hanley
Ryan Hanley is the Vice President of Digital Marketing for TrustedChoice.com, a national lead generation platform delivering over 7,000 leads a month to insurance agents across the country. Ryan also produces the Content Warfare Podcast — and recently published his first book, Content Warfare: How to find your audience, tell your story, and win the battle for attention online.
Your Brand Story is a Marketing Anthem
One of the challenges for content marketers today, and presumably for the foreseeable future, is content marketing is a practice that is largely misunderstood. This is why Ryan wrote Content Warfare as a content marketing anthem.
The battle for attention online is why every business needs a marketing anthem that takes a stand for what you believe. If you are reading this you know that creating “me to” content, while prevalent, is pointless.
Getting noticed online is getting increasingly difficult. This is why you need epic content that people want to consume and share. This calls for new methods that focus on building your essential content marketing assets, namely, your website, blog, enewsletter, and one or two social media channels.
Learn How To Tell Your Story
Effective marketing these days is a media first process in which marketers typically lead with a story. According to Ryan, if you have business experience you have a story to tell. He says your story lies at the intersection of three elements.
- Company – Who you are and why you are here doing the work you do.
- Client – Businesses need to know what gets their customers out of bed in the morning.
- Community – This is your audience. Show them you are one of them.
How is your business winning the battle for the attention of its customers?
Lighting Round Tips and Advice
Ryan’s Top Sales or Marketing Advice – Be transparent. If you admit your faults, people will trust you on your strengths.
His Favorite Productivity Tip – Check out ToDoist.com for personal productivity task and project management.
A Quote that has Inspired Ryan’s Success – “Never half-ass two things; whole-ass one thing.” Ron Swanson
- You can learn more about Ryan and the work he does at TrustedChoice.com, Agency Nation, and RyanHanley.com
- Connect with Ryan on Twitter or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Get your own copy of Content Warfare on Amazon.
- Check out Ryan’s book crowdfunding page on Publishizer
- Join me and Ryan live at Social Media Marketing World 2015 in San Diego on March 25-27th.
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About the Author: Jeff Korhan, MBA, is the author of Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business and host of This Old New Business podcast.