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How to Give Away Great Content Without Giving Away the Store

Jim West
Jim West

“How do we keep from ‘giving away the store?’ That is, how do we keep from giving away what we’d normally charge clients to do for them?”

This is a very common question and a VERY GOOD question and something anyone who uses content marketing should ask themselves. The good news is, it’s actually easy to keep a hold on that store and reap the benefits of publishing content.

Here are a few examples that will illustrate how you can do this.

If you sell a service, you don’t need to provide content on how to do what you do, because people who want to do it themselves aren’t really in your target market. You can create content that teaches your readers how to find a reputable service provider. You can also create content that teaches people how to enhance the work you do for them.

For example, if you are a virtual assistant (VA), you can create content that shows business owners how to effectively use the extra time they’ll have after they hire you. You can teach them how to delegate, how to plan their marketing, and so forth.

Or if you’re a laminate floor installer, show your readers the benefits of using laminate and tell them how to care for their laminate floor.

If you sell a consumer product, the same logic applies. You want the content to teach them why they need your product and enhance their experience of using your product. So if you sell anti-wrinkle cream, you can create case studies, talk about the effects of aging, and all kinds of things. There are plenty of things to share that will help your target customer.

If you sell information products, people think this is where it gets really tricky, but it doesn’t have to. There are a couple of ways you can approach this.

In the often quoted words of Jimmy D. Brown, “teach them what to do, but not how to do it.” In other words, you’re giving people the solution to their problem, but not the step-by-step instructions for doing it. You’re showing them they need your product to fully accomplish what they want to do.

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