Get close and personal with your target market. How? By directly addressing their queries through this site! [Thursdays: FYO!]
As a business owner or marketer, there are a lot of ways to engage with your target market in order to improve your brand’s online presence.
―engaging through social media, joining in on conversations about your brand, hosting online contests, creating interactive ads, etc.
Did you know that even simple questions and answers (Q&As) can help raise awareness for your brand online?
No? Well, now you do!
Speaking of Q&As, this site uses this method of interaction to connect business owners, industry experts, and marketers with their target market.
Quora, or Quora.com, is an American Q&A website where questions are asked, answered, and followed by Internet users around the world. It was founded on June 2009 by two former Facebook employees, Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever.
Quora operates on an upvoting system, a system where online users click on a certain icon to signify their approval or support for a posted answer. That means the more people upvote your answer to a particular question, the more exposure it will get.
In a business owner or marketer’s perspective, how can you use Quora to your brand’s benefit?
- Publish content in a similar way with LinkedIn’s publishing platform.
- Target your questions to specific users and collaborate with industry experts.
- Search for topics and keywords related to your business.
- Pay the site to get your question in front of more online users.
Here are some benefits of using Quora’s Q&A platform as part of your marketing strategy:
- Increasing Brand Awareness
As of 2020, Quora has around 300 million active users per month. That means when you use it as a channel to build awareness about your brand, you are increasing the likelihood of getting your brand exposed to these users.
Whether you’re the owner, marketer, or sales manager, you can get your brand in front of your target market by answering questions related to your industry and creating online communities to initiate relevant conversations.
You can also ask questions related to your niche!
One thing to take note of is Quora operates with personal accounts and not brand accounts, which means your profile and other activities using your profile will represent your brand.
Make sure to keep your profile updated and don’t forget to mention your brand. It helps build your credibility every time you answer questions.
- Boosting Off-Page SEO
Off-page SEO refers to all the activities that you do outside of your website to raise your web page’s search engine ranking.
One way to do this through Quora is by providing links to your website (or specific content you published on your website). However, you shouldn’t do it very often as it can be marked as spam by Quora.
A better way is to provide insight and useful information to others without being too promotional or heavy-handed in your approach. As you continue to use Quora, online users will start to notice you and the brand you’re associated with.
Once you establish your credibility, users will look to you for answers when they have questions related to your field of expertise.
- Establishing Connections with Your Target Market and Other Industry Experts
By using Quora, you get insights as to what questions your target market has about your industry or your brand. It gives you a clearer understanding about what their needs and demands are, as well as ideas on how you should engage with them.
You can address their concerns by providing them with helpful answers to their questions and directing them to relevant sources (not just your own).
Aside from that, you also get to observe how other industry experts are answering similar questions and how they build connections with online users.
- Search Visibility
Questions asked on Quora are searchable through Google. If content on your Quora account remains “evergreen” or relevant, it will be placed on top of all the other answers so users can immediately see it.
In order to properly maximize the benefits of venturing into Quora as part of your marketing strategy, here are a few practices you should take note of:
- Create a professional bio/profile. A great profile is always essential no matter what social media platform you’re using. This will help online users identify what brand or organization you’re affiliated with and build your credibility and reliability in answering specific queries.
Quora also allows you to include links in your bio, so it’s better to attach links to help drive traffic back to your brand’s website.
- Track relevant topics. One of the ways you can use Quora for your marketing strategy is to conduct research and gather information about your target market.
By searching for keywords related to your industry, you’ll learn what your target market is talking about. Aside from that, once you follow certain topics related to your field of expertise, Quora will send you notifications about questions that you can answer.
- Find the right questions to answer. According to social media management solutions SproutSocial, there are about 400,000 topics available on Quora, with 3,000 to 5,000 questions asked per day. As a business owner or marketer, you only have to answer questions that will deliver value for your brand.
- Own it! Answer questions with passion and authority. Insightful responses to questions, with links to relevant blogs, case studies, statistics, and even your brand’s website, will demonstrate your thought leadership on specific topics.
One of the ways to construct an informative answer is by pulling a snippet from relevant content that you’ve published on your brand’s website. Expand it with a few sentences then include a link back to your official source. That way, your answer will serve as a “teaser” to the information your target market needs.
Quora is not just a simple Q&A platform; it is also an online community that connects users with industry professionals who are willing to help others through useful information.
By regularly engaging with Quora users, you’ll not just increase their awareness about your brand, but also gain key insights from other industry experts and repurpose your content in a way that appeals to your target market.
Participating in online Q&As also has its perks!
Venture into Quora now and let your brand be known by establishing your voice (through your answers) as an expert in your field.
About The Dynamic Marketing Communiqué’s
“Thursdays: FYO! Find You Optimization”
Why should you stop thinking SEO and start thinking FYO?
We’re not saying that you should abandon Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Don’t get us wrong, of course, we know this is something very important, especially in today’s digital marketing age.
The internet landscape is vast, and a world of its own. You really need to distinguish yourself and make your brand/company/website known and easily searchable.
Better yet, get to the top of page one for Top Results on Google or any other search engine.
However, what is the purpose of SEO? It’s that customers Find You!
That’s what matters. So, while SEO is one factor of FYO… it really is only one, and we ought not to abandon all the myriad of ways digitally and offline for improving your FYO.
How can we look at this from a different and better perspective?
Let’s say you have it in the bag! You and your team are experts in SEO. Awesome. But did you ever wonder what else you could do to push it further and give your SEO skills a boost?
FYO! Find You Optimization!
You need your target audience to FIND YOU—your brand, product, service, or offer. This is SEO plus other tools that increase visibility online (and offline).
Every Thursday, we publish content on how you can get your target market to find you, beyond the typical “type and search.” There are other things you can do along with your SEO to give your online advertising process a boost.
Try considering other tactics beyond it—WOMO (Word Of Mouth Optimization), RO (Referral Optimization), and “All-Other-Means-Of-Getting-Your-Target-Market-To-Find-You” Optimization (AOMOGYTMTFY, if you’d like a long acronym).
Part of a great marketing strategy is knowing how to adapt new methods and make use of different types of marketing and promotion that best fit your business goals and which give you the results you want.
Hope you’ve found this week’s insights interesting and helpful.
Stay tuned for next Thursday’s FYO!
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