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3 Content Marketing Examples (and Proof it worked for Me)

There’s a lot of buzz around content marketing, but does it really work? Can it build trust and inspire action? Here are 3 proofs it worked for me.

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by Eric Sharp

Though I build websites for a living, I’m still very much a consumer. I enjoy the research process, examining my options and choosing the best product/service within my budget.

I may understand the psychology and tactics behind a website’s content marketing more than the average joe, but I still need to be marketed to. Just like all savvy consumers, I need a website to provide valuable information as I travel through that company’s buying cycle (awareness, evaluation, purchase).

There’s a lot of buzz around content marketing, but does it really work? Can it build a person’s trust and confidence in a product/service? Will it inspire action? Is it worth the investment?

Here are 3 content marketing examples and proof that it worked for me.

Proof #1: SwimSmooth.com

I was having difficulty with my swim training as I prepped for a Triathlon

I Googled “why do my legs sink when i swim?

MY BUYING CYCLE TIMEFRAME (from awareness to evaluation to purchase)
3 days

PDF Training Guide (sample below)


The Story

Their sample Training Guide that I bought for $20

During the months leading up to my first ever triathlon, I unfortunately discovered that I was a terrible swimmer. Like, really bad. I needed help diagnosing the crux of my lousy form.

SwimSmooth.com is loaded with information for all swimmers. They have incredibly valuable content, including underwater videos and easy to understand instructions and graphics. After my specific google search for the exact problem I was experiencing (sinking legs), I found this article that explained my issues were drag and inflexible ankles (for starters).

After providing content that spoke into my problems, it was clear they had established themselves as a swim coach authority. And I wanted more. For $20, I was able to download a PDF guide (designed specifically for my body type) that pinpointed training tips and exercises to help me become a better swimmer.

Proof #2: TungstenBranding.com

I was trying to determine if I needed professional help with re-naming my old company (now ProtoFuse)

I Googled “company naming services

MY BUYING CYCLE TIMEFRAME (from awareness to evaluation to purchase)
2 weeks

Hourly Consulting

$375/hr ($1,000 total)

The Story

Making the decision to search for this type of expertise was simply me yielding to the concept that “I don’t know what I don’t know”.

I’ve art directed enough branding projects to know my way around that process, but NAMING a company? Similar to building websites, “there has to be a science and art to this” I thought.

My google search landed me on the homepage of Tungsten’s website and within 5 minutes I congratulated myself. My hunch was correct; I definitely needed an expert! I spent the next week reading through articles such (4 Strategies for Company Naming Success) and (Before Branding Your Company, Determine Your Position) and was amazed at the depth and complexity of this service.

As insightful and educational as their valuable content was, it was clear that I needed professional help applying this newly found knowledge to MY specific problem (the underlying magic of content marketing).

Knowledge isn't power until it is applied.

Dale Carnegie

Proof #3: IdeaPaint.com

I was cautiously optimistic that whiteboard paint would be easy to install and worth the investment

I downloaded their eBook “Ideas to Impact” (sample to right)

MY BUYING CYCLE TIMEFRAME (from evaluation to purchase)
6 weeks (I discovered their product years ago, so I skipped right into ‘evaluation’ stage)

Whiteboard Paint


The Story

IdeaPaint knew my backstory (consumer doubt) and crafts content aimed at removing it — evidence of well researched website user personas.

Their website understands the power of storytelling and authentic testimonials. Their Blog teams up with their eBook (which requires an email) to beautifully profile the numerous organizations that have purchased and successfully installed their whiteboard paint.

Social proof? Check.

As optimism grew, and I continued to walk through the ‘evaluation’ stage, their 6 minute “Installation Instructions” video was the clincher. Since IdeaPaint is not your typical interior paint (nor am I the typical handyman), I wanted to ensure my $200 wouldn’t turn into an expensive failed science experiment.

Throughout my evaluation, their valuable content addressed my concerns and inspired me to purchase — hallmarks of smart content marketing.

We believe a conversion-focused website — paired with the proper traffic, content, automation, and end-to-end ROI measurement — equips B2B technology companies with a real asset to scale their business.


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