41 Types of Content to Promote Your Business

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41 Types of Content

For this week's new resource, let's turn our attention to promoting your writing business. Whether that means promoting your freelance writing services, marketing a book, or growing your blog, there are numerous ways you can turn to other types of writing to promote your work.

To point you in the right direction, here are 41 types of content and copywriting you can turn to when you need new promotional ideas, or in fleshing out your overall content strategy.

Audio / Video

1. Animation
2. Podcasts
3. Videos

Graphics

1. Charts and Graphs
2. Comics / Cartoons
3. Illustrations / Drawings
4. Infographics
5. Photographs

Social Media

1. Blog Posts
2. Pinterest Boards
3. Social Media Profiles
4. Tweets

Interactive


Advertisement

1. E-courses
2. Interviews
3. Surveys
4. Testimonials
5. Webinars

Resources

1. Cheat Sheets
2. E-books
3. Slideshows / Presentations
4. Templates
5. Worksheets

Educational

1. Help Desk / FAQs
2. Product Manuals
3. Reports
4. White Papers

Informational

1. Backgrounders
2. Brochures
3. Case Studies
4. Newsletters
5. Lists
6. Reviews

News / PR

1. Media Advisories
2. Media Kits
3. Op-Eds
4. Press Releases
5. Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

Sales

1. Ad Copy
2. Email Marketing Campaigns
3. Product Descriptions
4. Sales Pages

You can download a .pdf version below to print out and keep in your idea file.

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Do you have other examples of content or copy not included here? Leave a comment to share any additional suggestions.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.


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8 Comments

  1. Yo Prinzel
    Yo Prinzel June 19, 2014 Reply

    You’re putting out a ton of great resources this summer. Can’t wait until I have time to really dig in!
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  2. Anne Wayman June 19, 2014 Reply

    yikes… I’ll link to this for sure, thanks Jenn
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    Jennifer Mattern June 19, 2014 Reply

    Thanks ladies. :)
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  4. Sagar nandwani June 24, 2014 Reply

    Data and knowledge are power This is true for any business effort, online or offline, paid or unpaid. Despite the recent Google (not provided) update, online media is still the most trackable marketing channel available. Taking advantage of free resources like Google Analytics and using them to their full capacity will take your content efforts to a level you’ve never known was possible.

  5. steve June 26, 2014 Reply

    That sums up the list of ways to promote online. A good strategy should try to cover most of those 41 outlets. Thanks for the list.

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      Jennifer Mattern June 26, 2014 Reply

      You’re welcome Steve. The key, as with most things, is to choose the options that make the most sense for your business. So focus on content types that are most likely to reach and influence your specific target market, and don’t waste time and resources on things that won’t get that job done.

  6. Kostas July 15, 2014 Reply

    Thanks, this is a really comprehensive list Jennifer! I’ve recently started paying more attention to using graphic elements to promote my posts, especially infographics.

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      Jennifer Mattern July 15, 2014 Reply

      Same here — though I’ve focused a bit more on images specific to social media promotion. I’ll likely put more emphasis on Pinterest in coming weeks, as I’m making it a bigger part of my story-mapping process on the fiction side of my business. :)

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