The Key to Creating Content that Resonates with Your Audience

The Key to Creating Content that Resonates with Your Audience

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  1. A huge part of creating content that resonates with your audience is actually knowing your audience! It’s amazing to me how infrequently many purported online marketing experts step out of their own digital world to put themselves in the customers’ shoes firsthand. Just grabbing lunch with a customer weekly will open your eyes to the way they see the world – the pains they have, the problems they’re trying to solve, etc. Armed with that information, it’s easy to create compelling content that strikes a chord!

    • I agree with you Ben, but it sure is tough getting to know an audience for me, when most of my clients and readers I never meet. Any ideas or secrets on knowing the unseen?


      A beautiful article, and I love the image and analogy. An example of exceptional writing.

      Darin L. Hammond

  2. Sounds easy enough but that’s not always so when you’re trying to create fresh content each and every day as I do with another blog. It’s tough!

  3. It’s so important to remember that you’re not just talking to a “persona,” you’re dealing with real people and their real needs. And people want to hear stories that ring true to them on some level. You’re writing has to speak to something inside them that makes them sit up and take notice.

  4. This is exactly what I’ve been trying to work on with my writing lately. I actually wrote a few “Seth Godin Style” posts just to try and find the groove. I like the way you break it down.

  5. Made me click on the ketchup link, and now I’m mad. How could I have not figured this out in my 39+ years of life?

  6. There’s the idea of building your tribe that I got from Jeff Goins. I believe that the majority of what you say will immediately resonate with them if you have found the right tribe. Of course, if you have the wrong tribe then no matter what you write from your heart, it won’t strike that chord. Seth obviously found a great tribe that he loves writing for.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this, as the idea of writing content that resonates with readers is one that’s been on my mind quite a bit lately. It’s so difficult to figure out if what I’m writing or what I’m thinking in my head is really going to appeal to readers – or if it’s just something that I want to talk about.

    I appreciate the tips and look forward to pairing them with my analytics data to figure out what really works for my audience 🙂

  8. Bingo– I think this is spot-on and long overdue in the blogging world. I’ve been trying to sniff out what I need to do differently in my posts and this list has helped me narrow down my goals– thanks for sharing.

  9. To resonate with their readers, I advise writers to pick the person they’d most like to connect with, real or imaginary, and ask two questions 1. what gets them going in the morning? 2. what keeps them awake at night? By tapping into the passions and fears of one person, writers can also resonated with like-minded people.

  10. This post definitely resonated with me Beth, so consider it a double success. 🙂

    And I absolutely second your recommendation of Maria Popova’s site Brain Pickings. It’s a daily visit for me. Anyone who writes, or who just likes writing inspiring words from some of the most thoughtful humans in history, will love that site. It is a quintessential example of content that resonates.

  11. This is one of the reasons I love video. When done right, it resonates automatically with your “soul family” and they’re drawn in, not just by your content, but by your passion and personality. And of course the script has a huge impact on how well you resonate. Bad writing can’t redeem even the most sparkling personality.

    • Audio, for me, is a nice middle ground. The voice creates a powerful connection, but high-quality audio is about a skillion times simpler to produce.

      Great point about the need for a solid script, even with non-text content! A lot of people forget that.

  12. Although this is at times quite a hard thing to achieve, it’s important in all forms of content. From decent website copy or a blog post, to the lyrics and tone of a song, if you’re audience aren’t feeling it, then you simply won’t connect with them.

    In a way, it’s all about winning them over, striking that connection, or making them more aware of their own way of thinking, without overdoing it of course. In some cases though, authority will get you a long way, regardless of what it is that you’re actually saying.

  13. “Unicorns and rainbows” – Ha!! I often say something ala ‘ice cream and glitter-farting ponies’ – same kinda thing Beth. 🙂 Anyway… I know a few people who don’t care for the term ‘audience’ – it’s too cold, impersonal. We’re building relationships w/ our readers, a community of people that talk not only to us but each other; there’s more of an investment here, on-going as you say. So yes being in tune with – and knowing when to change that tune – is absolutely important to consistently develop content that clicks.

    It all starts w/ the relationship, taking the time to getting to know your readers, stakeholders, community. One of the best ways to do that – learn their tunes. Read their blogs, chat w/ them on Twitter – find what gets them emotional, what they think is valuable. And FWIW totally a Firefly fan.

  14. I particularly agree with what you said about connecting with people on an emotional level. When you look at the kind of stuff that gets shared on Facebook, it’s usually either funny or inspiring in some way. Working personal stories into your content is a great way of connecting with people on a more emotional level.

  15. Very good points. I think one of the most important things to keep in mind when creating content is to jump in to peoples heads and give them what they are looking for.

  16. Thanks so much for your great post. I was knodding my head while reading it too.:) I’m new to the blogging world but not to speaking and inspiring people. As a professional tennis coach its all about building relationships with your students, I spend a lot of time telling kids and adults stories so I figured I will write the same way. I do prefer video blogs which I will be do more of too and I love meeting people and sharing what I know. I’m planning through my writing and videos I can reach more people and create a wonderful community of like minded friends all around the world!

  17. I like your suggestions for what we have to try being…These seem like rudimentary questions, but I’m asking them anew. Who am I and who am I trying to serve? Then, How can I best serve “them?” I really resonate with Lysa TerKeurst’s writing. She’s real, funny, faith oriented. She inspires and encourages me to be better without condemnation.

  18. Very interesting concept about resonance! I was talking to a friend the other day about the vibrations each one of use emit and it kinds of relate to what you’re saying Beth!

    I totally agree with you about the harmony thing too! I like controversial topics and people that speak up their minds openly even though the content is likely to offend some readers! At least, it’s having an effect on those reading it and there is nothing more tedious than reading something that’s politically correct, even with regards to Internet Marketing for instance!

    Aren’t we all here to make deliver a piece of our mind? To work freely and not conform to some boring standards!

    Being specific as you say in your article is probably the one thing I’ll be looking for when I start reading someone’s blog or website.

    As far as the emotional bit is concerned, I do like some but only if it’s interesting! It can be a delicate thing to master! I first have to get to know the writer/ blogger quite well before noticing the emotional bit!

    Anyway, that’s a really good read and I think the word resonance is definitely the right word and right concept and is the one thing that will make your articles or blog posts stand out from the crowd.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Agree! When it comes to writing, you really have to match your resonance with all those around you. This will ensure that your readers stay interested in what you are saying. An effective content is essential for a successful lead generation campaign.

  19. This is great! What I kind of take from this is that it’s almost like coming up with a on sentence mini thesis statement for the conclusion statement of your post and writing to that. While writing the rest of the content, continue to double check and make sure it ties in with the thesis statement to stay on track. Then make sure you have some kind of attention grabber at the beginning… Probably a little bit over simplified, but this is a great model for content marketing. Thanks for the post!

  20. Very well put, Beth.
    One of the best examples I know for a ‘brave’ content post is the sad truth that all respectable weight-loss blogs put out: There’s no magic formula, you have to get off your ass and change your life. No, it’s not what people want to hear at first, but it’s the truth. And it’s a truth they already know, but have tried to ignore. It’s those kind of posts that make those blogs respectable though: They’re not bullshitting their readers; they’re motivational, they’re informational, but they also dish out the hard truths and don’t paint everything in rainbow colors.

  21. I love your posts, guys, but I always get a little nervous when I encounter Seth-worship. Yes, I know he has a huge following and yes, I know he’s considered an industry guru but every time I finish one of his posts I think “that’s 30 seconds of my life I’ll never get back”.

    Imagine his posts were written by J Bloggs. I don’t think they’d rate so highly.

    Yeah, I know, I’m probably wrong!

    • I don’t worship Seth Godin. I don’t even follow him all that closely — but he *is* really smart, and he’s a really good example of how to create harmony with your readers. I love the fact that his posts are really short and concise, and they still resonate with people.

      And it’s also fine if you don’t like him. Who do you follow that would be a good example of what I’m trying to illustrate here?

      • Not wanting to sound too much like a suck-up (!), but you guys at Copyblogger.

        And the team at MECLABS almost always deliver valuable content.

  22. I get where you’re all coming from and agree to a point, but I think the secret to long term success is authenticity. I can always tell (or think I can, anyway – which is all that really counts) when a writer is trying to sound authoritative when they’re not or is mimicking another writer’s style. Ultimately, the best writing advice I’ve ever gotten was from Charles Bukowski’s poem, So You Want to be a Writer. Here are the first few lines:

    if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
    in spite of everything
    don’t do it

  23. Some things you can strike good cord with your reader by bringing to their consciousness issues they are not very comfortable with

  24. Excellent post, Beth! What you say rings a bell. Before you can get any of your audience to buy, you really have to prime them up by providing quality service and information, in an attractive and empathetic manner.

  25. This is something that I think I have a problem with. I find that I think I am writing to my perfect reader, but I am missing the mark still.

    This is one of those things that takes time to nail down and get it right . Years of practice I imagine.

    I shall have to some rejigging to hit resonate with my audience better.

    Thanks for hitting this point home.

  26. Thanks for your contribution: I had a fun time reading your post.

    Your writing doesn’t necessarily have to resonate with your readers.

    Mark Twain, for example, spoke his truth, which upset a lot of people. Even today, a lot of readers are upset with him, but he does have his fans too.

    You have to write from your heart and soul and that is what is important for you to do.

    If readers don’t like it, they can read another writer’s works.

    A writer has to find his inner voice regardless of conventional wisdom.

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