Face it: We’ve all followed that brand before. You know, the one that posts disjointed, irrelevant posts on Facebook. That company that only blogs sporadically and when it does, the posts make little or no sense. It’s the same business who opened a Twitter account, made a bunch of blasting noise for a short period of time and then vanished. These brands seem to embody the word “random” — and not in a fun way (like a random disco dance number that happens out of nowhere at a party). We talking random, lazy and nonsensical content that just pops up whenever company officials get around to posting. But in addition to being annoying, random content marketing doesn’t work.
There are two ways being random with digital marketing fails. The first has to do with intention. Facebook page updates that don’t have anything to do with your brand, awkward and overly emotional tweets and blogs with videos that don’t really speak to your customers aren’t the best way to get your message across. Yes, anybody can put whatever they want online, but when it comes to your brand, some thought and planning should apply. Not every online message our brands send out will go viral, but they can at least make sense and share a piece of the bigger story of our brand. Most importantly, marketing randomly can negate other aspects of branding work a company does.
The second way this idea of “random” stinks as a marketing mantra is when we’re talking about marketing with regularity. Brands with no schedule, no plan or no routine when it comes to updating their blogs, websites or social media accounts are doing themselves a huge disservice. One tweet once a week won’t get you noticed. A blog post every blue moon won’t help your SEO. Online marketing takes creativity and regularity. Time and time again, the brands that succeed with content marketing are the ones that keep with it and post regularly.