“Content is king” – Bill Gates
Discoverability is the key to succeeding online. The only way to be discovered is to create content. Content is the currency of social media. But before we crown content king let’s take a look at what it is and how it’s value is created.
Content comes in many forms. As a video format it includes films, documentaries, reality shows, interviews, podcasts, seminars, music videos, freestyles, how to and expert advice, vlogs, you name it. If it can be captured and shared on a video format, it’s content. The same is true for MP3 and other audio formats – music, audiobooks, podcasts etc. Along with other digital formats including ebooks, blog posts, and images etc. Regardless of the format creating content is an art form, and like all art forms when captured holds a copyright. The intellectual property belongs to you, the person who created the content, or the person who paid for the content to be made. Be very clear on this to protect your rights.
Capturing and sharing information takes skill. Content can be transferred from one format to another based on demand and accessibility to available technology. Think about how a classic film may have been available in cinemas before maybe a VHS or DVD release, then made available for download, right up to present day availability on streaming apps like Netflix. With new technology emerging all the time, this same classic film could have the potential to be carried over to even more formats in the future. Formats are not fixed, they are simply a carrier of media, and a method to engage an audience.
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So you’ve created content, but why should anyone care?
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Deb McKoy is the Founder and Consultant at Peppergrain Ltd, London, UK. She began her career as a recording artist, achieving success in the UK national charts before going on to help businesses and individuals maximise their brand.
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