Why Ignorance is Genius When it Comes to Content Marketing

by Marcus Sheridan

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Have you heard the phrase “Big Data” recently?

Chances are, you have, as an entire industry has popped  up over the last couple of years stating how they use “Big Data” to solve business problems and achieve great results.

But if I may be completely candid, almost none of these companies (except for my friends at Health Catalyst) have been able to crack the code to successful content marketing, and it’s all because they can’t seem to get out of their own way.

  • They can’t speak in a way average Joe business owners understand them.
  • They can’t communicate clearly how they do what they do.
  • They can’t seem to instill in other businesses the problems they can solve for them.

In other words, they don’t have the ability to have communion with the “ignorant consumer”—a fact that prevents most from achieving great success.

This is why, when it comes to effective content marketing, ignorance truly is bliss.

Why is this?

Let me explain…

The Power of the Ignorant Thinker

Over the past couple of years, my company has worked with businesses of various sizes to help them build their business, brand, and bottom line through content marketing.

Some of these clients have literally made millions because of their efforts.

Others wasted their money.

The difference, almost every single time, came down to what I feel is the great divide in this industry—the one element that seems to determine incredible success or disappointment: The Ignorant Thinker

In other words, do the people producing content for your company have the ability to think, act, walk, and talk like a consumer (who isn’t yet fully knowledgeable about a product or service) or are they simply too engulfed in “what they do” that they’ve essentially lost touch with reality.

When I teach a workshop on content marketing, my entire thought process is driven by one question:

Am I communicating in such a way that my audience understands what I’m saying?

It’s in these moments that the furthest thing on my mind is that of trying to sound smart. (To see an 60 second example of what I’m talking about, just watch the following video.)

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In fact, as I’ve stated before so many times, if I’m trying to sound smart with my words I’m going to end up looking dumb to my audience.

Becoming a Genius in Your Space

Genius, when it comes to marketing, isn’t achieved by making a consumer think long and hard over complex questions.

Rather, genius is accomplished when communication is so good the consumer is left with only way option—a nod of the head and a feeling of complete understanding.

If your company truly wants to be great a content marketing, I’d challenge you to become obsessed with simplicity in your communication. Learn to say things in such a way that everyone can understand you.

By taking the “ignorant” approach, you’ll end up looking like a genius, and ultimately, your bottom line will experience incredible benefits as well.

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