Marketing efforts are the cornerstone of every business, and yet in a world filled with information and ads around every corner, consumers have never been blinder to traditional forms of marketing.

Content marketing is a way to reverse that trend.

While consumers may mute the television or change the radio station during commercials, or close a pop-up ad online without even thinking about it, content marketing is different—it is a unique form of marketing that benefits not only the business, but also the consumer. Consumers not only tend to read content marketing pieces, they often enjoy them, at least when it’s done right.

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We try to find the human side to a story, even if the story is about a company, like this piece about Awesome Ford and a Timberline High School grad who rose through the ranks to a management position there. Photo courtesy: Awesome Ford.

Content marketing revolves around content—articles written about a business, person, event or place that offers something relevant and interesting to the reader. In the case of LewisTalk and its sister properties, these articles focus on positive stories in the community. We believe commerce is an integral part of any community and we aim to become part of the word-of-mouth network that helps promote our amazing local businesses.

How it Works

When a business works with us, we pair the business with one of our writers, all of which live, work and play in the same communities they write about. The writer then works closely with the business to craft a story to share that business’ services or news with our readers. Want to share an overview of what you’re all about? Or a piece about a specific service you offer or an upcoming event? Or highlight a story about someone who used your service? Content marketing is the perfect avenue for all of these. Stories are completely customized to what you’d like to share.

Our writers understand what’s important to their communities, and when they write about a local business, that local expertise helps them further connect a story to the community, whether they’re writing about a farmers market, a funeral home, bus service or a local service provider, like a chiropractor, dentist or insurance agent.

The result is an article that helps to promote the business, but also to educate local readers about great things to do, services or people in the community around them.

Once a story is complete, that’s where content marketing really shines. We publish the content to our Community Social Network, and then share it with our social media subscribers. Content will reach hundreds to thousands of local readers through these efforts alone. But after that, content stays on LewisTalk forever. Customers access the static link and use the story repeatedly for social media, email campaigns or other outreach.

Readers also continually will find the story through search or social media shares, allowing the stories to live on long after they’re published, too.

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Twin Transit paratransit busses, like this one operated by driver Debbie Lytle, give disabled riders freedom and independence. We profiled a specific rider, Chuck Bode, and how he uses the service. Photo courtesy: Twin Transit

An Example of Content Marketing

While LewisTalk works with many businesses, a perfect example of how our form of content marketing is a little different from the rest is our story about Chuck Bode and Twin Transit. Twin Transit is the local bus service, but rather than focusing on bus routes or schedules, our writer worked with Twin Transit to find a human side to the story to really show the value of the service in the community. After surviving a terrible infection, Bode was left as a paraplegic and struggled to find a way to live his life independently. Twin Transit offers fixed route and paratransit service alike—a fact that changed Bode’s life for the better. The result is a story that our readers loved, and that helped Twin Transit boost their profile in the community.

LewisTalk is a digital media company sharing positive stories about people, places and businesses in Lewis County. LewisTalk offers content marketing and online options to advertise in Centralia, Chehalis and beyond. Advertise with LewisTalk to reach your target market, grow your brand, and measure results.

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