Sure online content in all its forms – web sites, ebooks, white papers, direct-to-consumer news releases, podcasts, blogs – drives buyers to action. There is no doubt that online content turns browsers into buyers. But for many companies and individuals, Web content has a powerful, less obvious effect.
Content brands an organization as a thought leader. Instead of just directly selling, a great site, or blog, or news release and podcast series tells the world that you are smart, that you understand the market very well, and that you would be a person or an organization that would be valuable to do business with. Web content directly contributes to an organization's online reputation by showing thought leadership in the marketplace of ideas.