We live in an era where content is king — or so we’re told on a daily basis. But think about it…
If you produce valuable content and no one is around to consume it, is it still king?
I’m reading an intriguing book right now, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow. It’s a thought-provoking read about how we create and exchange value in the digital age, but one quote in particular thus far caught my eye.
“Content isn’t king. Conversation is.”
Doctorow has a good point. He notes that the telecommunications industry — companies that let people talk to each other — has always outpaced the entertainment industry, including a $270 billion advantage in 2011-2012.^ What is the Internet besides a gigantic conversation?
This insight made me reconsider the widely accepted adage of today — content is king. Of course, it’s important. You can drive all of the traffic in the world to your website, and if there’s nothing there, it won’t help. However, you do have to drive people to your website or storefront or studio, and great content alone won’t do that. You have to create — and engage others in — a conversation.
So the question remains… If you produce valuable content and no one is around to consume it, is it still king?
Content or Conversation
Is content or conversation king?
How do you drive traffic to your content?
What’s more challenging: creating great content or driving traffic to it?
^ Source: Information Doesn’t Want to be Free, “Getting People to Care About Your Work,” pgs 49-50
Joining the conversation,
Let’s chat (about content, conversations, a new project or otherwise):