Innovate, Fail, Have Fun, Repeat.
With the deep over-saturation of content online, why aren’t there more unique, innovate pieces of content out there? Especially when it comes to brand’s content creation, innovation is no longer an added plus. To even have a fighting chance, the path is clear. Innovate or fade away into the abyss of boring content. No one wants to go there. So let’s learn the mindset needed to create innovative Content, market in an innovative way, and see some examples of some successful innovation.
First Step: Fail.
Innovation, by it’s nature, requires risk. There’s the answer to the question we first proposed. There’s a disproportionate amount of innovative content because everyone is playing it safe. To create something new, accept failure is inevitable and mistakes are cues to help hone your focus on what works and what doesn’t work. It helps to reframe your mindset about failure as stepping stones rather than a final judgment. Figuring it out as you go and maintaining a child-like sense of play eases anxiety about the uncertainty inherent in the creative process.
Market In An Innovative Way
Now we’re moving from what to create to how to present your content in an innovative way. A mundane piece of content can be innovative if presented in a different context. It’s why when you try to rock the latest fanny pack trend you look a little silly, but when Rihanna rocks her blinged-out fanny pack she just makes it look downright glamorous. Same content (fanny pack) in a different context (you vs Rihanna). We know, it’s unfair to compare you to RiRi but it gets the point across.
Content as mundane as customer support tweets can be innovative in how it’s done and the brand personality expressed. For example, McDonalds answered all customer questions, good and bad, by creating high quality, informative content. Nike stands above the rest by just giving genuinely helpful, personable answers on their customer support based Twitter.
Follow The Leader
“I have recently started to encourage leaders to think about ‘leading practices’ rather than ‘best practices’. Merely copying what worked elsewhere can be a disaster when you’re trying to innovate; or rather, you need to understand what you can transfer directly, and what you need to adapt.”
With that in mind, here are a few examples of innovative content marketing. You don’t always need to reinvent the wheel to create innovative content. Refreshing content can be as simple as taking what already exists in the world and putting a new perspective on it. Denny’s perspective and voice is very slapstick, casual, and humorous as seen in the images below.
Random House provides endless inspiration by sharing content of their team at work. As a result, the audience feels truly included in the creative process that is so important to the Random House brand. The New York Times embraces new technology to revive and keep their print publication relevant. NYTVR requires a free app download and Google cardboard to experience your morning news in a completely innovative way.
The name of the game – be memorable by taking risks in your content innovation and creation. Don’t be afraid, innovate!