8 Ways to get content marketing right
Marketing has changed. Once upon a time marketers would push messaging to potential customers and customers would accept these messages and base their purchasing decisions on them. However, now, consumers are far more empowered in their purchasing, they actively seek information from various channels first, doing significant research online before making any decisions about a brand.
The fact is, content marketing, when done well, is one of the most effective ways to reach your customers, if you know how to package your messaging in a valuable way. According to recent research by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), 91% of B2B marketers use content marketing to reach customers and 86% of B2C marketers think content marketing is a key strategy. The Institute also reports 72% of marketers say content marketing increases engagement and 72% say it has increased their number of leads.
The above being said, content marketing is not a matter of writing ‘salesy’ content, dropping it on your website, and hoping for the best. You can have all the content in the world, but if it isn’t located where your customers are, or communicating your value proposition in the right way, your content will fail.
Here are a few quick tips on getting your content marketing right:
Most importantly, know your audience: If your brand isn’t very clear on who its audience is, then it's impossible to target them effectively. A point and spray approach is ineffective.
Have a strategy and a plan: Ensure you include what type of content you are going to produce, where it’s going, how long for, and how you are going to measure its success.
Check your data: See what keywords people are using when searching for your brand, and your top three competitors’ brands. Ensure those keywords feature in your content to maximise SEO.
Develop content to cover all aspects of the marketing funnel: Awareness, Engagement, Evaluation, and Purchase. There is no point in just covering awareness, as that is only once aspect of the funnel. Aim to evenly distribute content across these four aspects.
Develop your brand story, tone of voice, and value proposition: Think of your brand as a person - it is funny? Serious? Irreverent? This tone must permeate all your content consistently. What is your brand story? That is, how did your brand come about? What need is it serving? Does it have a purpose beyond sales? Hint: it needs to have a purpose beyond sales. What is the value your brand is bringing to people’s lives? How does your brand make life better for your customers and society in general?
What type of content will you use? Content isn’t just blog posts, it can include guest posts, podcasts, webinars, whitepapers, brand posts, ebooks, case studies, FAQs, and more.
What will be your distribution channels? You need to think beyond your own website, to partner, social and other key sites and these decisions must be informed by where your audience is.
How will you measure your content success? Engagement? Leads? Conversions? A combination of these? If you don’t know what your metrics are, you can’t judge whether it’s been effective or not.
Content marketing can be overwhelming to navigate, but the results are worth the effort.
To find out more about how to make your content marketing connect with your customer in more meaningful ways, contact us at AZK Media today.
Vanessa Mitchell is the Director of Content + Communications at AZK Media