Content Marketing Made Simple

American Express, Sony, The White House…companies and organizations are increasingly turning to content strategy as an intimate and powerful marketing tool. According to the Custom Content Council, nearly 70% of Chief Marketing Officers indicate they are shifting marketing dollars from traditional forms of advertising to content marketing.

While American Express is using tools like their Open Forum to educate consumers, B2B companies are also using content to engage their audience and, according to The Content Marketing Institute, over half of those surveyed indicated they planned on increasing the thirty percent of their total marketing budgets currently spent on content.

How do you take advantage of the explosion of digital and social channels and successfully integrate content into your marketing strategy? 

Clearly Identify Your Goals

Content marketing builds your brand, but is less a form of advertisement and more a form of consumer communication and engagement. Statistics from GfK Roper Public Affairs tell us 80 percent of buyers would rather get company information from articles over traditional advertisement, most reporting it makes them feel more connected to the company. Understanding the relationship building inherent in marketing and encouraged when using a content strategy frames goal setting:

  1. Remember to keep goals achievable and measurable so ROI calculations are effective, typically the intent is to build brand awareness or achieve conversions. Set goals that measures this rather than an ambiguous metric.
  2. Know your target audience, their interests and needs; plan content around these identifiers; relevance is key.
  3. Plan and calculate timing of communications to support consistency. It’s better to start less frequently but always on time and with relevant material than to start with a bang and fall away.
  4. Scale your content strategy and continue evaluating and adjusting during each phase. It may be tempting to try to handle article marketing, social network building and blogging at once, but it is unlikely this is achievable without a large and cohesive team of experts.

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