Develop an Ooh-la-la Content Marketing Strategy
Once you have convinced yourself that content marketing is the marketing of the future, you will then have to get down to the nitty-gritty details of how to plan it, set it up and implement it successfully… oops, not just successfully – but dashing with that ooh-la-la factor. Let me tell you how with the following pointers.
The first thing you need is to let your individual mindset conform itself into content marketing, and then have your organization follow suit. It is also important to point out that you should start thinking like a publisher instead of a marketing manager. You will have to get used to producing informative articles as products instead of the actual products you have been selling through the years.
Be ready as well to put in the needed time, work and competence for it. Your content must have consistently high quality in order for your endeavor to succeed. Not only that, they should also be placed at the right venue at the right time. You will most probably need to hire the necessary professionals to do your content for you, especially at the start.
Don’t be overwhelmed!
Gearing your content towards results
Implementing a marketing campaign using quality content has certain prerequisites in order to be successful. For instance, you have to know exactly what you want to achieve. You should also have a very good understanding of the prospects you are targeting. If you do not have these, your content will not be able to convert into additional sales or clients.
You should gear your content marketing strategy towards what you want your prospects to do. You should also be mindful of giving them the tools they need for them to be successful at their goals. This entails making content that is relevant and specifically targeted at your prospects. Your strategy should also be consistent with the big picture; it should integrate well with the rest of your marketing and promotional efforts.
Always ask yourself what you want to attain with your clients, and how you want them to feel. Gear yourself towards how you can make them tread the path you desire. Regarding content, keep in mind what your clients are interested in. Provide content that will help them grow professionally as well as personally. Your content must have a good impact as well. You should know what motivates your prospects and how they can use your content to further their goals. In this sense, giving will result in receiving.
You must gear your content towards the information that your prospects require. Here, comprehensive research is the order of the day. You can make phone calls and meetings with your clients and prospects, and also conduct surveys. You can also solicit input from your sales force and customer service personnel.
All these points should be the focus of all your content marketing outputs, whether in print or online. Your goal is to turn yourself into the most reliable source of information in your particular niche, which will attract to you long-term and loyal customers.
Profiling clients and setting goals
Once you have gathered the necessary information required for creating your content, now is the time to create a specific content marketing plan and strategy. The information you gathered on your clients and their needs will guide you in creating a model buyer personality that you can focus on in creating your high quality content. This model personifies everything that your client is supposed to be; it has all your client’s needs and preferences. It is the embodiment of your clients’ aspirations and their mindset.
It also goes without saying that you must determine the specific goals of your company, both short-and long-term. Figures must be included here in order to be able to really measure your progress and the amount of work you need to do.
And finally, you will mix the client information you have (embodied in your model buyer personality) with your organizational goals (which, by the way, importantly includes your budget) in order to come up with the content products you can effectively use. These content products must be well integrated into your overall marketing efforts including your website and other media releases. They should be consistent with each other and complement and support one another in a seamless and savvy marketing campaign.
This is now the time to start planning on getting the implementation ball rolling. For beginners in the content marketing world, you may acquire professional assistance from those dedicated to content creation and all its related disciplines. This includes, among others, search engine optimization, project management, website design and development, and the like. Beginners always tend to focus their consciousness solely on their products using traditional marketing. With content marketing, you must think like an information provider. You must think like media people do. You must not think like a sales agent.
This will take talent, for writing and creating content is not just a fine skill but also a high art. Most marketers are often not geared towards these skills, and therefore most of their content are outsourced. In the beginning, you will have a better chance of developing good content – whether these are videos, magazine articles, ebooks, or blogs – by delegating the job to the professionals.
It is also essential to put your content marketing goals into a specific schedule, just like any other marketing campaign requires. Delegate responsibilities, and if your organization is large enough, you may even have to create a sub-department solely for the purpose of planning, creating and managing content. Content marketing involves many aspects, including but not limited to editing, designing, photography, art, and website development and maintenance. It also needs all the aspects that every marketing campaign needs, namely market, client and product research, budget management, negotiations with outsourced talents, monitoring, and assessment.
One of the most important among these is the basic aspect of creating good content. Making a content plan that is sound and workable is essential. You may not realize that your company or organization is one of the most important sources of such content. If you have been in the business of selling your products for quite some time, then it is a sure bet that you know the ins and outs of your products, your industry and your market, including the demographics of your jurisdiction and the behavior of your target clients. Your own product presentations, videos and seminars provide highly appropriate content that you can use to your advantage. The innovations you have made on your products and company through the years have already naturally made you an expert in your field, and you are one of your best content sources. After exhausting all these, then you can also look outside your own organization for good content sources to use.
Stand out from the rest with content marketing