Companies that want to success in today’s market need to have a strong online presence. Marketing tactics used in the past, such as newsletters, leaflets, events, radio and TV ads, etc. are still important but need to be combined with a comprehensive and customized digital strategy. Some companies decide to save money and assign their…
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Whether weekly, monthly or quarterly, every marketer should have a content calendar to keep them on task. Doing so not only helps marketers organize content more efficiently, but it will help you formulate a strategy for connecting with your target audience, customers and other stakeholders. A calendar can include upcoming campaigns, product launches and social media pushes, in addition to important publishing dates. Most important, the calendar is a shareable resource that will help your team visualize how blogs and other content will be distributed throughout the year.
What you need
You content calendar will highlight industry events and other important dates, telling you what to schedule and when. Either a common software system or a free online tool like Google Calendar will be necessary to alert you when to line up content based on your marketing plan. As a rule, it should provide reminders of when to start and finish each piece of content with ample time to publish.
Everyone on your team will use it to plan together and share updates. In Google Calendar, you can invite new members by clicking Share this Calendar under the My Calendars setting. There are also permission settings to help ensure there aren’t too many cooks in the kitchen. And you can all share those calendars with one another for a single-screen view of everything that’s going on so you can coordinate more easily.
Contextual content marketing is one of the biggest trends driving digital marketing in recent years. In fact, content marketing was voted the top marketing activity to drive commercial results in 2015, the Adweek Blog Network noted—outranking big data, marketing automation and social media marketing. Whether you’re hosting a cooking blog or a sample booth at a music festival, your content marketing strategy must contain two essential ingredients: good timing and authenticity.
Contextual marketing can strengthen brands’ relationships with consumers.
Do You and Your Staff Want to Read It?
Here’s a tip for all the business owners who manage and write their own content for their website. Write content that is natural, compelling and interesting for your readers. If you wouldn’t be interested in reading the content why would anyone else? Ask yourself, if it wasn’t your own company site, would you read through it without losing interest?
Strong Content Reigns Supreme
More and more you hear industry experts talking about how ‘content is king’ for online rankings. That keywords no longer matter and link building is a thing of the past. While algorithms have changed dramatically over the years, the truth is that keywords and on-page coding and link building are not as important as they once were. That’s not to say that keywords and link building is irrelevant. They still play an important role; however, the largest factor is indeed content.
Content marketing is part science and part art. Different content marketing tactics serve their purpose during various stages of the sales cycle. Determining which content marketing methods to use can be an exhausting process. Additionally, some trends have lost effectiveness over time.
It’s important to consider your target audience’s interests to stand out. The annual growth rate of content is 200 percent, Forbes reported. With all the content that is flooding the Internet on a daily basis, brands need to ensure their marketing efforts are relevant and engaging. In the past, marketers could attract buyers by merely offering content, but now it needs to be meaningful to work for lead generation. Content that is highly targeted and personalized will stand out from competitors. Now that the Internet is saturated with content, potential customers are pickier about what they want to read – or better yet, share with others.
Additionally, companies will realize they need both content marketing and search engine optimization, not one or the other. Content can boost search results, but you can’t produce it without keeping SEO best practices in mind.
Content marketing is one of the most important lead generation tools. It’s been commanding a greater share of marketers’ attention and budgets for the past few years, and 2015 doesn’t seem to be any different. Content is crucial for nurturing leads in the business-to-business sector, and it can inform their purchasing decisions. Even though content has been a major trend in marketing for the past several years, some companies still struggle to do it effectively.
In 2014, Forrester Research studied 30 different B2B brands to determine how well their content resonated with their audiences, according to Click Z. Unfortunately, only 4 out of the 30 companies succeeded in this area. Marketers need to focus on creating content that buyers want to read. Otherwise, marketing materials often are reduced to product features and why a particular company has the best offering. B2B marketing is highly complex, but marketers need to provide relevant information for prospects. While each brand and its audience is different, conducting tests can reveal which types of content are the most effective.
Most marketers have heard the expression “content is king” by this point. It isn’t just a rumor: Content is one of the most important components of a lead generation strategy or affiliate marketing programs. However, many companies are still struggling to take full advantage of content marketing. Whether it’s not dedicating enough resources, not having enough time or having difficulty choosing the right tactics, content is not always the easiest strategy to implement.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways marketers can make their content more successful. Here are some tips to maximize the effectiveness of your campaigns:
1. Connect content and LinkedIn
Much has been made about the effectiveness of using social media to share content marketing materials. For business-to-business marketing in particular, LinkedIn was rated the best network for linking to blog posts and sharing articles in a Content Marketing Institute study, according to Business 2 Community. You can even use this platform to post original content and participate in group discussions.