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Thinking about your audience is an overarching theme when it comes to making anything effectively online, content marketing is not different. Getting to know your audience is at the heart of content marketing, but it gets much more complex when you start researching and creating the types of content they want to hear and releasing it when they want to hear it.
Writing for search engines means literally formatting your content in a way that allows search engines to read and index it. Optimizing your content for search engines will also be appreciated by readers, since SEO techniques can support user experience and navigation.
Combining the thoughtful and relevant allure of content marketing with the practical and fundamental techniques of search engine optimization is what is going to take your website content from simply existing to super effective!Part 1: The Bromance Between Content Marketing and SEO
Content marketing and SEO sat in a tree, engaging users and search engines effectively….
As adapted from the Content Marketing Institute, content marketing is a marketing technique based on consistently creating and distributing content to drive business actions. It can take different forms depending on the business, but it really comes down to creative and strategic brainstorming, networking, and the proper management of digital channels.
What makes content strategic for the businesses is its ability to engage its target audience. Since content marketing is all about engaging the user and user engagement is a major search engine ranking factor (while being made up of many factors), the two work hand-in-hand.
I would argue that since search engines operate to meet the demands of all different types of audiences and search engine keyword research seeks to understand common search phrases used by each, that search engine optimization is centered around understanding a particular market and audience, not unlike content marketing. Of course the ways in which search engine optimization and content marketing are expressed or executed look completely different (not to confuse you!). When both content marketing and search engine optimization are carefully considered and come together for any website, the result is a match made in heaven.
The first five factors that follow here in Part 1 focus on getting to know your audience, both in general and through a search engine’s eyes so you can create the most effective framework for content.Step #1: Get to Know your Audience and Target Market
At the heart of content marketing is an author/team/marketing plan that understands and creates content for the target market. Once you know who you’re talking to, you can figure out what to say and the best way to say it.
The research and conclusions behind understanding your audience will drive both your content mapping and creation for the purposes of effective marketing and SEO. For example, if you discover your audience is primary women who are local to your business between the ages of 25 and 45, this fact should drive all other content decisions on your site.
Now you can move forward thinking about how you’re going to connect with this audience, looking for language that is familiar to this demographic and speaks to this age group of young professionals and new mothers.
Of course this is just an example, and your audience could be much broader. So how do you get to know who your audience is? Well if you have an existing website, you should have installed Google Analytics on it already, giving you access to a myriad of audience insights. These insights will help you to understand the demographics of your website traffic, giving you the blueprints to what type of people populate your audience.
If you are starting from ground-zero and you have no website traffic to measure, you can perform a market analysis for your organization, service or product(s). Seek to understand the size of your market and visualize your ideal subscriber/customer by creating target marketing personas. Marketing personas (aka Buyer Personas) are fictional representations of the different personalities that consume your message, service or product, uncovered through the market analysis.Step #2: Organize Content Across Your Website Strategically
What is as important as knowing your audience is talking to your audience. With your audience in mind, you can start to plan your effective content by creating a sitemap and overall content structure. All content (either existing or to be created) should be grouped by theme and organized onsite using major website categories and subcategories if necessary. Categorizing content is an organizational technique for website information that allows for a better user experience than housing all the content on one page. What would a site like Amazon be like without categories and subcategories?
Categorizing content also allows you to group types of content under one page and create a title tag signalling to Google what this group of topics is about. If Google can read your content easily, users searching Google will be able to find them using search engines. We’ll look at this point in more depth in the following tips.Step #3: Connect Your Content with Search Results
Create an interesting and well-researched Search Engine Results Page (SERP) for each main page of your website to drive people to your content organically and also to provide Google with a strong indicator of what that page is about.
With your audience in mind and your sitemap of categorized content, you can begin to create a list of keywords surrounding each information group or website category that you can then plug into Google’s Keyword Planning Tool. If you’re unfamiliar with this tool, I suggest hiring a reputable search engine optimization expert to do the research for you. The keyword research is essential to understanding what are the most searched terms surrounding the content you have on your website and in-turn how to utilize these words to describe this content. Most often we create what’s known as an SEO-Tree that, not unlike your site map, takes each main page category and subcategory and maps it out against the title tag, meta description and on-page description using the audience understanding and keyword research as the guide.
While you want your website to appear for phrases that are commonly searched (hence, the keyword research) it’s absolutely essential that your organization, brand, or product appears for a branded search. If someone types in the name of your company, organization, brand or blog and you don’t come first, it’s well…just downright embarrassing and tells potential clients that you’re not an authority in your industry. That’s why we’re here today – to make you more effective!
Here is an example of a branded search for a popular Toronto publication and the dynamic and interesting SERP they’ve created for themselves:
Of course if your business is to sell industrial piping, it’s impossible to insert rich snippets like the categories and news “snippits” featured in the Toronto Life SERP above. Your SERP is more likely to look like this:
Beyond the formatting and optimization of the search engine result for each of your main website pages, you can use your keyword research and SEO tree to guide the actual website content itself. Integrate this research by using high volume keywords in the content you write about as well. If you write about topics that have higher search volume, you’re more likely to get traffic to your site when people search for these terms. This is true for both your main category pages as well as your blog etc. Let’s move onto content creation.Step #4: Follow the Basics of Formatting On-Page Text for SEO
Once the sitemap and website categories and subcategories are laid out, you have to think about populating each with content if you’re creating a new website. If you’re working on an existing site, retrofit your content to include these SEO-friendly formatting guidelines if they’re not already in place.
This is old news to most SEO experts, but actually this topic is still discussed and included in Moz’s annual search engine ranking factors survey. Last year, the industry’s top experts debated over the importance of H1 Header tags on page titles, with the conclusion being that these titles are less important for direct search engine rankings but still very important as an indirect ranking factor. Whether direct or indirect as a search engine signal, H1 page titles are the first thing seen by the user on the page.
So, in addition to allowing your webpage to be easily read by Google, these titles are hugely important for engaging your reader and reducing your bounce rate. If you manage to engage your reader, Google will consider that your site is a high quality source of information for your particular niche or category or page and you will also be taking a step in the right content-marketing-direction. Allowing your audience to easily discover what your web page is about is fundamental to effective content. Similarly, it’s recommended to include introductory text on each page describing what the page is about. Including keywords that describe the main topic of your page in the H1 titles and the on page description is essential.
Let’s bring the SERP optimization from Tip #3 and the on page factors from Tip #4 together in the following example. If I search for the term “the best organic shampoo,” the SERP as well as the on page content should indicate that they have information that can speak to my search query and these page titles should have H1 and H2 header tags:
Finally, when I check the source code, I can see that yes these page titles are clearly labelled with H1 and H2 header tags:Step #5: Follow the Basics of Formatting Images for SEO
Just like the H1/H2 formatting tags that you’re adding to your page titles, images included on the page can also be helpful on your quest for the most effective website content. SEO Blog writes about 5 Techniques that can be used to optimize images in your content for search engines, that are summarized here:
Create an image title and an alt-description for each using plain English
Balance image size with image quality, without reducing your load time (jpeg and png formats are best, except for logos where you should use gifs)
Use unique images so you’re content is unique if anyone performs an image search
Use image captions to describe the image on the page and create stronger more engaging content
Optimize each image for it’s purpose. For example a logo’s purpose is different from an infographic’s
It was a long and grueling process to get to where you are now. You now understand your audience and a bit about how search engines operate and you’ve created your website and website content accordingly. The first five tips included in this post focused on how to create the most effective main-content pages for your website, which are for the most-part static.
What about the dynamic content on your website?
Moving forward in Part 2, I’m distinguishing between main category/subcategory pages and focusing on content that is added regularly. For informational websites that include a blog, for news websites and for blogs themselves, creating new and interesting articles is a fact of daily life (depending on the posting frequency). While your main pages will have the strongest impact on search engines, your dynamic content pages are more likely to attract ongoing sources and new sources of website traffic. Let’s look at how to make these types of pages the most effective they can be.Step #6: Don’t Underestimate the Value of New Article Titles
When you have a list of topics you know you’re going to write about, and when the article is finally created, you have to come up with the best title for it.
“Top 10” lists are often an effective way to draw readers in as we’ve done in this article. Similarly “The Best (anything)” article titles seem to attract readers as well.
Most importantly, choose a title that makes sense.
Use your audience understanding, combined with your keyword research, to get ideas for articles and for content titles. If you have a product or service in which you offer support or customer service, you can use the commonly asked questions coming through these customer channels as a source of inspiration for content creation as well. If you’re having trouble with a particular title, you can always turn to a title generator. Hubspot has a tool for creating article titles called the Topic Generator.
When I searched “Montreal” “Foodies” and “Restaurants” in Hubspot’s Topic Generator I was presented with this topic that I thought would be awesome to write about: What Will Foodies Be Like in 100 Years?Step #7: Tag Your Content Wisely
Tags further segment and label collections of information as they develop and help to organize the information contained in each main category or subcategory depending on the website and it’s complexity. Metadata allows content on a website to be found again, helping the user to quickly gather related or similar information on a website simply by applying the tag.
News sites, event sites and blogs typically rely on tags to organize information. As one WordPress expert put it “if categories are the table of contents for your blogs, tags represent the index.” Tags also support SEO, by formatting the content in a way that supports Google and other search engine’s ability to index the content properly.
Don’t go overboard when tagging your content. As Tom Ewer writes “A post should typically be in no more than one or two categories, and tagging should be limited only to the most relevant topics covered in the post. Furthermore, if you find no obvious way in which you can tag a specific post, don’t tag it. Not every post needs tagging.”
Toronto Life is a useful example to discuss in terms of content organization, volume and quality; however, they could use some improvement. In this image we see the tags applied to this article:
The tags that appear in the photo above attached to this article on Toronto Life are: Beer, Liberty Village, Openings, The Craft Brasserie and Toronto Restaurants.
The first three tags are ideal. The last two are examples of what not to do. Since Toronto Life isn’t likely to do many articles on this microbrewery, having a tag specific to the business name is unnecessary. The tag Toronto Restaurants is also unnecessary and redundant because the Toronto Life website includes a category for these. Create general tags that are broad enough to encompass many different article types under their specific niche.Step # 8: Use Consistent Formatting
When it comes to formatting text and images on the page as well as tagging your content, your formatting should be consistent. While writers and even editors can get saturated by their own content losing their ability to effectively edit, the audience notices mistakes easily. Ensuring that each writer adheres to common guidelines applied site-wide will polish your final publications. I highly recommend creating site-wide guidelines for anyone contributing to your website to ensure quality and consistency. Here is a sample of guidelines to follow for content:Sample Editorial Guidelines for Writers
(Many of these guidelines are used on Search Engine Journal and adapted from their editorial guidelines!)General Practices:
Create a mini business plan for your website and/or blog (know your target audience, their interests, where they share and promote content, know why people should care about your blog and set up milestones for yourselves along the way).
Use attractive branding that is consistent across all marketing channels (website, social media, print, products etc.)
The more personal your experience is, the more engaging it will be for the reader. Always measure, then repeat what is working and abandon what isn’t.General Formatting:
Decide on what the optimal length of articles is for your audience and make sure all of your content meets this threshold.
Write out numbers one-ten. 11 and up are written as digits. Percentages are written as digits.
Only one space after all punctuation.Formatting for SEO:
Headers in H2 tags, sub-headers in h3 and h4 tags, as needed and proper HTML formatting (bulleted lists, headers, bolding, etc)
Alt tags on all images
Alt attributes for all images. This can be the article title or a succinct description of the photo that fits the article topic.
One to three top-level tags: Tags can’t be the same as categories. When adding a tag, ask yourself if this tag will be used again.Images:
Include at least one image per post.
Standardize image formatting on the page, including a consistent display size.
All images must be either creative commons licensed or have the creator’s permission for use.
All photos must have attribution either immediately below the image, in the caption of the image, or en masse at the end of the article, in chronological order. This includes screenshots. Like this: Image credit: chúng tôi Used under license.Linking Within Articles:
Fundamentally, links are about citations. Include a relevant link when supporting a fact.
If you have a relationship with a company or someone mentioned on your website or linked to within your blog, disclose this.
Do not use call-to-actions that are promotional, this is a turn-off for the reader.
If you’re working with content sponsors and hyperlinking to their site, add rel=”nofollow” to any link in the source code.Step #9: Utilize the Value of Your Social Reach
The value of social media is mostly brand building and awareness, some SEO value (which we’re only beginning to understand), and, rarely, indirect sales. However, social media offers a special boost to content. Of course it all starts with good content, but social media actually extends the life of that content and takes the topics to the places people are talking about them. In other words, social media further connects your content with people and connects people to people over shared experiences like the one you’ve just provided for them.
So, yes, share your posts on Facebook and Twitter and make social media a priority. Then follow your audience, tag people in the post, pick up the conversation and keep your voice active there as much as possible. You could even choose to personally share your articles on your own social media channels and have conversations to spread the word around. The more buzz, the better! If you’re not getting any traction on social media, pay to promote a few posts and test the water, this usually works as a last resort, or if you need traffic quickly.Step #10: Prepare to Pivot
The final step to effective content is to measure, analyze, and incorporate the results of your content engagement and feed this data back into your current content and search marketing strategy. So, for example, if your audience can’t seem to get enough of your Round Up posts, do more of these.
If you were using social media as a KPI, and you noticed that you’re doing much better on Facebook than Twitter, it would be wise to spend more time on Facebook obviously (What is less obvious in that example is that perhaps visual content is more important for your audience or perhaps the demographic that prefers Facebook as a social platform is characteristic of your audience). In another example, if you’re getting a ton of referral traffic from Instagram, you should keep this going by reaching out to some influencers there. Be consistent in your approach but agile with your strategy.
There are literally hundreds of tools for measuring and monitoring marketing activities if what is working isn’t obvious. The real point is that there is no excuse for not getting some feedback about your content’s performance. This feedback is what will tell you which direction to pivot so that you can be more effective with the content you create moving forward.Final Thoughts for Effectiveness: Stay Motivated
There is a lot to consider when creating effective copy. From the bird’s eye view that tries to gain an overall understanding of the market landscape to even the smallest SEO consideration like tweaking an alt tag. Only a desire to be more effective, learning, persistence and time will allow you to create more effective website copy. The steps above are pretty good blueprints to start from. Don’t give up if you’re not getting the results you’d hoped for right off the bat. Try, try, try again.
And now that you have all these trade secrets for effective copy, use them!
Effective Website Content and Copy Steps Condensed:
Step #1: Get to Know your Audience & Target Market
Step #2: Organize Content Across Your Website Strategically
Step #3: Connect Your Content with Search Results
Step #4: Follow the Basics of Formatting On Page Text for SEO
Step #5: Follow the Basics of Formatting Images for SEO
Step #6: Don’t Underestimate the Value of New Article Titles
Step #7: Tag Your Content Wisely
Step #8: Use Consistent Formatting
Step #9: Utilize the Value of your Social Reach
Step #10: Prepare to Pivot
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What is Media Plan?
Digital marketing, conversion rate optimization, customer relationship management & others
Media planning is making a decision to choose the right way of putting your message across to the target audience. The message of introducing the new product to your existing customer and also targeting new prospective customers. This needs to be done correctly in order to make it extremely effective.
During the process of the media plan, a few questions need to be answered.
Who are the target audiences?
What types of media can reach out to how many target audiences?
Which media should be used to place the ad to reach out to the audiences effectively?
What should be the frequency of the ad placed in various ad vehicles?
What should be the budget for each ad vehicle?
Marketing has budget constraints for every organization. Advertising for promoting the goods and services of an organization is mandatory in any competitive market.
Try using local newspapers with limited reach. Local magazines, even in the local language, are perfect, cheaper, or no-cost social media to reach a less targeted audience to spread awareness.
Choosing the right media plan will help you effectively convey your message to your target audience through the right ad vehicle. A media plan is a process that is successful only if planned well.
Of course, social media planning needs many analyzes, objectives, and strategies to implement in order to get the right output. The motive needs to be achieved.
Marketing always aims to create a need for the product and service amongst the target audience through effective content. And that is not it. The content must be displayed and flashed through the correct ad vehicle within the given budget to maximize profits and avoid losses.Process of building an effective media plan
Look at the process of building an effective media plan noted below:
To choose the correct media plan vehicle to promote a product and service, you need to make sure you do1. Market Analyses
Before entering the market with a new product or service, you research the market, the types of audience in the set or given market, their description, preferences, etc.
What is important is to know the market or analysis the market before you introduce a product or a service in that market. In short, you will analyze the market. Once you analyze the market, you will know how to create awareness amongst your target audiences.2. Create an effective media objective.
Your main objective will be to reach out and create awareness about tour products and services amongst your target audiences to increase your sales and profitability within a budget.
Remember that your media objective is very important as it is the goal of your media plan. Your goal should answer the following questions.
How many audiences should your media vehicle reach out to?
How and how much should the ad circulate to be effective enough to meet your promotion and sales expectations?
How much should you spend on what media vehicle?
Remember, your goals that your media objective need to be appropriate to attain the correct profitability by spending as less as you can. It is only about promoting correcting.3. List down marketing issues.
You might face hurdles in different business stages, from production to selling and servicing. Some hurdles might be huge, and some small. However, every problem has solutions, and not one may be more than one.
All you need to do is choose the correct solution and implement it. Like other stages, you will face issues or problems even in marketing. List all the issues you can encounter while promoting your product and services.
Look for solutions. You can solve these problems and hurdles in a number of ways. However, the motive is to get the most effective solution.4. Strategize
These media plan options include television, radio, newspaper, interactive media platform, magazines, and digital media. Choose the media bases on the set media objective; remember that is your goal. Your ad vehicle should be able to meet your social media planning goal.
You should be able to differentiate
Which option reaches the maximum target audience?
How many times will your target audience be able to view it?5. Your media vehicle should be able to do the following
Reach out to<
You have a set number or a certain percentage of audiences you would want to focus on. Your media vehicle should be able to reach that number or that percentage of people. The reaching out can be reaching out to individuals or homes and families in a specified period of time.
You need to know how often the media vehicle flashes your ad, the average daily flashes, or a set period to expose it to your target audiences.
Averagely for a consumer to realize and take action, it takes more than 3 times. Hence considering and knowing the frequency is important.
Cost per thousand customers
The impact that it will create
Degree of selection
You aim to reach out to most of your prospective audience. Now this is true that anyone can be your next prospective customer. However, how many and who can be your most logical prospect, and up to what degree can you select to target your logical prospect audiences?6. Implement your strategies 7. Evaluate the results
After you reach the implementation stage, you must sit and wait for the results. These results can be in sales and profits, as mentioned earlier. However, is it meeting your expectations, was the effort enough, and were your analyses correct? You are aware of your media plan objectives and your media goals.
You need to understand if you successfully met your goals and objectives. Were your strategies successful? If this media plan of yours works out well, it will help you determine your other media plans.8. Follow up and continue promoting
Promoting a product and a service at its launch to introduce it to the public and then not promoting increased sales or publicizing it is incorrect.
You want to reach out to your target audiences in different ways, and discontinuing promotions of your goods and services wastes all the effort you put into understanding the market and promoting accordingly.
Ensure you are in touch with your customers and know them better as you deal with them. Knowing your audiences better will help you promote and expose yourself to your goods and services better than you promoted before.
Keep the follow-ups on and continue to promote your goods and services to get more exposure to gain better publicity and more business.Conclusion
Knowing the market and marketing accordingly is extremely important to be successful in your business. You can sell better only if your products and services are exposed to your target audiences better.
Target audiences can be your existing prospect or logical prospect customers.Recommended Articles
Here are some articles that will help you to get more detail about the Media Plan, so just go through the link
The faster you can copy files on your Microsoft Windows 10 computer, the better. You may already be happy with the speed of your computer copies files, but wouldn’t you want to try a method that can improve the current copying speed?
The good news is that there are a few methods you can try and speed up the copying process. Some are easier than others, but they all have the same goal in mind; to help you copy files faster.Basic File Copying Keyboard Methods
Some primary keyboard shortcuts to copy include:
Ctrl + X – These keys will cut a file and moves it to the clipboard for future pasting.
Ctrl + C – Copies any file without cutting it.
Type Ctrl + V – Shortcut to paste the text you’ve copied.
Ctrl + Shift + N – To create a new folder. You’re going to need to paste your text somewhere.
Alt + Left/Right – Helps you move back and forth among the folders.Copy Windows Files Faster by Changing USB Ports
Sometimes by doing things such as changing USB ports can help improve the speed the files are copied. This should be one of the first things you try when the copying speed is slower than usual.
Outdated drivers can also slow things down when copying files. To update your computer’s drivers, you’ll need to visit the computer manufacturer website. You should be able to find the drivers in the support section, if not, you can always contact customer support for more information.Get More File Copying Power With Robocopy
Robocopy is a feature that Windows has built-in, so there is no need to download any third-party software. This feature will speed up the file copying process, but you will need to use the Command Prompt.
If you’re not familiar with the Windows Command Prompt, you may want to try other methods.
When the Command Prompt is open type robocopy /? After pressing Enter, you should see copying options. With these shortcuts, copying files on your computer will be a lot faster.
You also have the option of using Windows Powershell but as an administrator.
An example of how you could use Robocopy to copy files from one place to another would be the following. Let’s say that you want to copy files from your user profile to a folder you’ve named Backup.
The basic formula to use Robocopy is to type Robocopy origin–destination and then the command. To properly copy those files you would need to enter the following command: Robocopy C:UsersJudy F:TheBackup / E.Change to an SSD
If you’re not sure if you have an SSD or an HDD, you can tell by how old your computer is. Desktop PCs will have a high chance of having an HDD (hard disk drive) that is slower than modern SSD (solid-state drive).
SSDs will deliver better performance (faster copying speeds) and will last longer. SSDs will also help you save energy and will help keep your computer cooler.Free File Copy Software
There are also various software utilities you can try out and for free. For example, there’s TeraCopy. TeraCopy is a free Windows software that is designed to skip any problematic files and will always try to work on the fastest channel.Conclusion
Many start-up businesses, and even established business owners who’ve decided it’s time their business had a professional web presence, don’t know where to start when it comes to planning their website. There are so many things to consider, and so many choices. Just getting the design and layout of the website can be intimidating. Then you have to determine what will be on the site. It can be mind-boggling.
Sometimes, by the time you get to the content portion of the site, your brain is fried from trying to make the other decisions. When you begin to think about the content, you’re probably asking yourself, “What do I write about” or “Where do I start?” If so, you’ve come to the right place. You only have one chance to make that first impression. If you take your content seriously then your audience will too. You want your audience to visit your site over and over again. If you provide quality content for them time and time again, they will keep returning to your site.
Getting started is the most important step. If you know how to write, you are already 95% of the way there. You don’t need to be an English major to understand any of the tips in this book either. It is written in plain English that everyone can understand.
Writing for the internet requires different skills to those covered in most school writing lessons. If you’ve never been much of a writer, starting writing as an adult may seem difficult. The upside is that as an adult you have more experience, skills, and knowledge that you can share with your readers. This knowledge, skills and experience can be valuable to you and to others. Writing an article, series of articles, or blog posts can be an excellent way to share what you know and what you’ve experienced with your audience.
While the writing you need for your site can be outsourced to professionals, it is very possible, and definitely more personal, for you to do it yourself.
That’s what the tips in this book can help you do. Professional content writers are exactly that, professional. They take their jobs seriously. When a professional writer has been provided with instructions from a client, they read them carefully to get an understanding of what is required. The problem with outsourcing to a professional is they don’t know what you know or haven’t experienced the things that you have. They don’t know how you feel. In other words, they don’t have your heart. They can write in the way you instruct them, but they can’t write with your heart. They can give information, but they can’t give a reader a sense of who you are. They can’t share your personal experiences with the same passion you feel.
Writing your own content can also be a very rewarding experience. It can help you make a personal connection with your readers. It gives them a sense of who you are, because you will be sharing your knowledge, thoughts, and feelings in everything you write. Writing content that connects to your readers is what you want to do.
If you’ve never written anything for a website before, don’t worry. You’re not alone. That’s why you’re reading this book. The information here will help you create that quality content. For your convenience, the book is sectioned into the four main content areas: articles, blog posts, books, and videos. Together, there are 70 great tips to give your website the “WOW” factor.
Who is this course for:
Whether you are already writing a blog or have a website up and running in this short course you will gain new knowledge and understanding of what it takes to publish great content on the internet.Goals
You will gain an understanding of the steps you must follow to write great content.
I will give you tips on writing web articles
I will get you started on writing blog content that gets noticed
And we will even go over tips on creating video for your web or other applications such as YouTubePrerequisites
You just need an understanding of and access to any word processing software.
A content marketing strategy is a must.
Building a content marketing strategy will help ensure that all your time, energy, and money are focused on reaching a particular goal that helps your business grow. Concentrating on this goal will prevent you from creating irrelevant content pieces that will stand in the way of attracting new visitors and listening to the needs of existing customers or clients.
Additionally, a content marketing strategy will help you reach a much broader audience and distribute your content more effectively to professionals, bloggers, and journalists.
A smart content marketing strategy will also help drive more organic traffic to your website on a daily basis. There’s no better source of traffic than organic search because it delivers relevant traffic with little or no additional investment required.
So how do you build one? Here’s a five step process for creating a content marketing strategy that works.1. Define Your Goals
This is the most important step. It will put you on a path toward building the winning strategy.
Although defining your goals may sound easy, it isn’t always. You need to think about how you want content marketing to help you and what objectives you will accomplish once it’s integrated into your work schedule.
Your objectives might include increases in:
Unique page views.
Frequency of posts. This KPI is focusing on quantity when you should be focusing on what you get out of your content marketing. Squandering your potential by creating a myriad of posts that provide zero value won’t earn you readers and will be counterproductive to your marketing strategy because the investment needed to create all those posts will be extensive.
Brand awareness. This KPI is incredibly hard to measure through any one channel. Understanding how recognizable your brand is to a particular audience will require some intricate and costly research. Instead, consider much simpler metrics for gauging brand awareness, such as direct traffic growth and search queries for branded keywords.2. Investigate the Competitive Landscape
Find out what kind of content your competitors and other industry leaders have produced, and how this content is performing.
You can use BuzzSumo to analyze specific posts and articles created by your rivals and industry experts. Not only will this tool tell you all about your SMM signals like shares and likes, but it will also tell you your number of links.
The only thing BuzzSumo doesn’t offer is organic traffic analysis. Thankfully, there are tools like Ahrefs and SEMrush. I prefer using Ahrefs’ Batch Analysis tool, which allows you to process up to 200 URLs at a time.3. Find Out What Content Has Worked Best for You
When some people hear someone say, “Go to Google Analytics” out loud, shivers often run down their spines. But it’s really not that complicated.
Google’s support forum typically explains everything in a step-by-step manner. So, go to Google Analytics and check which of your articles are getting the most page views:
Find out which pages generate the most organic traffic. To do that, check the “Search Analytics” report in the Google Search Console:
After that, analyze your content performance using BuzzSumo.4. Learn About Your Audience’s Interests & Needs
Tune into what your users are telling you using their keyboards. See what your target audience is searching for in Google using a tool called Answer the Public. This tool scrapes Google’s autosuggest search queries.
Humans are curious by nature. We’re always asking questions.
Twitter Audience Insights is another great source of information for getting to know your users better. This will give you an idea of what kind of content is highly appreciated in your industry.5. Create an Amplification Plan Use Paid Ads on Facebook
Pay attention when setting up your ad and selecting different audience interests. Use brands that your audience also likes. For instance, if I were creating an ad for the digital marketing industry, then for a post about ‘content marketing,’ I’d add the key phrase “digital marketing industry” as one of my audience’s interests.
I’d also select an additional interest for my target audience. Let’s say for the purpose of this example it’s Canva. Tweaking these details gives me the assurance that users who encounter my post are interested in its subject.
Targeting the correct audience also allows you to reach users who are already familiar with your product. If you have 10,000 emails in your user database, then your best bet is to create a custom audience.
If you don’t have that many users, then Facebook will charge you more for an ad like that. The smaller your audience is, the more you have to pay for a targeted ad, so it’s not always cost-effective.Use the Power of Outreach
Typically, you want to look for articles related to your own. You can find them with the help of BuzzSumo. Besides that, you can get a list of referring domains (where your backlinks are coming from) using BuzzSumo, Ahrefs or Majestic.
Once you have a list of sites you want to connect with, then comes the most dreadful part: You need to figure out how you are going to reach out to them. There are a couple of ways to do that, and I want to go over the pros and cons of each of them:
Filling Out Websites’ Contact Forms
You’ll find these on most bloggers’ sites. Putting together a list of URLs with contact forms you can paste your information into seems to be pretty easy. One of the pros here is that it doesn’t take a lot of time to put things together, but the response rate might be next to zero.
This is my favorite method of promoting content. Yes, you need to spend a horrendous amount of time finding these email addresses. But with the help of tools like chúng tôi chúng tôi or Slik.ai, you can save precious time and enjoy peacefully sipping your latte or watching your favorite show.
Another cool thing about sending emails is that you can check if the email you sent was opened or not, and follow up on the conversation when needed. Tools like Yesware, Mixmax, or Mailtrack will help you determine whether your email has been opened and read.
Using Social Media Channels
In case you decide to use social media to chase down an expert, I wouldn’t use Facebook to send messages because people rarely use this social network for work purposes. However, Facebook groups, especially closed groups, are the right place to do that. You’ll be able to reach your target audience and effectively promote your piece of content.
The same goes for LinkedIn groups. The only thing that you should keep in mind is to never share a link to your article without writing a short intro to your content. That would look abrupt and spammy. Ideally, you need to write a separate introduction for each group for which you’re going to publish your content, and that’s why it’s a time-consuming task.
Another option would be connecting with industry professionals and content producers on LinkedIn. This tactic has proved to be highly effective, and it can be used together with email outreach.
We also can’t forget about Twitter. Using BuzzSumo, you can find a list of users who have previously shared similar content. Those will be the people you want to talk to.
Outreach Mix: Emails & Social Media Channels
You can dramatically increase your email response and open rates by connecting with people on LinkedIn first (before you send them emails). Yes, it requires some extra time, but it’s always good to know you’ve established meaningful and potentially strong connections. People who have heard your name before will be more likely to respond to your emails.Conclusion
Now you know how you can build a powerful content marketing strategy from scratch.
You need to know exactly what kind of posts resonate best with your audience and get strategic about your outreach plan.
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As the competition amongst organizations has increased, adopting data-driven work culture has also become imperative for businesses.
However, often while integrating data science, organizations face the challenge of transforming digitally. This failure can be due to an absence of cultural adoption of data science within an organization, rather than a technical loophole. That’s why a planned strategical approach becomes necessary for building data-driven work culture.1. Leadership adopting Data Science:
For integrating AI or data science in any organizational set-up, the administration and the top management must be the first to accept that incorporating data is a necessity for improved business. An excellent example of leadership would readily amplify the involvement of employees towards accepting the new technology and acknowledging its presence, rather than viewing it as a threat. Once this leadership attains the comfort of propelling the institution with data science, management can guide its employees towards accepting the functionalities of data-science. By incorporating data-science, the top leaders can also monitor the market trials while launching the new product or services and will take evidence-based actions.2. Choosing the smarter metrics:
Often, the loophole in choosing smarter metrics could lead to the inability of organizations to adapt to a digital environment. By applying predictive accuracy, the organizations can be benefitted in planning out a strategy that would be better suited for understanding the competition process in an already competitive business world. By integrating data science in the current work culture, organizations would be able to organize and analyze the customer behaviors, up-gradation, and customer performance, while buying the products and services from the company. In this way, the organizations can examine the quality of services received by the customers, and which products or services are having more customer inclination and buy-out.3. Prioritizing Data Scientists-
It has often been observed that most of the time, the failure to integrate data-science amongst organizations is due to the gap between data analytics and business. Analytics is part of any organization which is looking towards transforming digitally; without the involvement of data scientists, this is unattainable. That’s why an approach must be built in aligning data analytics with businesses. This can be done by initially creating a highly porous boundary between the data scientists and businesses. With this approach, the organizations are rendered for instilling a rotational workforce that would alter as out of excellent staff and in-line roles, thus scaling up the proof of concept. Thus, integrating different functional areas with analytics would infuse domain knowledge and technical know-how amongst the organization.4. Fixing the basic data-access issues-
One of the often complained issues of business leaders, while moving towards digital transformation, is the inability to access the required amount of data. With only limited data available, the analyst faces difficulty in analyzing the data thoroughly. But this could be rectified by applying logjam. This means that organizations can grant universal access of data, to adjust one key measure, at a time, instead of slow-programs for organizing the data. This can also be achieved by constructing a standard data layer for anticipating the financial requirements, which would enable organizations to focus on the relevant needs.5. Quantifying Uncertainty:
Every new technology has a certain level of uncertainty, which is well acknowledged by organizations. However, addressing this uncertainty would not only help to make an improved decision but will also help in identifying the source of that uncertainty. By rigorously evaluating uncertainty, the organizations can have a deeper understanding of the data-driven models.6. Starting from small, going to bigger: 7. Data Science for Employees:
Data science is not only essential for understanding customer behavior but for enhancing data-driven organization work culture, the employees must be accepting the new technology. It is often observed that a lack of employee enthusiasm and expertise, becomes the reason for the data-driven transformation. So, to counter this thwart, the organizations are required to train their employees with the concepts of big data. This will not only make the employees more enthusiastic towards deploying their data-driven skills but also enable them to identify the gaps or the areas requiring urgent attention, without the involvement of leadership or experts.8. Offering Training Just in Time:
Offering training to employees before starting to transform the organizations digitally can enable them to gain an understanding of the functioning, methodology, and analysis required for data science. Thus, when the leaders plan out a strategy for organizational data-driven transformation, the employees can be more focused in delivering their inputs regarding the strategy, so that a finer deployment of data analytics can be possible.9. Trading Flexibility with consistency: 10. Making Analytical Choices:
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