You will probably agree with us. In every area of life, it’s the hardest to … Start. You have a plan in your head, you know that you will start “from Monday”, get up in the morning, make yourself a coffee and with energy equal to the rocket launching you will start implementation. Will it work? For sure! You thought it through well. A month later, the concept has changed a bit, and you are actually comforting that nothing has yet been started. And so another six months pass.
It is very similar with content marketing. Many companies think about it intensively, plan to implement the first activities, regularly deliver content to their recipients, operate in different channels, but often nobody knows where to start?
If you want to develop your content marketing strategy in a company, from scratch, starting from the blog, publishing content based on SEO or also establishing a company profile on social media, including on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin or YouTube.
Why is it worth having a content marketing strategy?
Content specialists will surely give you many reasons. However, if no one has ever tried to convince you to create a content marketing strategy for your company – here we are!
Having a clear content marketing strategy is much easier to present and explain the activities of the marketing team to other teams in the company that often do not understand or see the benefits of strictly content activities. A clear strategy gives them the opportunity to engage in various initiatives and facilitates communication between departments, e.g. sales and marketing. If you still think that not everyone in the company may be interested in what will be published on the company’s blog or Facebook, I present an example:
A. Your company sometimes publishes something on a blog, usually when the copywriter had a moment off. The person commissioned to take care of the fanpage uploads a maximum of two posts per week on Facebook – but these do not collect much likes (and no one even dreams about comments). Your company on both Google and Facebook has a maximum of 5 reviews – three written by friends of employees and two negative (of course, no one answered) – does this remind you of something? This is a very common example of a company that does not manage its content activities and does not have any pre-determined content marketing strategy. This can be changed very simply. How several guidelines will improve communication that will positively affect the content delivered to your company’s recipients? – about this in example B.
B. With the help of the Content Marketing guide, step by step, or using other sources and your own experience, you create a content marketing strategy – you specify a group of recipients, audit existing activities and check what should be improved, and what went well, you dedicate specific people who will posted on social media and on the blog, you set the publication schedule and distribution method. Finally, this strategy is also presented to other departments, which will most likely add some of their comments and inspiration.
People dealing with publications have in store ideas for content (in addition in various formats), what’s more, the sales department eagerly uses published content and uses the more interesting fragments, e.g. sharing them with potential customers who may be interested in given issues. The analytics department sends some nice data from which you can then create an interesting infographic or blog entry. Both the website and fanpages notice more traffic, and customers encouraged by the sales department write some positive reviews. It doesn’t stop there, of course.
Of course, the presented scenario only looks simple. To create a content marketing strategy, and then to enforce it and improve the published content over time, you need to work a bit. Nevertheless, you can start with small steps.
Benefits of having Content Marketing strategies in a company
We marketers are well aware of the benefits of our activities. We know perfectly well that thanks to our publications traffic on the site increases, and this translates into an increase in requests for an offer or an increase in purchases. We also see that the original texts on the site and communication tailored to recipients in social media brings an ever wider group of readers and gathers more and more active fans who read eagerly browse company profiles. It’s logical for us! However, for people who do not deal with marketing on a daily basis, our work often seems incomprehensible, and its benefits are often questioned and undermined. That is why we decided to convince the doubters, including this entry.
Here are the benefits for which you should have a content marketing strategy:
– building the company’s image and recognition (in a relatively cheap way),
– strengthening the position of the website in Google – by providing more content, well optimized for SEO,
– complementing other marketing and sales activities,
– positive impact on relationships with customers: brand fans, brand followers and potential customers,
– strengthening the company’s position as a leader among competitors (maybe your competition is still conducting its activities as in example A),
– as a result of these actions: increasing sales.
And a lot more! You can convince yourself of them only if you finally start acting!
Content Marketing – discussed forms of publication
Let’s start with the fact that content can take many forms. So we are not only doomed to simple blog entries, although these never go out of style. Definitely, in 2020 you need to be tempted to diversity and provide information to recipients in various forms, such as:
– blog entries,
– short entries, e.g. in social media,
– short video formats,
– longer video formats,
– live video,
– case studies,
– games and quizzes,
– UGC – that is all forms related to your product or service that your recipient / customer creates.
– and others that creativity will allow.
Since there are so many options, how to decide which channels and formats will be the most suitable for a given business and target group? Calm head, we are already answering!
Content Marketing activities
There is nothing to hide, this post is also a content marketing activity. We want to give knowledge, but also create a community of marketers around us. Maybe today they do not need our support, but maybe in six months they will go to a new company, they will be faced with new challenges and then they will remember us.
At Paraphrase Online, we’ve focused on several transmission axes, the key to providing industry knowledge.
We create customer guides, blogs and educational entries, we share
infographics, we are transparent as a company.
course, each form also has preferred channels. For
example, about transparency, payroll and results are best shared on Linkedin,
where the business environment involved is particularly interested in such data.
Infographics are great sellers on social media (including on
Facebook), and e.g. blog provides us traffic straight from the search engine.
You can use our knowledge and experience, their cumulative dose has been made available on our blog.