When it comes to content marketing don’t just jump in– you need a strategy if you are to be successful. There are several strategies out there, some better than others. It is only when you understand the qualities of a good content strategy that you will be able to make an informed choice on what to use. A good content marketing strategy is one that borrows heavily from a strategy that has been tried and tested. You could even use your competitor’s strategy if it has been effective in bringing in traffic to their site. But remember the strategy should be personalized based on your business’s needs, strengths, weaknesses, etc.
Content is for the Customer
Next remember to choose content on the needs of your customers. The reason behind creating content is to inform and help your customers. You should, therefore, do research to first determine what your target demographic needs. Once you have established this you can create quality content that your customers are going to want to view. The content needs to be captivating and grab the attention of your customers. The use of slides, images, audio, video, and interesting text helps build this attention grabbing aspect of content. Be sure to experiment with what works and what doesn’t when it comes to your content as well. This will help you build a more effective strategy around your content and gear it appropriately to your target audience.
Optimizing your content with Meta data is the next thing you want to make sure you do during the creation process of your content. This is important because it allows the content to be easily found in search engines results. For Meta data you should consider page descriptions, page titles, and keywords. Note that the content title can be different from page title (which is meant for search engines). It’s also important to use the keywords you have chosen within your content, page descriptions and page titles. This allows search engines to connect all of these factors together when determining the quality of your content. The higher the quality of your content is the better search engines will rank your website.
Promote! Promote! Promote!
The next thing you want to do is promote the content you have just created. It’s very important to promote your content through as many sources as you can so create multiple links to the content. Promote your content through your social media, blog, press releases and document sharing websites. By doing this you are increasing your search engine optimization at the same time by having your content on multiple online platforms and being connected to one another. The more ways your online platforms and content are connected the higher you will see your web site rankings go up due to your content marketing. Connecting properly will also drive more traffic to your website by giving users ways to gain access to your website through your content.
Analyze and Improve
Finally you want to monitor your content to assess the impact of it and the responses it receives. You could see results fairly quickly but you should wait about a week or two to see the full results of your content. To do this you can use tracking software which allows you to see who is viewing your content and to determine the keywords that are bringing in the traffic. You also want to monitor what people are saying about your content, if they are using it and how they are using it. This will allow you to know what people think of your content and what changes you can make to improve your content.
Lastly remember a good content marketing strategy should be tied in directly with your SEO strategy. Content marketing is the best tool in building your SEO and should be one of the many aspects you use within your SEO strategy. Using other SEO tactics such on-page optimization, inbound link creation and social media will help make your content all the much better and help drive more traffic in to your website. Tying all of your online marketing efforts together is what will really produce a successful marketing campaign and is key to a successful content marketing strategy.