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Importance of Content Marketing Strategy

This step helps you recognize how to map your content to key decision points in the Buyer's Journey while developing your strategy.
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♪ [music] ♪ Content marketing drives valuable search traffic and social engagement. These in turn can increase the number of valuable actions taken by your audience. To create a successful content marketing campaign, you first need a strategy. This sets out the objectives and scope of your project. It keeps everything on track while providing a road map outlining the different aspects of your campaign. You can use the conversion funnel as a guide when planning your content marketing strategy. This enables you to map your content to key decision points in the consumer journey and address their needs.
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The conversion funnel helps you understand the consumer journey by tracking the different steps a typical consumer would complete on the way to taking a valuable action such as a purchase, a sign-up, or a contact request. Content marketers should use funnel insights and knowledge to drive more valuable customer engagement. In order to apply funnel techniques to your content strategy, begin with awareness content for the top of the funnel to get the word out there, create consideration content for the middle part of the funnel when people are assessing options in the market, and produce high-impact conversion content for the end of the funnel. This drives people to take action.
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Create retention content for past purchases to turn them into repeat purchases or even brand advocates. It might also be worth creating re-engagement content for people who’ve dropped out at different stages of the consumer journey to entice them back. Where appropriate, marketers can use what’s known as hero content as part of the funnel. This is high-value content that aims to drive brand awareness. Although it’s created less frequently, it can cause a brand’s message to go viral. Examples of hero content include research studies, high-quality infographics, e-books, and highly unique and desirable audio or video content, such as exclusive videos or podcasts. So why develop a content strategy? As we can see, there are lots of moving parts in a content strategy.
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Clearly, it’s a useful document to create to get buy-in and sign off from stakeholders. It can also act as a road map for the project itself, and it can be referred to when queries arise, and can be adapted to suit the changing needs of the campaign and audience as required. A content strategy ensures content is developed for purpose by defining your objectives, KPIs, budgets, and audience personas, capturing your brand or campaign story, detailing production pieces such as formats and timings, outlining distribution channels, measuring the performance of your content in terms of the business impact and KPIs. Take into account these key considerations, dependencies, and constraints when project managing a content strategy. Scope of production.
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Identify the type and quantity of assets in formats you plan to deliver. Timeline for production. When will you deliver each part of the strategy? Plan your timeline carefully, and ensure you’ve allowed enough time for each stage of production. Budget and production resources. What is required in terms of money and people to deliver your content efficiently? Upstream dependencies. What has to happen for the strategy to progress? Try to identify any potential issues in advance, and put a solution or alternative plan into place. Downstream dependencies. What must a strategy deliver for something else to progress? Risks. What could happen to derail the plan? Factor in some contingency time for unexpected delays or complications.
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It takes time to plan and execute a content marketing strategy effectively because there are so many moving parts, you’ll need to be flexible, and ensure your strategy is agile. Can it evolve in response to changing business objectives, KPIs, and performance? More than any other discipline, content and asset production takes time and money. So in order for the strategy to succeed, you must understand the full requirements to deliver on your plan from the beginning.
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A number of tools and tactics can help content marketers to develop a successful content strategy, objectives, smart objective setting, research, persona development, planning, content or creative strategy, and content schedules, production, creating and repurposing content and storytelling, distribution, SEO, social, paid media, and scheduling, measurement and analytics, measuring campaign performance.

To create a successful content marketing campaign, you first need a strategy. You can use the ‘conversion funnel’ as a guide when planning your content marketing strategy. This step helps you recognize how to map your content to key decision points in the Buyer’s Journey while developing your strategy and addressing their needs.

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