Content marketing is a marketing strategy that focuses on the creation and distribution of valuable content in order to attract and retain an audience. Instead of pitching directly to customers, content marketing instead generates interest in a product or service offered by a business.
Content can be used to reach out to a new audience or to engage with an existing market base. Take Microsoft’s blog aptly titled “Stories” which invited audiences to go behind the scenes for a look into life at Microsoft. This new take on blogging or vlogging gives Microsoft a more human touch which helps them connect with their audience.
Content Marketing Campaign
In this article, we take a look at 5 ways for you to create a content marketing campaign that actually works.
Specify Your Goals
An effective content marketing campaign starts when you begin setting your goals. Having a clear set of objectives ensures that you’re able to stay on track throughout the course of your campaign.
From producing content targeted at nobody to missing the target audience entirely, too many businesses have become derailed by aimless marketing campaigns. Before getting started, have a meeting with your team to determine what are the objectives of this campaign.
Are you looking to engage with your existing audience? Or maybe you’re looking to tap into a new market?
These questions lay the groundwork for the objectives of your campaign. Having determined what your goals are, you’re now ready to move on to the next phase.
Set Key-Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Key-performance indicators or KPIs provide you with a means to measure your performance. With a set of KPIs in place, you’ll be able to determine how bad or good your campaign is doing. Ideally, you’ll want to use several metrics when determining your KPIs.
Items such as sales figures, traffic and revenue are some of the items that can be used. For example, an increase in revenues and traffic could be an indicator that your content marketing campaign is able to successfully generate interest in your business.
On the other hand, falling traffic could be an indicator that your campaign is ineffective or not reaching the right audience.
Know Your Audience
As one of the greatest admen of all time, David Ogilvy said; “The customer is not a moron. She’s your wife”. In order to engage with your customers, it’s crucial that you understand them and what their needs are.
Take as example the Major League of Baseball who uses Social CRM techniques to engage their fans. With these tools, they produce a back and forth interaction with fans, making sure the fans and MLB expert picks are feeling like they are in the dugout, even if they are not even in the stadium.
Over the years, some of the best marketing campaigns have come about because their creators understood and respected their customers. Take the example also of HubSpot with their innovative approach to marketing. Recognizing the fact that their target market consists of marketers and salespeople, HubSpot produces top-quality content aimed at helping their audience improve themselves.
From detailed and authoritative guides on marketing to free e-books and webinars, HubSpot have been able to position themselves as a top resource for everything related to sales and marketing. Being in the business of selling sales and marketing software, this strategy has no doubt been proven to be an effective one.
Engage Visually with Your Audience
Visual content is one of the most effective methods of engaging with your audience. As can be seen, GoPro clearly understands this. The image of one of their cameras covered in dirt and water highlights what a rugged piece of equipment they’re selling.
Besides that, it offers a promise. A promise of a wild and fun experience that appeals to the adventurer inside all of us. These striking visuals allows GoPro to relate with their audience on a truly personal level.
Besides staying within the consciousness of your audience, visual content is also more easily shared with your audience. From a study, it was determined that 39% of consumers were more likely to share visual content on social media as compared to more traditional articles.
With visual content being one of the fastest growing trends on social media, it would be folly to ignore this trend.
In today’s competitive economy, it’s ever more important for businesses to remain relevant. With the power of social media, a well-planned content marketing campaign can go a long way towards helping you win new customers.
From understanding sales funnel anatomy to mastering your content, you too can create automated sales funnels that convert. Just because your funnels are automated doesn’t mean they can’t be personal, authentic, and ideal for your client. Don’t believe this stigma around automation.
In reality, automation is more than just a time saver. It lets you strike while the lead’s hot to make more of every email. Are you ready to automate? What’s holding you back? It’s time to join the new era of sales funnel marketing to take your business to new heights.
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Author Benjamin Lee for Marketing Fundamentals Team
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