6 Reasons to Get Consistent With Your Content Strategy

Deanna Baisden
Deanna Baisden Content Marketing / Social Media Specialist , SyneCore Tech

Posted on June 17th 2014

6 Reasons to Get Consistent With Your Content Strategy

ImageResearch, strategy, writing, monitoring, measurement, more writing...the content marketing to-do list never ends!

With the amount of published content expanding daily, how is one to keep up with the demand?

Unfortunately, it can become easy to lose your content focus if you lack a schedule and editorial calendar to enforce it. 

Simply put: Consistent production = Higher productivity 

The purpose of an editorial calendar is to build a publishing schedule over the upcoming week or month that strictly focuses on the information you need for content production, ranging from content topic themes to publish dates. 

No matter how often you post and however many contributors are involved, there are a number of benefits to an establishing a monthly editorial calendar:

1. Structured Content Production

With an editorial calendar, you know exactly what you will be including in your blog far in advance; there is no need to think up topics, decide on authors, and plan publish dates as you create content. This means everyone on your team remains organized and keeps working toward your strategic goal. Without an editorial calendar, in contrast, your content strategy is in risk of collapse.

 

2. Consistency

Structed productions leads seamlessly into consistency. As soon as you write down your plan for your blog for business, it becomes definite and provides your team with accountability.

 

3. Featured Guest Posts

By planning ahead, you can include featured guest posts that vary by subject matter and industry leader. Your calendar will ensure that you organize everything in time so that posts from guest writers appear at a similar time every month (or week) if intended as part of a series, and all their content will be relevant and of quality.

 

4. Improved Communication

In many cases, a calendar will benefit your entire staff due to improved communication; for instance, allowing team members to be able to visualize and meet shared goals. An editorial calendar also allows everyone to see what you have planned over the next few months in order to better participate in ideas and content creation, plan their time, and know what to expect.

Editorial calendars are particularly useful for large teams where multiple people are contributing to a blog. The calendar helps with delegation and allows the team to assign content topics to the most appropriate writers far in advance.

 

5. Diversified Content

You can also use your calendar to divide content into different categories, templates, and types. In this you are able to decide how much content you want to create for each topic and ensure you are achieving a consistent balance.

 

6. Increased Traffic

Maintaining a focus to publish quality content on a regular basis will make it easier to produce the content your audience enjoys, which naturally will aid in increasing blog visits. In turn, this leads to more traffic for your site and a greater opportunity to convert those visitors into leads. 


Although it may seem overwhelming, it's important to find the right calendar format that works for your brand, and stick to it! But don't forget: having a strategic publishing plan doesn't exclude the need to be publishing content that is original, timely, and engaging. 

Have your own strategy for effective content planning? Share your suggestions in the comments below! 

 

 



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Deanna Baisden

Deanna Baisden

Content Marketing / Social Media Specialist , SyneCore Tech

Content devourer with a passion for the creative, Deanna is on the constant lookout for her next big adventure. Having earned her B.S. in Marketing Communications and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, she spent the following year trekking the globe directing university programs in both the United Kingdom and China.

At Synecore, she utilizes her diverse range of experiences from event marketing to project management to develop compelling digital content. When she’s not socialing on media, Deanna can be found blazing new trails with her equine comrades and scouring concert venues throughout the Midwest.

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Comments

Justin Belmont
Posted on June 19th 2014 at 9:54AM

Thanks for the tips, Deanna! We at www.ProseMedia.com agree that creating a content calendar is an excellent way to stay consistent. Sites like HootSuite and Buffer are designed to help you create a content calendar and schedule posts, and this can really help you stay on track. You can also consider hiring content marketing agencies, like Prose Media, to help manage all of your different platforms.