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Essential Content Marketing Editorial Calendar Template Every Marketer Can Use


It is vital to plan, manage, and optimize your content marketing initiatives. 

free content marketing editorial calendar template Essential Content Marketing Editorial Calendar Template Every Marketer Can Use

The pressure to publish timely, engaging, content has never been higher. Brands have evolved into media companies that must think like publishers. Today’s portfolio of content channels  — websites, blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, SlideShare, Flickr, etc. — is constantly growing. Each one requires constant care and feeding, and content is at the core of every conversation. 


But despite the overwhelming trend toward content marketing and measuring its effectiveness, most brands haven’t addressed content on either a strategic or tactical level. One reason for this is that managing the workflow is very challenging. You must understand your target audience, research keywords, and publish/distribute interesting content regularly on each channel that attracts and retains your customers’ interest. Content marketing projects have lots of moving parts that come together at different times to form cohesive campaigns. It’s imperative to have an editorial calendar to manage the process. Along with creating buyer personas (profiles of  the personalities in your target audience), an editorial calendar significantly impacts your content marketing success.

How will this planning template aid your business?

It will serve as a road map for the months ahead to ensure your content is optimized to meet your business goals and targets the right audience. It will also provide assurance that your contributors, stakeholders, and distribution channels are working in concert. It will help you:

  • Organize quality consistent content that is valuable to your audience
  • Align team members who are responsible for researching, creating, and publishing
  • Coordinate audience interaction processes that are necessary for quality content marketing
  • Frame a process to plan and manage the creation of content so it’s structured well ahead of publication
  • Enforce accountability by specifying who does what and when

How is the editorial calendar spreadsheet structured?

I’ve included 3 Excel worksheets for managing content publishing, all of which can be customized to fit your organization’s content marketing initiatives. You can choose which one(s) are best-suited for you:

  • Editorial calendar template to fine-tune your customer value propositions, outline unique ways customers can be involved with your company or product, drill down into your company and industry, and organize your content and announcements.
  • Blog publication calendar template that tracks your post topics/titles, content details, keywords, target personas, and CTAs (calls to action)
  • Marketing calendar template that enables you to plug all of your content marketing initiatives for 2014 into an annual calendar. In addition to content marketing, it includes things like conferences, webinars, and monthly customer newsletters. It’s easy to add additional details using color-coding.

Download the free template

Join The Conversation

  • May 7 Posted 3 years ago 124Amelia

    Great post! A good editorial calendar should be able to publish to social media sites. It should work with Twitter and Facebook because that’s where your customers hang out. Even better, it should combine content curation with content creation. Namely, it should be very easy to curate content, but also very easy to integrate with existing blogging platform like WordPress.
    ContentDJ has a good social media calendar( It integrates with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Wordpress. Each social account is color coded. You can drag and drop to schedule posts.
    The tool also helps you find the most shareable content to publish. 

  • Jan 30 Posted 3 years ago meenachopra

    Very useful article Pam. Thank you Julie for the additional info. 

  • PamDyer's picture
    Nov 18 Posted 3 years ago PamDyer

    Hi Julie,

    CoSchedule looks like a cool tool -- thanks for sharing!


  • Julie Neidlinger's picture
    Nov 14 Posted 3 years ago Julie Neidlinger

    Great post, Pam. Editorial calendars are so vital to successful content marketing. In the process of building CoSchedule, a WordPress social media editorial calendar, we created some editorial calendar templates to help users get the hang of the concept, much like you've described here. I'm pleased to see this new focus on how bloggers are planning their content. It bodes well for blogging.

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