I think we struggle with creating great content because we aren’t used to associating quantitative metrics with it. Many believe that great content is an art not science. Thankfully this isn’t true. Creating useful content is an evolutionary process guided by specific metrics.
I am not a advocate of “Day 1 Selling” or even offering a product 6 months from now. A content marketing strategy requires time to earn the trust needed to build a profitable business. By all means, factor in 6-12 months of promotion free audience building. You will see better results if you do.
What are the characteristics of a “get the job done” content marketer? A little research shows that businesses see the content marketer as little more than a slightly more organized blogger. There are literally millions of articles on how to do content marketing but the information cupboard on how to select or train a content marketer is threadbare.
Are you overwhelmed by the prospect of creating and implementing a content marketing strategy? I know you are a smart, market-driven, professional but I wouldn’t be surprised if you are confused by the sea of (often contradictory) content marketing advice sloshing about on the Web. My goal is to clear your mental whiteboard and discuss three questions that form the foundation of your content marketing strategy.
Last week, Facebook changed its Newsfeed algorithm again. They say the change will surface your friends' posts and pages when they are the most useful and relevant. I doubt it, but okay. And right on cue, Facebook tacticians are looking for ways to recover diminished reach due to the change. Like Google, we have pinned our hopes on a fickle hero. Perhaps it’s time we remind ourselves of the lesson Google taught us.