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Content Marketing Strategies For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Content Marketing Strategies For Dummies

By Stephanie Diamond

Lots of moving parts make up a successful content marketing strategy. Make the effort to complete all the content worksheets, and you will be on your way. This cheat sheet provides some tips for making your content marketing efforts successful.

Which Kind of Influencer Is Right for Your Customer?

Are you making the most of potential partnerships with influencers? The distribution of your content by influencers is key to reaching new audiences. Here are different types of influencers you should consider:

Type Description Their role in your promotions
Friends, family, and work colleagues This is your customers’ inner circle and their social graph on
social media platforms.
Your customers trust these people implicitly. Make every effort
to speak to your customers’ audience through their social
networks.
Subject experts These people are the thought leaders. They know their stuff and
have a loyal following.
People listen to their recommendations, so try to pick
influencers whose expertise compliments yours. They can build trust
and gain loyalty for you among your customers
Professionals in high positions These people get their power from the position they hold in
industry.
People like to follow those who have real power in their
industry, hoping that they will gain status. Choose this type of
influencer if you are looking for customers who want their own
power and influence.
Celebrities You know these folks. Everyone does. They have a high profile
and get lots of media attention. Don’t overlook the Internet
celebrity who is famous for being famous online.
You get referred by celebrities by forming an alliance with
them. People pay attention to those in whom a celebrity shows
interest, so don’t hesitate to work with them if you are in an
industry that values any kind of celebrity, such as fashion.

Roles That Content Marketing Team Members Must Play

When you establish a working system for your content marketing efforts, you need to have the following roles covered by your team. You may not have the luxury of assigning different individuals to these roles, but they must be filled. Consider the following:

Title Description Role
Content Manager Person who understands the customer and the buyer’s
journey
Determines the content topics and formats
Editor Person who establishes publishing guidelines Ensures that writers turn in a quality piece of content
Writer Person who produces the articles and blog posts Provides a wide range of publishable content
Designer Person who maintains the brand and design guidelines Ensures that all web properties look cohesive and
professional
Content system administrator Person who maintains the Content Management System (CMS)
guidelines
Ensures that all production systems for web content are
functioning
Web administrator Person who maintains security guidelines Ensures that the web properties are secure and the
documentation for the system is kept up-to-date

An SEO Checklist for Your Content

In the past few years, Google’s content focus has changed from Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to quality content. The Google algorithm is now constructed to favor quality over quantity. That doesn’t mean that SEO is not important, however. It still makes a difference as to how easy it is for your customers to find your content. Here is a five-point checklist to ensure an effective SEO strategy:

  • Choose long-tail keywords (LTK): Research shows that LTKs convert the best. LTKs are phrases that more effectively target what the user is looking for. For example, your customer is more likely to search for “small battery operated space heaters” than “heaters.” The results for “heaters” would be too long and unfocused. Make sure to know the LTKs that your customer is using.

  • Put keywords where they belong: Having the right keywords is only half the battle. You have to make sure to place them in the right spots in your content to make an impact. One key way is to include it in your title. Google gives you only 55 characters to display your content. Think about that when you choose your keyword locations.

  • Monitor your results regularly: The web provides you with many ways to monitor how well your content is doing. Check your analytics to monitor whether you’re hitting your goals.

  • Optimize for video content: Videos are great attention getters. The key is to make sure that they don’t take forever to load. No one will wait around.

  • Look at your mobile content: Make every effort to provide usable mobile content. Go to the Google “Mobile-Friendly Test” and test whether your site is readable.

Metrics to Consider When Evaluating the Success of Your Branding

Monitoring whether you’re successfully applying your brand values is critically important. Here are a few measures that you should use to check whether you are successful:

Type Analytics
General company measures Market share, ROI, and gross revenue
Brand awareness Reach and engagement with social media
Brand loyalty Retention and frequency of purchases