Content strategy? Sounds complicated. What in the world is that anyway?
Those are just a few of the thoughts I had in my head when I first heard the term content strategy. So what is it exactly? Everyone has different definitions, but the best one I have found is:
A content strategy is the high-level vision guiding future content development to deliver against a specific business objective.
Ok, what the heck does that mean? I interpret it as taking a specific objective or goal for your business, and planning your content, social media and email marketing to help you achieve that goal. Hopefully that makes a little more sense. We’ll discuss it more throughout, so let’s get to it.
“It’s not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” — David Allan Co
Even good ole David Allan Coe agrees we should start with the basics. After all, the basics are the building blocks of a solid foundation to almost everything, including content strategies.
Yes, you. Your talent is one of the basics. I know you have talent. It may be something you find insignificant, but I know there’s something inside of you that’s pure, gold talent. Think about what people tell you that you’re good at. Writing? Talking? Listening? All three? Maybe you’re having a hard time channeling your inner talent or creativity? Learn how to be more creative, even if you don’t think you are. Whatever your talent is, take it and put it into your content.
If you’re a good writer, start a blog. If you’re great at talking, create videos. Listening can come in handy with podcasting. Stay true to who you are and the talents you have, and put them to use in your content.
You have a company for a reason. Why? Your company’s core message or purpose is another basic. Your business should be a reflection of you, your values and your life experience, not just another business. Make it personal; your business is a huge part of your life.
In today’s world everyone wants to be loved and showered with attention. It happens naturally when you use the first two basics in your content, but you can strengthen those interactions with being open, honest and vulnerable. Make your content resonate with consumers, and they’ll engage with your company. Your goal is to make your audience trust your judgements and opinions about topics you’re already knowledgeable about. But it can only happen when your personality, values and purpose transfer over into your content.
You have to 100% know who you’re talking to. If you don’t know who you’re talking to, there will be no connection or resonation, and your efforts are wasted. That’s just time and money being poured down the drain. When trying to pinpoint your audience, think about the following things and write them down if you have to:
Once you can figure out these things, you’ll realize you already know a lot about the audience you want and need to be writing towards. Naturally, most of the content you produce will touch on those key points, because the reader will find them useful. If your content can resonate and help the reader, they’ll come back to you for more advice and you’ll build trust as an authority.
Also note your audience’s stage in business. Are they just starting out? Have they been around awhile, are the struggling? Do they need to change up their business? Knowing the stage where your audience is within their own business will allow you to create content that will best serve them.
First off, what is this word content you keep hearing? By content, I mean anything; blogging, podcasting, videos, infographics, gif’s. Whatever makes your brand stronger.
For example, MayeCreate has a blog (clearly), and within the blog we utilize everyone’s talents. My talents include writing and editing, so I am usually put in charge of running our blog and creating most of the posts. We also have an intern on staff who is a great graphic artist, Rebecca, and another intern who likes to design, Kylee. Rebecca will create comics for the blog, and Kylee usually makes fun infographics. We put our individual talents to use, and coordinate them in our blog. Those are just a couple examples of the way we create content.
The channels of your content strategy include: content, social media and email marketing.
Your strategy needs two kinds of content: regular and one-off content.
Now that you know what you’re going to create, how are you going to use social media in cooperation with it?
It’s time to figure out what type of content you want to give out regularly in your email marketing.
Okay, so you know all of the components to creating a comprehensive and creative content strategy, it’s time to put them all together. Put your personality, talents and expertise into your content, and people will trust your authority over the topic you decide to talk about. Create your content to achieve your company’s goal or purpose. Get to know your audience, and learn to speak their language. It will resonate with them better. Lastly, choose which talent you want to pursue and use it across your content, social media and email marketing.
It may sound like a lot, but I promise it’s not so bad. If anything, we can help you out with your content strategy. We’ve helped many customers with their blogs, and it’s made their marketing numbers skyrocket. Just give us a call, and we can discuss how to make your content strategy work for your business.
Monica is the creative force and founder of MayeCreate. She has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with an emphasis in Economics, Education and Plant Science from the University of Missouri. Monica possesses a rare combination of design savvy and technological know-how. Her clients know this quite well. Her passion for making friends and helping businesses grow gives her the skills she needs to make sure that each client, or friend, gets the attention and service he or she deserves.
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