Constant Content: The Silver Bullet for Failing Content Marketing Strategy
Posted by SimonPenson
Incredible, isn’t it? Despite all the fanfare and pageantry that has followed content marketing over the last few years, fewer than 6% of marketers confidently claim to be executing content marketing strategies properly.
It’s just one of a handful of eye-popping stats to come out of the State of Content Marketing Survey, a major new survey of senior UK marketers this month as part of a campaign to help create healthy debate around the misunderstood tactic.
With more budget than ever before pouring into the approach (60% of those surveyed said they were opening the purse strings further in 2017) 92% admitted to not knowing exactly how they should execute.
To check out all the results from the survey, click below (opens up in a new tab):
The biggest pain point of all to come out of the State of Content Marketing survey?
“Producing engaging content, consistently.”
I had been reading all the results with mild interest until those words stopped me dead in my tracks.
You may think the source of that concern stemmed from the fact that such a thing should be easy to manage, but it goes deeper than that.
Success with content is predicated entirely on your ability to consistently produce content that engages, resonates and adds value to your audience’s lives. And if producing that is the single biggest barrier then we have a problem!
You see, investment in content is a waste of money if you don’t have a well-designed plan to deliver constant content.
It doesn’t matter how brilliant your campaigns are if your audience has no other content to come back to and engage with.
And this is where the constant content plan comes in…
The concept is a simple one: no content plan is complete unless it’s based around delivering content consistently.
To do this requires a focus on strategy, not just on a few blog posts and the odd bigger campaign.
The best way to explain this is to visualize it in a different way. Below, you’ll see a simple diagram to throw light on my point.
Here we can see how a campaign-led strategy exposes holes in your plan. While we have plenty of activity going on in both our owned and earned channels, the issue is what goes on between large content launches. Where do those people go during those periods of inactivity? How do we keep them engaged when there’s no central content hub to pull them into?
This kind of approach is something we see often, especially from larger brands where budgets allow for more creative content campaigns to be run regularly, and here’s why it doesn’t yield positive ROI.
As human beings, we like variety. To keep us hooked, content delivery needs to reflect this. Campaigns need to be designed as part of a whole, becoming a peak content moment rather than the only content moment, pulling new audiences back to the constant content activity going on at the center of brand activity.
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Source:: Moz Blog