UX Design and Content Strategy Are More Related Than You Think

UX Design and Content Strategy

The User Experience is comprised of numerous elements, one of which is content strategy.

The web today is super saturated with content. In fact, nearly 3 million blog posts are published each day. Consumers easily get overwhelmed and walk away (or should we say, click or tap away) in search of content they believe to be more useful, more relevant, or simply put: better.

The user experience (UX) plays a big role in this journey. How an individual uses and interacts with your website is a huge determiner for if they will stay to enjoy more of your content, or if they will leave in search of something else. In fact, UX design and content strategy are actually far more related than you might imagine.

We’ve already talked a lot about content strategy in previous articles in our series – which you can read here and here. Now it’s time to discuss how UX fits into this mix and how it factors into developing your content strategy.

(more…)

How to Build a Content Marketing Strategy that Works!

If we were to ask you what your brand’s content marketing strategy is- what would your response be? Would you even know how to respond? In fact, a content marketing strategy is what separates companies with a plan for their audience from their less prepared competitors. A good content marketing strategy will help inspire people to take action. Having a well-tested strategy in place will allow your business to drive converting traffic that will generate increasing amounts of revenue.

It is a common mistake to confuse content marketing with content strategy. While these two concepts are certainly related, they remain separate entities that both serve a specific purpose. Content marketing is focused on creating a strategy that best works to distribute, and display your content in a way that will engage your audience and inspire them to convert. Still not sure how this differs from content strategy? We like how Content Marketing Institute puts it, as they explain that: (more…)

Why Digital Marketers Need a Good Content Strategy

content marketing, content strategyContent strategists today have quite a challenging role. In fact, it is not even a role that is easily defined. Ask five different companies what their content strategist does and they will all give you five different answers. Nevertheless, content strategy is a crucial part of a broader digital marketing scheme that brands must employ in order to be successful.

(more…)

Recent Webdirexion WordPress Content Strategy Projects

WordPress Content Strategy, Design, CRO

Design, UI, and Strategy components all combine to play a symphony pleasing to website visitors.

Looking back at a run of recent projects (see examples below), we can see modern responsive design, content strategy, and conversion rate optimization (CRO) is paying off.  Like a concert master, the “music” of each design and strategy component are directed to play the right “tune” to attract and engage your prospects.  We review some recent Webdirexion WordPress Content Strategy projects to look at the symphony of choices involved in developing compelling websites. (more…)

Five Key Aspects to Consider for Killer Content Strategy Creation

Content strategy is a critical component to the success of your online marketing strategy. This blog post is the first in a series of articles where we will discuss successful content strategy tips for the modern marketer of the future. 


Content Strategy Creation

We all know high-quality content is key for success, but what good is this content without a proper strategy in place?

Content is the key element to every online marketing activity. From social media and paid advertising, to blog marketing, email marketing, and SEO – all of these online marketing activities require high quality content in order to produce results. In fact, Demand Metric conducted a study that shows an amazing 78 percent of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) believe custom content is the future of digital marketing.

However, high quality content marketing is only one piece of this intricate marketing equation. In the ever-evolving world of online marketing, a business needs to conduct significant research and focus on the development and execution of a winning content strategy to reach its goals.

We would like to introduce you to five key aspects you need to consider when creating a killer content strategy for success. Each one of the following aspects will be expanded upon in individual blog posts to follow.

(more…)

Tips for Marketing Online with Videos

Marketing Online with Videos - Webdirexion

We like to maximize reach with videos on both YouTube and Facebook (and in blog marketing too).  Don’t rule out Twitter— why not extend your reach?

With online videos being one of the most embraced forms of online content on social media platforms, marketing professionals should make video marketing an ongoing part of their overall content marketing strategy. According to research from Brightcove, videos generate 1200 percent more shares than both text messages and images combined. Below are some tips for marketing online with videos and how that can have a great impact on your marketing strategy.

How to Get the Maximum Leverage From Online Videos

Online videos can provide maximum leverage by significantly increasing your exposure. Most people would rather watch videos than read content; so if there’s an option between the two, visitors will likely gravitate to the video more so than reading the content. Since more and more people share videos than other forms of content, your video is likely to get passed around and shared by viewers who have an interest in your product or service.  We like to at least get triple leverage from every video produced for maximum ROI with an upload and promotion on at least two social networks and an embed of the video in a post for blog marketing.

TIP:  Pause a video at a key spot and take a screenshot to add to a post.  Here’s a post showing one of our clients, Dr. Erich Dahlen, hard at work in his dental practice.

(more…)

Twitter Ads: Leads to MailChimp Campaign

Twitter Ads - leads to EmailYou’ve worked hard growing followers on Twitter, why not turn them into leads so you can work toward sales using automated marketing?  Twitter ads?  Yup.  Don’t count that platform out yet — especially when we have a new American President that loves to tweet, and the platform has 317 million users in 2016.  That bird can still sing.

Our clients are always interested in smart ways to gather more leads, so we are pleased to tell you about a tactic where you pay only for the leads gathered.  This strategy pairs up newer Twitter ads with your marketing automation program of choice to discover leads and grow your list.  And with a lead campaign on Twitter, you pay only for the leads gathered. (more…)

Digital Marketing Checklist for Chief Marketing Officers

How can Digital Marketing help gather more leads?  We’ve prepared a high-level checklist to help you.

Strategic Conversions

Leads are the gold for digital marketers.

You’ve got a budget, goals, and need to prove your digital marketing campaign’s ROI. How can you show your team is meeting its objectives?  There are a lot of fancy acronyms and tactical names in this business, but in the end a company lives or dies on qualified leads your sales team can close (B2B) or buying customers for ecommerce and B2C sales.

At Webdirexion LLC, our team uses a marketing model known as “R.A.C.E.” (Reach, Act, Convert, Engage) to organize strategic thinking, the tactics that flow from it, and measurements to meet and exceed goals.

We’ve found this helps solve a lot of the challenges marketer’s face as shown on the chart at right.  Take a look at the top three challenges (Producing engaging content, doing it consistently, and proving ROI), and ask yourself how you now measure content effectiveness?  Shouldn’t you see direct results in terms of engagement and leads?  We think so.  We’ve written an eBook about R.A.C.E. strategies and tactics and will send you a copy along with a Digital Marketing checklist. (more…)

SEO, Content Strategy & The Ranking Brain

Welcome to the twilight zone.  An Artificial Intelligence (AI) is in charge of search returns now, when you use Google. You can’t control what it does.  What does this mean for content marketers?

Google SEO and Artificial Intelligence

Ready to meet an Artificial Intelligence? You already have — every time you do a Google Search you are working with one.

Google calls it’s AI, “RankBrain”, and while only an infant, it already thinks for itself.  That’s called “machine learning.  According to a recent SearchEngineLand.com (SEL) article, “Machine learning is where a computer teaches itself how to do something, rather than being taught by humans or following detailed programming.”

According to wikipedia, “RankBrain is a machine learning artificial intelligence system, the use of which by Google was confirmed on 26 October 2015. It helps Google to process search results and provide more relevant search results for users.[1] In a recent interview, Google commented that RankBrain is the third most important factor in the ranking algorithm along with links and content.” (more…)

Facebook Kapow Split Test & How You Know It’s Done

What if you could increase readership for sales related blog posts by 67% or more?  And… what if you knew, before spending a lot of ad dollars on your content, exactly how well it engaged your target prospects?  Kapow.

Webdirexion Testing Kapow Campaign

Kapow: How split testing + Facebook audience engagement pays off — before your ad campaign (and after).

We do a lot of split testing at Webdirexion because it causes our content to perform better for clients and our agency itself.  Too many content marketers and web designers think they are done after their “first guess” at compelling copy and design.  Not so.  Better engagement of qualified prospects means more sales, so why would you not test for this?

In this post I’ll tell you about a Facebook pre-test “Kapow” tactic that helps you get your content optimized better results before a higher advertising spend.  Then I’ll answer the oft-asked question… how do you know when you have enough of a test sample so that your results are valid?  Quick tip — the wider the percentage of conversion results, the sooner you can end the test; see below. (more…)

RACE eBook from Webdirexion

Win Your Marketing Race

Get a free 34 page eBook on winning your own marketing race using smart tactics (Reach. Act. Convert. Engage.) when you subscribe to our Webdirexinon RACE newsletter. PLUS... we will enter you in a drawing to win a copy of our book, The Marketer's Concise Guide to CRO.

You have subscribed - R.A.C.E. eBook on its way!