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…)
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.
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.
[Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series on the primary focus areas of R.A.C.E. Digital Marketing: Reach; Act; Convert; Engage. We will expand on these articles to create longer guides for Digital Marketers and make them available at our training division site: CollegeofMarketingPros.org]
What is R.A.C.E.?
R.A.C.E. is a planning framework that you can apply to your digital marketing practices that uses critical thinking to develop a customized, agile, and strategic approach to your business’ unique needs. Smart Insights. introduced the model we have adopted that outlines the R.A.C.E. Process Strategy (RPS).
Facebook ads can take on many appearances depending on the ad type and the device used to view the ad.
Are Facebook ads dead?
Short answer: no, they’re not. Not even close.
Long answer: Facebook ads are still very much alive and thriving. How alive you might ask? Looking ahead, KISSmetrics statistics indicate that Facebook is expected to generate at least $4 billion in revenue this year of 2015 from ads alone.
For that kind of money to be spent on ads alone, it’s apparent that this method of marketing is worthwhile and working for many businesses.
So why do certain ad managers swear that Facebook ads are a lost cause? This could depend on a number of factors, but most likely businesses that didn’t see any immediate results so they became discouraged and turned off their ad campaign prematurely. (more…)
When you work on CRO — Conversion Rate Optimization — at your website there are a number of steps in the process where you can impact how many site visitors will convert to a lead for you. Developing and testing your forms is one tactic marketers often overlook. One approach is to create a ”smart form” for your business that delivers specific information tailored to the individual that is completing the form. Forms that automatically show or hide fields based on the user’s response are known as ”smart forms” and FormStack refers to this capability as “conditional logic.”
Using this feature offers many advantages, including the following:
- Enables the form to look less intimidating than it really is
- Creates the unique, individualized experience all internet users are looking for
- Hides information that you don’t want all users to see
FormStack released an extensive report that evaluated trends, conversions and analytics of more than 40,000 forms for 2014 – it may come as no surprise that smart forms ranked supreme with the most engagement and conversions. This only makes sense when you consider the content is tailored to the individual and relevant. (more…)