With more and more content being broadcast across the internet, whether it be via social media or on your personal website, it’s all cluttering up the space. This is why every piece of content you distribute has to do it’s best to break through that clutter by grabbing the attention of the audience, dragging them away from your competitions.
However grabbing people’s attention isn’t the only important factor, that would be too easy. It all needs to be relevant and of good quality.
While cute cats are great, if your business is serious about attracting more readers — and higher rankings on search engines — you need to focus on content quality.
The mistakes to avoid with content are the grammatical and spelling errors your school teachers warned you about. It’s a known fact that many readers get annoyed at little errors like these.
Also be careful with the amount of sales talk you include, especially on social media. Yes it is a free marketing tool but be wary.
As a marketer with a limited budget, the good news about focusing on quality content creation is that you don’t need to think in terms of producing more content but rather in terms of making each piece of content more effective.
Therefore, it may be time to rethink your organization’s processes to enable higher-quality content creation. For example:
For larger organizations, this might mean working to bridge your organizational silos. With better team alignment, you can eliminate duplicated efforts and produce content that addresses higher-level marketing goals.
For smaller organizations, this might mean planning ahead to find opportunities to create multiple pieces of content simultaneously, which will reduce your content creation costs.
Here are some content marketing tips that will help you raise the quality of your content without significantly increasing your costs:
- Perform a company-wide content audit: The aim of this is to determine what effective content your organization has, what content is outdated or needs freshening up, and what information is missing from your existing offerings. To do this well and keep content costs down, think holistically across your entire organization:
Make a catalogue of all your content to determine what you have: Include content and communications from outside of the marketing department. You may have useful information in your sales manual, but it’s not going to do your company much good if no one knows it’s there, just waiting to be leveraged.Assess each piece of content to determine what to delete, what to revise, and what works well as-is: Examine your existing content assets with a critical eye. Determine where there are gaps in your current content assets: Are there topics you aren’t covering, or information that you aren’t providing for your readers? Based on what you’ve learned during your audit, make a list of new ideas that you might want to focus your next content efforts on.All this will cost is your time.
- Develop a company-wide editorial calendar: In many companies, only the marketing department uses an editorial calendar to track its content creation efforts. But to improve content quality cost-effectively, it’s helpful to develop a calendar that tracks your content activities across the entire enterprise.In larger firms, coordinating an enterprise-wide calendar may require a chief content officer — someone who would have first-hand knowledge of company-wide goals — and access to the team members who will be most essential in coordinating everyone’s efforts.To develop an editorial calendar that functions across the entire organization, start with these three steps:
-Determine what types of content will work best to support your overarching promotion goals
-Examine the content, social media, and other marketing-related assets you have at your disposal.
-Identify all areas of your organization where information needs to be shared, such as sales, customer service, product development, website development, human resources, and investor relations. The object is to turn all communications into effective content marketing pieces, thereby increasing your content production without adding costs.
- Plan your content creation efforts in advance: The goal is to create multiple pieces on related topics all at the same time. Where appropriate, develop marketing and corporate content simultaneously — this reduces costs since you are combining your efforts. You can also break a larger piece of content down into multiple, smaller pieces, thereby further extending your budget.
- Develop a plan for distributing content efficiently and effectively: Don’t just publish! Have a plan to ensure that your content will reach the broadest audience possible:
Make each piece of content contextually relevant to the platform on which it will appear: Also, consider whether the content will render well across most commonly used devices and screen sizes (think smartphone and tablets).
Include a relevant call-to-action: Remember your goal is to get readers to take the next step in your purchase process.
- Be prepared to track your content marketing results: Check that your content quality efforts are improving your response and decreasing your costs in other marketing areas. Specifically, consider the number of leads your content is generating, as well as measuring the number of qualified leads and sales against your content marketing expenses.Streamline your content creation across your organization to ensure that you create top-quality information that your target audience wants and needs, while eliminating duplicate and other wasteful efforts. By doing this you should be able to reduce your content marketing costs considerably.
What has your experience been with streamlining your content creation process across your organization? Has it resulted in lower costs and improved content quality?