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7 Steps to Success Content Marketing Strategy Guide

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Content marketing strategy guide

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Who is the Content Marketing Strategy Guide for?

The content marketing strategy guide has been designed to be useful for those using content marketing to fulfill all manner of digital marketing objectives, such as SEO, CRO and Social Media Marketing. It will be highly useful for those working in a number of marketing roles, including:

  • Content Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • SEO Manager
  • Email Marketing Manager
  • Content Marketing Consultant

About the Content marketing strategy guide

About our content marketing strategy guide

How will the content marketing guide help me and my business?

We believe creating engaging content is one of the most powerful online marketing techniques available today, since it fuels many inbound marketing techniques:

  • SEO
  • Paid search marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • Email marketing
  • Conversion rate optimisation

A content marketing strategy has the benefit that it doesn’t seek to improve one channel in isolation as an SEO, Social media or email marketing or company website ‘strategy’, instead, it gives a multi-channel lifecycle engagement strategy, unifying ALL your digital marketing communications to support customer acquisition, retention and growth goals. A coherent content marketing plan will reduce the need for separate plans for individual digital marketing activities.

Yet our research shows that less than half of businesses have a content marketing strategy, so are missing out on the opportunity to plan, manage and optimise their content marketing.

This guide shows you both how to develop a strategy to deploy content across all your online marketing and gives practical tips to make it happen. The Ebook features:

  • Workbook format and checklist to makes it quick to scan to develop a strategy
  • Covers both content marketing strategy and practical implementation tips
  • Shows you the tools and techniques needed to create your social media hub
  • Key recommendations important to strategy are highlighted
  • Examples to inspire from a range of B2C and B2B markets

What does the Ebook include?

The 7 steps covered are:

  • ONE. Content Marketing capability audit and setting goals
  • TWO. Define audiences and personas
  • THREE. Create your content marketing strategy
  • FOUR. Editorial management
  • FIVE. Create compelling content for your content hub
  • SIX. Content distribution
  • SEVEN. Evaluate and measure ROI

About the authors of the Content Marketing Strategy Guide

Dave ChaffeyDr Dave Chaffey is the editor of all Smart Insights resources. He has advised on SEO since he created his first site in 1997 when Altavista was the leading search engine and he switched to Google in ‘99. Ten years ago he ran the first SEO training courses for the Chartered Institute of Marketing and for several years was the tutor on the Econsultancy Advanced SEO course and also created the original Econsultancy Best Practice guide to SEO.

stephen-batemanStephen Bateman is the founder of Concentric Dots Ltd, a specialist content marketing agency helping small businesses in Exeter, Bristol and Plymouth get more customers by increasing their understanding of how real buyers really buy, and then giving them a solid framework to stand out in a crowded marketplace, and be more attractive than their competitors. His strengths are in customer profiling, buyer lifecycle mapping, content planning, content creation, and helping managers to be more productive with their social media and blogging, using tools and techniques that save them time and effort to achieve stand out marketing in a busy marketplace with limited resources.

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The Content marketing strategy guide is part of Smart Insights Content Marketing Toolkit. With a Smart Insights membership you gain access to, not only this guide, but also the 6 other resources in the toolkit.

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