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Content marketing delivers value to potential customers in a way that traditional marketing does not.
Traditional marketing channels are becoming less effective. We fast forward through TV adverts, and surf the web in such a way we absorb the information we are interested in, often automatically filtering out the ads at the top and side of webpages. That’s why many businesses are turning to content marketing. Content marketing can provide your existing and potential customers with value in a way that traditional marketing cannot.
What is content marketing?
Content marketing is about providing relevant and useful information to customers to build trust, relationships, sales and loyalty. Often content marketing is used to position a business as a leader in its field or as an authority in a certain area.
Because of the evolution of marketing channels, and the flexibility and immediacy that social media provides, content marketing is often delivered through social media channels.
Create a plan
To improve your chances of success we recommend developing a content marketing plan and activity schedule. Ideally, this would be designed to support an overarching marketing strategy.
Because content marketing and social media planning often go hand-in-hand, the plan can be known by different names (content marketing plan, content plan, social media plan, social media strategy, or content strategy etc). Regardless of the name, a good plan should include:
- Your content marketing objectives
- The type of content that is best for each of your target audiences and the best format (tutorials, guides, interviews, info-graphics, video, curated content etc). Who will be responsible within your organisation for creating the content and any additional resources or budget required
- A list of the promotional channels you will use to publish each piece of content (email list/s, social media, relationships with trusted sources). A timeline on when each piece of content will be drafted, finalised and publishedHow you will measure the success or failure of each campaign.
When thinking of a plan or strategy we often remember behemoth documents that take months to create and then sit on a shelf gathering dust… the memory alone is enough to put you off getting started.
You don’t need a large formal plan, but you should take the time to think through and write down your objectives, who you are trying to reach, how you are going to do it and what your measures of success will be. If you don’t have a plan you risk spending hours creating ineffective content, or simply doing nothing at all.
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