Despite 86% of B2B marketers using content marketing, less than half (48%) have a strategy behind their actions. This is mistake numero uno. Just as in any other part of business, regardless of industry, lack of strategic thinking – and an action plan – leads to mistakes, assumptions and most of all, disappointing results. And that often means stakeholders abandon their content marketing strategy before it’s had the chance to prove itself with positive ROI. That’s mistake number two.Lack of strategic thinking – and an action plan – leads to mistakes, assumptions and disappointing results.Click To Tweet
Here are four more content marketing strategy cardinal sins.
1. Not building buyer personas
Know your audience. This can’t be stressed enough. Buyer or audience personas are essential to ensure you’re creating content that resonates. Personas provide a snapshot of a certain segment of your market – a representative avatar – that helps you understand what your audience wants and expects from your products and services, and equally, how you can position your offers to help.
2. Forgetting SEO
Just because you’re engaged in the process of content marketing and inbound marketing doesn’t mean the rules of SEO don’t apply. Keywords and keyword research are essential in helping both real visitors and search engines find your content. Write everything with SEO in mind. Interested in how others do it? Tools like Buzzsumo can help you reverse engineer your competitors’ most popular content.
3. Believing content = blogs
Don’t get me wrong. Blogs are absolutely core to content marketing. But variety is king. Diversify. After all, your readers will get bored with only blogs to read (and you’ll be tired of writing them!). Here’s a short list of other content categories to consider:
- Cases studies
4. Creating content that sells rather than teaches
The purpose of most content is to educate. Of course, part of your content marketing strategy is pitching your services and ultimately, generating leads, but that’s what your calls to action are for. Your blog posts and bottom-of-the-funnel downloads, on the other hand, are intended to be the informational, emotional bridge between commerce and consumers. They need to teach your readers how to solve their problems, building trust and, ideally, a repeat reader. Give before you expect a return.
Even if you’re not making these mistakes, the tips within should serve as good reminders of best practices that are core to content marketing success. And remember this too: If you’re not constantly measuring, analyzing and tweaking your content marketing approach, you’ll never know if you’re on the right path. Keep at it.
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