Content Creation Guide
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Introductory content is for marketers who are new to the subject. This content
typically includes step-by-step instructions on how to get started with this
aspect of inbound marketing and learn its fundamentals. After reading it, you will
be able to execute basic marketing tactics related to the topic.
Intermediate content is for marketers who are familiar with the subject but have
only basic experience in executing strategies and tactics on the topic. This
content typically covers the fundamentals and moves on to reveal more complex
functions and examples. After reading it, you will feel comfortable leading projects
with this aspect of inbound marketing.
Advanced content is for marketers who are, or want to be, experts on the
subject. In it, we walk you through advanced features of this aspect of inbound
marketing and help you develop complete mastery of the subject. After reading
it, you will feel ready not only to execute strategies and tactics, but also to teach
others how to be successful.
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07 CREATING A CONTENT CUlTURE
15 JUST DO IT AlREADY
23 CREATE CONTENT THE FAST,
EASY, & EFFICIENT wAY
39 REFINING YOUR CONTENT
48 ITERATING, IMpROVING, AND
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To“do” inbound marketing, you need to “do” content. but when
marketers set out to actually build a content creation team, there’s the
dream ... and there’s the reality.
Here’s what the dream looks like:
• Publish amazing blog content every day.
• Create new lead generation offers every week.
• design beautiful, engaging images to share on social media.
• Newsjack in the blink of an eye.
• be on the cutting edge of new content formats and ideas.
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Here’s the reality:
• Publish blog posts when someone has time to write one.
• Plan to create a new lead generation offer all month, crank one
out before the end of the quarter.
• Maintain a largely image-free social media presence, except
for the ones that get pulled in from the blog posts you put on your
• Newsjacks a few days after news breaks.
• remain about 12 months behind adoption of new content
Some -- or all -- of that feel familiar? What’s with the disconnect? Why
can’t dreams become reality?
At the risk of sounding like a disney movie, your dream of turning your
company into a content creation machine can come true. downloading
this ebook that outlines HubSpot’s own content creation methodology
was the first step; reading on will show you exactly how to do it
yourself, building your company’s content machine from the ground up.
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Everyone has a talent.
what is rare is the courage
to nurture it.
- Erica Jong
A well-run machine is built with solid, high quality parts that are all
working together to achieve the same goal. To become a content
creation machine, you need to create a company culture that supports
the goal of frequent, high-quality content creation. In a content culture,
content is not an afterthought; a fluffy pursuit; an optional expense.
Companies that have created a content culture view content as the
basis for running an inbound company -- from Marketing, to Sales, to
Services. In order to create this culture of content, we have four big tips
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1 Invest in Qualified Content Hires.
Time to level. Content isn’t free, and it’s not easy to create. Historically,
content creation has been relegated to free interns and content farms.
The success you’ll see from that method notwithstanding (hint: little to
none), consider the message this sends to your team. The message is
that content is not important enough for you to invest serious resources
Invest in bringing at least one excellent content creator into your
organization. This person should know about your industry so he or
she can write intelligently about the subjects that matter to your target
audience. If you don’t have the budget to hire one more employee,
identify a current hire with writing chops and industry know-how,
and adjust their job description to allocate some time toward content
These steps set the stage for a strong content culture, because they
show that you value content so much, you are willing to allocate budget
and time to high-quality content creation.
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2 Mobilize Every Employee to Create
Everyone in your company should have the ability to contribute
content. It’s how you’ll build a scalable content creation machine. To
foster a culture of content creators, however, you need to reiterate
-- over and over -- the concrete benefits to participating. You should
• being a regular content creator will help
them move upward within the company. This
must actually be true, ideally with examples you
can point it.
• Content creators are often also thought leaders, and
it will help them gain credibility with leads, customers, and
even future employers.
•The content will serve as a built-in online portfolio they can
reference years down the road.
• Content drives critical business metrics, like lead- and customer-
generation. Using closed-loop analytics, you can demonstrate the
actual dollar value of one piece of content to your business.
• being a published author might lead to future opportunities, like
speaking engagements, or quotes in high-profile publications.
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3 Inspire Every Employee to Create
you’ve explained why everyone in your company should create content.
Now make them want to.
• Reward it. The authors of content that performs particularly
well should be highlighted for their contribution. you can do this at
your next team or company meeting, in an internal newsletter, or
in a group email. Be sure to detail the specific results it
drove for the business, like leads or opportunities
generated, or customers won. Again, using
closed-loop marketing software, this
information is just a click away.
• Make it a competition. See who can
create the best piece of content to move
a specific business metric -- like the most
leads generated from a post about a certain
subject matter, or the most socially shared
piece of content.
• Lead by example. Whether you’re in an “official” leadership
position or not, you can lead by example if you’re championing
a content creation culture. be an active content creator yourself.
Practice what you preach.
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4 Foster and Enable Employees’
Content Creation Abilities.
you’ll come across some employees that want to contribute content,
but don’t feel capable. To create a scalable content creation machine,
it’s up to you to enable their success.
First, remember that creating content shouldn’t be reserved for just
Marketing -- or even just a couple people within Marketing. Enable
anyone in your organization to contribute content, from Sales, to
Services, to R&D. This is beneficial because you’re getting content that
highlights different perspectives, and different areas of expertise, both
of which make your content arsenal more well-rounded and able to
address the needs of different buyer personas.
To make it easier for everyone to contribute, create guidelines they can
follow to make it more likely their content fits your publishing standards.
you can even have content specialists on your team, who train those
extremely interested in contributing content, on the types of editorial
guidelines the marketing team follows. These folks -- your marketing
team’s “editors,” if you will -- can be the ones who brush up the content
you receive so everything that’s published aligns with the tone, style,
and other guidelines you’ve established for your brand. More details on
how to do all this in coming chapters.
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Nothing crushes a contributor’s
heart more than when you say
their content isn’t fit for publishing.
by creating and enforcing a set
of editorial guidelines, your contributors know
expectations and are set up for success. That’s
how I’ve ensured all the HubSpot blog content
published lives up to the same quality standards.
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JUST DO IT
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All growth depends
upon activity. There is no
development physically or
intellectually without effort,
and effort means work.
- Calvin Coolidge
The More you do It, the Easier It Will be
Now that we’re done fostering and enabling, let’s get down to brass
tacks. Nothing in this ebook about content creation will just happen.
Reading a lot about it, and understanding the theories behind efficient
and scalable content creation, doesn’t get any content actually created.
So here is the part of the ebook where we tell you ... JUST dO IT
This may be the most painful thing you have ever done in your
marketing career. Or it may not be that bad at all. Either way, the more
you do it, and the more you encourage colleagues and employees to
do it, the easier and more natural and frequent content creation will
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Think of it this way: content creation is like running. The first time you
do it, you might kind of stink. but you got out and did it, which is better
than not doing it at all. The next time you do it, and each subsequent
time after that, it won’t be as painful ... until eventually you’re pretty darn
good at it and it’s actually pretty painless. Maybe even enjoyable.
you’ll get your processes down pat. you’ll get good at this. Content
creation will be part of how you operate. you might even end up liking it.
but you won’t become a content creation machine if you don’t just get
One the most common issues we see when it comes to
getting started, is getting past writer’s block. We’ve identified
key problems we’ve heard time and time again, followed with
our solutions for combatting each.
How HubSpot Does It:
At HubSpot, we encourage content creation from the very beginning
of an intern or employee’s career. Our rule of thumb is, “If you have
nothing left to do, go write a blog post.” And content doesn’t fall on
the shoulders of a few writers, or just the marketing team, we receive
contributions from everywhere. We’ve had sales reps write posts about
a topic they hope will attract the right leads for their quota. We’ve had
executives write posts to help attract more C-suite audience. We even
have customers contribute from time-to-time to share their external
perspective on all things inbound marketing.
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Getting past writer’s Block.
Writer’s block is a state of mind, and it’s a very real, very debilitating malady --
even for the most prolific content creators. It helps to try and pinpoint the source
of your writer’s block outside of just “The blank screen is taunting me.” Often it
falls into one of these buckets.
“I don’t know what to write about.”
Fall back on your editorial calendar, where you keep a
backlog of topics to write about. you can also reach out to
people in Sales or Services and ask them to share some
frequently asked questions they receive, which typically
makes for excellent and quick blog posts.
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“I’m just not in the mood to write.”
Use the laptop trick. Unplug your laptop and go into a quiet
room, free of distractions. your challenge is to complete
your blog post before your battery runs out. See if a little
competition with yourself can kick things up a notch.
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“I can’t find the words.”
Write like you speak. Content should be free of jargon and
business babble, anyway. If you write like you speak, it will be
an easier writing and reading experience. do not, however,
write like you think. Our brains are jumbled messes. We filter
ourselves for a reason.
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“I don’t know how to approach this topic.”
Your topic isn’t specific enough. Refine your working title to
say what you really mean. It doesn’t have to sound good now;
you can finesse it later. Just ensure it’s clear, specific, and
tells you exactly what the post is about.
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Ever wonder how HubSpot posts
so many social media updates?
We do it by taking a piece of
content and presenting it in unique
ways. This can further emphasize a specific point
to help get our message across better, in ways
our audience gets excited about. don’t ever be
afraid to repackage and repurpose your content!
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FAST, EASY, &
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Get ‘er done.
- larry the Cable Guy
Now that you’ve started exercising your content creation muscles, it’s
time do it better, faster, stronger. In other words, let’s make your life
easier and marketing results more remarkable -- yes, you can have
better marketing and an easier life -- by enabling you to create more
content, with less pain. This is where you transform from a content
creator, into a content creation machine. This is where you become
unstoppable. Now, let’s jump into the tips.
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1 Quick Content Formats.
To become one of those companies that always has something great to
write about, you have to embrace multiple content format types. Some
of them might take a long time to write – such as the thought leadership
pieces your favorite executives are writing, or the big research reports
that required a ton of surveys, data slicing, and analysis.
you should create that kind of content.
but you should also make your life easier, and realize there are a ton of
content formats that are extremely valuable to readers, drive serious
business results, and don’t take that long to put together. Here’s your
quick content toolkit, from which you should draw every day:
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If you know how to do something
your readers would want to know
about, it’s easy to transfer your
knowledge to paper -- or your
computer screen. remember -- just
write it out like you’d speak it if you
were telling a lead, customer, or
A tried and true content method,
top lists are a mix between original
content and aggregation. you
aggregate the ideas, and write short
blurbs about each. This is excellent
content for a new writer, because
each blurb in the list is quite short,
and the post provides a built-in
structure to work around.
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content from others is a
core link- and relationship-
building strategy, and requires
a little original writing, and
more aggregation -- perfect
for those just whetting their
Think of the questions leads and customers ask you every day, and turn
that into a piece of content in which you answer the common question.
you could also pose a question on a social network, at an event, or
during a webinar, and then respond
to them in aggregate in a blog post.
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Whether you have your own
data or you stumble across
interesting industry data
in your reading, take one
or many data points and
compile them into a post.
data makes very shareable
content, and tends to say a lot in few words. Factbrowser.com is a
good resource for discover and citing stats.
When you publish a gated piece of content
(typically lead generation content that is
gated behind a form on a landing page –
such as a whitepaper), a quick source of
content is an excerpt of that piece. The
excerpt also serves to promote the gated
content, showing readers what they’ll
get if they download the full version. It’s
the same as when an author shares a free
chapter of their published book.
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If cat’s got your tongue, a video
could be the way to go. Videos are
excellent alternatives to how-to
posts in which you talk through a
concept like you would to anyone
in-person -- no bells and whistles
needed. you might also schedule
an interview, another helpful video format that doesn’t require a lot of
by their very nature, newsjacks are
quick content formats. When a piece
of news that would impact your
industry -- or which you could find a
relevant spin for your audience -- hits
the press, hop on it like a rabbit in
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2 Sourcing Content Internally and
Part of becoming a content creation machine is having a never-ending
source of content, about a variety of topics. One -- or even a couple
-- content hires isn’t going to get you there. Source content from
content creators outside of Marketing. This taps into different areas of
expertise among your staff, and creates a more robust topic catalogue
as well as a higher volume of content coming your way.
Additionally, consider a content creation requirement from
certain employees; everyone on the marketing team should
be required to contribute a certain volume of content each
month to set a good example.
How HubSpot Does It:
At HubSpot, we built blogging quotas for every team in the marketing
department. The quotas are based off number of people on team to
understand what they can best contribute each month. That team then
decides how to split up the posts. For example, a two-person team
with a 4-blog post goal may take on two blog posts each a month. Or,
if one person is crunched for time, the other may take on an additional
post to help make the quota. This puts the power of contributions into
the team’s hand, while ensuring the blogging team receives the proper
amount of content set for the month.
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you should also be open to accepting guest blogging submissions
from external sources, which have the added benefit of helping build
a stronger link profile. Be discerning when accepting guest blogging
submissions, only accepting the highest quality content from legitimate
folks in your industry. As your domain gains authority, you’ll receive
more and more inquiries about guest blogging; it’s important you sift
through the content coming from shady SEO firms and link farms, and
publish only good content from credible sources.
Centralize the flow of all this content, promoting at least one member
of your Marketing team to act as the editor of any content that comes
through. He or she will ensure any content that comes from internal and
external sources is high quality enough to be published.
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3 Repurposing Content.
To squeeze more rOI from the content creation work you’re already
doing, it’s important you get comfortable with finding new ways to use
the content you’ve already created. This is your content repurpose
toolkit -- even if you get time-crunched and content creation seems
impossible, these repurposing tactics should keep your machine from
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Most content creators view the
creative process as: 1. Write the
copy, and 2. Throw in visuals to
match. In reality, there should be no distinction.
The relationship between text and visual
elements is not sequential in nature. It is one of
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Create a lead generation
offer by bundling together the
content you’ve created on
your blog -- all around one
specific topic -- into a longer-
form content asset.
When anyone presents, whether in
an internal meeting or at a public
speaking event, consider whether
those slides can be tweaked to
be a SlideShare presentation,
standalone social media images,
or featured on your blog.
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If you target multiple
personas, rework existing,
targeted at another
segment to speak to a
If you have an internal company
collaboration tool, repurpose any
industry insights shared there that
might be interesting to your target
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Content that performed well in
the past, but has since gone out
of date, should be updated and
How-to content can take visual
formats if you strip down the
copy, and reformat the headers
into one-sheeters or checklists.
These are perfect for social
media, particularly Facebook and Pinterest.
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4 Content Cross-Channel and Cross-
For the most returns from your
marketing content, it’s important all
your marketing channels are working
together on promotion, and folks
across your entire company know
about the content in your campaigns.
Here’s a sample scenario for you:
You’ve just finished writing a fantastic new lead generation offer – such
as an ebook -- that you’d like to email to a segment of your list. How
can you better support that offer’s success? First, promote it with a blog
post; excerpt a chapter that can stand alone, and let blog readers know
the excerpt they’re reading is a small part of a larger ebook on the topic,
which they can download via the call-to-action in the blog post. Then
give social media a heads up that pages 2, 5, and 8 in the ebook have
some interesting quotes that could be turned into compelling visuals to
be shared on social media networks -- with a link to the landing page
to download the ebook, of course. The image you choose for your blog
post should also keep social media in mind, since you’ll surely share
that blog post on your social networks, and a compelling post image
will help drive more engagement.
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And since those that receive the email for the new ebook are probably
going to be further down your sales funnel, and this might be the action
that incites them to get in touch with Sales, it’s a good idea to let your
sales organization know about the latest ebook you’re launching, and
provide them with a short synopsis of the key points you touch on so
they can carry on a productive conversation with new and existing
opportunities. your Services team would also like to know about the
new ebook, since it might address the questions they answer on a
daily basis. Finally, alert employees in all departments that a new offer
is being released, and ask them to share either the landing
page or the blog post on their personal social networks --
Twitter is great for this -- to benefit from the network effect
of multiple people recommending a piece of content within a
short time frame.
How HubSpot Does It:
HubSpot does this by communicating offer creation with the entire
company – from marketing to sales to services, and even product and
support! We send out a weekly email titled, “This Week in Marketing”
that highlights the upcoming ebooks, whitepapers, webinars, etc.,
with a short sales soundbite. In addition, employees can also opt-in
to receive notifications via a Google Group every time a new offer is
created. The content team sends the offer, along with assets such as
landing page, email copy, and social media images, in this email so
subscribers can quickly access everything they need to know about
every piece of long-form content the company publishes.
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It’s the little details that
are vital. little things make
big things happen.
- John wooden
you’re creating a ton of quality, helpful, valuable content. you are an
undisputed content creation machine.
but you’re v1 of that machine right now.
How do you make your content creation machine the best on the
market? you get rid of the hiccups that prevent you from running as
smoothly as possible. This is the “cherry on top” stuff that makes your
content creation machine the best in the biz. Here’s how to make it
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1 Invest in Editors and proofreaders.
Hiring, outsourcing, or promoting
employees to be proofreaders and
editors is the first step to upping
your content creation game. To
do it right, it’s important you know
the difference between the role
editors and proofreaders play in
the Marketing world.
Proofreaders are ... the
folks that make sure there aren’t typos in your content, look for comma
splices, check to see if you put two spaces after a period or one, that
type of thing. This is important for making your content look uber-
professional, and can do a lot for your street cred. If you don’t have the
budget to hire a professional proofreader, fall back on a word processor
with a spell- and grammar-check. Proofreading is a very hard job, and
requires someone with superhuman attention to detail. Even if you fancy
yourself an excellent proofreader, it’s always best to leave proofreading
your own content to someone else; you’re too intimately connected to
the content to be able to pick up on little errors that, to others, would be
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Editors are ... the folks that identify what’s wrong with content,
and either communicate how to fix it with the writer, or fix it themselves.
In the marketing world, editors sometimes also play the role of
proofreader. It’s very difficult to be a good editor, because they not
only have to know something is “wrong” with a piece of content (that’s
relatively easy), but they have to be able to identify exactly what that
is (that’s unexpectedly difficult). Not only that, they have to articulate
it clearly to the writer, explain precisely how to fix it, or be capable
and knowledgeable enough as a writer to fix it themselves. This is an
excellent career path for a great writer within your marketing department
-- it’s difficult to find good editors that aren’t also good writers -- and a
prime example of investing in a content culture at your company.
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2 Establish Your Style Guide.
Editors’ and proofreaders’ jobs are made much easier when you have
an established style guide that everyone knows about, and has access
to. This enables content creators to reference things like:
• What tone should I use?
• does the tone change for different personas?
• by the way, who are our personas?
• do we welcome humor?
• What industry terms do we treat as proper nouns?
• How do we cite data?
Illustrating this in a document and periodically opening up teaching
sessions to your content contributors so you can walk them through
this and other protocol will help make
your submissions better on
the first try, alleviate
pressure on editors and
decrease the number
of required revisions.
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How HubSpot Does It:
At HubSpot, we have our own Style guide on our internal wiki – a
hub for sharing company information. We ask all our content creators
– whether that’s email copy, social media copy, or product copy – to
bookmark this. The Style guide was written by our blog manager and
our product user experience writer. This allows us to have the same
consistency in copy from notifications in our software, to posts on
Facebook, to copy in ebooks and blog posts. you can check out our
Marketing Style guide here.
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3 Create an Editorial Calendar.
An editorial calendar is just what it sounds like
-- a calendar that details the content you’ll be
publishing every day. you can create an editorial
calendar with varying levels of sophistication to
meet your needs, but the benefit is the same:
To elevate your content strategy from random
publishing, to creating content with a purpose
that’s meant to serve a specific business need.
The most simple version of your editorial calendar can simply be with
your blog. Schedule out content for anywhere from two weeks, to a
month, to a quarter, and include topics, date of publish, and assigned
author. Keep authors to a submission deadline that works for your
editorial team, whether that means authors submit one business day in
advance, or one week in advance.
you can elevate your editorial calendar by also incorporating other
channels and campaigns. For instance, v2 of your editorial calendar
might pull in content used to promote blog posts on social media,
and might coordinate campaigns around new lead generation
offers scheduled to be created. This is how you can facilitate other
departments and sub-teams within your marketing department working
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4 Align Content with Strategy.
you’re planning your content in
advance now. This is where you get
really good at creating content with
a purpose, not content for the sake
of content. Every topic you create
content around -- whether in a
Facebook update, a case study, a blog
post -- should solve a business need
greater than, “we need something to
because your rich content culture has
made it so you aren’t the sole person responsible for content creation,
it’s time to tighten the reins on what content you allow to go public.
Whereas before you may have allowed contributors to write about
just about anything that’s relevant for your industry, now you should
require contributors to run topics by you before they begin drafting. This
saves them time creating content that doesn’t align with your goals,
and it’s important you position it as such to ensure they don’t feel their
contributions aren’t appreciated anymore.
So, for every piece of content you set out to create, ask yourself
what business goal that piece of content helps achieve.
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readers always wonder why
HubSpot cranks out such a high
volume of ebooks, templates, and
webinars. What they don’t see is
that every piece of content has a purpose -- to
educate, to blow up the internet, to generate
leads. The marketing world is moving too fast to
not share the latest tips and tricks as they come.
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when you’re finished
changing, you’re finished.
- Benjamin Franklin
New content formats and promotion channels emerge frequently,
and you will not need to add every one to your marketing toolkit. The
companies that have built unstoppable content creation machines,
however, do know how to figure out what of the latest and greatest is
worth investing resources into, and which ones to throw out.
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1 Experiment with New Types of
Marketers that have the most prolific content catalogues provide
a healthy mix of not just topics, but content formats. They are also
typically agile marketers -- people that don’t shy away from new
technological advancements, love experimentation, work, adapt, and
adopt quickly, and use measurement to determine whether a new
content type worked.
Most importantly, though, they don’t view an experiment’s failure as
a personal failure; it’s just the cost of doing agile business. They’ve
also mitigated the risk by investing very little resources into the initial
experiment, instead opting to iterate on that initial piece of content to
see how and if they can make the new content format, platform, etc.
work. Some examples of how you could do this include:
• Trying out new social networks. See if a new or
underused social network is a good platform to share your
• Adopting the content format of a particular
network. See if you can create visual content that works
on, say, Pinterest, or short Vine videos for Twitter.
• Creating videos. Many marketers shy away from
videos because of the initial barrier to entry. See if
you creating a low-cost, low-resource video pays
you any dividends, and if so, iterate from there.
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2 Measure Content performance.
All content, whether part of an experiment or a regular guest in your
content creation machine, needs to be pulling its proverbial weight.
Measuring content performance allows you to assess whether a piece
of content was worth the time you put into it, and whether you would do
it again in the future. Here are the metrics you can track to evaluate the
success of your content assets.
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Offer or landing page Submissions
How raw number of people who redeemed a content offer. you can also
look at the conversion rate to see the percentage of visitors to a landing
page that redeemed your offer.
New Contact Rate
This number tells you how many of the people that redeemed a piece of
lead generation content were new to your database. reconversions are
important, but it’s also critical your content is helping you continually fill
the top of your funnel.
page Views and Traffic
An excellent metric to determine the success of your overall blog and
individual blog posts, this will tell you whether certain subject matters
are more appealing than others, and help you inform your content
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An indicator of content quality, inbound links also help you identify
which content is helping you improve your SEO.
Social Media Shares
Social sharing is another indication of content quality, and also helps
your organic search strategy. If you need to fill the top of your marketing
funnel, identifying which content garnered a lot of social media shares
and replicating it will help you score another success.
you can get a conversion rate on just about anything -- a landing page,
a thank-you page, a blog post call-to-action. Measure the conversion
rate across different content assets to see what correlation you see
between content topics and formats, and the channel on which it
lives. For instance, you could compare the conversion rate of a CTA
promoting the same offer on a blog, versus on social media, to assess if
one audience is more interested in the content asset than another.
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Opportunity is missed by most
people because it is dressed in
overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Edison
If you’ve made it this far, you might feel like you can attain some of
this ... but you don’t have the time, budget, or staff to create a content
creation machine that can do all of this.
you’re not expected to.
If your content creation machine is running on fumes, the tricks and
tactics in this ebook will help you get up and running again. And when
those tricks and tactics come to you naturally, you’ll find you have a little
bit more resource to invest in the next step up.
you won’t build an epic machine overnight, but discipline and dedication
will yield something amazing.
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