“Smart people invest in digital real estate, and the only way to establish it is with a content strategy.”
Content is everywhere. It’s ads and blogs, images, videos and more. But what’s the point of it all? This all depends on your content strategy. A good content strategy plans for valuable, findable and meaningful content for your customers online.
Your digital content must be unique and valuable to your target audience. Before writing a single word on a page, outline your brand’s message and your organization’s goals. Your ultimate goal is to have valuable, flexible content on your website that appears to the right people, in the right places, at the right time.
What makes for a good content strategy?
It’s all business-driven and user-focused that meets a specific goal. Content is built from a number of things. Today, content strategy is the process that ensures your content is published, edited, republished, repurposed and archived. This also means planning ahead for content that needs to appear in other places, sometimes at specific times, so that information can be personalized, such as a holiday campaign for Christmas.
Content strategy should identify content issues, recommendations, priorities and a future timeline to update the content’s structure and substance to improve the user’s experience. You want to make something your audience wants to see and will want more of.
Focus on your message!
Focus on creating a message or evoking a specific feeling in conjunction with your brand. We’ve discussed how bringing emotion can ensure brand integrity and transparency, but dive a bit deeper. A good brand has meaning, yet is simple enough to stick in people’s minds. Brands are visual, shown in logos and color palettes and verbal, coming across in language and style of speech; furthermore, all of your content should tie-in or identify your brand to remind customers of who you are.
The key to good content is forming a clear call-to-action. Calls-to-action encourage customers to act on something right away. This is the best use for content as it draws audiences in and interests them in your business’s and website. Posting meaningless information will not benefit you or your audience. By creating strong and useful content, you will build a better audience who identifies your website as a valuable resource.
By investing in your content and focusing your marketing around it, you’re telling your story and standing out from competitors.
Think of content specifically for your channel.
One of the main components of getting your content strategy in order is to develop around the needs of the social media channels you have. Content great for Facebook might preform poorly on Instagram. Think about what these social media channels are designed for.
I want to share with you a GREAT example. For food services, putting your content on Pinterest is a great strategy. There’s so much readily available to re-pin and package into albums and stories that fit with your brand. See what Panera Bread has done on Pinterest, curating both their own content (like this Break Bread album with several links to their blog) and content from outside sources (like this album with tips to take better care of yourself). Panera thinks past the scope of promoting their products and reinforces content that reflects onto their brand. It all fits in with Panera Bread’s cozy, familiar, healthy (but not at the expense of comfort) image
Don’t worry about making a huge strategy for your digital media. Do a little at a time to build up what you have, but with an end goal in mind. It’s okay to repurpose content you already have online for social media or later use. Content is key for gaining traffic to your website, so get writing!