What actionable steps need to be taken to become the content authority in your brand's niche?
A Content Marketing Institute survey found that 88% of B2B companies are already using content marketing. For content to consistently grow your business, it takes more than just a great piece of content.
It takes a comprehensive strategy involving your whole marketing team - from SEO and paid marketing to social media.
Long term content success depends on building an audience to engage.
Here’s how to build a strategy for creating content to build that authority.
1. Establish your content strategy’s purpose and goals
As Simon Sinek would suggest, your strategy needs to start with why?
Clarify why and for whom you’re creating content in the first place.
2. Research your industry’s best content
By using tools like BuzzSumo, you can easily find the most popular pieces and publications in your industry. Look at what resonates with your audience - topics, formats, placements…
After your research you’ll be able to create content they’ll love!
3. Find a creative environment
You want to set yourself up from the start to create great content. It takes so much creativity, focus, and reflection; you need to make sure you’re working on it under the best conditions possible.
Think about which locations you work best at - is it at a desk in a quiet office or a table in a crowded, busy room?
4. Develop an editorial calendar
After your research, map out topics and content formats you’d like to apply
- Blog posts
- Landing pages
- Press releases
Besides your publishing dates make sure you also think about timing (i.e: seasonal calendar, seasonal events) to leverage to your content.
Time to create your editorial calendar!
5. Craft content with top publishers in mind
This will really help when you pitch the content to them, offer them an exclusive and to help them promote the piece to increase its reach.
6. Include a shareable hook
Ask yourself - would I share this? Why? Why not? People share what’s personal and relevant to them - and what’s funny! That’s why interactive content like personality quizzes go viral - it’s all about the audience.
7. Add engaging visuals
Find stock photos with sources like:
And simple design tools like:
let you create beautiful graphics quickly and easily.
8. Perform direct outreach
9. Measure and learn from the results
You need to learn and improve before you start working on your next piece. Track your defined key metrics to document progress towards your goal. Look for trends and patterns in that data to determine the ‘why’ behind each number. What could you’ve done better?
10. Build authority with focus
Developing a set process for creating content guarantees you cover all your bases to position yourself as an expert and your content as valuable. You’ll think of your goal and your audience at every step and stay in tune to what you want.
Stay focused on your end game, and your content will get you there.