content planning

Meeting search intent: A model for measuring success

Whether it’s due to the impact of GDPR or a consequence of the move towards a voice-activated Internet, the word on the lips of leading digital marketers right now is intent. 

What’s a user’s intent? How do you identify that intent? How do you match intent with your digital activity and show the user that your business can help?

A five-step planning process for content marketers (with eight useful tools)

If we’ve got the ability to get publishing to a company blog or other content stream, then the temptation is to start publishing, just get the thing moving and see what sticks. 

I don’t doubt this approach has worked for some companies and people out there, but I often find that a lot of content marketing falters in the long term because of a lack of planning. A lack of planning means a lack of structure, and more than likely a lack of objectives. Not having these means increasing the probability of losing steam.

How to start planning a successful content strategy

When it comes to creating a content marketing strategy for the year ahead, it’s easy to get caught up thinking about the end result.

When will the content be published, and how can you ensure it reaches consumers? Questions like these are highly important, of course, but they certainly shouldn’t be only focus. 

Content planning doesn’t need hundreds of different tools

There are loads of blog posts on the internet about content planning tools. Econsultancy has published a few of them.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by hundreds of tools out there for so many different tasks – analytics and social listening, ideation, workflow management, content creation, calendarisation etc.

Five questions every content marketer needs to answer

The content marketing gold rush doesn’t seem to be slowing, and articles advising brands they need to jump on the bandwagon continue to plague the internet like timeshare salesmen in 1970s Spain. 

But does your brand really need content marketing? 

Maybe. Personally I’m pro-content, but I also don’t believe enough thought goes into why and how brands are doing it. 

Nine free content planning tools to kickstart your campaign

So you’re the marketing manager at your company and your boss says, ‘Oh hi, marketing person. I’ve just been speaking with a best-in-class growth hacker who says we need to do more quality content.’

Putting aside the fact you’ve been telling your boss that very same thing for the past three years, you can’t just stagger blindly into the content jungle like a drunk dog with a flannel over its face. You need a plan.