Did you miss #ContentWritingChat this week? You can get caught up with our recap of the chat! If you want to step up your game when it comes to your content marketing, this is one recap you’ll want to read through!

#ContentWritingChat Recap: Your Best Content Marketing Tips with Barry Feldman

Our guest host this week was Barry Feldman. Barry is a content marketing consultant, copywriter, creative director, social media advisor, and an author. We were thrilled to have him joining us this week to talk about content marketing.

Q1: Define “content marketing.”

To kick off the chat, we asked participants to define content marketing. While it’s a pretty common phrase, it’s not one everyone is familiar with, so don’t feel bad if you don’t fully understand it yet. This recap will help! Here are some of the answers we received:

Barry defined content marketing as publishing content to pull prospects closer to your brand. When creating a content marketing strategy for your brand, you want to make sure what you publish online serves a purpose and helps you achieve your goals.

Having a strategic plan for your content will help you see major results within your business.

It’s all about creating quality, valuable content that will help you reach your goals.

Tracy said it’s about providing content that meets the needs of your audience. Your content should add value and answer their questions.

As Tara said, content marketing is about getting the right content to the right people. That’s a must!

Bill has a pretty handy reminder of the definition of content marketing.

Q2: Could content marketing be a more powerful strategy than any other form of online marketing?

What are your thoughts? Is content marketing more powerful than other forms of marketing? Here’s what some of the participants in Tuesday’s chat had to say:

Barry definitely feels content marketing is powerful, but you have to commit to it.

Jacob feels the reason content marketing is so powerful is because it’s changed the conversation to understanding your buyers’ problems.

As Scott said, content marketing is important because it helps your brand connect and engage with your audience.

Liliana said that it’s impossible to acquire and nurture audiences without content.

Connecting with your audience is key!

Julia knows firsthand how powerful content marketing can be since she’s seen the results in growing Express Writers.

Q3: Define “content strategy.”

What does “content strategy” mean? Check out these responses:

Barry said content strategy is about creating a plan that answers the who, what, where, and why.

Sarah said content strategy is the planning/execution of useful, relevant, and shareable content for your audience. Great answer!

It’s all about finding the perfect audience for your stories, just like playing matchmaker. We like the way you look at this, Bill!

Andy said planning your content is about making sure the right audience sees your content.

You want to create unique content with your audience in mind. Focus on engaging them and teaching, then distribute it.

Content strategy is also about the development and collaboration process that comes along with content creation.

A content strategy shows how you will provide value to your audience and how you’re going to share what you create.

Cheryl and FirstFound shared some great answers for this question. They both agreed that it starts with knowing you audience. Who are you writing for? Figure out what they want and choose the best platform for creating and sharing that content.

Q4: Discuss the elements of an effective content marketing strategy.

What makes up an effective content marketing strategy? Check out these tips:

A key element of your content marketing strategy is knowing who your content will appeal to. You have to understand your audience and keep them in mind as you create. You also have to figure out what content you’ll publish. Figure out where you will publish your content and the purpose it will serve.

Jacob and Zachary know it all goes back to understand your audience. You have to start there.

It’s all about those goals! Have clear goals in mind for your content so you know what you’re working toward. Figure out who your audience is and how you’ll get conversions so you can see amazing results.

Brittany agrees. You need to understand your goals, your audience, and how you’re going to measure your efforts.

Bill said your content must be relevant and valuable. Define your target audience and create content with them in mind.

Your content should be engaging. Incorporating visuals is always a great way to grab the attention of your audience. You should also be informative and provide your audience with the content they’d want to see.

Tara said an effective content marketing strategy should address the pain points your buyers are facing.

Jenn shared a few questions that are important to ask yourself when creating a content marketing strategy. What are you saying? Who are you saying it to? Where/when are you saying it? Why are you saying it? How should you say it? It’s a lot of questions, but they’re important to answer.

Creating content that resonates with your audience is an absolute must!

Q5: What are ways to be consistent at and maintain a great content marketing strategy for your brand?

How can you be consistent and maintain your content marketing strategy? Take a look at this advice from Tuesday’s chat:

Barry feels it’s important to create a content marketing culture within your company. Get your team on board! He also said you should stick to your strategy, but don’t be afraid to experiment with new things.

An editorial calendar is a must to help you plan out your content. You also want to have resources and experience content assistance so you can grow.

Create an editorial calendar every month so you can enter each new month prepared. It helps to eliminate any stress. It allows helps ensure your content is strategic and serves a purpose.

Check in with your strategy on a regular basis and ask yourself a few important questions. Am I giving my audience what they want? Is my content converting? Am I getting there before my competition?

Justine said you should always be yourself. Speak with your unique voice and your audience will embrace it.

Keep the voice of your brand consistent. Even when you bring new writers on board, make sure they are aligned with your goals and maintain the vibe of your brand.

Debi also knows brand consistency is key.

Michael said a consistent content marketing strategy requires planning, scheduling, and monitoring.

If you want to be consistent, you have to make content marketing a priority.

Q6: How can you track the value of your content marketing strategy?

Once you’ve created a content marketing strategy, you need to be able to track your results. Here’s how:

Know what success means to you. What goals are you trying to reach? That will help you determine how you should track results.

Julia knows that social media shares aren’t necessarily the best reflection of your success with content marketing. Conversations and interactions are much more valuable.

Keep an eye on your analytics. Track number of shares, how many visitors you received, and which pieces of content are the most popular.

Track visitors, potential leads, and conversions on your content.

Keep an eye on pageviews, average time on page, and referral traffic to see how people are responding to your content and where traffic is coming from.

Take feedback from your readers into consideration. What are they saying in your blog comments? What are they saying in response to your emails? What are they posting on social media?

Google Analytics is definitely a must!

Brandie likes to use a tool called Sniply to track her conversions.

Q7: What are the major don’ts in content marketing?

When it comes to content marketing, what should you avoid? Check out these responses:

Barry said you shouldn’t expect fast results. If you stay dedicated and are consistent, you’ll see the rewards in time.

Don’t assume anything. Don’t forget to track and set your goals. Don’t create crappy content. Don’t stop trying for more success.

Don’t ignore your testing phase. You need to keep an eye on your metrics to know what’s working and what’s not.

Don’t oversell, create dry or boring content, ignore your audience, or offend anyone. Those are all no-nos!

Don’t put out content for the sake of putting out content. It’s more important to have quality content than a quantity of content.

Lack of consistency is a huge don’t.

Don’t forget to make your business stand out from the crowd. Find ways to differentiate yourself from others.

That’s one strategy you’d be smart to avoid!

Don’t give your audience what you want to give them. You have to give them what they want.

Don’t leave your audience hanging if they engage with your content. Respond to them!

Q8: Share a few wins you’ve had from your own content marketing.

We asked chat participants to share some wins they’ve experience. Here’s what they said:

For Barry, guest blogging has exploded his reach online. It’s definitely a powerful way to connect with a new audience. He’s also had great results with Slideshare and infographics.

Julia shared her major wins with Express Writers. Awesome!

That’s definitely a win, Jenn!

High-quality, high domain authority links are a win in Sarah’s book.

Great job, Andy!
We look forward to seeing you at the next #ContentWritingChat! Mark your calendars weekly for Tuesday at 10 AM CDT for great chats centered around content writing and marketing. Follow @ExpWriters to stay updated on our new topics and guests!

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