Let’s talk a little about the state of content marketing as it stands today.
91% of content marketers are using content marketing. That’s higher than all previous years to date.
Content creation is the #1 activity in content marketing that gets outsourced.
45% of content marketers are more successful than they were the previous year:
And 78% quoted better content creation as being the number one reason for their improved success.
Yet only 4% of these marketers rate themselves as extremely successful.
CMI adds: “As they have in the past, respondents who have a documented content marketing strategy report higher levels of overall content marketing success compared with those who have a verbal strategy only, or no strategy at all.”
Yet, despite this guaranteed success rate, only 37% of marketers still have a documented content strategy.
Here’s a quick slide of those statistics from the CMI report:
What exactly is IN a documented content strategy?
Here’s eleven top cores I’d direct you to consider. Note that it is much more than just a keyword report, or a topic calendar.
- Audience Persona (you’ve identified your audience so specifically that you have a name and a face)
- Your industry standout factor (Content Differentiation Factor)
- Your messaging, voice, and tone (Brand Style Guidelines)
- SEO keyword reports with high-value, high-opportunity keywords (researched consistently)
- Content creation plan & creation team in place
- Content types to create
- A content creation budget
- Editorial calendar with staff collaboration
- Social media platforms to build a presence on
- Guest blogging opportunities identified
- Content updating, tracking and maintenance plan in place
That’s a lot.
You want to be in the 4% of content marketers that are “extremely successful,” right?
Then you need all eleven cores turning in your content wheelhouse.
But, here’s the issue.
You’re probably facing two questions right about now.
- How the heck do you do all those things ^?
- Where the heck can you find a support team, that is quality controlled, to outsource all those things ^?
How & Why Our Mission These Days is to Solve Industry Problems & Help Brands Succeed By Offering the Best Content Strategy Services
Here’s the thing…
I’ve been focusing on this “big industry picture” since late 2016.
It all started when I began to look at these CMI Benchmark reports, and even asked myself “why are our blogging clients not renewing their order every month?”
Every year, content marketing investment and marketer buy-in goes up.
But the strategic success hasn’t really gone up at all.
Today, only 4% feel they’re very successful at content marketing in 2018.
You know what’s worse? Take a look at previous years’ records.
Today, only 4% feel they’re highly effective.
That’s -2% from two years ago!
In my firm, I’ve seen success rise for my content marketing year-after-year.
I know by now that it is all about consistent content, and I also knew, after five years of trial and error, beyond a doubt the value of great content in content marketing – provided you get consistent and you know what you’re doing. When my brand went past 1,000 published blogs, I wrote about the results after looking through our sales forms. It’s rather mind-blowing. 500+ inbound lead inquiries from those 1,000 blogs, closed with a sale at an 80-85% rate. Those were high-value leads: just one converted at $75,000.
The success I’d experienced by using content marketing to power 99% of my own business success (for six years!) is the very reason I created a content strategy course.
I go through all the cores I just mentioned, and teach strategists at all beginner levels how to be successful.
How to be in the top 4%.
By doing this, I want that industry metric to expand.
Expand from 4% to 10, 20%.
If brands get extremely effective at their content marketing, BIG things will happen for that brand.
They’ll get known: appreciated: earn a loyal, tight-knit fan base: and see sales roll in every day.
Hand in hand with the course are the content strategy services I’ve built in my content agency, Express Writers.
I started writing the core training for our “content planning,” “keyword research,” and “content consultation” 5 years ago–and that inspired the industry-wide course I launched last year.
We’re a content creation agency first and foremost, but truly: what is great content if you don’t have your fundamental strategy mapped out?
Recapping the Main Changes to Our Content Strategy Services for 2018
Here’s what the new product, Content Strategy, looks like:
3 main changes to our content strategy services
- We revamped and improved each strategy service we offer (list of changes below), for the year.
- On top of that, I launched new internal training for our Strategists, straight from the cores of my 6-week, intensive content course at www.contentstrategycourses.com. All this happened in the last three weeks here at Express Writers.
- All of our content strategy services are now available from this one product link, Content Strategy, instead of multiple links for keyword research and the other variations inside this one service.
Keyword research has now become more finely tuned and available in two variations: Keyword research for blogging, keyword research for web page topics. We’ll research longer-tail keywords for your blog, that offer a high likelihood of ranking: and wider opportunities for your site, where you’d want to rank overall for bigger, bolder keywords.
Content planning and content planning blocks has turned into Topic Research, for web or blog. You’ll receive an editorial calendar with high-ROI topics analyzed, as well as a core keyword to use in the topic: and what’s more, we now research influencers for your topic area as well and give you an exported list in the Excel editorial calendar. Our topic headlines are highly-scored, and carefully analyzed by our Content Strategists.
We use some of the best tools on the market: SEMrush, BuzzSumo, Hawkeye by Scoop.it, and Mangools’ KWFinder. Our team Content Strategists are fully trained from my content strategy course cores on how to deliver keywords and high-ROI content topics.
Our Topic Planning is available in three variations:
- With a blogging package (we’ll map out a whole calendar for you, with topics)
- As standalone topics for your website pages or blogs ($30/per)
- As an upgrade to your web or blog order
What’s more, we now offer a follow-up call with you + our Content Strategists to make sure you’re able to get the most from your topic planning. This will help our clients understand how to use their keywords and topics in the best way for on-site ROI.
Interested? Click here to book a call with one of our staff members to talk about your content strategy needs, or view the new product by clicking on the image below.
Let Us Power Up Your Content Strategy
We can’t wait to serve you with the best content for more success in your content marketing, this 2018.
If you’re looking for training for your agency, my Content Strategy Course could be a fit. (We’re relaunching a new and improved site late February, 2018!)
Need done-for-you strategic content marketing services?
We love serving custom, high-quality content to seasoned brands and agencies.
If that’s you, we’re a great match!
Talk to our team today about your content needs.