Do you use a content marketing plan?
Having a content marketing plan is one thing, using it can be quite a different thing! We know many clients that start off with all good intentions, and print off, or create a content plan, but then stop using it after month one.
What is a content marketing plan?
In case you’re not sure what a content marketing plan is, (and if you should have one & use it), here’s our definition:
A clear plan of action about the content you plan to create and publish to promote your business and/or your website.
A content marketing plan doesn’t have to be just about your website, but it’s generally thought of as a website content planner.
It can be created, and used, in many forms – created content marketing planner, a simple diary you use, an online calendar. Whatever works for you is good. You don’t need to buy a specific tool if that format doesn’t work for you. If you know how you work best, (online, or pen and paper), then start with that. You can create your own planner, with columns and tick boxes so you cover everything you need for your business. Or, you can buy one which best suits your needs.
“What does that mean?” I hear you ask:
It means, what articles, or pages are you creating to share your knowledge, wisdom, ideas, new products with the world?
As you can see from this, your website, is only one place to share your business knowledge and products. It’s likely you’re sharing ideas on your social media channels, or at your local networking group, or through the local media or in your company brochure.
Having a plan, (for anything), helps you get everything in the right place at the right time, to share the information you want with your customer/potential customer/existing client.
Do you see? You can share whatever you want, and each piece of information you share is likely to be for a different audience.
- A sales page for a new product is likely to be written for new customers who haven’t bought from you before
- An email to existing clients is likely to share some information about a product or service they’ve previously bought, and/or something that you think will interest them
- A news item may share information of interest to your network to engage them in conversation about a new idea, and gather their views to help with your market research
Can you see how different content will be written for different audiences? And that’s why you need a content marketing plan!
How is a content marketing planner different from a marketing planner?
Well, that may well be a conversation for a different day, as we could then go on to talk about your business plan, and your PR plan too within the same chat!
For now though, let’s just say that your content marketing planner, is the detail behind the marketing planner you’ve created.
So, if you want to create a buzz around the May half term holidays, you’ll start creating your content marketing plan now, in January, to work up to ensuring your existing clients know what’s available for them in May, as well as sharing content in the right format to capture the attention of new customers who may be interested in your offering in the holidays.
This content marketing may well consist of email newsletters to your existing lists, press releases, articles on your website, social media posts and/or an advert in your local newsletter.
Can you see how this all needs to be planned out so you ensure you cover all bases with your information, to meet your customer & potential customer at the best place for them?
We can talk about where your customers ‘hang out’ another day, but for now, let’s just agree that we need to have a content marketing planner, and use it to promote the areas of work that are in our marketing plan to get the sales we want to support our overall business plan this year. Agree?
OK, so do you need any help with this? Or to put your thoughts in order now you understand the purpose of a content marketing planner?
We created a content marketing planner for you, to help take the strain off you, and all you need to do is fill in the boxes and then carry out your ideas. It’s 212 pages long, for 2018, and that’s just the basic template. You may find you need to print off more copies of some of the pages, to get your thoughts in order for a specific area of work you want to do, or a promotion you’re working on. That’s fine. We’ve created the template, (often the boring bit), so that you can just do the work (the exciting bit) 🙂
Buy it now & get your content planned for your awesome year ahead. (Once you’ve made payment, we’ll send you the planner for you to use as you want).
As a marketer who has made my living online for over 22 years, I can’t agree more. Taking the time to plan ahead makes all the difference for creating a sustainable, profitable business. For those who don’t have a plan or who aren’t sure where to begin, a tool like this would be extremely useful. Wish it had been available when i was starting out.
Thank you. I wish I’d had help & tools like this when I first started out too! Who knows where we’d be now! 😉 At least we’re able to help business owners now to use the tools available & get their businesses working in the right way for them.