The 3 Key objectives of a Content Marketing plan

3 means unity

Ever find yourself stuck on what’s your content’s purpose?

You may be creating the greatest, most engaging content or emulating the latest digital trends; yet content marketing is about targeting and giving back.

Picture, video, blog or even the hyper live-streamers – your content must be planned strategically for your long-term goals, not frivolously for the sake of it.

This sounds obvious for many experienced content marketers, however when drafting a content marketing plan; there are 3 key objectives both beginners and established must follow:

 

  1. To Educate

 

They say ‘education is the passport to the future’.

In class

If that’s the case, make your passion the next digital country everyone flies to and resides in.

Creating content that educates must be a prime goal to achieve amongst your audience as this represents your market positioning online.

Every consumer seeks valuable information for their needs online nowadays.

What stops you from positioning yourself as the expert then?

 

Beyond the SERPs of other track-record pros and famous publishers, you too can educate with your content marketing.

Always consider that within your industry and career aspirations; there’s always someone out there across the world that listens, engages with and values your opinion, writing and media style online.

Plan and educate your customers and fan base with an unforgettable digital footprint that serves informative value they’d be thankful for later on.

 

  1. To Inspire

How do you leave an impression on your fans, potential customers or clients?

What message are you seeking to impart upon someone?

 

Great content marketing leaves the receiver motivated to act upon consumption.

Whatever media you choose, aspire to adapt your message towards your recipient’s thinking on how to improve themselves.

Once your audience acknowledges that from a compelling life meme on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or even the popular 3-5 mins video on YouTube; you’ve met your goal to inspire and deliver.

Yet as the content marketer, true inspiration is mutual once your outreach receives positive feedback based on the productive results they’ve achieved from your content marketing’s impact.

Any dedicated content planner ‘sets up to lift up’ their audience through funny and thought-provoking stories, life experiences, wins and failures of their journey, and a genuine character online.

 

  1. To Acquire

Acquisition is juicy

 

One of the most crucial objectives every content marketing plan must achieve – to squeeze and taste the juice!

You don’t spend time, effort and even money at times to produce content for no returns

Subscribers, fans, customers and warm leads – everyone has a desired goal of HOW MANY or WHO to acquire when meeting their goals across digital.

 

Depending on your content choice, which approach works best from past experiences, and what’s required as profitable to you; your call-to-action is your final tool of ‘slurp-a-sition.’

You never drink a smoothie or milkshake without a straw right?

Your call-to-action is a trusted method to obtain, quench and refresh.

 

Provide a call-to-action to ease your prospects online and ensure it doesn’t ask too much of them.

As long as you state purpose within your content, address their needs and keep consistent; the meaningful prospects across your online marketing channels and within your targeted audience will be acquired.

Bottoms up content marketers!

 

Drop us a comment on how important these key objectives are for your content marketing plan.

Our C-45 team looks forward to your thoughts!

Strategic Creativity

Effectiveness of all marketing communications can be broken down with 60-20-20 rule:

60% – Offer

20% – Channels

20% – Creativity

 

From the start, let’s say the offer (e.g. message, content etc.) is the most important part, and although creativity is only 20%; you must never underestimate this part. The biggest problem with it however is making sure creativity is channelled in a right way. In order to do so, one must clearly understand the following rules.

 

  1. Never forget the audience

 

If I could have a penny for every time, I remind our clients, colleagues and friends, I wouldn’t need to work ever again. Key to this is relatively simple, do your research, segment well and you are on the way to success.

Let’s start with research, this will largely depend on your business itself. If you’re a local bakery. you wouldn’t research the entire world but would also need to be familiar with the trends in your industry.

As an example, you might start advertising low calorie options or starting to offer smaller sets of delicious pastries. This is an example of psychographic research, where you see that people are more generally aware of their health. So, your offer is pastry sets (60%) and the creativity should be health aware message (20%).

 

2.  Don’t get carried away

 

Today, there is a variety of design & creativity tools at your fingertips, and it is very important to remember less is more.

When reaching this step of actual design, it is important to remember the last step. After all, your audience picks the channels for you and not the other way around. If we continue with our bakery example, most likely your budget is not going to be big so most likely the owner will opt for social media; which is especially great when you want to target local.

The biggest problem with it is what we call ‘deadscroll’ (when a person just mindlessly scrolls through the feed until something exceptional catches your eye. First thing that springs to mind is ‘Let’s do a video or an animation‘ because everyone saw the stats that videos deliver better results than images.

However, this is where a little problem creeps in and it is that those videos delivering better results for brands already have established followers interested in the content. So, when deciding on the media type for creativity, remember eye-catching and interesting and not what everyone else wants you to do.

 

3. Interaction, interaction & interaction

After the message is published, you will need to plan and provide options for what you want people to do and how will they interact with the message.

Again, our local bakery should provide above mentioned info but it also might show its location for new customers or to remind existing ones about its location. This, by no means is the only aspect available, there are also web links, shopping, reviews etc. Those options should be chosen carefully (less is more) depending on the objective in mind.

Increase sales online gives them a website presence, given by a local map. Also for local businesses partnerships are key. Our bakery could make connections with a local gym to advertise healthy treats.

 

4. Measurements

Last but not least, make sure you keep track of everything you do. In today’s online world, you can measure nearly everything on minute basis. There are plenty of free tools out there to help you do it. Facebook ad measurements, Pixel and Google Analytics are examples of a few to name. Remember collecting results is not only to keep your campaign on track, but also for future research.

 

In conclusion, make sure you keep to the rules and you will be on track for success!

 

 

Can SnapChat rival with Instagram’s latest trends?

Snapchat logo quote

Can you think of live-streaming without SnapChat?

You probably can with Instagram Stories hot on the scene for millennials, Gen X’ers, celebrities and social media influencers now.

SnapChat was once one of first live-streaming apps appearing on social media, where users turned their smartphones into narcissistic devices that broadcasted viral stories to friends and fans about their everyday life.

With convenience to access, instantaneous nature and creative simplicity, the social network became an electrifying pass-time for youngsters frivolously sending each other pictures and videos (called ‘Snaps’) that expired after 24 hours.

The popular live-streamer allowed its users to become ‘miniature creatives’ from editing their content with fun stickers and post-produced image and geo-filters (e.g. the notorious stick-your-tongue-out, puppy filter loved by females snappers).

THEN….. all of a sudden, Instagram Stories showed up!

 

Yikes…..SnapChat’s in Trouble!

 From late Summer 2016 onwards, our cute magenta & peachy-looking camera decides to jump on the live-streaming wave and rival SnapChat with their doppelganger – ‘Instagram Stories’.

Instagram Story

As the name implies, Instagram Stories allows users to start broadcast live-streamed content amongst their followers; adding in enhanced features for creativity with your photos and videos like:

  • Multicolour pen tool & funky drawing for text-writing
  • Instagram Live’ for your fans
  • Auto-progression from one story to the next (SnapChat’s downfall ever since removing it)

Not ONLY JUST your personalised social album of posting pictures and video right?

So like any other trendy concept in-season, a lot of SnapChat users weren’t so brand-loyal after all as IG Stories increased in user base, depreciating the usage of our original live-streamer.

 

A Marketer’s perspective

SnapChat attracts young audiences, predominantly millennials and Generation X when leveraging its fun, trendy and in-the-moment lifestyle of buzzing media.

Instagram on the other hand, allows for a permanent footprint with your social activity through a user’s visual myriad of media on this platform.

If a marketer was promoting for a sports event or latest updates of your iconic figure, their marketing message must be:

  • Engaging and relevant
  • Fun to watch
  • Snappy and effective with its call-to-action

 

Otherwise it may end up like this:

snapchat in pocket

No digital or social media marketer wants this for their SnapChat presence as it’s lost opportunity for greater reach amongst your online community.

Care to agree marketers?

However, some other users may desire more permanence on their social media presence; even after the moment has ended.

Whether you’re a business, celebrity, role model in society or a normal social media user, we’re all marketers of what we believe in, do in everyday life and where we go in one way or another.

Posting up content for our Instagram pages expresses the value of visual storytelling about our lifestyles, favourite foods, holiday places to visit and interests onto others.

In case you may not know, Instagram marketing almost works like a two-way, visual conversation amongst your fans.

And no, I don’t mean simply messaging users privately one-to-one lool!

Messaging on social

Insta users and businesses with engaging content and high fan bases enjoy the best of social media marketing. The visual conversation comes from buzzing fan commentary and live video-broadcasts posted across this mobile channel, thereby influencing users which their content resonates with the most.

Think of it this way – the simpler and catchy your captions, higher your content’s impressions, likes and RELEVANT hashtag optimisation on Instagram all creates a digital combustion on this social media network.

SnapChat doesn’t allow you to combine all of these social media tactics permanently now does it?

That’s why persistence in your Instagram marketing makes you an ‘Insta-celeb’ ha ha!

So long as you’re popular for the right reasons within your industry as a brand, role model or marketer, anybody can master the visual creativity and artistic impact Instagram can have for your digital marketing strategy.

 

Do you think SnapChat still has a chance for the future of social media marketing?

Has it finally met its match or scheming something revolutionary to shock us all with?

We look forward to hearing your feedback!