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Is Your Content Marketing Successful? 14 Actionable Metrics To Tell You It Is

Is Your Content Marketing Successful? 14 Actionable Metrics To Tell You It Is

We all know the importance of Content Marketing. We know that when executed well it can help you attract your right target audience and that it can help them turn into leads as a result of your engaging content. But how do you know that you’re on the right track?

Content Marketing Metrics is all about measuring your content and the impact it has on your organisation. It is about measuring the results and taking actions based upon it.

As more and more businesses are getting on board the Content Marketing train and spending ever greater portions of their budget on creating content, they must know that their investments are aligned with their goals with their KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators). This is the only way for them to keep their budget secure.

They need to measure what matters, not just what’s easy to track.

In an earlier post, we already talked about getting started with defining your Content Marketing KPI’s. And as you might remember, it starts with determining your business and marketing goals. Based on those you can select the metrics that will be the most effective for you to track your progress towards achieving these goals.

Over the last couple of years, there has been an explosion of metrics and analytics tools, and a lot of these tools might scare off the average Joe a bit. However, as these tools mature and become easier to understand, it’s becoming easier than ever for everyone in your organisation to look into and understand how agile, metrics-focused marketing works.

Below we’ve compiled a list of the essential tools, tactics, and items to measure, so you too can understand better how your content is performing and if not, what to do about it. We’ve grouped them together in the four most important pillars for you to track:

  • Consumption Metrics
  • Sharing Metrics
  • Lead Generation Metrics
  • Sales Metrics

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Getting Found Online – 13 SEO Tips to Increase Your Website Traffic

Getting Found Online – 13 SEO Tips to Increase Your Website Traffic

How are you finding new products and services to help you fix problems that you’re experiencing right now in your daily life? A high probability that everything starts by searching the web.

Being able to get found online via search engines are essential for any successful website. Search engines, however, would like to know what your site and your content are all about. People are having a problem or a question, and they are searching for an answer.

For you as a website owner, your goal is to create a helpful piece of content that answers those questions in the best way possible.

At its core that is what SEO is all about. Someone has a question, they are searching for a solution, and you can supply the answer to their problems.

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9 Tips For Creating A Strong Content Marketing Strategy

9 Tips For Creating A Strong Content Marketing Strategy

This is a guest post by Sharon Conwell.

It’s almost impossible to overstate the importance of a solid social media marketing strategy.

The statistics, of which there are many, all confirm that social media leads to an increased audience, better returns, and better conversion rates, as providing a boost to your SEO and increasing a trust based following that will stay loyal to your brand.

Plus, while the huge numbers of people who are a member of social networks seem so large they’re anonymous, the beauty of content marketing is the fact that you can target specific audiences, and engage with your core consumer market, in ways you would have previously been unable to reach them. You can build real relationships, open two-way channels of communication, monitor your competitors, and most importantly your sales will increase.

All of these benefits are available for an incredibly low cost when you have a sound social media strategy, and the following tips help you maximise the potential of your profile across all platforms.

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Why Your Content Marketing Leads Arent Converting (And What To Do About It)

Why Your Content Marketing Leads Arent Converting (And What To Do About It)

Inbound Marketing is going mainstream. More and more companies are convinced about the value it can bring to their organisation, and as a result, you probably start to produce high volumes of content.

Significant amounts of Content Marketing material that lead to high volumes of leads. Maybe the open, click and response on your campaigns are a little bit above average as well. Feels great, doesn’t it? However, if at the end of the day this all does not translate into good quality leads or even better opportunities that convert to revenue, your efforts and investments are wasted.

Having a week-over-week growth on your website and email list is is all great to see, but are also a bunch of Vanity Metrics that might look shiny but it is not going to make a difference to your bottom-line.

For you to maximise your ROI on the content that you’re creating, you need to convert these leads into something tangible. Something that you can assign a dollar value too.

If you’re not at this point yourself yet, don’t worry you’re not alone. According to a 2013 research conducted by the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, 93% of marketers are using content marketing, but only 9% of them thinks it is “very effective”.

So how can you move your leads to the next level and start seeing the benefits to the bottom line of your company? In this post will be looking at different ways why your leads are not converting and what you can do about it.

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How to Growth Hack Your Content Marketing

How to Growth Hack Your Content Marketing

We’re living in a revolutionary time. The world is getting smaller and smaller every day. Email, social networks, blog, videos, audio and all sorts of other media are bringing us closer together every day.

As a result of every person now can start a company from the comfort of their couch and become successful. But this also means because the playing field is levelled more and more people are taking the plunge and want to start their company.

Everything and every one is getting connected. And because of all of this, there are also more and more advertising and marketing messages flooding into out lives.

To stay relevant in this overly connected world, content became the key to attract and engage your potential audience. It is the driver of attention. For a consumer to get excited about something, to be compelled by something, it comes down to attention.

Attention is the glue that sticks everything together and keeps the funnel moving. But while every business tries to finds its niche in this connected world. While everyone is trying to create their content marketing strategy, the lower barrier of entrance makes the grabbing of your ideal consumer’s attention more difficult than ever.

On a different side of the marketing spectrum, another trend emerged over the lat couple of years. The idea of “growth hacking”. And although it might have a negative sound to it, it doesn’t involve any sharp-edged tools, only a handful of sharp-edged tactics that could prove to be extremely beneficial for your business.

After all, it is about bringing in more traffic, putting more users at the top of the conversion funnel and turning them into the customer.

This does sound familiar for everyone doing content marketing for their job, right? With each piece of content, you hope to secure more visitors and gain more traction for whatever it is that you’re selling. You want to see results, and both growth hacking and content marketing are about getting results.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to dive into Growth Hacking and see how this can help you step up your Content Marketing game. But before we start, let’s first have a deeper look into Growth Hacking.

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The Skyscraper Technique, A Proven Framework To Boost Your Traffic

The Skyscraper Technique, a Proven Framework To Boost Your Traffic

Content marketing has been on the rise for some time now. As a result, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to capture the attention of your target audience. Are you experiencing more and more problems to deliver your content to meet your leads and customers expectations? Do you need to spend more and more advertising budget to get that traffic in?

As a result from, this battle for attention, content marketers are getting more and more creative. They start to experiment with new mediums to place their content; anyone tried Anchor yet? They start to varying their approaches the bring in that consistent flow of leads. From listicles to infographics, to video content, to podcasts. You need to come up with new types of content that resonate with your audience.

Only the fittest brands survive. Brands need to turn into a chameleon, not a dinosaur to stay relevant for their audiences.

So what can you do to remain relevant in the content marketing game? Try the Skyscraper technique.

“It’s human nature to be attracted to the best.”
— Brian Dean (Backlinko.com)

That’s why the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa) attracts almost 2 million visitors per year. The Skyscraper Technique (coined by Brian Dean of Backlinko.com) is a content-driven link building technique that takes advantage of this. It is designed to help you create content that drives traffic and helps you keep driving traffic.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the technique and show you, how you can use it for your business to get that evergreen traffic arriving at your front door.

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High-Selling Content: How to Write Amazing Product Descriptions

High-Selling Content: How to Write Amazing Product Descriptions

This is a guest post by Stacey Marone.

The product descriptions play an important role in your goal to achieve more sales. If your website’s content doesn’t entice buyers to purchase the products, the chances of increasing revenue are very low. However, there are several strategies you can rely on if you want to boost your description writing skills.

First of all, ask yourself this question: how powerful are your current product descriptions? If you’re getting the sales you’re aiming for; they are probably all right. If, however, you don’t find the number of buyers to be increasing, you need to make some immediate changes in this aspect. We’ll suggest few tips for you to implement to start writing amazing product descriptions.

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Content Marketing Basics: How To Start A Successful Blog

Content Marketing Basics: How To Start A Successful Blog

By now, we’ve given you already a lot of different articles about the importance of Content Marketing in today’s world. And we think you know that starting a blog is one of the easiest ways to share your ideas and expertise with the world.

So you’ve decided to give this Content Marketing a “go” for your company and are thinking to yourself what I should do now?

We know that for a lot of people starting a blog sounds like a complicated thing. But is it?

It used to be that you needed to have lots of technical skills and know about all these acronyms like HTML, CSS or PHP. But nowadays starting a blog is almost as simple as sending someone an email. That is if you follow our guidelines we’ve put down in this article for you.

If you follow our step-by-step instructions, you will be able to set up and make your blog, avoiding common mistakes and getting started on the right tracks. And the best thing? No technical skills are required!

Ready? Let’s go!

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8 Marketing Automation Mistakes You Might be Making And What To Do About it

8 Marketing Automation Mistakes You Might be Making And What To Do About it

Marketing Automation, the process of automating parts of or maybe even your entire marketing funnel. In an ideal situation, it helps to guide your prospect through their buyer’s journey with relevant and timely communications. Communications that help nurture them from a prospect to lead, to a customer and in the long run even to brand advocates.

Marketing Automation works in parallel with the efforts of your sales team. It can shorten their sales cycles, decrease the cost per lead and improve customer retention.

Sounds like an ideal world scenario right?

It sounds like such a holy grail that according to research by Pardot in 2013 at that time already:

A quarter of all B2B Fortune 500 companies are already using marketing automation, along with 76% of the world’s largest SaaS companies.

And although marketing automation adaptation has exploded in the last couple of years, too many marketers still make a lot of mistakes in the implementation and usage of their marketing automation tools. Like any tool, marketing automation is only as good as the person using it. If you fail to set up your tools in a proper way this can lead to frustration in the short team and lots of missed opportunities in the long term.

So what are some of the most made mistakes by companies of any size in regards to marketing automation and how to fix them? Let’s dive in.

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How to Use Content Marketing to Drive Sales Through All Five Stages of The Customer Buyer’s Journey

How to Use Content Marketing to Drive Sales Through All Five Stages of The Customer Buyer's Journey

Over the last decade, the world of (online) marketing has changed. There used to be a time when you could just advertise at random places, and you could expect a steady stream of click through to your website.

The very first banner ever even had a Click Through Rate (CTR) of 44%, nowadays companies are jumping through the roof when they 0.44%, with an average CTR at the moment of 0.17% according to benchmarks by DoubleClick.

Today’s consumers have changed. They are either “banner blind” and blocking out the advertisements on website mentally or have ad-blockers installed. They look beyond logos, overlook your promotions and won’t sign up for your newsletter. Today’s consumers only need the information when they want it, delivered to them in a format they want it.

If you’re broadcasting your products or services to your target audience, good luck trying to sell to them. Consumers want to start a dialogue with you, and they don’t like being told what to choose and what to buy. So how do you make your potential customers notice you?

You do this by being helpful, hence the birth of Content Marketing.

But with everybody diving into Content marketing nowadays, it becomes more and more difficult to cut through the noise and get your content delivered to your potential customers. And what happens next? While different Content Marketing Strategies might have a different purpose (lead generation, brand awareness, website traffic, etc.) the end goal should always be the same – to increase revenue and drive more business.

In the old days it was the sales team that used to shoulder the sales funnel or buyer’s journey, but nowadays the buyer’s journey has transformed into more touch points across different channels. Quality content provides more than just a great way for marketers to connect with new audiences; it also helps your sales department better. With the right content, your sales staff can:

  • Be better prepared for their sales conversations;
  • Get better-qualified leads
  • Gain access to selling tools to engage more effectively
  • Learn more about their audience through analytics

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