With increased budgets comes more responsibility and expectations. How can you make best use of this newfound money? I have a name for content marketers that are the most savvy with their content marketing budgets: foxes. These quick-thinking, adaptable content creators use the best tools and tactics to stay ahead of the pack.
There are many ways to stretch your budget and improve content marketing ROI, but my research shows the foxes of content marketing are laser focused on these three key areas:
Content marketing audit
A content marketing audit can be immensely helpful in determining what content you have, don’t have, and must develop now. However, a third of content marketers have never completed a content audit.
If you aren’t already completing audits, here are a few more compelling reasons to start:
- Avoid investing in content that’s too similar to what you’ve already published.
- Identify and replace outdated content.
- Improve the quality of your existing content, including ensuring that you have great content for each persona and buying stage.
The first step is to identity where all that existing content lives.
- Gather all of your content from Google Drive, SharePoint, EverNote, or your own internal content management system.
- Compile information about all of your content pieces into a central spreadsheet or system.
- Identify gaps in your content strategy and opportunities for freshening up old content.
Here are two resources for completing an audit:
Reuse and repurpose
Rather than creating all new content from scratch, look for ways to reuse and repurpose content you’ve already created. Twenty-nine percent of those we identified as content marketing foxes have a specific process in place to ensure optimal content reuse and repurposing.
The content marketing pyramid can serve as a framework for reusing and repurposing content in different formats and lengths. For instance, you might create a gated e-book that sits at the top of your pyramid, then break it down into shorter blog posts for more digestible, free-to-access content. Or you can build the pyramid from the bottom up and develop a white paper or e-book inspired by a series of popular blog posts or based on a webinar.
Use an editorial calendar to schedule out these pyramids to be deployed over a several-month period and you will get greater use out of original content.
Complement with curated content
The ideal content marketing mix includes 25 percent curated content, rounded out by 65 percent created content and 10 percent syndicated content.
Content curation involves a few simple steps:
- Discovering relevant content from credible sources;
- Contextualizing that content for readers; and
- Sharing it with a specific audience.
The beauty of curated content is that it enables your organization to publish a steady flow of content without the time and resources required to create all of that content from scratch.
It’s also appealing to your readers because it provides additional points-of-view and takes the focus away from you and your sales objectives (although good curation can certainly complement those sales objectives).
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Now it’s your turn. What tips do you have to become a content marketing fox?
Michael Gerard is the CMO of Curata. A version of this article originally appeared on Spin Sucks.