5 essential traits of every content strategy

Do you have the right team in place and an accurate assessment of your current strategy? Here are some tips to help you find your content marketing sweet spot.

5 steps to a better content strategy

Are you having trouble producing enough content? Do you want to do more with a smaller staff?

Here are five things you can do to bolster your content offerings:

1. Assemble a diverse content marketing team.

Make sure each team member knows one another’s strengths and weaknesses. Build in processes so team members can depend on each other as you develop a diverse team of specialists, generalists and hybrids.

For example, there might be people on your content marketing team that might be very detail-oriented. These team members most likely would make better editors or proofers, and the more creative team members might be better writers or graphic designers.

Make sure you employ a wide range of skills and interests so team members can learn from one another. It’s also be helpful to have people outside the marketing department help you with your efforts.

 2. Develop a marketing technology roadmap.

A shiny, new content marketing tool can be helpful, but before you go out and buy it and implement it into your existing systems, you should really understand how it would help your team.

It may be wise to create a marketing technology roadmap so you can see how all your systems will “talk” to one another.

With the right systems in place, your team will perform at a higher level. According to David and Lorrie Goldsmith of the Goldsmith Organization:

“Having the appropriate systems and structures in place is one of the most effective ways of bringing out the best talents and highest productivity of your people. Yet it’s one of the most ignored factors in organizations today.”

By understanding how your marketing technology systems fit together and the processes you should have in place, you will have a more efficient, productive and integrated content marketing team.

 3. Construct an overall theme around your content.

It is important to develop a central theme for your content for a certain time period.

Theming—or the use of an overarching framework that creates a holistic and integration organization around one theme or topic—can help with the development of your content portfolio.

A theme can help your team (and your audience) understand how all the content your organization produces ties together. It might be helpful to think of your content like a television series. A series has an overall theme and each episode helps tell the story or theme of the series.

Theming helps successful content marketers create and refine their content marketing editorial calendars.

 4. Determine where your content marketing capabilities stand.

In order to understand where your company is going with its content marketing efforts, you should know where your organization is today.

Determine where it lies on Altimeter Group‘s content marketing maturity model, or build a maturity model specific to your organization. Such be helpful in communicating to your organization—especially to upper management—where your company stands and where it’s going.

5. Create a vision for what the future will look like.

After you determine where your content marketing efforts are today, you should paint the picture of the future. What will your content marketing department look like in a year or two? What are you trying to accomplish? What does success look like?

It is important to determine the purpose of your content, and how it fits with your company’s vision, values, and objectives.

What tips would you add, Ragan/PR Daily readers?

Matthew Royse is the regional marketing director for Freudenberg IT, a global IT solutions provider. A version of this article originally appeared on the Knowledge Enthusiast blog.


One Response to “5 essential traits of every content strategy”

    Amy Bronee says:

    I would add: Do an audience deep-think. Who are they? What motivates them? What do they know? What don’t they know? What do they need to be shown? Keeping the target audience in your viewfinder helps inform all other content strategy decisions.

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