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Is your business thinking about producing online content? Perhaps you already are but you’re not really seeing the benefits; well ask yourself, do you have a strategy? Is your content working for you the way it should be?
For anyone producing content marketing, there are some fundamental considerations before you start spit balling and brainstorming. Audience, goals, and how you’re going to track your content’s performance are an absolute must – otherwise what’s the point?
So at what point does the sale funnel fit into all of this? Let’s look at the stats for a bit of context. According to Marketing Sherpa’s 2012 SEO Benchmark report, 70% of B2B buyers use search engines at the start of their buying process. That’s a lot searchers which have the intent to buy – but aren’t yet qualified. Add to this the fact that 50% of sales leads aren’t yet qualified and that lead nurturing through Content Marketing can garner 4 to 10 times the response rate compared to email marketing [Source: Hubspot].
For your content to be more productive it’s therefore important to map it against various stages of the buying cycle. If you want to see website users reading and acting on your content, you need to know who they are and at what point of the buying cycle they’re at. The best place is to start is establishing buyer personas (something we will be showcasing in due course) and from this you’re ready to start mapping.
In the context of ecommerce or converting online, every user will go through a cycle before and after making a purchase of goods, services or ideas. Typically this is broken into the following distinct phases:
The time it takes to reach from start to finish will depend on the user and the complexity of the goods, services or ideas being purchased. Therefore, to make the process more efficient and to improve chances of converting, it’s necessary to ensure you have the content to reinforce ideas and strengthen a user’s relationship with the brand and product.
Attract visitors and prospects through search engines, social channels and B2B groups.
Create sharable, memorable and optimised content
Types of content
Help visitors find a solution to their problem and choose the best site, service or product on offer
Create content to showcase your offering, to assist with research and educate reader
Types of content
Visit service or product pages, watch a demo video , attend a webinar or tutorial, start a free trial, or download a resource.
Convince and convert visitors as to why your offering is the best
Give evidence and make it easy for users to understand the value
Types of content
Obtain returning custom and spread awareness of brand
Create shareable, memorable and optimised content
Types of content
To measure the effectiveness of your content marketing you need to know of the specific KPIs available. Clearly, the KPI of choice will depend on the desired action of each stage of the buying cycles, but an example of what you could choose could include:
For anyone looking to produce B2B or B2C content marketing, you must think about how your users will use and interact with the content.
Is it enough to just produce content to facilitate the SEO process? Or do you need to consider a more integrated strategy? Well to get the most of your content you must think about how it will fit within your overall digital strategy. For more information check out what Digital Marketing integration means for your business.
Today’s digital landscape moves across search, social and branding; including a plethora of social platforms. For you to market your business online there are more tools, platforms and strategies than ever – whatever your budget. You just need to make sure your strategy is working for you and your online business.
To find out more information get in touch today to see how Koozai can help.
Purchase Process via BigStock
Customer Funnel via BigStock
In today’s multichannel world, there are mountains of data which provide insights into how users have interacted with your business and their path to conversion (or non-conversion). It is important to understand performance with multichannel marketing, which can be achieved through attribution modelling. Attribution refers to assigning credit to something (a channel, touchpoint, etc.) for the role it played in the final conversion. An attribution model is a rule, or set of rules, that assigns this credit correctly to the right channel or touchpoint.
For a long time, Bing, the UK’s second-largest search engine, has been underappreciated and, in some instances, even ignored. Often regarded as the inferior search engine to market leader Google, Bing has historically struggled to appeal to many in the digital world. Most PPC analysts would give justified reasons for neglecting Bing for so long; these include the volume of traffic and the user experience just not matching up to Google. However, the validity of these assessments is now diminishing. Bing has grown and improved rapidly in the last couple of years; if you are not integrating it into your comprehensive digital marketing plan, you run the risk of missing out on a large portion of your chosen market and significant revenue.