We all send out 100’s of emails from our business every
week if not every day. Each one of these emails is a touch point with
your market be it direct or indirect.&...
Whatever you do be sure that you own your content. Some of you may be thinking what I mean by this because surely you own the content. After all it is your wording, your thoughts and all your IP right? Your intellectual property is of value – it is an asset of your business and as such do not give it away just as you would no sooner hand over the knowledge you hold enabling you to do the job you do better than your competitors. We will assume it is but how and where you place that content may leave you exposed to the idiosyncrasies of that 3rd party. Social media platforms are the worst.
Too often we see businesses where the owners invest heavily in their content marketing only to find that all the content they create sits on someone else’s platform. The most common instance of this is Facebook closely followed by Pinterest, Linkedin and Instagram.
How many of you have gone into Facebook and found that they have changed the game plan? How they present your information, what they present and the tools you use to get it there change regularly. You have immediately handed over ownership of your content once you are no longer in control of how and when that content is displayed.
The other factor that may soon not be so much a concern as it is now, is whether that content be found by the search engines. Not all content across all social media channels is indexed. It may be restricted from general viewing because of your settings. You want to ensure that your content is given maximum exposure in the search engines and in a way that supports your marketing strategies. This is best achieved through your own website where you have greater control over how the search engines see your content and index it.
By implementing a strategy for your content marketing you can better ensure that you are managing how your messages are being shared and controlling what is being shared and when. A doctrine we regularly put to ur clients is to work from a strategic perspective. We suggest that they develop a digital marketing strategy along the following lines (be this a very simple version of a complete digital marketing strategy).