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7 Tips To Update Your Content Marketing Strategy for 2016

Content Marketing Strategy 2016 Update

An effective content marketing strategy is a constantly moving target. In the early days, shady marketers were stuffing articles with so many keywords the sentences made no sense, while legitimate marketers were churning out dry, informational articles. Useful, but boring.

Then blogging and social media came along, and everybody started to relax. Marketers discovered that posts with personality were more popular and Google revamped and refined the algorithm until they developed semantic search.

Websites evolved along with content and search – became more visually attractive and easier to navigate.

Inevitably it’s all led to quality content.

Everyone knows how important content is, but the joint Moz and Buzzsumo report shows that only about 1 piece of content in 4 is effective. The rest is largely ignored.

With long odds and an ever-increasing content, how can you stand out from the crowd and achieve success with your content marketing efforts?

You need to evolve and adapt. Your customers adopt new technologies and social media, rediscover old channels and abandon new ones. It’s a constant challenge to keep up with where they are and how they prefer to communicate. Here are 7 ways to stay on top with your 2016 content marketing strategy.

7 Tips for an Effective 2016 Content Marketing Strategy

#1. Quality Over Quantity

The flood of content on the web will continue, and there’s no percentage in adding lots of content with low value. To stand out, you need to produce longer, more well-researched content that attracts more eyeballs, more social media shares, and more backlinks. The quality requirement is never going to change when it comes to an effective content marketing strategy.

Plan of action:

#2. Repurpose Your Content

Long, authoritative content can be expensive to produce, but creative use of the information you collect can turn it into a bargain. Different formats make information-rich content accessible to different audiences.

Plan of action:

  • Produce an industry-related marketing report covering topics important to your customer base.
  • Require an email address to download your report.
  • Write blog posts based on each section of the report.
  • Schedule posts on social media channels to promote your report.
  • Hire a designer to create an infographic based on bullet points from the results.
  • Make a slideshow with pertinent facts.
  • Host a podcast or livestream event to talk about your findings.

Content Marketing Strategy 2016

#3. Stay on Top of SEO

SEO techniques change every year as new technologies emerge and search engine ranking factors change.

Plan of action:

  • Make sure your website is mobile friendly and optimized.
  • Watch trends: Do you know how your content appears on wearable devices?
  • Consider voice-based search phrases. Voice-activated search assistants like Siri and Cortana are the new normal. Keywords will still be important, but marketers need to consider how people ask questions out loud and revamp SEO for voice search.

#4. Create Videos

Video has expanded exponentially with the launch of livestreaming apps, and marketers are definitely on board. Livestreaming is the next big thing when it comes to your content marketing strategy.

But don’t overlook the classics. YouTube is still huge – and don’t forget, owned by Google. It’s no secret that Google gives preference to its own products in the search. Even the big brands are cashing in by hooking up with YouTube influencers.

Plan of action:

  • Adopt a livestreaming app, like Periscope or Meerkat into your marketing plan.
  • Create video instructables for your YouTube channel, or engage influencers to review your products.
  • Consider interactive chats on Blab and Firetalk, where you can invite your customers to participate.

#5. Bring it Home

With the Google Pigeon update, hyper-local content took the top spot on mobile search pages. More than half of all searches are now conducted on mobile devices, making mobile important to every business, and critical to brick-and-mortar shops.

Plan of action:

  • Include local information, including neighborhood mentions, to your copy and blog posts.
  • Monitor and update profiles on local directories.
  • Build your presence on Google+.

#6. Create Interactive Content

Some of the most-shared content on the web is interactive. Quizzes, interactive infographics, polls and other user-participation content is personal, engaging, and fun. Users clearly love it – Which Disney Dog Are You? was shared more than 266k times. I’m Nana.

Plan of action:

  • Create polls and fun quizzes to gather customer input.
  • Take infographics and videos one step further with interactive or animated options.

Content Marketing Strategy Infographics

Check out this wonderful animated infographic by NeoMam Studios.

#7. Develop a Promotion Strategy

Without promotion, your content is dead in the water. No matter how good it is, it won’t be discovered without push. If you don’t have a big audience of your own, promotion can be tricky.

Plan of action:

  • Engage influencers. You may not have a big audience, but you can extend your reach by engaging the audience of your competitors, joining chats and groups, and offering product to social media stars in exchange for (honest) reviews. Bloggers, vloggers, and pinners are usually willing to share topics they find interesting and relevant.
  • Schedule regular posts with different teasers to entice readers to click through. Include graphics, ask questions, and quote facts.

What’s Your 2016 Content Marketing Strategy?

It’s almost impossible to predict which trends will sizzle and which will fizzle. If you’re prepared to adopt new technologies, track your results, and adjust your marketing strategy to build on what works, you can stay on top of the trends.

How will you adapt to the changing world of content marketing?

About Sharon Black

Sharon Black is a veteran copywriter and marketer. She loves writing about the challenges and rewards of marketing, at least when she's not pondering the challenges facing her on World of Warcraft. She has been known to serve as part of the grammar police force, but mostly when she is in the official role as editor.

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Comments

  1. I couldn’t agree more, “An effective content marketing strategy is a constantly moving target.” I think that is one reason I have found such an interest in marketing; it’s always evolving. I like the thrill of keeping up with the current trends and processes. It makes market analysis almost entertaining to see how its always changing. Thanks for the tips!

  2. As a content provider, I really appreciate all the useful tips!

  3. Its really great article… Thanks for sharing

  4. Hey Sharon!
    I feel your article is a complete guide for beginners in content marketing and for those who wish to sharpen their content marketing strategy. I have a question. What should be the frequency of posting content?

    • Danica Benson says:

      Hi Click n Join,

      We recommend that you publish your blog at least once a week. If you have enough time, twice a week. Search engines recognize frequency and take it into consideration when they crawl your blog and prioritize your content through their algorithm. Check out this blog 3 Tips on Blogging for Small Businesses to read more on the topic.

      If you’re curious about posting on social media, that’s a completely different monster. Social media posting frequency really depends on which social channels you’re posting, who your audience is and when they are using social media. We don’t recommend and ‘one-size-fits-all’ posting schedule across platforms and industries. What will work best to increase engagement and build relationships with your audience depends on your competitive landscape. We recommend you read this blog, “Set your social clock” to better understand why we’ve taken this stance. If you want to learn more about your landscape, you can get a look with a free trial of Rival IQ.

  5. Awesome article Sharon. Thanks for the tips 🙂

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