A Guide to Creating Amazing Content: 5 Tips for Crafting Useful Content

The
success of a brand, product or company significantly depends on the type of
content it puts out. This makes it important to always and consistently put out
contents that would be useful to your audience. However, crafting quality
content can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when you what exactly you
should include.  

This
is why you need to develop a content strategy. This is essential for the growth
and survival of content marketing. This piece would focus on the various ways
of crafting content strategy, and also the tips for crafting useful content.

What Should Your Content Strategy
Look Like?

As
earlier mentioned, there is a need to have a content strategy. A good content
strategy would help you in crafting useful content. Some of these strategies
include the following:

  1. Goals
    and definitions: Your content strategy must center around what you’re trying to
    achieve. The first thing to do is to identify what exactly you’re trying to do
    and ensure everyone on your team buys into it.

Some
of the questions you might want to ask yourself when doing this are as follows:

  • What
    exactly are you trying to achieve?
  • Why
    are you creating the content?
  • How
    would you know that your content is on track to achieve your goals?
  • Which
    goals should be prioritized?
  • How
    would we define vital elements?

No
progress can be made until you have this foundation articulated and agreed
upon.

  • Measurement
    methodology: It’s important to have a way of measuring your success, test,
    tweak and also readjust your approach. Knowing your success metrics is crucial.
    Below is a quick guide that can help you align your key performance index at
    each stage of the funnel.
  • Reach:
    This is about how far your content has traveled. Some of the things to consider
    include impressions, views, publication pickup, social content metrics, and
    organic traffics.
  • Perception:
    Things to consider include brand surveys and social sentiment.
  • Consideration:
    Some of the things to consider include engagement which covers traffic, time on
    site, lead generation rate, leads that are yet to be qualified and so on.
  • Decision
    making: This covers the conversion of leads and qualified leads.
  • Satisfaction
    and advocacy: This cover how satisfied the customer is after they’ve used your
    product or service. Things to consider include product usage, customer review
    scores, product registrations, account renewals, product return rate and so on.

3.
Journey mapping: Content programs can sometimes get complicated, and this is
why it’s important to map out the customer journey as granularly as possible.
You can start from a whiteboard, so you would have ample space, then move to a
digital program, so you include it in your strategy.

4.
Audience insights: It’s important always to feel the pulse of your audience,
especially when you want to implement a new idea. Your ideas have to resonate
with them. However, before you can do this, you would have to ask some
important questions. Some of them include the following:

  • Who
    are you trying to reach?
  • Why
    are you trying to reach them?
  • Where
    are they located?
  • How
    can you reach them?

These
types of questions would help you know your audience more, and exactly how to
engage them.

Tips On How To Create Amazing
Content

  1. Map your content to
    clear goals
    :
    It’s crucial to map your content to clear goals. Your content piece has to
    advance your content marketing goals; else, it won’t be worth the effort
    invested in creating, publishing and distributing. As an illustration, if your one of your content
    goals is to rank at least 5 pieces of content in the top 10 of Google in the
    coming year. This means that you would need to write targeted SEO content
    around good keywords.
  2. Focus on SEO
    cornerstone content
    :
    Cornerstone content is the most important content pieces you will create.
    Putting in effort and resources in making high-quality pieces would take you
    far towards your goals, and return on investment. However, there are some tips
    you can follow to creating cornerstone content:
  3. You
    have to get the most strategic growth out of your cornerstone content. You can
    do this by writing each piece around a strong keyword, that could potentially
    drive loads of traffic to a website from Google.
  4. In
    a situation where you run multiple blogs that touch on different angles of a
    topic, you should choose the best one to become your cornerstone. You should
    ensure the post in quality, and in-depth, then link the post to all related
    posts. This directs Google to the one that is more important.
  5. Create
    content that lends itself to cornerstone status: This has to do with ultimate
    guides, topic overviews with explanations, and comprehensive how-to-posts.
  6. You can recycle one
    strong content piece in various ways
    :

One
of the ways of putting out amazing content is by recycling the strong content
you’ve created before and developed more useful pieces from that one post. By
doing this, you’d be capitalizing on the work you already put into that content
piece, giving it increased usefulness beyond the original blog format. As an
illustration, you could do the following:

  • Create
    quote cards: You could pull some crucial quotes from your blog, and make design
    quote cards from them in Canva. This adds a little twist to your work and makes
    it more interesting. You may break up the text, and then offer them bundled
    together as a SlideShare file or PowerPoint presentation. Canva is free, all
    you need to do is create an account, and search for “presentation” to find
    pre-designed templates you can make use of.
  • Create
    a PDF file: Creating a PDF file is one of the ways of repurposing your useful
    content. Your readers can easily download the PDF version of your blog, and
    save to read them for later, even without access to the internet. There are
    lots of programs available for the creation of PDF files; some include
    Microsoft Word, Google docs and so on.

References

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Forsey,
C. (2019). The Ultimate Round-Up of Content Marketing Tips. Retrieved from
https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/content-marketing-tips