Are you stuck in a content marketing rut? Before you plan your next strategy, start a content marketing analysis and ask yourself these 5 important questions:
1. What are the biggest gaps in your current sales and marketing process?
Everything you do when it comes to content marketing should enhance your current sales and marketing process. Do you need more leads? Does your sales team need resources to close more sales? Are leads going cold?
Taking time to identify the biggest gaps in your sales or marketing processes will help you find ways to use content marketing to help you overcome them.
2. What questions do people have in different stages of the buying
The entire goal of content marketing is to address the questions your prospective customers have at the appropriate time. Spend time thinking through the journey a prospective customer takes from learning about your brand to becoming a customer. What questions are they asking throughout that process? What problem are they trying to solve?
3. What type of content can you create to answer those questions and give your prospects confidence in your company?
Providing content that addresses the specific needs of where a prospective customer is in the buying
cycle is critical for success. For example, new prospective buyers might be looking for helpful information like eBooks or infographics. Prospective clients who are considering doing work with your business might need case studies or product spec sheets to make a decision.
4. What would help your sales team promote your content marketing resources: an email script, suggested social updates?
By encouraging your team to use tools for cultivating relationships with current clients and
leads, you’re able to essentially kill two birds with one stone — generate new leads & equip your sales team with resources to help them succeed.
5. How can you give people a reason to stay interested in your business?
Consistently providing prospects with quality content is a great way to keep them engaged during the buying process. Don’t think of what you want to tell prospects, think of what they want to know.