Driving Discovery of the Content Your Organization Publishes

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You've planned your content strategy, and have published beautifully crafted messaging. But is your audience finding your message? In this deck we outline a variety of tactics for improving the 'discoverability' of the content you publish.

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  • Driving Discovery of the Content Your Organization Publishes

    1. 1. Driving Discovery of Your Organization’s Stories Sarah Skerik VP Content Marketing PR Newswire
    2. 2. Hello. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    3. 3. Overview • Evolution of media • Subsequent changes in audience behavior • Conversational search & the social media connection • Tactics for driving content discovery @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    4. 4. For news & info traditional media have lost to digital. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    5. 5. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    6. 6. So what does this mean to me? AUDIENCE BEHAVIOR HAS CHANGED
    7. 7. We’re looking for really granular stuff
    8. 8. And we’re OK with branded content. Excerpt from Sharethrough infographic
    9. 9. B2B customers contact a sales rep only after 70% of the purchase decision has been made. – Sirius Decisions 2012 Brands that haven’t published Brands that haven’t published supporting content are eliminated supporting content are eliminated from consideration right out of the from consideration right out of the gates. Is your organization capturing gates. Is your organization capturing their interest? their interest? @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    10. 10. Influence isn’t linear -- it’s a continuous loop. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    11. 11. The new communications reality: We’re competing for finite audience attention against an infinite ocean of content. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    12. 12. Social popularity drives content visibility in search engines.
    13. 13. So what are the big guys doing? MEDIA OUTLETS ARE RETOOLING. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    14. 14. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    15. 15. In the coming days and weeks, we'll be working with all editorial employees to train and outfit you as much as possible to produce the content we need. These sessions will be mandatory and will concentrate on several areas: • iPhone photography basics • Video and basic editing • Transmission and social media @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    16. 16. This is what a “radio guy” looks like today. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    17. 17. Ripped from the headlines! (… and the Twitter feeds) TACTICS FOR EARNING ATTENTION (& MEDIA)
    18. 18. Popular stories = audience preferences @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    19. 19. Using the attention current events generate @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    20. 20. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    21. 21. Pro tip: These are trackable URLs Pro tip: These are trackable URLs @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    22. 22. Tie thought leadership to timely events @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    23. 23. Promoting blog posts drove increases in visitors, visits and views. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    24. 24. Use edcals to guide your marketing team’s content calendar in terms of both TOPICS and TIMING @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    25. 25. Leverage sponsored/owned content @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    26. 26. They developed a great news hook @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    27. 27. And earned a little media …
    28. 28. Market your marketing: distribute the content you publish.
    29. 29. Content distribution seeds visibility within new audiences @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    30. 30. Mind the long tail! Granular search means more qualified interest will build over time. And if you do a good job of surfacing content in relevant ways, the tails will grow longer and longer. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    31. 31. Formatting tips that my-hand-toGod will improve your message visibility.
    32. 32. Headline length REALLY matters. • Keep them short. Why? – – – – Our data. (80-130) Search engines (65) AP in newsrooms (80) Twitter (100) • Use a subhead to keep peers happy. Shoot for about 100 characters in your headline, and lead with the most important ideas (or keyword.) @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    33. 33. Employ multimedia elements. • Visuals have their own distribution networks • Visuals draw eyeballs • Algorithms value visuals • People like pictures. • Better results accrue @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    34. 34. Dump the speed bump. Give the reader a reason to keep reading. September 11, 2013/Cleveland/ -- XYZ Corporation, a leading global provider of world-class, end-to-end cross-platform scalable enterprise cloud solutions designed to deliver comprehensive processimprovement outcomes for customers in various vertical sectors including manufacturing, mining and procurement today announced … @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    35. 35. Format content deliberately to maintain (and re-capture) attention @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    36. 36. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    37. 37. Embed a CTA near the top of the page. Link strategically. Think reader service, not SEO. •Link to profiles of key people quoted in the message. •Embed calls to action for prospects @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    38. 38. Keywords aren’t just search friendly, they’re relatable. 200%! @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    39. 39. Final thoughts From your calendar to your content, build an element of distribution into every information component you publish. Driving ongoing discovery of your content is crucial. @sarahskerik @prnewswire
    40. 40. Thank you! Sarah Skerik Vice president of content marketing, PR Newswire • @sarahskerik • Linkedin.com/in/sarahskerik Discovery is a recurring theme on the PR Newswire blog. Stay up to speed with what we’re thinking (and my latest experiments) here: http://blog.prnewswire.com/tag/discovery/ http://promotions.prnewswire.com/discover.html
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