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8 Essential Types of Marketing Content (and how to use them)

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Check out this presentation to learn 8 types of content every digital marketer should have in their toolbox, their pros and cons, what to use them for, and tips for maximizing results.

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8 Essential Types of Marketing Content (and how to use them)

  1. 1. Types of Marketing Content 8(and how to use them)
  2. 2. Think of different types of content like different tools in your content marketing toolbox.
  3. 3. Now, would you use an Allen Wrench for the same job you would a Phillip’s Head ?
  4. 4. Now, would you use an Allen Wrench for the same job you would a Phillip’s Head ? Ahahahaa… HAHAHAHA AHAHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHA! “Using a Phillip’s Head for an Allen Wrench…” I crack myself up.
  5. 5. “…would you use an Allen Wrench for the same job you would a Phillip’s Head ?“ But seriously, that’s like saying you’d create an infographic for the same purpose as a case study…
  6. 6. “TOFU” Top-of-funnel “MOFU” Middle-of-funnel “BOFU” Bottom-of-funnel A quick refresher on terminology…
  7. 7. Infographics 1
  8. 8. Infographic Pros: o Organic/Search, inbound links o SO SHARABLE o Visually engaging o Quick and easy to consume o Simplifying complex information o Cast a wide net o Can spice up mundane info Cons: o Lead Gen (not to be gated) Key uses: o Organic/search o Brand o Social engagement o Thought leadership Key funnel stages: o TOFU
  9. 9. Infographic Tips & Notes o One the best organic/search content formats o You don’t need to be an industry expert. Find a great TOFU topic and do your research! o Don’t be self-serving – infographics are for the people! o Be sure to make the embed code available so people can repost it on their sites (sweet, sweet link juice for you!) o Make your words count, and your graphics extra sexy (now is not the time to skimp on image quality) o Avoid putting your brand name in the title (you’ll scare people away) – instead, make sure you get credit by branding and linking the infographic
  10. 10. Slideshare 2
  11. 11. Slideshare Pros: o Shareable o Mobile/Social o Visual o Simplifying complex info o Easy/Quick to create o Repurpose your presos o Owned by LinkedIn Cons: o Lead Gen o Could be better for search Key uses: o Social engagement o Brand o Thought leadership Key Funnel Stages: TOFU, MOFU
  12. 12. Slideshare Tips & Notes o In-stream social browsing - nurture customers right inside their twitter feeds! o Keep an eye on designing/optimizing for mobile – use large, bold font o Think of the cover like a video thumbnail…it must stand out and be legible o Use YouTube videos inside o Expected to be long: 50-60+ slides o Use lots of data! o The whole goal is to get on the slideshare homepage (it pains me to use this word, but you’ll go viral…ugh.)
  13. 13. 3 Blog Posts
  14. 14. Blog posts Pros: o Organic/Search o Shareable, social o Long shelf-life o Test out content topics o Publish frequently o Engage external experts, influencers, writers o Sharing updates, promote other content Cons: o Lead Gen o Upkeep, maintenance Key uses: o Organic/search o Social engagement o Thought leadership o Brand Key funnel stages: o TOFU
  15. 15. Blog Tips & Notes o The title is as important as the content o Quality + Length > quantity + frequency o Tried and true genres work! Collections and “top” lists, advice/how to, reviews, predications, troubleshooting, interviews, editorial o Distribution is key – utilize all social channels (don’t forget Google+), post in relevant targeted forums and online communities o Welcome external guest bloggers and expert interviews – when you press publish you’ll find yourself with extra strength on your distro team (and a larger audience) 
  16. 16. 4 eBooks
  17. 17. eBooks Pros: o High value content, value now o Wide reach o One of best TOFU/MOFU combo o Shareable, saveable o High email CTR o Repurpose chapters for organic o Long lifespan o Lots of distro options (great for paid) Cons: o Time consuming to create, risk if you miss the mark Key uses: o Leadgen o Lead Nurturing Key funnel stages: o TOFU - MOFU
  18. 18. eBook Tips & Notes o Save for your meatiest, “most likely to succeed” topics - “Definitive guides” work o Don’t try to target these too narrowly o Create an outline, make sure each chapter can stand alone as topic so you can repurpose later o Don’t skimp on quality – people will remember whether or not they should come back o Be sure the people you attract with this topic are the type that will convert down funnel o Interview experts and customers! o Good to do in tandem with other content on same topic to create an avalanche effect
  19. 19. 5 Webinars
  20. 20. Webinars Pros: o High value content o Sales qualification o Attracting press, media o Audience attention/mindshare o Guest presenters and influencer engagement o Live demonstrations Cons: o High time investment for audience, has negative impact on conversion o High time and resource investment for marketer o Shorter lifespan – on-demand recording (while always worth doing) is less effective as a leaden asset Key uses: o Leadgen o Nurture o Thought leadership o Customer marketing o Funnel conversion Key funnel stages: o All, but usually not best at the tippety-top
  21. 21. • Educational • Topic oriented • Industry Experts/Influencers as presenters • Lead generation I. Demand Gen/Thought Leadership • Product oriented • Target nurtured audience • SEs and Product Owners, demos • BOFU conversion II. Pipeline Acceleration • Product Releases, adoption • Retention, Value add • Upsell, cross-sell III. Customer/Partner Engagement Webinar Tips & Notes o Measure three times before you cut o Shoot for the stars with getting expert guest presenters, and make sure guest presenters are promoting too o Use deliverables/timeline document internally and externally for planning o Don’t get too cutesy with the promo materials – if I’m going spend an hour with you, you better be taking this seriously! o If your webinar slides aren’t optimized to post right to slideshare afterwards, they probably weren’t optimized for the webinar… 3 Webinar Types
  22. 22. Videos 6
  23. 23. Videos Pros: o Engagement, attention o Can be very shareable o Personable o Search (YouTube = #2 search engine in the world) o Multi-channel, embed o Tutorials, How-To’s, training o Long shelf-life o Explaining complex concepts Cons: o Lead gen o Easy to miss the mark for TOFU o Low production quality hurts brand o Can be time consuming depending on project Key uses: o Brand o Social o Nurture o Web conversion o Customer engagement Key funnel stages: o All
  24. 24. Video Tips & Notes o For brand-related video, if you’re going to do it, do it well – production quality matters o Length can be a killer. In most cases keep it to a couple minutes o How to’s, interviews and what do we do’s! – classic video formats that work great o Take the time to script and storyboard – 99/100 times your “totally awesome” idea for a video isn’t going to become an instant classic on it’s own o Try animation to increase engagement o For the love of Stu, don’t be boring.
  25. 25. 7 Case Studies
  26. 26. Case Studies Pros: • Advancing leads at bottom of the funnel • The fact that a customer was willing to participate in the first place gives this power from the get go • Usually relatively short in length yet highly effective • Takes the focus of the product and onto the results, in a more interesting story format • Real-life proof that all your marketing and sales claims thus far haven’t been total B.S. Cons: o Can be difficult to keep a steady flow these coming in, get active participation from customers Key uses: o Lead nurturing o Sales enablement o Conversion o Customer marketing Key funnel stages: o BOFU
  27. 27. Case Study Tips and Notes o Incentivize sales and other customer-facing teams to keep their eyes out for case study opportunities o After running a regular customer satisfaction survey, use the results to identify your happiest customers who are more likely to participate in a case study and reach out to them directly o Make a list of all the main use cases, personas, industries, value props, that are your most typical buyer profiles, and make sure you create case studies to cover all of those bases o If possible, see if you can get consent to use customer headshots on your website along with their case study– the fact that people are willing to have their photos featured on your site can be powerful psychologically to prospects
  28. 28. 8 Survey Reports
  29. 29. Survey Reports Pros: • Cost effective content creation • Lead generation • Press coverage, industry noise • Fuels lots of content- blogs, infographics, report, webinar, web articles, slideshare • Thought leadership, original data • Nurture, tie back to product • Learn about audience while marketing to them Cons: o Time consuming and must be planned/executed carefully to be really successful Key uses: o Leadgen o Organic/search o Brand o Social o Nurture o Press Key funnel stages: o TOFU, MOFU, ALL
  30. 30. Survey Report Tips & Notes o TOFU/MOFU heaven – try find a relevant high level topic that your audience will eat up that you can also eventually tie back to product at the end of the day o Your data will only be as good as your survey design – think about the answers before writing the questions, create multiple paths for different personas, and make sure the data you product will have a story o Would recommend doing this as a large scale, rolling campaign This epic demand gen survey yielded over 14 content assets alone!
  31. 31. Don’t Forget! Structure o Chaptering, bulleting, lists, headers and sub-headers, well organized information, calling out main ideas (use outlines!) o People move fast online and want to “save or skim” content (spoiler alert – people rarely read content cover to cover – you’re lucky if they read 50%) o Content must be consumable, bite-sized chunks, easy to navigate through quickly (also to keep a reader engaged) o Is there a story with a beginning, middle and end, and a call-to-action to cap things off?
  32. 32. Don’t Forget! Function/Design Can I easily skim, browse, navigate? Is everything legible, intuitive, aesthetically pleasing, technically working? Is it optimized for my device and environment?
  33. 33. And remember, no one becomes a great content marketer overnight – the idea is to just try sucking a little less every day.
  34. 34. About the Author Gary DeAsi is a global digital marketing and demand generation expert with a passion for technology and thinking both analytically and creatively to overcome business challenges at every stage of the customer joruney. As the Senior Manager of Corporate & Digital Marketing at SmartBear Software, Gary is responsible for managing the SmartBear corporate brand, digital advertising, and leading the inbound, digital marketing team to drive demand for the company’s 12+ software quality tools used by 3M+ software professionals and 25K+ organizations worldwide. Connect with Gary:

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