Content Marketing Toolkit for
Small Business
Content marketing—the strategy of
creating and distributing content to a
targeted audience—is a much talked
about topic, ...
As a marketing strategy, It can be very
effective for your business because it
provides valuable information targeted to
...
Of course, you'll first need to create a
strategy. Define your voice as well as
your goals. Will you be creating original...
Once you have all of the above
established, it's time to turn to these
readily accessible tools to get the most
out of yo...
Editorial Calendar
Creating this will help you meet your
strategic goals and manage your content
marketing initiatives. ...
A simple Excel spreadsheet, online
calendar, or plug-in will make it easy to
keep a schedule. If you have a content
team,...
 Keyword Research
If you identify and use the correct
keywords, your content is more likely to
show up online where your...
GOOGLE KEYWORD TOOL: Gives you
related terms, how competitive the term
is, and how many times the term is
searched for in...
GOOGLE AUTO-
COMPLETE/SUGGESTION:As you type
in the search box on Google, the auto-
complete offers searches that are sim...
Content Aggregators
Aggregators gather and deliver all the
content related to your topic or keyword
inputs, from whateve...
ALLTOP: All the top stories and top
headlines on popular topics from around
the web. www.alltop.com
SCOOPIT: Aggregator ...
What's Trending
A word, phrase, or topic is trending if it is
mentioned online and on social networks
multiple times. Tr...
Mentioning what's trending in your own
marketing will potentially give you more
exposure, but make sure it's relevant to
...
If you identify and use the correct
keywords, your content is more
likely to show up online where your
audience is spendi...
New product means for the industry, or a
positive personal anecdote related to the
product or its creators. It is typical...
WHAT'S TRENDING: What's hot in the
news, YouTube, and on Twitter.
www.whatstrending.com
GOOGLE TRENDS: Identifies the ho...
Monitoring
This is a recommended strategy to find
mentions of your brand, your name, a
product name, and news about a
co...
TOPSY: Real-time search for the social
web. Searches content published on
Twitter and the web, sorted by relevance
or dat...
SUMALL: The only reporting tool that
can visualize your Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram, and YouTube accounts along
with any...
Clipping
Clipping is a great way to collect content
that is of interest for later use. This is
where an editorial calend...
EVERNOTE: Multi-platform note-taking
application and bookmarking app.
www.evernote.com
PINTEREST: Online bulletin board ...
Content Suggestion Tools
Content suggestion tools are great aids
while you are in the midst of blogging or
creating cont...
REVERB FOR CONTENT: Makes your
content even more relevant and
interesting. Offers all the features of
Zemanta as well as ...
Schedulers
Streamlining the content marketing
process is a must for busy business
owners and marketers. Scheduling tools...
TWEETDECK: Schedules tweets and
posts and connects you with your
contacts across Twitter, Facebook,
MySpace. www.tweetdec...
Mentioning what's trending in your
own marketing will potentially give
you more exposure, but make sure
it's relevant to ...
Jane Tabachnick is an award winning
digital Public Relations and marketing
strategist and mentor. She works with
savvy en...
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  1. 1. Content Marketing Toolkit for Small Business
  2. 2. Content marketing—the strategy of creating and distributing content to a targeted audience—is a much talked about topic, however it can seem overwhelming to an entrepreneur or small business.
  3. 3. As a marketing strategy, It can be very effective for your business because it provides valuable information targeted to your prospects' and customers' interests and needs. It engages without including a direct marketing message or selling, thereby positioning the company as a thought leader. But if you're worried that this is just one more project you don't have time for, fear not. There are some great, free tools to help you succeed at content marketing.
  4. 4. Of course, you'll first need to create a strategy. Define your voice as well as your goals. Will you be creating original content, curating other people's content, aggregating content, or some mix of the three?  Are you looking to attract new customers, engage deeper and sell more to existing customers, or perhaps enter an entirely new market?
  5. 5. Once you have all of the above established, it's time to turn to these readily accessible tools to get the most out of your content. Here is our Content Marketing Toolkit for Small Business - originally printed in the NY Enterprise Report
  6. 6. Editorial Calendar Creating this will help you meet your strategic goals and manage your content marketing initiatives. Most of the work here is on the conceptual side, not in the implementation.
  7. 7. A simple Excel spreadsheet, online calendar, or plug-in will make it easy to keep a schedule. If you have a content team, then a Google Docs or Google Calendar can allow multi-user access. EDITORIAL CALENDAR PLUGIN: If your website uses WordPress, this plugin gives you an overview of when your content is scheduled to post. www.wordpress.org/extend/plugins/edito rial-calendar/
  8. 8.  Keyword Research If you identify and use the correct keywords, your content is more likely to show up online where your audience is spending time, or searching on the topic. Tools to help you with this include:
  9. 9. GOOGLE KEYWORD TOOL: Gives you related terms, how competitive the term is, and how many times the term is searched for in a month. Results are more comprehensive if you are signed into your Google account. https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPla nner
  10. 10. GOOGLE AUTO- COMPLETE/SUGGESTION:As you type in the search box on Google, the auto- complete offers searches that are similar to yours based on searches others are doing related to your term. WIKIPEDIA: This online encyclopedia's listings offer related terms and links on a specific topic, which can provide additional keyword suggestions. www.wikipedia.com
  11. 11. Content Aggregators Aggregators gather and deliver all the content related to your topic or keyword inputs, from whatever data feeds they use as sources, and compile it in one place.
  12. 12. ALLTOP: All the top stories and top headlines on popular topics from around the web. www.alltop.com SCOOPIT: Aggregator of info on a topic or keyword. It crawls the web for you and aggregates content around a the terms you input. It then allows you to select the best content and easily publish in a magazine format. www.scoop.it
  13. 13. What's Trending A word, phrase, or topic is trending if it is mentioned online and on social networks multiple times. Trending topics become popular either through a concerted effort by users or because of an event that prompts people to talk about one specific topic.
  14. 14. Mentioning what's trending in your own marketing will potentially give you more exposure, but make sure it's relevant to what you're selling. For example, a new product release in your industry is a great opportunity to create content and capture some of the volume of social mentions and searches on the trending topic. Consider writing a product review, a piece on what this
  15. 15. If you identify and use the correct keywords, your content is more likely to show up online where your audience is spending time.
  16. 16. New product means for the industry, or a positive personal anecdote related to the product or its creators. It is typically best to steer clear of political or gossipy trends, unless you are in that niche, or can find a way to create related content that won't be offensive to your audience and can be tied back to your company or product in a way that makes sense.
  17. 17. WHAT'S TRENDING: What's hot in the news, YouTube, and on Twitter. www.whatstrending.com GOOGLE TRENDS: Identifies the hottest searches on the internet. www.google.com/trends
  18. 18. Monitoring This is a recommended strategy to find mentions of your brand, your name, a product name, and news about a competitor in the press and online. You can also use it to find content on your keywords. GOOGLE ALERTS: Monitor the web for interesting new content, delivered to your inbox daily, based on your queries (by keyword or topic). www.google.com/alerts
  19. 19. TOPSY: Real-time search for the social web. Searches content published on Twitter and the web, sorted by relevance or date, and sends to you daily via emails. www.topsy.com HOOTSUITE: This social media dashboard monitors social media presence and mentions, and also allows you write and schedule posts that will be dispatched to multiple social media platforms. www.hootsuite.com
  20. 20. SUMALL: The only reporting tool that can visualize your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts along with any other service you use. Know which of your tweets, posts, photos, or videos get the most engagement in seconds https://sumall.com/20ft
  21. 21. Clipping Clipping is a great way to collect content that is of interest for later use. This is where an editorial calendar comes in handy; when you know in advance what topics you are going to be creating content about, as well as when, you naturally start to gather background info when you find it. Here are some clipping tools to help you with the process:
  22. 22. EVERNOTE: Multi-platform note-taking application and bookmarking app. www.evernote.com PINTEREST: Online bulletin board for collecting, organizing, and displaying information and images. www.pinterest.com DIIGO: Social bookmarking, research, and knowledge-sharing tool with multi- user capabilities. www.diigo.com
  23. 23. Content Suggestion Tools Content suggestion tools are great aids while you are in the midst of blogging or creating content online. They will suggest related articles, videos, and keywords based on what you are in the midst of typing. ZEMANTA: Suggests images, links, tags, and related articles while you write your blog post, and promotes your content. Also available as a browser add-on. www.zemanta.com
  24. 24. REVERB FOR CONTENT: Makes your content even more relevant and interesting. Offers all the features of Zemanta as well as a built-in dictionary and thesaurus. Add text or thumbnail images. www.wordpress.org/extend/plugins/relat ed-content-by-wordnik/
  25. 25. Schedulers Streamlining the content marketing process is a must for busy business owners and marketers. Scheduling tools vary from a simple one like LaterBro for managing one brand, to something more robust for managing multiple brands and social profiles, like HootSuite. Here are a few tools that allow you to schedule content in advance. LATERBRO: Schedules Facebook and Twitter updates. www.laterbro.com
  26. 26. TWEETDECK: Schedules tweets and posts and connects you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace. www.tweetdeck.com SOCIAL TOMORROW: Schedules Facebook and Twitter posts. www.socialtomorrow.com HOOTSUITE: Helps you monitor and manage multiple accounts and schedule posts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Ping.fm, and WordPress profiles. www.hootsuite.com
  27. 27. Mentioning what's trending in your own marketing will potentially give you more exposure, but make sure it's relevant to what you're selling.
  28. 28. Jane Tabachnick is an award winning digital Public Relations and marketing strategist and mentor. She works with savvy entrepreneurs and business owners to help them create greater visibility and buzz, which helps them easily attract and close more of their ideal customers. For More information visit: www.janetabachnick.com

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