How To Develop Your Digital Content Strategy

digital content strategyWhat’s a digital content strategy? This is a hard question to answer in 2015. Is a digital content strategy something you need for social media? Content marketing? Influence marketing? Your blog? All of the above? Yes, all of the above and then some. Your digital content strategy should be an all-encompassing strategy that defines how you approach communications across all your digital channels.

Why do you need a digital content strategy? You need a digital content strategy because your audiences want you to engage and interact with them in different ways, with relevant content that aligns to the ways they choose to consume and share the content you provide.

If you’ve never created a digital content strategy for your organization, the following steps will walk you through creating one. This is no small task, but I’ve tried to approach the assignment to make it easier for you to produce a digital content strategy that will be useful for your organization. First up, who do you communicate with? [Read more…]

Your Brand As Media

brand-journalism-typewriterThree years ago, using the “earned, owned and paid” organization for media strategy sounded cool. The earned-owned-paid slide in my presentations generated eyebrow raises, versus the eye rolls that are more common today. Like any good marketing catch phrases, this one has probably run its course. I’m not saying the underlying principles aren’t still incredibly relevant – in fact, they’re probably more relevant today. That’s not the point of this post though…

When I first started talking about earned, owned and paid (and no, I was far from the first to start talking about it), I would describe the owned channel as brands owning the media channel, and would use the example of Nike being its own ESPN. In other words, you would eventually go to Nike’s website for news and information on all things sports. When we talk about content marketing trends and brands AS media today, that’s what we’re talking about. [Read more…]