How to Plan Your Content Marketing Process: A Guide for Beginners

–Want to perfect the art of content marketing? It’s not complicated if you know the process start-to-finish. Learn about it in this crisp, jargon-free post.

Great content always has takers. Even on saturated platforms, stand-out content shines through. It is what differentiates mediocre brands from super-successful ones, at least in the digital space.

With content occupying center stage in most digital marketing plans, it’s natural that you want to ace content marketing.

But there’s a catch.

What, you wonder?

Content marketing has many micro-processes that should work in harmony. Without them, your content can fall flat, and your investment can go down the drain. But that doesn’t mean marketing novices can’t leverage content marketing. You just need to break the entire content marketing process into manageable stages.

The 5 Stages of Content Marketing

Here are the five main stages you need to follow, in sequence:

1. Content Research and Planning

The first step to creating engaging content is to align it with your target audience’s needs and interests. So, research your audience and create accurate buyer personas.  After that, formulate a content strategy with SMART goals and KPIs.

2. Content Creation

The next step is to create engaging content that offers value to your audience. Or, you can curate relevant content and customize it for your audience and brand. Chalk out a content calendar so that you can keep up your posting frequency.

3. Content Scheduling and Publication

Schedule your content for publication. Publish it at times when your audience is most active. Don’t forget to optimize the content for different platforms.

4. Content Promotion and Distribution

To boost your content’s visibility and ranking, promote it on content syndication platforms like Medium and SlideShare. Share content links on your social media pages. Include links in your social bios and email signatures. The aim is to drive traffic to your great content.

5. Analysis and Strategy Revision

Keep an eye on your content’s performance. Evaluate your content marketing ROI in terms of the KPIs you determined. Identify the most resultful content, platforms, and promotion tactics. You can replicate them in future campaigns.

Ready to Leverage Content Marketing?

As you must have guessed, there’s more to content marketing than what meets the eye. With practice, you will master these techniques. In the meanwhile, gather as much knowledge about content marketing that you possibly can. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the above five-step process.

5 of the Most Important Stages in the Content Marketing Process

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Shane Barker
Shane Barkerhttps://shanebarker.com/services/influencer-marketing/
Shane Barker is a digital marketing consultant who specializes in influencer marketing, content marketing, and SEO. He is the Co-Founder of Attrock, a digital marketing agency. He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, influencers with digital products, and a number of A-List celebrities.