Nischala’s writings of Jan 2016 | A round-up…

On popular demand … Starting 2016, I will be sharing a curated list of my writings for the month here on this blog.. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing. In this post I am sharing a round-up of all my published posts for Jan 2016.

Blog – Nischala’s Space, Thoughts and Expressions

Marketing Campaigns – 12 points to fast-track your success

Round-up of all the Marketing Awards you can apply to

Women led startups – What impedes growth?

Keen to attend a marketing event in India? Here is a list for you

Huffington Post

10 M’s which can make or break a woman’s career

10 fail-proof ways to love yourself everyday

LinkedIn

The attitude matters : more than knowledge and skills? Leadership Lessons from kids

10 (+1) choices which can transform your life (and career)

After 100+ LinkedIn posts the most important lesson is | “The (personal) story matters, but the publishing platform matters even more”…

Why you should NOT do a startup?

What are your objectives for 2016?

The Attitude matters | Leadership Lessons from Kids

Time Management Tips to boost your productivity at work

My Payments Wishlist as a consumer – for 2016 and beyond

FinExtra

Why you should NOT do a fintech startup?

What is the most important decision a corporate treasurer makes?

Sheroes

Got cash? Invest in a startup

WomensWeb

How to get what you want? Leadership Lessons from kids

Blog – Verve : The Quintessence of my life

How to live fully and not die slowly

The best thing you can sometimes do

At the cross-roads

 

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Marketing Campaigns – 12 points to fast-track your way to success…

Campaign

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Columnist / Byline In : Economic Times | Huffingtonpost |  Wipro NewsCred Marketo | Finextra | Inc42 |  Business2Community |ProBlogger  | Famous Bloggers | TheNextWomen|Nasscom |  SheTheTVPeople | PaulWriter |  WomensWeb |  Sheroes PeopleMatters | YoWoTo | 12Most.com  | ParentousThe Change Blog | Women Inspiring Wednesdays
Blog : Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions [Featured in Top Marketing Blogs in IndiaDirectory of Top Indian Blogs and Most Widely read Indian Bloggers, Directory of Best Indian BlogsAlltop]
Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) ,50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter (2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
2015 101 Inspiring Women aka Rockstars
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Round-up of all the Marketing Awards you can apply to…

Awards Awards Awards – It is about meeting people, getting appreciation for work done, learning what contributed to others success stories, and most importantly recognizing winners and excellence in work. As a marketing professional, I have been keen to curate a list of global marketing awards which are popular and well known for a long time..

So in this blog, I have attempted to list down all the awards I have come across during the course of last year. Hoping some day in the future – I will be on the stage to collect one or many of these awards :). Till then, read away!

Award Name Last Submission Date Last Award Date
AMES AWARDS 2015 20 March, 2015 3 June, 2015
APAC Effie Awards 2015 December, 2014 April, 2015
B2B Awards June, 2014 November, 2014
CLIO AWARDS 1 July, 2015 30 September, 2015
CRN Sales & Marketing Awards 20 March, 2015 , At 5PM 2 July, 2015
Hermes Creative Awards 10 April, 2015 Around 1 May
ITSMA 12 June, 2015 3 November, 2015
International Content Marketing Awards 2015 4 September, 2015 3 December, 2015
M&M Global Awards 2014 Before 15 July, 2015 3 September, 2015
Marketing Excellence Awards – By CIM NA 27 April, 2015
Marketing Society Excellence Awards 2015 6 February, 2015 1 June, 2015
Summit Creative Award 30 March, 2015 1 August, 2015
Summit Effectiveness Award 27 July, 2015 NA
Summit Emerging Media Award 2 November, 2015 NA
The Markies Honor Excellence in Marketing 16 January, 2015 31 March, 2015
The Communicator Awards 13 March, 2015 Around 25 June
6th CMO Asia Awards for Excellence in Branding & Marketing NA 11 August, 2015
2015 Promotion, Marketing and Design Global Excellence Awards 6 March, 2015 – 12 March, 2015 11 June, 2015
2015 Marketing Awards NA 4 June, 2015

Special thanks to my colleague Prerna for helping me in curating this..

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Columnist / Byline In : Economic Times | Huffingtonpost |  Wipro NewsCred Marketo | Finextra | Inc42 |  Business2Community |ProBlogger  | Famous Bloggers | TheNextWomen|Nasscom |  SheTheTVPeople | PaulWriter |  WomensWeb |  Sheroes PeopleMatters | YoWoTo | 12Most.com  | ParentousThe Change Blog | Women Inspiring Wednesdays
Blog : Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions [Featured in Top Marketing Blogs in IndiaDirectory of Top Indian Blogs and Most Widely read Indian Bloggers, Directory of Best Indian BlogsAlltop]
Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) ,50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter (2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
2015 101 Inspiring Women aka Rockstars
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Keen to attend a Marketing Event in India? Here is a list for you!

I was in conversation with an old friend of mine who is a globe-trotter, and attends zillion business events every year. During one conversation,

Me: “Why do you travel all over the world to attend so many events..?

She: “Three reasons.. Networking Networking Networking

I think that pretty much sums up why anyone should attend an event. Be it a real-world / virtual event – my Top 3 reasons for why anyone should attend events are
1) Business / Professional Networking
2) Learning – Hear from the best-brains / most experienced thought leaders / influencers
3) Building a personal brand

As a marketing professional based in India, I was recently trying to create a calendar for Marketing Events in India that any marketing professional could plan to attend. In this post, I’m sharing the curated list based on month.

The aim is to create a handy reference for anyone who wants to attend marketing related events. Most of these events occur once a year. Below created based on 2015 schedule.

February

The India Digital Summit [IAMAI]

World Marketing Congress [AIMA]

March

Digital Marketing Forum [Adobe]

Ad-Tech

IT Marketing Summit [PaulWriter] 

May

Digital Marketing Conversations [IAMAI]

June

Marketing Conclave [IAMAI]

Digital Enterprise Transformation Summit [Frost & Sullivan]

Did I miss any event? Leave a comment to let me know..

Please Note:: I will be updating this list periodically.

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Columnist / Byline In : Economic Times | Huffingtonpost |  Wipro NewsCred Marketo | Finextra | Inc42 |  Business2Community |ProBlogger  | Famous Bloggers | TheNextWomen|Nasscom |  SheTheTVPeople | PaulWriter |  WomensWeb |  Sheroes PeopleMatters | YoWoTo | 12Most.com  | ParentousThe Change Blog | Women Inspiring Wednesdays
Blog : Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions [Featured in Top Marketing Blogs in IndiaDirectory of Top Indian Blogs and Most Widely read Indian Bloggers, Directory of Best Indian BlogsAlltop]
Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) ,50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter (2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
2015 101 Inspiring Women aka Rockstars
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

B2B Lead Generation | 4 Things which make all the difference…

B2B (Business 2 Business) Lead Generation is the process of capturing interest in a product or service for the purpose of developing a sales pipeline. It is generally time-consuming, a lot of back-end operational work and needs perseverance in the long run. It is necessary, but not so nice to do! Which is why I find that most marketing / sales people often tend to miss out on some basic steps / activities which can make all the difference in building a robust sales pipeline and conversion. In this post, I am going to share 4 key points which I believe make all the difference in the B2B Lead Generation process:

Know Your Customer

As basic as it sounds, too many business development professionals who are tasked with lead generation activities don’t prepare enough before a customer meeting. They don’t make a genuine attempt (in terms of time and efforts) in learning about their customer. They assume a lot. They think they know, but in reality they don’t.

As a rule of thumb | Before any customer meeting, one should strive to know more about:

  • Profile of the company – with details and insights on the company history, growth, evolution, priorities, technology landscape, business model, leadership, geography presence, revenue, profitability, etc. Whatever is available in the public domain, needs to be read. And if there is a way to learn more from someone associated with the company (like a supplier, partner, employee, analyst, etc.), it would be worthwhile to attempt to know more
  • Individual Profiles – Details on the individuals you are meeting prior to a meeting. A little knowledge on their background, interests and causes they are associated with helps in building a personal rapport when you meet / talk in person. With the power of social media, there is lots one can gather about an individual even before connecting one-o-one.

 Lead Qualification

‘Lead Qualification’ is simply about doing the required due-diligence with the customer / trusted intermediary on whether there exists a business opportunity or not. The most effective lead generation is when you can bring every single “lead” from the “Top of the funnel” (TOFU) moves to the “Middle of the funnel” to the “Bottom of the funnel” (BOFU). And for that, early lead qualification makes all the difference. “Full funnel Optimization” is indeed the dream of most sales professionals, albeit tough to achieve.

In my experience, at the ground level – It really all depends on what you are measured on. For e.g.: If you are measured on the number of leads you generate, then the priority would simply on generating maximum leads. If you are measured for % conversion at every stage of the funnel, then you will put in more efforts on ‘lead qualification’ to ensure that the probability of lead conversion is higher.

 Lead Nurturing

‘Lead nurturing” is the art and craft of staying connected and engaging in meaningful dialog and interactions with a potential customer. There is a science and skill to it. The below picture says it all!

Lead Tracking

Last but not least, if you don’t track or measure it – the chances of it getting done are lower. So the key is to define a periodic frequeny in which the leads will be reviewed by all key stakeholders. And agree on specific action plan with timelines (if follow-ups are required!). If a lead is out of sight, then it goes out of mind – both your mind and the prospect’s mind!

So what do you think is the most important step for effective B2B lead generation? Leave a comment to let me know…

A version first appeared on LinkedIn

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Columnist / Byline In : Economic Times | Huffingtonpost |  Wipro NewsCred Marketo | Finextra | Inc42 |  Business2Community |ProBlogger  | Famous Bloggers | TheNextWomen|Nasscom |  SheTheTVPeople | PaulWriter |  WomensWeb |  Sheroes PeopleMatters | YoWoTo | 12Most.com  | ParentousThe Change Blog | Women Inspiring Wednesdays
Blog : Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions [Featured in Top Marketing Blogs in IndiaDirectory of Top Indian Blogs and Most Widely read Indian Bloggers,Directory of Best Indian BlogsAlltop]
Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) ,50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter (2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Looking for a Social Media Monitoring tool? First, read this post…

As a digital / social media / new age marketer and blogger, I am also looking for ways to track and monitor social media buzz. Over the years, I’ve realized that it is important to track and monitor social media across 2 parameters

1) Social Media Buzz for your brand – , i.e., What is being said / not being said about your brand

2) Social Media Buzz for your competitors brands – , i.e., What is being said / not being said about your competitor’s brand

Social Media Monitoring is critical because it can provide important insights to what the end consumer / users likes / dislikes, values and . This is an invaluable input for any business in defining / refining your strategy / service / solution portfolio.

A while back I was involved in an exercise to evaluate different social media monitoring tools and was impressed by the number of solutions available in the marketplace. I came across several articles which helped me in my analysis. In this post, I am sharing a round-up of some of the most useful articles. If you are planning to invest in tools for social media monitoring / listening, this post should help!

6 Social Media Monitoring Tools to Track Your Brand

Top 8 Social Listening Tools that do way more than listen

5 Social Media Listening Tools that every business should be using

Social Media Monitoring Tools

10 Sentiment Analysis Tools to track Social Marketing Success

Best Social Media Monitoring Software

Top 10 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools

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Columnist / Byline In : Economic Times | Huffingtonpost |  Wipro NewsCred Marketo | Finextra | Inc42 |  Business2Community |ProBlogger  | Famous Bloggers | TheNextWomen|Nasscom |  SheTheTVPeople | PaulWriter |  WomensWeb |  Sheroes PeopleMatters | YoWoTo | 12Most.com  | ParentousThe Change Blog | Women Inspiring Wednesdays
Blog : Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions [Featured in Top Marketing Blogs in IndiaDirectory of Top Indian Blogs and Most Widely read Indian Bloggers,Directory of Best Indian BlogsAlltop]
Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) ,50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter (2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Join in for a live tweetchat with me today – 18 Nov2015, 12 PM IST

Happy and excited to share that I am an invited guest by SheThePeople.TV for a live tweetchat at 12 PM IST today (18 Nov 2015). If you’ve ever had any questions for me on #MyDigitalStory – tune in and tweet on…

If you are wondering why you should join a tweetchat, I’d say top reasons are – learning, networking and fun! Not convinced still? Hop over to my post on Top reasons why you should participate in tweetchats

To view the Storify of the entire chat, click here

For those who don’t know 

* SheThePeople.TV is SheThePeople is a video story telling space that inspires women, strengthens their efforts, exchanges leadership ideas, fosters networking and reinforces their ability to contribute to growth.


* Shaili Chopra is the founder of SheThePeople.TV – As one of India’s top television editor-presenters, she has been at the forefront of achievers in journalism. In her earlier avatar, Shaili was earlier the Senior Editor and Lead Anchor at ET NOW, the Economic Times Business News Channel and earlier before that with NDTV.

MIB – Marketing In a Box???

Every new age marketer aspires to play a ‘strategic role’ to business. By strategic, I mean being able to consult, advice, guide and recommend businesses on “What to do and How?” – in terms of customer experience management, business / solution / service / product / pricing strategy, trend spotting / fore-casting, competitor intelligence, global branding and advocacy.

To play this role, a marketer should think strategic. For thinking, only one thing is required – “TIME”. And that is the only thing which almost every marketer I know falls short of. It is a ‘time-deficit’ economy, and for good reason – with some many priorities, people and processes vying for our time and attention

So where does the marketer’s time go? Below is a snapshot based on my own personal observations and interacting with fellow-marketer’s along with the state that every marketer desires..

So, what are possible solutions?

One could be to outsource the ‘day-to-day marketing operational’ activities; so marketer’s can focus a significant portion of their time and efforts on the analytical / strategic work. This can be enabled through a combination of outsourcing and the power of technology.

Broadly, I call this solution “MIB or Marketing-in-a-Box”. So what is inside the box? The people, processes, technology required to perform all the day-to-day operational activities in marketing. This includes knowledge, tools, frameworks, best practices, guidelines, know-how, etc. which take care of most of the “marketing operational” activities. As a consequence, marketer’s can mostly focus on strategic activities which deliver business impact.

Do you think such a solution will help marketers? Leave a comment to let me know..

Addendum : There might also be potential to offer sub-specialization “Boxed” services like “Content Marketing-In-a-Box”, “Digital Marketing-In-a-Box”, “Social Media Marketing-In-a-Box”.

First published on LinkedIn

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Columnist / Byline In : Economic Times | Huffingtonpost |  Wipro NewsCred Marketo | Finextra | Inc42 |  Business2Community |ProBlogger  | Famous Bloggers | TheNextWomen|Nasscom |  SheTheTVPeople | PaulWriter |  WomensWeb |  Sheroes PeopleMatters | YoWoTo | 12Most.com  | ParentousThe Change Blog | Women Inspiring Wednesdays
Blog : Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions [Featured in Top Marketing Blogs in IndiaDirectory of Top Indian Blogs and Most Widely read Indian Bloggers,Directory of Best Indian BlogsAlltop]
Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) ,50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter (2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Aspire to craft content that converts? The 7 points which matter..

First published on Marketo

According to Gartner, Content Marketing is among the Top 5 trends in the space of Digital Marketing in 2015. The ability to “build a content marketing supply chain and determine how to create, curate and cultivate content” is critical. The importance of the rise of big content means that “content is the most important thing that marketers do

It is but obvious that every content marketer aspires to continuously and consistently publish “content that converts.”.

Your first thought might be “What exactly is content that converts?”. Well, simply put it is leveraging the power of content to achieve whatever content marketing objectives you set out with. These objectives can range from Brand Awareness to Lead generation to User / Customer engagement to Sales to Lead Nurturing to Social Advocacy to Professional Networking. The thing about objectives is that they are always specific to your context – whether you are an individual or a business.

As I look back at my own journey as a content marketer, I’m happy with the impact of B2B [Business to Business] content marketing initiatives. From global brand awareness and industry mind-share, to lead generation and social shares / engagement and advocacy, it has been a good innings.

What were the key factors which made a difference in the journey?” is what everyone wants to know. I can distinctly see seven key points. I also clearly recognize that first-hand experience have taught me these lessons – mostly because of a willingness to learn, an eagerness to try and an openness to fail. However, it would have been wonderful if someone had shared these insights with me at the onset.

In this post, I am highlighting the most important points which I wish I’d known at the start, with the hope that it helps content marketers at different stages of phases of their content journey

Define your content conversion metrics

“What gets measured, gets managed” BY Peter Drucker

This is true for almost everything in life, including content. Hence the most important step in any content journey in defining your content conversion metrics. Content Conversion metrics are unique to your industry, nature of business, customer base, organization phase of growth and marketing budgets. Hence the metrics defined need to be unique and relevant to your specific context. Once the conversion metrics are finalized, it should be communicated with all key stakeholders.

For e.g: Conversion metrics could be 100 downloads for a whitepaper, or 25 e-mail registrations for a service, or 1000+ social shares, or 5 leads. Most important in metrics definition is that they should be SMART (Simple, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound) and well communicated to all key stake-holders

Have a realistic Content Plan in place

“Failing to plan is planning to fail” BY Alan Lakein

 A content plan which covers all aspects of the content life cycle is the key stepping stone for a successful content plan. Content Life cycle includes all phases from content ideation, creation, publishing, promotion, discovery, engagement, management and reporting.

Key to success in any content plan is to know

  • Who is the reader of your content? The clearer you are in your description of the demographics of the content reader, the better. For e.g: Potential readers of this blog post could be digital marketers, CMO’s, content authors, editors, publishers, content strategists, social media managers, etc.
  • What kind of content formats are popular with the target reader For e.g: Does your reader typically like visual communication like Infographics or photos; or prefers to read text in the form of blogs, white-papers or research articles?
  • What channels / devices do they typically use to read content? For e.g: Does your potential reader prefer to read on smartphone, laptop, iPad? Or do they like to read print media?
  • What content topics are trending / of value to them? For e.g.: Are new age digital marketers keen to know the latest product features of a new content automation tool or would they prefer to read about case studies on what marketing strategies worked for other competing brands in the industry ecosystem
  • What are the key drivers to convert your reader to a potential buyer of your product / service / offering / solution. For e.g: Are they looking for an easy-to-use subscription based marketing automation solution, or would they prefer a comprehensive marketing technology suite for 3 years? Your content strategy and plan need to be aligned accordingly.

The content plan should include details on:

Content Creation

  • The date on which a content piece will be published
  • The content format (blog, video, infographic, etc.)
  • The content topics / themes
  • What needs to happen before it is published (in terms of the process for editing, reviews, approvals, SEO, etc.),

Content Publishing

  • Where will the content be published (corporate / personal site / blog / page) or a community / partner / analyst / media publishing forum?

Content Promotion

  • Which social channels will the content be promoted on? This should be based on your reader demographics
  • How frequently should the content be shared?
  • How to best articulate the social shares so it works for a specific social channel?
  • What tools need to be leveraged for social sharing?
  • Which individuals / enterprises need to be notified of the published content?

Execution makes the real difference

According to the “2015 Content Marketing: Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends”, one of the key differentiating characteristic of great content marketers is that they follow a documented content marketing strategy on a consistent basis. So planning and execution are the two foundational pillars of effective content marketing. At the end of the day, how effective your content marketing is depends completely on what you actually do.

In my personal experience, to make content marketing happen – knowledge and skills are of paramount importance. Aspects of content around storytelling, creativity, design, visualization and articulation are what truly determine the impact of content initiatives.

Leverage the power of tools and technology

“Content and Technology are strange bed fellows. We are joined together. Sometimes we misunderstand each other. But isn’t that after all the definition of marriage?” BY Howard Stringer

The number of tools and technology available to make content marketing faster, easier, effective and simpler is amazing. From deciding what to write about to coming up with the most effective title for a content piece to determining who are the influencers for a particular topic – tools and technology are a powerful boon. The key is to know what technology and tools are relevant in your context, and to effectively use them.

Track and Report your Conversion Metrics

Constantly monitoring, tracking and reporting conversion metrics at regular intervals with all key stakeholders is the most important check-point in the content journey. With ample number of social media listening / analytics / monitoring tools, it becomes important to identify the right tools for your context, define a frequency for reporting and start using them. Key is to spend time analyzing the metrics to draw actionable insights.

As a case in point, your content metrics could read as below


Based on above metrics, you can identify that the time and effort required to create a blog is significantly lesser than an infographic/ blog. However, the infographics / videos might generate significantly more views. So as a content marketing team, you can decide on the content format mix for next month. This process is continuous, and based on how your content is being received by readers.

Review and Refine your content plan based on metrics

Based on the insights from your metrics, it is important to refine your content plan.

Simple rule of thumb is this | What is working, do more of it. What is not working | Do less of it.

Be patient ; Conversion based on content takes time

Conversion based on content takes time, and focused efforts. Patience, Persistence and a positive outlook yield results.

That’s my view. What do you think is the most important to create content that converts? Leave a comment to let me know…

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Connect with me on Nischala’s Social World
Columnist / Byline in : Economic Times | Huffingtonpost | Business2Community | WomensWeb | Sheroes India | PeopleMatters | YoWoTo | 12Most.com | Parentous
Blog : Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions [Featured in Directory of Best Indian Blogs, Alltop]
Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Sheroes Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) , 50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter(2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Content Marketing lessons from crafting 3000+ content pieces

“Content is King, Social Media is Queen and together they rule the online and customer world

Here are your options as a content marketer:

1) Be the KING – By generating GREAT content!

2) Befriend the QUEEN – By understanding and leveraging the power of Social Media OR

3) Be prepared to let the KING and QUEEN rule your WORLD!

Which one will you pick?

 

Content Marketing has been a significant part of my marketing portfolio in the last 18 months. Looking back, the impact of digital content has brought exceptional results – in terms of external and internal branding, lead generation, partnership development, industry collaborations and social advocacy.

I wanted to share some best practices which I believe have been contributing factors to the success of our content marketing journey.

Launching Your Content Marketing Strategy

At the outset, answer these five questions.

Question 1: Who exactly is your content consumer? What is his or her persona? What is his or her buyer life cycle in context to your services, products, or offerings?

Question 2: What are your content objectives?

  • Is it for brand awareness?
  • Is it to build a customer database?
  • Are you looking for better social engagement?
  • Is the aim lead generation or new customer acquisition?
  • Is the focus on customer retention?
  • Is it to showcase your thought leadership?
  • Is it for social advocacy?
  • Should content to be the conduit for partnerships or collaborations?
  • Should content to be the conduit for thought leadership collaborations?

Question 3: What are the metrics to define your content objectives? How exactly will you capture the data to compute these metrics? For example: How will you measure social advocacy? Is it based on the number of customers, partners, or analysts who like, share, or comment on the content you shared? Is it based on the number of total number of likes, shares, or comments that your content received?

Question 4: How do these content objectives align to overall marketing objectives? How do the marketing objectives align to your business objectives? If this link is clear to your business, marketing and sales teams – half your battle is won.

Question 5: Do you have the right skills, team, or resources to start and navigate through your content journey?

Creating Your Content

Before you start creating content, it is important to have a content plan in place. The content plan should include

Duration ·         Start Date·         End Date

·         Duration

Content Frequency ·         Daily·         Weekly

·         Monthly

·         Quarterly

Content Format ·         Blog·         Tweets

·         Infographics

·         Videos

·         Podcasts / Audio

·         Images

·         Press-Release (PR)

·         Whitepaper

·         Book / eBook

·         Slides / presentation

·         Flyers

·         Case Studies

·         Blog comments

·         E-mail communication

·         CEO Communique

Content Theme ·         Single theme topic·         Content buckets
Content Monitoring ·         Frequency·         Tools used

·         Metrics Reported

Content Team ·         Content Author(s)·         Content Editor(s)

·         Content Analyst(s)

·         Community Manager

·         Visual designer

 

In the last five years, I have created, edited, or curated 3000+ content pieces by virtue of being a writer and marketer. I have easily read 30,000+ content pieces. From what I’ve observed, below are some of the key insights for content creation

  • Before you create content, answer the below questions
  • Who is going to read this?
  • What is the value for a reader? What is the key take-away?
  • How will your content reach them?
  • What content formats or channels do they prefer to consume content from?

 

A reader will remember your content only if:

  • They learn something
  • It compels them to think
  • It touches a deep emotional chord or
  • Does more than one of the above

So be clear in what you want a reader to take-away from your content piece.

  • Clarity is messaging and positioning is most important before you create content. Consistency of messaging across all content artifacts or formats is critical.
  • How to effectively optimize content for reading across any channel – like web, mobile, tablet, etc? This is especially important.
  • At the end of every content piece, cross-link to other content pieces (either authored by you or others) which are relevant and could be valuable to a reader.

 

Promoting Your Content

  • Determine the best platform for publishing based on your content objectives – could be your corporate blog, or a guest blog, or other blog platform. Ensure that the content is optimized for each.
  • Create a cross-channel distribution plan for sharing content. This should factor in the ‘content consumer platform preferences’ and ‘time when your target readers consume content.’
  • Synergize efforts between online and offline initiatives.

 

Ideas for Content Promotion on Facebook

  • Share as a FaceBook Status. As an option, you might consider tagging friends, family, advocates who might specifically find the content useful, interesting or insightful. Be judicious to avoid spamming.

 

Ideas for Content Promotion on LinkedIn

  • Update your LinkedIn Status.
  • Post on LinkedIn Pulse. You can cross-link to the actual post
  • Join the most popular LinkedIn groups in your focus area. Promote your content in LinkedIn groups for ‘relevant reach.’ Be judicious to avoid spamming.
  • Identify list of experts from the team who will be active on LinkedIn. Try to get them to comment or participate in group discussions.

Ideas for Content Promotion on Twitter

  • Use images and Hashtags to promote new content. Use Twitter cards, as appropriate. Determine the most popular hashtags related to the content topic and share with those.
  • Tag key Twitter influencers, experts, (potential) customers, brand loyalists and advocates in the space. Solicit opinion or feedback.
  • Ask leaders from your organization to share across social.
  • Generously share others content using hashtags, tagging the authors or publishers. If the topic is directly linked to any of your published content, cross-link and share
  • Reply, RT, and comment on tweets.
  • Use scheduling tools to ensure you have a consistent flow of tweets.

Ideas for Content Promotion with Email

  • Ensure you continuously build your e-mail database which includes names / e-mail of anyone who might find value in your content.
  • Create an e-mail subscription service for readers to subscribe based on interest.
  • Send an e-mail at regular frequency to your contact database. This can be customized and personalized based on the reader’s preferences or choices.
  • Create a strategy to cross-link your e-mail subscription with content promotion. For example, at the start or end of every content piece, give the reader an option to subscribe to your content through e-mail.

 

Finally, you must regularly and religiously track the content performance based on the metrics set at the outset.

In conclusion, I’d like to leave you with two points. One, the same content marketing strategy will not work for every brand, but applying best practices always increase your chances of success in content marketing. Two, Content Marketing is an exciting and evolving space – so the only way to have a fair chance at success is by experimentation and constantly upgrading your knowledge.

And of course, enjoy the journey.

What did you learn from your content marketing journey? Leave a comment to let us know

First published on Newscred

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