By Ann Gynn published August 7, 2018
Wouldn’t it be helpful to know the questions your executives or clients will ask before they pose them to you?
You would have the time to think about the answer and tailor your response for the circumstances. Then, when asked, you could respond immediately and thoughtfully, impressing the interrogator.
Well, the presenters at Content Marketing World want to help. They’re sharing the best questions they’ve been asked about content marketing. In a few cases, they share their answers and in others, we share some content that could help you formulate your answer.
But let’s not stop there. How would you answer any or all of them? Include your response in the comments (please label it with the question number for easy reference). And next month, we’ll compile all the questions and answers in an updated blog post.
1. Should we do this?
Too often clients say, “Can we do this?” They are so enamored by what’s new and possible that they don’t stop to ask whether it’s right for the audience, right for the message, and whether it could work.
Bethany Chambers, director of audience engagement, North Coast Media
2. What is content marketing?
This is a good wake-up call. We have to evangelize and educate the organization on how our content marketing efforts are helping drive the business.
3. Does content marketing work?
4. How does marketing without talking about or promoting our product/service help us create leads and sales?
5. Why would I want to educate my customers and help my competition?
6. How can content marketing help address our target audiences throughout the customer purchase journey?
Zontee Hou, senior strategist, Convince and Convert
That question gets at the heart of how content should be used. Content should address the motivations and needs of the customer at various points of their process, so that it strengthens their positive feelings about the brand, heightens their likelihood to convert, and increases their customer lifetime value.
7. How can I use content marketing to increase brand presence in the most efficient way?
8. How does content marketing drive revenue?
9. How do we measure content’s influence on sales and revenue?
That one question drives the best decisions, the best priorities, and the best subsequent questions that drive impact.
10. How much is it going to cost?
11. What’s our goal? Why are we doing this?
We were initially more focused on the what and the how questions. When our CEO asked the why question, it forced us to take a step back and get our short- and long-term goals down on paper. We’ve referred to those goals for five years. They’ve served as a great guiding star for the content program.
12. What are we missing?
It’s almost always that the content isn’t focused on creating a permanent change in how people see a situation, the brand, or the world.
Michele LinnHandpicked Related Content: , head of strategy, Mantis Research
13. What should we stop doing?
I wish people asked this question. Marketing continues to be additive. Yet, to be truly creative – and offer something different and worthwhile – we need to deliberately do activities that make the greatest difference.
14. Does your brain spontaneously combust creativity? Where do you get your inspiration for some of these campaigns?
15. Is my point of view unique so I don’t sound like every other agency (or company)?
16. What are the editorial and commercial benefits of creating interactive content?
17. What are we doing about voice search?
18. How can I get my executives to create and share content for the company?
19. How do I use content marketing to help other people in my organization?
Leslie Carruthers, president and owner, The Search Guru Inc.
The beauty of content marketing is in how valuable it can be across the company and not just marketing. Your head of recruiting can use it to attract the right talent, your communication people can use it to communicate to investors, your head of training can use it to educate current employees. Too many executives are so concerned about themselves and their own teams that they don’t give an olive branch to others. This question shows me somebody who can really help others accomplish bigger things for the company.
20. How can we make something go viral?
There’s no guaranteed formula. But no matter the industry, you can increase your chances if your content (1) presents a unique story, idea, or dataset (2) in a way that directly addresses a pain point or creates an emotional response in your core audience and (3) in an engaging format. And, that’s not enough. You have to promote the heck out of it.
21. Can we get beyond thinking we are the best answer and bring in others from our community?
The client who asked this question now actively seeks input into their editorial calendar topics from beyond their industry.
Mark Masters, owner, The ID Group
22. What’s the difference between audience and traffic?
The question hints at where marketing is heading overall. A synonym for traffic is “visitors,” which by definition are people who leave. Today’s best content marketers develop audiences. They focus on subscribers, not visitors; time spent, not views; holding attention, not merely acquiring it.
23. How many buyer personas do we need?
Adele Revella, CEO and founder, Buyer Persona Institute
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You can ask questions of these experts and others in person at Content Marketing World Sept. 4-7 in Cleveland, Ohio. Register today and use code BLOG100 to save $100. Cover image by Joseph Kalinowski/Content Marketing Institute
24. How do we manage all the different audiences? How to do we make sure our content is relevant to all of them?
25. Why won’t people come to our content?
The short answer is that people in charge lacked a basic understanding of SEO. A slightly longer answer is they didn’t do link building and outreach, or perhaps they didn’t produce content that was “linkworthy” in the first place.
Your answers needed
Now that the questions have been asked, how would you answer them? Pick one or more and include your response in the comments below. And if you have a great question that was asked and answered (or needs an answer), please add that as well.
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