Content Strategy Template
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A strong content strategy boils down to creating the right type of content for your target audience. Use Xtensio’s interactive content strategy template with your team to go through every step of your content strategy, from planning and executing to publishing and optimizing.
- Create a plan to generate reliable and cost-effective sources of website traffic and new leads.
- Define how and what type of content will be used to achieve marketing and business goals.
- Eliminate confusion across departments and streamline content creation.
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Define your style guide. Add your (or your client’s) brand fonts and colors. You can even pull colors directly from a website to easily brand your content strategy and more.
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What is a content strategy framework?
The content strategy is a foundational piece of your marketing plan. A content strategy is an ongoing process of turning business objectives into an actionable plan that uses content as the key source of achieving those goals. This framework consists of managing any and all tangible media that your business creates and owns and helps you outline all the elements you need to plan, execute, publish, and optimize your content.
What information should be included in a content plan?
The information that you include in your content strategy will depend on your business goals and should speak directly to these objectives. In digital marketing, content focuses on four main elements:
- Information – What type of message does your content revolve around? Information can be factual, practical, informative, fun or a combination.
- Context – This is the objective of your content. Who is your target audience? What problem is your content trying to solve, for your business and the reader?
- Medium – What channels are you publishing the content on, and how does that influence the overall message?
- Format – Content comes in many different styles: text, image, audio, video, interactive, virtual/augmented reality, etc.
How do you write a content strategy?
To reiterate, your content strategy will start with your core business goals and objectives, so start there!
Define your core goals
These goals should be high-level, meaning they should be broad statements or generalities rather than focusing on the fine details. Establish a few goals and build your content around them. Some example of goals for your content strategy may be:
- Drive traffic to your site via organic traffic.
- Bring exposure to your products and services.
- Become thought leaders in the industry.
Identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
What variables will you look at to define the success of your content? Your KPIs will vary depending on your product and service as well as the goals you’re trying to reach. They may include:
- Reach X number of views per month on blog.
- Gain X number of new followers on social media.
- Generate $X in revenue.
- Add X number of new opt-ins to the newsletter each month.
- Reach X amount of shares per blog post per month.
Understand who your target audience is
Make sure you understand who your audience is and what they care about. This will help you write relevant content. What information are they seeking? What problems are they trying to solve? Create personas of your ideal audience.
Uncover keywords related to your target audience
You can search popular keywords on the channels you plan to share on (social media, blog, webinars, etc.) or use Google Keyword Planner to find the right keywords for your content. This will improve SEO and searchability of your content, and help you reach your target audience.
Create a content frequency calendar
How often will you be creating new content? Once a month? Three times a month? Think of your calendar broadly and then go into the finer details after. Define a topic for each month, and create subtopics that can guide your content creation.
Write down your publishing procedures and distribution channels
Where might you find your target audience? Every medium is different, what goes onto Instagram can’t possibly be the same as what goes on LinkedIn. Every platform has a finesse that will yield the most results for your company. Some channels you may want to distribute your content on:
- Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Etc.
- Help Channels: Quora, Reddit, or StumbleUpon.
- Traditional PR.
You’ll also want to create a checklist of procedures to perform before you publish your content to make sure you cover your bases before pushing content to hundreds and thousands of people.
- Proofread for spelling and broken links (obviously).
- Include a direct and compelling post title and make sure your URL matches.
- End with a call-to-action you want your reader to perform.
- Assign Alt Text to any image inserts (recommended for SEO).
- Optimize social share language and images.
- Write a compelling meta description and title.
- Saturate your content with the keywords mentioned in the section above.
Brainstorm content ideas
Take your learnings from uncovering your business goals, target audience and content topics to brainstorm some ideas for content you’d like to create.
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The content strategy is a comprehensive planner that gives you a clear overview of your content marketing strategy, walking you through the major elements to plan, execute, publish, and optimize your content. Having a strong content strategy will eliminate confusion and streamline content creation to help your company reach your goals faster.
Yes! We have a couple of content plan examples above that you can use as a starting point for your own. If you find a style you like, use it for your inspiration. Just click on one of the examples further up on this page to save it as a folio and start editing with your own content.
First things first, you’ll want to identify the goals you’re trying to reach through your content or inbound marketing efforts. This could be driving traffic, gaining exposure or establishing your brand as thought leaders in the industry. Whatever it is, your goals will guide your content strategy.
Yes! You can invite as many people as you’d like to collaborate on your content strategy plan, ensuring your whole team is aligned on your marketing strategy and content ideas. As a platform, Xtensio helps improve the way your team works. Here’s more on real-time collaboration.
When you’re ready to share your content plan, choose between presenting it as a full-screen digital slideshow, sending it as a responsive web link or exporting it as a PDF or PNG. Learn more about the different ways to share your folios in this tutorial video.
We do! There are a number of different templates, examples and resources to guide you through the process of establishing and growing your business. Check out our Social Media Marketing toolbox and our Marketing toolbox to find more tools and resources.