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Content marketing is a long-term strategy that includes developing original, relevant content for your users and customers. It encompasses all marketing formats that involve creation and sharing of content in order to acquire and engage your customers. Content marketing is much more than just writing. It is a holistic lifecycle of creating relevant and compelling content in a consistent fashion that turns a website visitor into a targeted buyer. This content marketing training course will teach you how to build your business by leveraging the content you already have, create new content for marketing, and update your search engine optimization so people can find your great content, resulting in increased leads, more sales and better relationships with your customers.
With constant updates to search engine algorithms, specifically Google's, the best way to drive and increase traffic to your website is with content marketing. You can have what you think is the best content to market your product or service, but if nobody sees it, there are no results. Putting content online is not enough, it needs to be engaging and measurable. Whether you have been writing for years or are just getting started, there are guidelines for your content marketing strategy. This content marketing training course teaches you to understand why people share information, how they share it, and how that benefits you.
*Please note, if you are taking this class as part of the St. Louis University Certificate requirements, there is a $500 fee to claim your certificate once you have completed ALL requirements.
- Upcoming Dates and Locations
All Live Online times are listed in Eastern Time Guaranteed To Run
- Course Outline
1. What is content marketing and why does my company need it?
- Evolution of marketing
- Attention span
- Permission marketing
- Don Draper vs. Seth Godin
- Share of mind
- Thought leadership
- Contrast to paid advertising
- Ad blindness
- Never ending cost
- Attention spans and distractions
2. Types of content marketing, how it's shared and why it works
- Content types
- Blog posts
- Web Seminars
- Public speaking
- Published works
- Importance of headlines
- Content curation
- Content creation
Activity: Where do you stand? What do you currently have as content marketing?
3. The Google algorithm and SEO
- Content is king – it's finally official
- Gaming the system gets harder every day
- Algorithm updates to squash spam
- Google rewards great content
- Knowing what customers want
- Author rank
- Biggest SEO mistakes
- Anatomy of a Landing page
- Content/sharing drop-off
- Industry leaders drop-off in SEO
- Check drop-off of class sites in SEO
- Best practices – tips and tricks for good SEO
- Tools and resources
Activity: Review tools you can use to help improve your SEO strategy.
Activity: Where do you rank in SEO among your competitors? What are the top five keywords you want to be known for, and what is your rank? What improvements can you make now?
4. Leveraging content marketing
- Stop selling, start helping
- Consistency is key
- Success takes time
- Whiteboard Friday
- The "My product/service isn't exciting enough" excuse
- Best Made Co.
- Real time and real resources
- Quilting all the content you've ever created
Activity: Determine the content you already have and create ways to reuse but not repeat
5. Optimizing your content
- Who is your content for?
- What is the purpose of your content?
- Show don't tell
- What is the lifecycle of the content?
- Become a published author – the easy way
- Giving information away
- When and why to charge for your content
- Creating opportunities
- Real-world examples
- Anatomy of a landing page
Activity: Create a persona of your typical client/customer. Why do they want or need your content? How will they find your content? At what point in the lifecycle and buying cycle will they see your content?
Activity: What is your ideal landing page? What elements are on that page? What will your headlines and copy body look like?
6. Creating original content
- The value of questions and answers
- Using lists
- Sharing is the new Super Bowl ad for small businesses
- You don't need to go viral
- 1,000 true fans
- Connecting with your target audience
- Where to share for maximum impact
- Is it right for your company?
- Pros and cons of YouTube
Activity: What are content marketing elements that you can integrate in your overall marketing strategy now? What is relevant and unique about you?
Activity: Brainstorm three blog posts relevant to your company.
7. Managing a content marketing and SEO strategy
- Who and what you need to sustain your strategies
- Measuring your success and failures
- Using in-house resources
- Questions to ask vendors if you choose to go out-of-house
- Who should attend
The following may benefit the most from this course:
- Marketing managers
- Marketing specialists
- Product marketing managers
- Product managers
- Web content managers
- Web content editors
- Web developers
- SEO specialists
- Freelance writers
- Brand managers
- Product managers
- Communications specialists
- Bonus Materials
A copy of Ann Handley's "Everybody Writes," a book about how to attract and retain customers through stellar online communication.
*when regular course price is paid in full, cannot be combined with other discounts.