In the Headlights, March 3, 2021: Producing Content at Scale, Podcast Ads, SEO Keywords

Producing Content at Scale, Podcast Ads, SEO Keywords

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The Secret to Producing Content At Scale

One of the questions I hear the most is, “How do you produce so much content?” With a weekly podcast, weekly live stream, daily blog posts, two weekly newsletters, one daily newsletter, social posts, etc. it does seem like a lot. There are two secrets to producing at scale.

Secret #1: Repurpose. The first secret is an obvious, open secret. Take a look at how we do things like our livestream – we air it on Thursdays, then capture and transcribe it on Fridays, and parts of the content work their way into the following week’s newsletters and social posts. That’s fairly obvious but something many marketers don’t do enough of. Make the best use of the content you’re already generating.

Now for the big secret.

Secret #2: Listen. Listen? Yes, listen. Listen carefully to what people are asking about and respond to it, either directly or conceptually. Almost every piece of content we produce comes from listening to what other people are asking. Years ago, sales coach Marcus Sheridan published a book whose thesis is summed up in the title alone: They Ask, You Answer. It’s such a powerful thesis that you don’t even need to read the book to understand and implement it.

If you were to go behind the scenes on the last 5 pieces of content I wrote to determine the source material, you’d see something like this:

  • Does content length predict traffic generated? – came from a Twitter chat.
  • Impact of current events on email marketing – came from a phone call with a friend
  • KPIs are notification thresholds – came from a conference session I watched
  • What is thought leadership? – came from a disagreement I had with someone on a livestream
  • Advice for casino marketers – came from a question on Slack

None of these came out of the blue. They’re all responses and thoughts to external sources, and they all came from listening.

So, how do you do this for yourself? Look at the variety of sources listed above. Phone calls. Meetings. Conference sessions. Livestreams. If you’re open and willing, you’ll see and hear so many things that will prompt your content creation. There’s no fancy AI technology at work, no crazy mathematics or statistics – just listening to people and responding to them. Keep a journal, notebook, or whatever recording method you prefer, and as you encounter questions in your work each day, make note of them. Within a very short period of time, you’ll have a ton of prompts to start generating content.

You can become a content dynamo, a content monster producer just by listening and responding to the questions and comments people are making in your industry. It’s the fastest way to scale your valuable content production.

The Bright Idea

In this week’s In-Ear Insights, Katie and Chris discuss why so many marketing organizations have difficulty with SEO keyword and topic identification. From insufficient tools to disorganized or ad hoc processes, learn one way of adding more structure and definition to your own processes, including the four-part framework Trust Insights uses for its own keyword management.

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On last week’s So What? The Marketing Analytics and Insights Live show, we talked about podcast advertising. Should you build your own podcast? Should you advertise on one? Find out the answers!

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Coming up on this week’s episode on Thursday at 1 PM Eastern, we’ll be tackling the nuts and bolts of influencer identification on Twitter and Instagram.

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Rear View Mirror Data

In this week’s Rear View Mirror, we’re looking at Facebook median engagement rates for brands. In one of the many marketing communities we participate in, someone asked if brands had seen a recent decline in engagement.

Facebook Brand Engagement Rates

The answer would be an unqualified yes. Median engagement rates for brands started out the year around 0.015% and have fallen just below 0.010% percent, a 33% decline.

To be clear, a 0.01% engagement rate is equivalent to 1 person out of every 10,000 engaging with your content.

If you’re noticing declining engagement on Facebook for your organic content, you have two choices: pay to play (advertise), or live with the lower levels of engagement. We’d argue that if other channels net you more engagement (Instagram organic content is almost 25x more impactful for brands), you might want to reallocate your resources elsewhere.

Methodology: Trust Insights used Facebook’s Crowdtangle software to extract 1,650,419 posts from 2,959 brands. The dates of extraction are January 1, 2021 – March 2, 2021. The date of study is March 3, 2021. Trust Insights is the sole sponsor of the study and neither gave nor received compensation for data used, beyond applicable service fees to software vendors, and declares no competing interests.

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