How can a content strategy align with business objectives?

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    How can a content strategy align with business objectives?

    In the quest to harmonize content strategy with business goals, we've gathered insights from nine seasoned professionals, including Content Strategists and CEOs. They share their wisdom from securing stakeholder buy-in to developing an aligned content plan, offering a comprehensive roadmap for integrating content with your company's vision.

    • Secure Stakeholder Buy-In
    • Understand Your Audience
    • Support Market Objectives
    • Analyze and Tailor Content
    • Map the Buyer's Journey
    • Collaborate Across Teams
    • Build Topic Clusters Strategically
    • Create High-Quality, Relevant Content
    • Develop an Aligned Content Plan

    Secure Stakeholder Buy-In

    I'm a consultant, so I work with clients to build their content strategy. Getting buy-in is crucial. Stakeholders and upper management are great at developing and knowing the business objectives, but forming all of the bits and pieces that help us reach those objectives can be a winding road. Putting together a content strategy that everyone believes in and feels they have a part in makes the rest of the alignment process much easier. From there, we create a story that weaves in what the client is trying to accomplish with how it serves their audience.

    Katelyn UnterbornContent Strategist, iFactory

    Understand Your Audience

    We first start by breaking down our Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) into personas. Knowing their pain points, what they care about, how they consume content, and what channels they live on gives you a clear audience to speak to. Then, your solutions can slot right into their needs, and your call to action (CTA) can align with your business objectives.

    Rob Burke
    Rob BurkeCMO, DonorDock

    Support Market Objectives

    I always look at content as a way to support market and business objectives from the start. Knowing how my company differentiates, how we go to market, and how we align with customer needs, then content is focused on helping to answer those questions or to create that outward alignment. Our content strategy and our SEO/keyword strategy reflect that alignment. Hopefully, it all comes full circle and creates an opportunity for connection for us and our customers as we align on ideas and challenges.

    Trice AlfordChief Marketing Officer

    Analyze and Tailor Content

    Our company's primary objectives included brand awareness, customer engagement, lead generation, and thought leadership in the digital marketing sector.

    Firstly, we conducted a thorough analysis of our business goals and identified how content could support these objectives. For instance, to enhance brand awareness, we decided our content should focus on reaching a wider audience and emphasizing our unique value proposition. For lead generation, the content needed to be more targeted and conversion-focused.

    Next, we developed audience personas to better understand our target market—their interests, pain points, challenges, and information consumption patterns. This step was crucial in creating content that resonates with our audience and addresses their specific needs and preferences.

    We then created a content roadmap that outlined the types of content we would produce, such as blog posts, whitepapers, videos, and social media updates. Each content type was chosen based on its ability to meet our specific business objectives. For example, we utilized in-depth whitepapers to establish thought leadership and detailed blog posts for SEO to drive organic traffic.

    Additionally, we integrated SEO strategies with our content creation, ensuring our content was not only valuable but also discoverable. Keyword research, trend analysis, and competitor content audits were regular parts of our content planning process.

    To ensure alignment with business goals, we established KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for our content. These included website traffic, engagement metrics, lead generation numbers, and social media analytics. Regular reviews of these KPIs helped us understand the impact of our content and make necessary adjustments.

    Finally, cross-departmental collaboration was integral to our strategy. We regularly communicated with the sales, customer service, and product development teams to ensure our content was aligned with the latest market trends, customer feedback, and product updates.

    Bruno Gavino
    Bruno GavinoFounder, CEO, CodeDesign

    Map the Buyer's Journey

    Aligning our content strategy with Venture Smarter's overall business objectives was a journey of understanding and synergy. First things first, we dove deep into what makes us tick as a company. What are our core values? What problems are we solving for our clients? Once we had a solid grasp on that, we looked at our content through a strategic lens.

    We mapped out our buyer's journey—from awareness to conversion—and tailored our content to each stage. If our goal was to, let's say, increase brand awareness, we crafted engaging and informative top-of-the-funnel content. On the flip side, if we were aiming for conversion, we provided in-depth, value-packed content that showcased our expertise and solutions.

    But it wasn't just about creating content for the sake of it. We constantly kept tabs on how our audience was responding. Analytics became our best friend. What content was resonating? What needed tweaking? By keeping a pulse on the data, we fine-tuned our strategy to ensure it was a dynamic and evolving force, always in sync with our business objectives.

    Jon Morgan
    Jon MorganCEO, Venture Smarter

    Collaborate Across Teams

    Aligning content strategy with business objectives is a critical task, and I've always approached it with a collaborative mindset.

    Working closely with various teams, I first ensured that I had a clear understanding of our business goals. We then identified our target audience's needs and interests, which formed the basis of our content strategy. The idea was to create content that resonated with our audience while also driving our business objectives.

    One example was a series of blog posts we created around top travel destinations. This content was not only engaging for our audience but also promoted our travel packages, driving sales. This alignment of content strategy with business objectives proved to be highly effective, leading to increased audience engagement and a significant boost in sales. It underscored the power of strategic, goal-oriented content in achieving business success.

    Swena Kalra
    Swena KalraChief Marketing Officer, Scott & Yanling Media Inc.

    Build Topic Clusters Strategically

    Shifting from solely focusing on packaging design to a more robust set of brand development services, our content marketing strategy needed to align with this new direction. This meant building not one, but four different topic clusters, which, as those involved in content marketing know, can feel like an overwhelming amount of work.

    So, to move us in the right direction, I began with topics that intersected between our new topic cluster and packaging design. Going after topics where we could still achieve page-one rankings and immediate website traffic. Terms such as 'rebranding package designs' and 'product naming' fit into our existing content, providing internal linking opportunities to our previous and new focus, tying the two together. Once these articles were set, I could expand into the new topics with a small amount of authority, helping me gain traction towards our new direction.

    Jason Vaught
    Jason VaughtDirector of Content, SmashBrand

    Create High-Quality, Relevant Content

    At Startup House, we believe that a strong content strategy is essential for achieving our business objectives.

    To align our content strategy with our overall goals, we first identified our target audience and their needs. We then created content that not only addressed those needs but also showcased our expertise and unique value proposition. By consistently producing high-quality and relevant content, we were able to attract and engage our target audience, ultimately driving more traffic to our website and generating leads.

    Additionally, we regularly analyzed the performance of our content to ensure it was aligning with our business objectives and making a positive impact. This iterative approach allowed us to refine our content strategy over time and achieve our desired outcomes.

    Alex Stasiak
    Alex StasiakCEO & Founder, Startup House

    Develop an Aligned Content Plan

    Aligning your content strategy with overall business objectives is crucial to ensuring that your content is relevant, valuable, and effective. There are a few steps we took to make sure these were aligned.

    First, outline the business goals—ask yourself questions such as, 'What do you want to achieve? Are you looking to increase brand awareness, generate leads, or drive sales?' Understand your audience—who are you creating your content for, what are their interests/pain points?

    Once you understand your goals and your audience, you can start to develop a content strategy that aligns with them. From there, you can start creating a content plan that focuses on the business objectives and your user persona.

    Sort a roadmap that includes types of content, target audience, channels, and, if possible, budget. Create high-quality content that is valuable, informative, and engaging to your audience. Finally, measure results and make adjustments where necessary.

    Michaella Masters
    Michaella MastersGrowth Strategist, Codific