How do you know if your content is working for you? Everybody says they want more traffic, but quite frankly, traffic stats leave me scratching my head and saying “Okay, that’s nice…and so what?”
Maybe it’s because I’m not an analytical type, I prefer big picture thinking and gut feelings and intuition. But if I had a metric I could look at and be able to tell if my content is working, i.e. having an impact on readers, then maybe I’d become more analytical.
You know how those yearly physical exams give you a print out of your lab test and tell you if you’re in the “normal” range or not? Why can’t we have a report for our blogs? Or for e-newsletters? Or for overall Web content marketing?
On Monday mornings, for example, you log into your “Content Marketing Impact” account and get a free print out of how well your content has impacted readers:
- E-newsletter …75%
- Landing pages…
- White Paper…
- Free Report… etc. etc.
This software would compile all the results from your content including sales, referrals, downloads, subscriptions, and inquiries and give you an overall success rating. It would also tell you where you needed to make improvements.
Hey, I can dream, can’t I? Quite frankly, even if I were an analytical type and lived and breathed numbers, I still would have to make some decisions based on intuitive judgment about where to spend my time and money.
Granted, I would be a little more informed, but decisions are often based on emotion, not logic or reason. There are plenty of brain studies to prove this.
So what should you pay attention to when it comes to measuring your content marketing efforts? Is it:
- Comments and email responses
- Requests and inquiries
- Phone calls and lead generations
Leave me a comment and tell me how you measure your content marketing efforts.
Newt Barrett and Joe Pulizzi in their book Get Content, Get Customers, say this:
“Perhaps a better way to judge the effectiveness of a content plan is to analyze return on objective, ROO…ask the question, ‘One year from today, how will you know whether or not the project was successful?’”
Content marketing can always be measured if you have a clear understanding of your strategic goals.
Keep it simple and ask, “How will we know that the content plan is working?” When you write content that is designed to market your business, make sure you keep your goals in mind and present a clear call to action.
If you need help identifying your content marketing goals or creating content, download my free guide: Shortcuts to Content.