Building Your Online Content Strategy

Confused about your online content strategy?

Wondering what plan of action will make the biggest impact on your bottom line?

Marketing in the 21st century looks a lot different than it did a century ago. With the addition of Internet, social media, and email marketing, old school rules no longer apply. Gone are the days of generic messages. Instead, successful marketers are building relationships with their prospects.

I am often asked the question of what types of internet marketing strategies are best for individual businesses. The answer to this question is never a blanket response. Should you have an online presence–ABSOLUTELY! Does it need to be the same for all businesses–No Way!

You are unique, and so is your business. Online marketing is overwhelming! You can spend 40 hours a week trying to keep up with social media, design email newsletters, and write your blog. But is it time well spent or time wasted?

Without a well thought out content marketing plan that reflects your goals, you may find yourself spinning your wheels and becoming quite frustrated. But before you can build any type of plan or strategy, you need to understand what your goals are with internet marketing.

3 Questions to Help You Clarify Your Internet Marketing Goals

 

1. What results do you want to experience with having your business online? Before you can make a plan for your content marketing, you need to determine what results you want to experience. Are you interested in finding new clients, selling more products, or enhancing your business appearance? Get very clear on want you want–the clearer you are, the better equipped you will be in developing your plan of action. Where do you want your business to be in 6 months, 1 year, and 5 years as a result of your online presence.

2. How much time do you have to spend with your online efforts? Having an understanding of the time you can invest into your online marketing is essential. Whether you are just beginning or you've been online for awhile, it can be a big time waster. By determining the amount of time you can spend, you will be able to streamline your efforts and have more success.

3. What support do you need in place to be successful? Support is key to success! Whether you need to take a class to learn how to use social media for your business, or you need to outsource your online marketing, finding the right support system can mean the difference between increased results or a failed attempt. Take a moment to decide what type of supports will help you most.

Internet marketing is fun and exciting, but can also feel intimidating and overwhelming. The more clarity you have surrounding your goals, the more focused your are able to be when developing your strategy. Take the time to write down your goals. Keep in mind the clearer and more specific they are the better.

After you have a vision and goals in place, then you are ready to really dig in and create your content marketing plan. If you are looking for support in developing your plan, be sure to get a copy of your FREE Content Marketing Plan below.

How are your internet marketing goals coming along? Do you have them in writing or in your head? Leave your comments below and let us know how you are doing.

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