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Social Media

How the Instagram Algorithm Works for Instagram Stories.

Typically, Instagram Stories that appear at the start of your feed are from accounts that you engage with the most, whether that’s through likes, comments, story views, reactions, or DMs.

The Instagram Stories algorithm also puts a lot of focus on timeliness, as it wants to make sure it’s always showing you the latest stories from your favorite accounts.

If you regularly engage with an account, their new stories will be bumped to the front of your feed every time they post — even if you’ve watched all their stories from the previous day.

So with this in mind, it’s a good idea to consistently post to Instagram Stories.

By posting to Instagram Stories more often, you have a better chance of reaching viewers as they browse their daily stories — and the more views you gain, the better your ranking will be.

Fortunately, regularly posting to stories just got a whole lot easier.

How the Instagram Algorithm Works on the Explore Page

Overall, the Explore page and the feed algorithm are quite similar — they both deliver content that Instagram thinks you’ll be most interested in, based on your prior interactions.

However, your Instagram feed will be made up of content from accounts you already follow, whereas the Explore feed will consist almost entirely of content from new accounts.

The Explore page is constantly evolving, with new topic categories and advanced search functionalities being introduced all the time.

For example, you can now search by keywords,as well as hashtags, to discover feeds of relevant content:

This suggests that the Explore page algorithm takes into account way more than just the tags on your posts, such as the actual visual content and words in your caption.

Fortunately, getting your posts onto the Instagram Explore page isn’t as hard as you might think.

The Explore page algorithm is essentially trying to serve people the best, relevant content. So by continually sharing great content with strong captions and niche hashtags, you’re already contributing towards your Explore page ranking.

For hashtag search results, Instagram prioritizes top performing posts:

These posts are curated by the algorithm based on an individual’s historical interactions.

On the “Recent” tab, hashtag search results are the same for every user — it’s a chronological list of posts that contain your searched hashtag.

TIP: If you’re a brand looking to get on the Instagram Explore page, it’s more important than ever to focus on your niche topics and use hashtags to help categorize your posts.

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Social Media

How the Instagram Algorithm Works for IGTV Videos and Reels

The algorithm prioritises content from the accounts you interact with the most, as well as the type of posts you typically engage with For IGTV videos and Instagram Reels.

Instagram serves suggested IGTV videos and Reels in relevant Explore pages, beyond the home feed, including the new Reels tab.

Based on a machine learning model, this is based on what Instagram thinks you will like.

Give your IGTV videos and Reels the best chance of being seen by new (and existing) audiences –

For IGTV videos, you can share a 1-minute preview to your Instagram feed, increasing initial exposure and providing a positive signal to the algorithm.

For Reels, always share them to your main Instagram feed, and include several hashtags to boost their discoverability.

Whatever tactic you choose to focus on to improve your algorithm ranking in 2021, the most important thing is to keep engaging with your audience at the heart of your strategy.

Building a genuine relationship with your followers is the most powerful way to “hack” the algorithm and, most importantly, it will work wonders for your brand too.

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Social Media

How to create a Facebook marketing strategy in 6 easy steps

Let’s take a look at some ideas to help you build a solid Facebook strategy to make the most of your Page.

1. Define your audience

To engage your audience effectively, you’ve got to understand who you’re talking to first. Get to know who your target audience is by asking yourself the following questions:

  • How old are your target followers?
  • Where do they live?
  • What kind of jobs do they have?
  • What are their challenges?
  • How and when do they use Facebook?

Of course, it’s also important to understand the general demographics of Facebook users. Then, once you’ve got a sense of who actually is using the platform and how that connects to your target customer, you can take a look at Facebook Audience Insights.

Facebook’s free, built-in Audience Insights tool will help you drill down into the nitty-gritty details about potential customers. You can use it to find information on things like:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Education
  • Relationship status
  • Location
  • Language
  • Facebook usage
  • Past purchasing activity

After all, if you don’t have an idea of who you’re trying to reach, you’re unlikely to ever reach them.

2. Set goals

What does success look like for your brand? Sure, it can be tempting to look at Likes as the ultimate measure of achievement, but if they’re not part of a broader marketing plan, those likes aren’t much of anything. Sometimes they’re even called a vanity metric.

A strong goal that’s tied to your business objectives is essential for creating an effective Facebook marketing strategy. Every business will have different goals, but each should focus on actions that impact their bottom line.

This may include:

  • Generating leads
  • Increasing conversions on your website
  • Improving customer service

Once you’ve decided what you want to achieve, we recommend mapping out specific, measurable ways to get there. We recommend using a recognized goal-setting framework like SMART goals or the OKR goal framework. Check out our post on social media goal-setting for more details and some inspiring examples.

Every post, every comment, every ad you create on Facebook should ultimately be in service of your goals. To keep yourself on track, it’s a good idea to create a Facebook mission statement for your brand, as well as a Facebook style guide that can inform a consistent look, feel and voice for all of your content.

(Sorry to give you so much homework, but successful marketing takes a little sweat sometimes. Work it!)

3. Plan your content mix

You’ve got your target audience. You know your goals. Now it’s time to craft those posts.

Determining the right mix of content takes trial and error, but a good rule of thumb is to use the “80-20 Rule”: that means using 80% of your posts to inform, educate and entertain, and the other 20% to promote your brand.

That’s right: not every post should be about how great your company is. That gets old fast, like a friend’s new boyfriend talking about Bitcoin through your entire birthday dinner.

Instead, aim to provide value and build relationships with your followers. Give them content that they’ll enjoy regularly, and they’ll be more open-minded to hearing about your products and services when you do bring them up 20% of the time.

Another option to help guide your content mix is the social media rule of thirds. Under this school of thought, one-third of your content should share ideas and stories, one-third of your content should involve personal interactions with your followers and the rest of your content can promote your business.

Whatever specific numerical mix you wind up with, the goal is to balance promotional material with value.

Hot tip: Facebook punishes brands that push sales too hard. The algorithm is not a fan of self-promotion, as it turns out. The platform wants to prioritize meaningful, engaging content… not just coupons.

Once you’ve decided what to post, deciding when to post it is your next step.

You can glean some insight on engagement from Page Insights, but our research shows that the best time to post on Facebook is at 6:15 AM and 12:15 PM PST on weekdays.

Whatever your schedule, keep in mind that it’s important to post consistently.

Create a content calendar to help balance your mix of content types, and keep your frequency organized. This free content calendar template is one way to stay organized; the Hootsuite Planner is another great resource.

For more strategic planning ideas, check out our post on how to create a social media marketing plan.

4. Optimize your Page for engagement

Whatever your Facebook marketing goal may be, it’ll be tough to achieve it if no one knows your Facebook Page exists.

That’s why it’s important to a) get people to your Page in the first place and b) compel them to interact once they get there.

This video shares some great ways to fully optimize your Facebook Business Page for success:

Expert tip: give a little extra love to your Facebook Page cover image. This is the first thing people will see when they visit your Page, so it better look good!

One easy way to help people find your Facebook Business Page is through cross-promotion. Help people who are already interacting with you on other platforms find you on Facebook by linking to your Page in your email signature and newsletter, and incorporating Facebook Like and share buttons on your website or blog.

To get those views, Likes and Follows rolling in is a little less scientific: you’ve got to create highly shareable content. Posts that are valuable and entertaining will (hopefully!) inspire followers to share with their friends.

To build engagement, it’s important to remember that you get out of Facebook what you put into it. You need to be engaged, too, if you expect your followers to be.

Responsiveness is a highly valued attribute of brands, so get chatty. Reply to every message and comment, answer questions, and keep content up-to-date. (In fact, you should be scheduling a regular audit of your Facebook Page to check for and remove any outdated content. Your About section should always be accurate, up-to-date, and on-brand.)

5. Consider using other Facebook tools

Once you’ve gotten comfortable with running a Facebook Business Page, there are plenty of additional ways that brands can find opportunities for engagement beyond posts and comments.

Facebook Business Manager

To take your Facebook Page to the next level, it’s helpful to set up Facebook Business Manager, too. Facebook calls it “a one-stop-shop to manage business tools, business assets and employee access to these assets.” How can you resist?!

In simpler terms, Business Manager is a tool that allows you to manage your organic and paid Facebook posts. It also allows you to work effectively with team members and outside contractors and agencies.

We’ll walk you step by step through the set-up process in our guide to using Facebook Business Manager.

Facebook Groups

Groups are another great “extra credit” tool you can use to drive engagement. In a way, Groups are like the online equivalent of your favorite coffee shop or community center. They are digital spaces for people to share information and ideas… and hopefully, a passion for your brand. With more than  1.4 billion people using Facebook Groups every month, it’s an audience too large to ignore.

You can also use Facebook Groups to showcase your expertise and provide added value to your fans, with bonus content or special deals that are just for “members.” This is a great way to build trust and ongoing loyalty.

We’ve got instructions for how to set up your own Facebook Group right here if you’re ready to add this tool to your Facebook Business Page toolkit.

But if people are passionate about your brand, you may not even need to create a special space for them to gather: sometimes fans will create their own Facebook Group with a focus on your brand. If you do discover such Groups out there in the world, it’s a good idea to join so you can keep an eye on the conversation, and make sure any misconceptions or negativity are nipped in the bud.

In general, though, fan-made Facebook Groups are an amazing sign that you’re doing something right. Lucky you!

Facebook chatbot (a.k.a. Facebook Messenger bot)

Facebook users exchange 20 billion messages with businesses every month. Twenty billion! If you’re not available for conversation with your customers through this platform, you may be missing out on an opportunity to connect.

It’s not just about simply having Facebook Messenger set up, however. It’s about being supremely responsive to customer messages. Facebook’s research shows users expect a business to respond almost immediately. One surveyed Facebook user said he would only wait 10 minutes for a response before moving on to another brand.

The solution to these expectations? Chatbots: automated response tools that are always on to help an interested customer, like this one from Booking.com.

6. Incorporate Facebook ads and the Facebook pixel

So you crafted the perfect post: the wording is just right, the imagery is outstanding and the question is super engaging. Here’s hoping your followers actually see it.

That’s right: not everything you post on your Facebook Page will reach your followers on their news feeds. You might be surprised by the percentage of followers your organic posts will likely reach:

  • For Pages with fewer than 10,000 followers: 8.18% organic reach
  • For Pages with more than 10,000 followers: 2.59% organic reach

For better or for worse, the Facebook algorithm prioritizes posts from users’ friends and family. This means that businesses and brands sometimes just can’t stand out from the crowd.

Sometimes, your great content just needs a little boost. Fortunately, you can extend your reach without breaking the bank using Facebook Ads.

Like traditional advertising, a Facebook ad is content you pay to share with a specific, targeted audience. The goal is to get your brand in front of the right eyeballs, whether your goal is to build brand awareness, engagement or traffic.

A Facebook pixel is a simple piece of code that you place on your website to:

  • track conversions from Facebook
  • remarket to people who have already visited your website
  • build targeted custom audiences for future ads

As soon as you place it on your website, the pixel will start collecting data. That way, whenever you are ready to advertise, you’ll have powerful information at your fingertips for retargeting campaigns.

How to measure the success of your strategy with Facebook analytics

Successful Facebook marketing requires maintenance: this is not a set-it-and-forget-it situation.

Tracking and measuring are essential, so you can understand what worked and what didn’t. That way, you can learn, and tweak, and try again so your strategy is constantly improving.

You can track audience engagement directly through Facebook Insights, which measures metrics such as…

  • likes
  • reach (how many people saw your posts)
  • engagement (how many people liked, clicked, shared, or commented on your content)
  • which of your posts result in people unliking your Page

Additionally, Facebook Insights will help you determine which types of posts work best for your Page, so you’ll know if your current content mix is working.

Outside of Facebook — actions like purchases or other website conversions — need to be tracked with external tools like Google Analytics, Hootsuite Impact, UTM parameters, and Hootsuite Insights.

All that being said… don’t be overwhelmed! We’ve created a detailed guide that walks you through the process of tracking the return on investment of your Facebook marketing.

Tracking your progress isn’t just about counting your wins and celebrating successes. It’s about clocking what’s not working, too, so that you can make adjustments when necessary. Data will show you what you should keep doing, and which tactics you need to tweak. And through a continuous loop of goal-setting, measuring results and tweaking your strategy, you can improve your performance over time.

Whew!

We know, we know: there’s a lot to learn when it comes to Facebook marketing. But the good news is you can get started without investing a dime.

So get in there, get your hands dirty and learn as you go. More complex strategies and campaigns will be there whenever you’re ready to take things to the next level… and our dozens and dozens of resources and guides will be here waiting to help you, every step of the way.

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Content Marketing

9 most popular types of content you should create for your readers to convert into your customers.

It takes time, organization, and creativity to grow a successful content marketing strategy. From building the foundation of your content marketing plan to adding tools to better manage your content, setting up your strategy for the new year won’t be a hassle if you follow the steps and explore the resources here.

1. Blog Posts

If you haven’t noticed yet, you’re currently reading a blog post. Blog posts live on a website or content portal and work best when they are published regularly in order to attract new visitors.

Blog Posts should provide a degree of value in terms of content for your audience, this is what makes them spend time on your blog, take notice of your brand and inclined toward sharing posts on social media and across other websites. We recommend that blog posts be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length, but you can experiment to see if your audience prefers longer or shorter reads.

 

2. Videos

Videos are an extremely engaging content medium, they are highly shareable across social media platforms and websites alike. While it is true that Videos require a bigger investment of time and resources than written content, but as visual marketing increases in popularity they are 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content.

It is a medium worth experimenting with. Our Research has found that video is the most preferred form of content. Video also captures people’s attention more than any other

3. Podcasts

A podcast will help audiences find your brand if they don’t have time or interest in reading content every day. The number of podcast listeners is growing — India has emerged as the third-largest podcast listening market in the world after China and the US, with 57.6 million monthly listeners.

If you have interesting people to interview or conversations to host, consider podcasting as another content format to experiment with.

4. Ebooks

Ebooks act as downloadable lead-generation tools for your potential customers once they are done submitting a lead form with their contact information. Ebooks will typically be longer, more in-depth, and published less frequently than blog posts, which normally work well to attract visitors to a website.

You can also use ebooks to achieve different objectives depending on your team’s goals. After reading a blog post (such as this one), visitors might want more information. This is where calls-to-action (CTAs) come into play, directing people to a landing page where they can submit their contact information and download an ebook to learn more valuable information for their business.

In turn, the business producing the ebook has a new lead for the sales team to contact.

5. Case Studies

Case studies are an opportunity for you to tell a story of customers who have succeeded in solving a problem by working with you. A case study is one of your most versatile type of content marketing because it can take multiple different forms — some of which are already on this list. Case studies can take the form of a blog post, ebook, podcast, infographics or  even a video.

A case study’s primary objective is to show people who are considering your offerings, that there is proof in the pudding. Before you choose a customer for a case study, you need to determine which format you want intend to produce this testimonial in and most importantly the area of your business to which you’re trying to drive value.

6. Templates

Templates are very handy content formats to try, they generate leads for you by being of tremendous importance to your audience.

When you provide your audience with templates you not only help them save them time and help them succeed but also demonstrate why you are the expert at what you do,  they’re more likely to keep engaging with your content in and will take notice of your brand the future.

7. Infographics

Infographics organize and help your audiences visualize data in a more compelling way than text alone.

Infographics are great content formats to use if you’re trying to share a lot of data in a way that is clear and easy to understand.

8. Tools & Applications

You could develop free tools and applications that provide an aspect of your offering or offer information that can be of tremendous value to your audience in return for potential audiences contact information, not only will your audiences spend more time engaging with you but also convert into sure shot leads for your business.

9. Social Media

Once you’ve been regularly publishing content on your own site for a while, it might be time to start thinking about distributing your content on other sites.

This could mean repurposing content into new formats and publishing them on your blog, creating original content specifically for external sites or publishing website content on various social networks.

Posting on social media, however, is pivotal to amplifying your brand’s reach and delivering your content to your customers where you know they spend their time. Social networks on which businesses often post include:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Snapchat
  • YouTube

When launching a business account on any of the social networks above, it’s important to post the type of content your followers expect to see. On Instagram, for example, users want photos, videos, and graphics that reflect current events, show off user-generated content, or even go behind the scenes of your organization.

On Facebook, your options for what to post open up a bit: Not only can you share your blog posts and website content, but you can also post native Facebook videos, product promotions, and original memes that resonate with your customers. You can also interact with other businesses that have a similar audience as your own.

While the goal on social media sites like Instagram or Snapchat is to connect more intimately with your audience, your goal on platforms like Facebook and Twitter is to expand that audience, drive traffic toward your website, and start conversations in your industry. Do some basic market research to discover which platforms your buyers are on, and mold your content to their expectations.

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Social Media

7 Ways to Improve Your Ranking with the Instagram Algorithm

The best thing you can do is drive as many interactions (likes, comments, DMs, saves, and shares) as possible if you want to improve your ranking with the Instagram algorithm.

You will soon find that your content is being surfaced to new audiences by simply building momentum with your existing community.

Here are 7 ways to improve your algorithmic ranking and reach new audiences:

#1: Embrace Instagram’s Latest Features 

Embrace Instagram’s latest features if you are looking for a fast-track way to gain favour with the Instagram algorithm.

Instagram will always give their latest features (such as Instagram Reels) a helping hand to help drive adoption, so it’s always a good idea to be in sync with the latest trends and take advantage of this extra boost.

Poll and emoji slider stickers are a quick and easy engagement win, and can work for almost any business or brand.

Question stickers may not be as quick to take part in, but they can be just as good at driving genuine engagement with your audience, which is highly valuable for the Instagram algorithm.

#3: Drive Conversations with Engaging Captions and Comments   

It’s truly a great idea to encourage as many as possible engagements with your posts. Instagram has confirmed comments are super important when it comes to feed ranking, and one of the better ways to do this is, is by writing good captions that drive engagement.

Something as simple as asking your followers to share their thoughts or feelings, double-tap if they agree, or tag a friend in the comments.

your Instagram caption can go a long way when it comes to driving more interactions.

#4: Optimize Your Hashtag Strategy

on Instagram reaching more people, means more “views” for the Instagram algorithm to take into account. Adding hashtags to your posts is one of the most effective ways to do this.

A good hashtag strategy is of the essence to reach more people , especially the ones most likely to engage with your content and are relevant for your business.

Hashtag Suggestions works by automatically finding relevant hashtags for your posts based on other hashtags you use, this is a good way to discover new hashtags for your brand.

#5: Cross-Promote Your Instagram Content 

Cross-promoting your Instagram content is a great place to start If you’re looking for a quick and easy engagement win to help boost your algorithm ranking.

By simply as sharing an enticing preview of an IGTV video to your feed, or even adding a feed post to stories with a “Tap Here” GIF, you can strategically drive different audiences to your most recent content thanks to different publishing options  like feed, stories, IGTV and Reels.

#6: Keep On Top of Your DMs

Direct Messages (DMs) are a strong engagement indicator for the Instagram algorithm Much like comments and likes.

The Instagram algorithm is doing its best to serve you content it thinks you want to see, the accounts you DM most often are bumped to the front of your Instagram Stories feed.

Regularly invite your audience to DM you with their questions or feedback — or by simply encourage “quick emoji reactions.”

#7: Use Instagram Analytics to See What’s Working

One of the most reliable ways to take on the Instagram algorithm is to track and monitor how your content is performing on Instagram.

Save out on time and effort in the long run, having a better understanding of what’s working (and what isn’t) certainly helps you come up with an Instagram marketing plan that actually works for you in the long run

Truly understanding how your content performs – by tracking key metrics over time – is vital to knowing what helps improve your ranking, this means a lot more than just finding out which photo, video, or stories performed best.

The most important thing is to keep engaging with your audience at the heart of your strategy.  Whatever tactic you choose to focus on to improve your algorithm ranking in 2021,Building a genuine relationship with your followers is the most powerful way to “hack” the algorithm and, most importantly, it will work wonders for your brand too.

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Content Marketing

7 highly important steps you need to take before you come up with a successful Content Marketing Strategy.

Why do Marketers Need to Create a Content Marketing Strategy

Content marketing helps you prepare and plan for robust, scalable and cost-effective sources of website traffic, engagements and new leads which ultimately translate into revenue for your business.

In short, If you have the resources to simply create even one single blog post that gets a steady amount of organic traffic, something like a free tool or an embedded link to an e-book will gradually generate leads and continue yielding results even long after you have Published.

Once you have a reliable source of traffic and leads from such content, your confidence of having developed it in the first place, will allow you the flexibility to experiment with other marketing tactics to generate revenue, like co-created content, sponsored stories, social media advertising, and distributed content. Your content will not only help educate your target prospects and generate awareness for your brand it will also help attract leads that have a higher propensity to convert into sales.

7 highly important steps that Marketers should make a note of, to Create a Content Marketing Strategy

1. Define your goal.

What’s your purpose of developing a content marketing plan? Exactly Why do you want to produce content, what will it mean for your business and how will it help increase your revenues ? Clearly defining your ambitions even before you begin planning will ensure that you’ll have an easier time determining what’s best for your strategy.

2. Take cognisance of you Consumer Dynamic.

To develop a plan that ultimately works, you will first need understand who your content’s target audience is most likely to be — also known as your buyer persona.

For those who are starting out or are new to marketing this step is extremely critical. Knowing your target audience, allows you to focus on producing more relevant and valuable content that your audience will want to read and engage with.

If you’ve been in the game for a while and you feel that your target may have changed. Ask yourself these questions before you begin, Do you want to target a new group of people or expand your current target market? Do you want to keep the same target audience?

Re-assessing your audience parameters by conducting market research every year is crucial to growing your audience.

 

3. Do a content audit.

It is easy to start out with simple blog posts, but before you can get down to creating other forms of content and investing time, effort and monies it would be good to consider exactly which formats of content that you will most likely focus on.

e.g. If you run a blog and have been posting stuff consistently for a year now, creating an e-book or a video that summarises key messages from all your blog posts into one ultimate guide or video would be one way to offer information in a different format.

Experienced marketers should make it a point to review content marketing efforts and the results from it in the last year by doing a content audit. This will help them understand what can be done differently in the coming year and gives them a sense of what new goals they would want to achieve.

4. Pick a content management system.

Invest in a system that helps you create, manage, and track your content, otherwise known as a content management system (CMS). A few important components of content management include content creation, content curation, content publication, and content analytics.

5. Brainstorm content ideas.

Now, it’s time to start coming up with ideas for your next content project.

Here are some tools to get the wheels turning:

Google Trends

Google Ads Keyword tool

HubSpot’s Website Grader

Feedspot / Feeder.co

BuzzSumo

Blog Post Headline Analyzer

TubeBuddy

Canva

6. Identify the types of content you want to create.

There are a many options out there for content formats you can create. Blogs, Infographics, Videos, Case Studies & Infographics are few most widely consumed content formats.

Think of which type of content will deliver your message to your audiences most effectively and on which platform.

7. Publish and manage your content.

Your content marketing plan should go beyond the types of content you’ll create be sure to also cover how you will eventually organize and schedule your content. With the help of an editorial calendar, you’ll be on the right track for publishing a well-balanced and diverse content library on your website. Then, create a social media content calendar so you can promote and manage your content on other sites.

Many of the ideas you think of will be evergreen — they’re just as relevant months from now as they are today. That being said, you shouldn’t ignore timely topics either. While they may not be the bulk of your editorial calendar, they can help you generate spikes of traffic.

Most people count on incorporating popular holidays such as New Year’s and Diwali in their marketing efforts, but you don’t have to limit yourself to these important marketing dates.

If there are events that might appeal to your audience, it could be worth publishing content on your blog or on social media around this period as well.

Content Strategy Examples

To understand what a content strategy is, it’s probably helpful if we explore some examples of real-life content strategies based off a few various business goals. 

To start, let’s explore an example of a content strategy used for SEO purposes (with the ultimate goal of attracting new prospects to a website). 

Evernote’s blog offers a wealth of knowledge around the topic of productivity. The blog post, How To Stay Disciplined When Times Are Tough, made me laugh out loud — and then incentivized me to grab a pen and write down some of the tips I liked best. 

But why is a company that sells a note-taking app writing about discipline?

Because it’s how we found their website, when we searched “How to stay disciplined” on Google. 

Evernote is a good example of a content strategy used to attract new leads. People interested in reading content related to productivity are likely the same people interested in downloading Evernote’s note-taking product (because what’s better than a to-do list for helping you stay on-task?). 

On the contrary, if Evernote’s marketing team simply created content for the sake of increasing traffic — like publishing “Our 10 Favorite Beyonce Songs” — it wouldn’t be considered a content strategy at all; it would just be content.

A strategy needs to align content with business goals — in Evernote’s case, the strategy aligns content (blog posts on productivity) with the business goal of attracting leads (people interested in note-taking) to their site. 

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Content Marketing

7 Important questions every marketer should have answers to, before they can come up with a brands content marketing strategy.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting out with content marketing or you’ve been working with the same approach for a while, it almost always never hurts to re-look at your content strategy plan — to make sure it’s up-to-date, dynamic, and engineered to engage with your prospects and customers.

The first step you’ve got to take to ensure that you are ahead of your competition & while actively engaging your audience, no doubt is to have a robust, smart content marketing plan in place.

If you’re planning for the upcoming year or need some fresh ideas to include in your plan, read on.

What is content strategy?

A strategy that takes your business objectives, and uses content as a primary means to deliver results and outcomes based on those objectives. 

For example, your business objective this year may be to increase awareness and subsequently generate greater revenues. Now to achieve your target you could look at a content strategy that focuses on substantially increasing your brands visibility across digital and social media platforms which in turn will drive traffic to your brand assets and the outcome of which will ideally be an increase in revenues.

You might assume that a content strategy is a ‘nice-to-have’, but not entirely necessary early on. But developing high-quality content to meet business KPI’s can help organisations build trust with new audiences and, ultimately, succeed over a sustained period of time. 

A good content strategy is the foundation of your attract and delight stages in a consumer’s purchase journey. Along with enticing new prospects to your brand, you might also use a content strategy to drive sales and ensure overall customer satisfaction. 

70% marketers actively investing in content marketing.

That’s part of the reason it is critical for you develop a good content strategy to compete in your industry.

Before you begin working on your brand’s content strategy there a few questions that are imperative for you to have answers to, let us help you understand them better.

1. Who is going to be reading your content?

Who is the target audience for your content?  What is the target size of your addressable audiences ? Just like your business may have more than one type of customer, your content strategy should be able to cater to more than one type of reader or viewer.

Using a mix of content types and platforms will help you deliver different content to each set of audiences you have in mind and engage everyone your company’s value chain.

2. What is the problem that you would solving for your audience(s)?

Ideally your product or service solves a problem that exists in the market segment you operate in. In the same way, your content educates your audience about this problem as they begin to identify and consider your solutions to address it.

A good content strategy supports people on both sides of your solution or service: those people who are still in the process of identifying what their main challenges are, and those who are already using your solutions or service to overcome these challenges. Your content reinforces your offering and makes your customers more qualified users of your product.

3. What sets you apart and help you stand out ?

The competition is very likely have a similar offering, which elevates the need for your potential customers to know what makes yours better or unique. This is where content comes in.

In order for audiences to consider you brand and to prove why you’re worth buying from, you need to prove why you’re worth listening to.

4. What content formats will you include ?

What form of content will you create? Images? Videos? Infographics ? Blog posts? Once you have short listed the topics you want talk about, you will need to figure out which formats to park your marketing spends on, to deliver optimum outcomes.

5. What platforms will you publish on?

Just like you create content across multiple formats, you also have different platforms that you can publish them on. Platforms can include owned properties, like your website, blog or social media handles, like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

6. How will you manage creating, curating & publishing content ?

Trying to understand how to go about creating, curating and publish all your content can be a daunting task. It makes it all the more important for you to have a content strategy to know who’s creating what, where it’s being published, and when it’s going live. Today’s content strategies prevent clutter by helping you manage content from a topical standpoint. Planning a content calendar around topics, makes it easier for you to visualize your company’s message and assert yourself as an authority in your market over time.

7. How will you prioritize what content needs to be promoted ?

One part of a content marketing strategy is to arrive at a content calendar, but in today’s scenario with declining organic reach across digital platforms it will need to be made in conjunction with an equally scalable and efficient promotion plan, that ultimately ensures that your content reaches the people who make a difference to your business objectives and are most likely to engage with your brand.

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6 key factors that influence the Instagram algorithm for feed posts according to the folks at Instagram

The Instagram Algorithm in 2021

By now you’ll know that the algorithm can behave in a way you would not always expect it to, that is if you’ve spent any time on Instagram since the time it came into existence.

But you can tailor your content strategy to work alongside it,  once you understand how the elusive algorithm actually works.

Here’s everything you need to know:

There are 6 key factors that influence the Instagram algorithm for feed posts according to the folks at Instagram:

Factor #1: Interest

Your Instagram feed is not only based on who you follow, but is also based on the accounts and types of posts you have liked over a period of time.

The more that the Instagram algorithm thinks you will “like” a certain type of post, the higher it will appear in your feed.

What that means is that, what you see on your feed is a combination of all of your Instagram behaviors.

The type of posts that you like and comment on, the accounts you interact with the most, and of course the people you are tagged in photos with.

This is why it is imperative for you to be consistently showing up on Instagram. It sends positive signals to the Instagram algorithm — and gives your audience more opportunities to interact with your content.

So What Engagements do you think Are the Most Important to the Instagram Algorithm?

When it comes to feed performance, the Instagram algorithm prioritizes content which most engaged with. The most important metrics of engagements according to Instagram for feed ranking are comments, likes, reshares, and views for videos, keep this in mind as you plan your content and captions.

Factor #2: Relationship 

The Instagram algorithm wants to prioritize posts from accounts that you care about the most, so obviously that would mean,  your friends, & family. The algorithm uses your interactions to piece together who is closest to you in order for Instagram to show you what you want,  by that we mean, what you really, really want 🙂

A software engineer at Instagram, shared how Instagram could theoretically figure out who you care about the most, based on how you use the app:

  • People whose content you like (possibly including stories and live videos)
  • People you direct message
  • People you search for
  • People you know in real life

Instagram will try to calculate this relationship (and your interest level) as soon as you follow someone by serving you their content and monitoring how you engage with it.

Factor #3: Timeliness

The algorithm not only pays attention to how many people engage with your Instagram posts, but it also looks at how recently the photo was posted.

because it always wants to serve you the latest, most interesting posts Instagram’s algorithm cares about when you posted.

If you post at a time when your followers are online and most active, you give yourself a better chance of getting more likes.

There are ways to find out your personalised best time to post on Instagram, this way you can hack the algorithm to increase your reach and get more likes and followers.

Factor #4: Frequency 

Are you addicted to Instagram ?

You will notice that your feed tends to look more chronological  if you’re a frequent scroller, this is because Instagram always tries to show you the best posts since your last visit.

On the other hand your feed will be sorted into what Instagram thinks you’ll like, instead of chronologically, if you check the Instagram app less often.

Factor #5: Following

Chances are that you probably won’t see all of the posts from every account If you follow a lot of people because Instagram has more options to choose from..

If a large percentage of your following is inactive a good idea would be to keep systematically removing inactive or “ghost” followers, they could be doing more harm than good for your account’s algorithmic ranking.

Factor #6: Usage

you are going to see more posts as Instagram digs deeper into its catalogue If you spend a lot of time on Instagram.

you may even run out of new content to see if you spend enough time on Instagram. Once this happens the algorithm will serve you suggested content from new accounts based on your previous interactions.

You are mostly going to get only the day’s highlights from the algorithm if you only spend a few minutes in the app each day, then.