Content Marketing Strategy and Measurement

Maximize your content marketing strategy

Measure your content marketing strategy in 3 steps

Content influences every stage of the customer journey yet only 42% of B2C and 41% of B2B marketers have a documented content marketing strategy

Content marketing is outpacing marketers’ ability to measure its effectiveness. Marketers are struggling to measure and optimize their content assets across channels and campaigns that support their customers' decision making in their journey.

Gartner's step-by-step guide can help marketing leaders, like you, to: 

  • Map content to your customer journey
  • Identify metrics needed to prove the value of your marketing strategy and execution 
  • Communicate the business value of your content marketing strategy efforts by using key performance indicators (KPIs) that align with your organization’s strategic business goals

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    Learn the terminology to measure your content marketing strategy

    Your content marketing strategy or plan should include metrics that can gauge how content performs. It’s important to use the precise terminology when discussing how to measure content marketing, namely: content assets, content marketing campaigns and content marketing porgrams. The step-by-step guide above demonstrates how to map out a content marketing plan based on your customer journey and defines ways to improve your content marketing strategy and measure how your content is serving your over-all marketing strategy and the business.

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    Gartner's research, tools and insights help you create a differentiated and adaptable content marketing strategy, execute effective content marketing programs, and accelerate and scale relevant content to deliver business results.

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    Some examples of content marketing are:

    • Blogging
    • Video
    • Webinar
    • Articles
    • Infographics
    • White papers
    • eBooks 

    Effective content marketing strategy is audience driven. To create and distribute differentiated content that drives audience awareness and engagement,  you must thoroughly understand the context in which you are competing. This requires a clear understanding not only of what you’re trying to accomplish as a business, but also of what your target audience’s needs and mindset are when and where they engage with your content.

    An effective content marketing strategy can drive engagement across digital touchpoints and impact your business positively. Marketers need to build their content strategy around business goals to align objectives across teams and to create internal efficiencies. Marketers must create their content marketing strategy around three key pillars — creating content, maximizing its impact, and measuring its performance.

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