There are a number of ways to evaluate your content marketing results to determine which content is most successful. Once you have this information, you can use it to plan your editorial calendar and the future content you wish to publish.
Here are eights tips to evaluate your content marketing results:
1. Check Your Traffic Logs
Check your traffic logs with Google Analytics or other solutions to see which pages are your most popular content. The answer you get might be surprising. You never know what's going to resonate with your target audience. But once you do know, you can create similar content that is sure to keep them engaged.. You can even re-purpose the content you already have and turn it into different formats, update it, or move around paragraphs to make it even better.
2. Check Your Keywords
In your traffic logs, look at the keywords that are driving traffic to your site. Again, the answer may surprise you. Once you see the keywords you are ranking highly on, try to produce similar content to keep readers coming back for more. You can also take your best articles and rewrite them using different keywords.
3. Your Number of Subscribers
Email marketing is one of the most important forms of content marketing you can do. It helps to build a relationship with your target audience and enables you to make sales more easily through the trust that is built. Create more than one offer that will encourage people to subscribe and periodically check to see which offers get the most subscribers.
4. Your Email Marketing Results
Check the logs in your email marketing service to see which emails are getting opened most. Also follow through to see if they are taking action in the email, such as visiting a page or making a purchase. Be sure to keep track of your open rates and your best subject lines. Edit and/or reuse the subject lines as needed.
5. Plan Your Editorial Calendar
Be consistent with your blog or site content creation and your email marketing. Make sure you contact them often, and give them interesting content so they will look forward to hearing more from you. Track the success of each new piece of content.
6. Create a Range of Content
When planning the calendar, make sure you create a range of content and track results. Then do more of what works well.
Try checklists, hints, tips, frequently asked questions (FAQs), images, memes, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, and of course videos. Post the content or links to it on social media sites and on your own site.
7. Track Your Social Media Metrics
Track likes, shares, comments and similar interactions at the various social networks. Upload your videos to YouTube and check your channel statistics. Look at likes and shares. You can allow comments if you wish, but make sure you moderate them.
8. Track Your Pay Per Click (PPC) Results
PPC does cost money, but you can drive a lot of traffic to your site quickly. Facebook and Twitter offer highly targeted opportunities to market to your niche audience. Measure your click-through rate (CTR) and any subscribers and sales from your ads.
Your metrics are like your rear-view mirror of what has happened, but you can use the information you glean in order to plan more great content.
About the Author
Peter Helms II is the Founder and CEO of Ideal Solutions Consulting. As an expert marketing consultant, he aims to empower entrepreneurs and business people by consulting them on how to navigate the social media and digital world. His company focuses on providing this service to micro and small businesses because it is his belief that these businesses are in the best position to make a difference but to do so, they need to be able to stay relevant and competitive in the digital world. To connect with him, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention this blog post.