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How to Create a Successful Blog Editorial Strategy in Just Six Steps

by Debbie Williams  |  
June 18, 2012
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In this article, you'll learn...

  • Why you need a blog editorial strategy
  • How to create a successful blog that suits your audience and establishes your voice

Blogs are one of the most valuable content marketing tools that businesses have to engage with and educate their prospects and customers. But many businesses still aren't taking advantage of what is a great opportunity to directly share information and expertise.

At my company, we encounter that issue all the time. Companies either don't blog at all or they don't create enough of the right kind of content in their blog. Why? Usually because they don't have a blog editorial strategy.

A solid blog strategy will help you create relevant content on a regular basis to attract the people you are trying to reach and help your business convert those readers into customers.

Here are six steps to creating a successful blog strategy that delivers results for your business.

1. Define your audience


Though this first step may seem obvious, many businesses cannot define their exact audience. Identifying your target audience (i.e., whom you are talking to) is the first thing you need to do before even thinking about starting a blog. Be as specific as possible when determining who you are trying to reach.

For example, if you are a winery with a fab Cab, talk about the Cabernet grape, your harvesting process, and great food pairings for your best vino. Don't try to talk to every wine lover in the world or to Chardonnay fans. Be as focused as possible to generate the best results—increased readership, response, feedback, and customer calls.

2. Pinpoint clear goals


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Debbie Williams is co-founder and chief content officer of Sprout Content, a leading content marketing agency. She regularly contributes to the Content Marketing Institute blog. Reach Debbie via Debbie@sproutcontent.com, on Twitter via @debwilliams23, or via LinkedIn.

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  • by Anthony Mon Jun 18, 2012 via web

    Great advice Debbie. We are just about to trial kapost. Have you ever heard of them or had any experience with any other editorial content platforms? Or is excel and Google analytics all you need?

  • by SusiQMcHugh Mon Jun 18, 2012 via web

    Wow - how did you know this is exactly what I needed today (or actually needed many yesterdays ago!), and do a Google search did not turn up useful websites. Thanks.

  • by Peter Trapasso Mon Jun 18, 2012 via web

    Debbie,

    Thank you for this timely and helpful post.

    An editorial calendar is essential for all bloggers. You can easily use it to cover multiple blogs and client too all in one place. I also recommend creating a separate tab just for tracking all of your promotion and distribution efforts.

    Cheers!

  • by James Carter Mon Jun 18, 2012 via web

    Thanks Debbie for the tips especially on having an editorial calendar.

  • by Debbie Williams Tue Jun 19, 2012 via web

    Thanks everyone! So glad you found it useful. @Anthony - Yes we've heard good things about Kapost and have talked to them. Worth checking out! If you want to start simply, a calendar doc and Google analytics is an easy start. We use HubSpot also which has great stats. Thanks for the feedback! - Debbie

  • by Anthony Tue Jun 19, 2012 via web

    Okay great, we will give them a whirl. Hubspot is another one that we have also been thinking about, however all these great platforms come at a cost, so I guess it's up to my boss to make the final decision. Thanks for your reply :)

  • by SocialAmigo Tue Jun 19, 2012 via web

    For me the most important element of this article is the chart you've included. Having this or something like it in a 3-ring binder with hand-written sign-ins and logins is key to making these things happen and for tracking production over a large group of editorial staff - everyone knows in a glance who did what and who's doing what and when. That's real content strategy.

  • by Joseph Thu Jun 21, 2012 via web

    Thanks for a valid post
    how about the website www.ezedcal.com to manage the editorial calendar for bloggers

    Joseph

  • by Arjun Thu Nov 1, 2012 via web

    Thanks for the suggestions. Really loved them and would work on them. In fact we just started using Betaout.com and have started seeing the importance of content strategy more.

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