In the past, the only industries that felt the pressure to constantly push out fresh and original content were news, entertainment and scholars. Fast forward to 2015, social media platforms such as Facebook or a company’s blog, have become an essential part of a brand’s’ marketing strategy. Not matter the field of your business, you’re expected to have mastered content curation and the famous saying “if it isn’t written down it doesn’t exist” now applies to everyone.

With so many companies now onboard the content marketing train, it’s imperative to focus on what you can do to stay ahead of the game and set yourself apart. So, what’s the secret ingredient of content marketing that can take your business from bland to zesty?

Here, we reveal the recipe to achieve content marketing success with 3 simple and secret ingredients:

Stay current (don’t be a content marketing dinosaur)

Content marketers need to stay current in order to be competitive. Staying current suggests keeping up-to-date on how the content-marketing scene transforms from month to month. With content marketers getting better at what they do and audiences becoming more perceptive, survival of the fittest applies to all content marketers if they can keep up with the times.

One of the biggest changes in content marketing is the adoption of rich media content which helps to incite engagement. Rich-media formats such as video, interactive quizzes and storytelling content platforms, such as Roojoom, are slowly but surely making their presence known. Ultimately, a brand’s success will be determined by depending on bigger-budget but more engaging forms of content. Looking ahead to the future, content marketers evaluating the best curation strategies and platforms will need to look at the ability to curate relevant videos and pictures.

The secret– aim to get your audience involved and engaged with rich-media content.

Invest in an editorial team

Many lucrative marketing agencies have one thing in common- they have contracted freelance journalists to produce their content. Journalists, in character, have a sound editorial knowledge. They grasp what readers really want, their interests, what’s newsworthy and relevant to your brand. Having journalistic skills in their back pockets, they can respond to a rapidly changing landscape and produce great copy on a daily basis. Journalists, have the ability to craft compelling stories, they have been trained in the art of interviewing (which means they know the right questions to ask) and lastly they are great when it comes to framing killer headlines.

Whether you choose to hire a journalist or an editorial team, the facts show that 49% of marketers have a dedicated content marketing group and the percentage is even higher for the most effective small business marketers (69%).

One of the leading online fashion stores, ASOS, is a perfect example of how hiring an editorial team can take your brand to the next level. In fact, they hired the entire editorial team from the agency they were working with to be in-house. They revamped their website and focused on making the editorial more prominent with the launch of a daily blog and a free fashion magazine that can be delivered to your iPhone or iPad every month.

The secret– have a devoted content team/person and give them the freedom to establish a solid vision for your content.

Set aside a marketing budget for content

Content marketing is no longer a buzzword, it now needs to be an integral part of your overall marketing strategy and budget. The Content Marketing Institute’s 2015 Report showed that B2B businesses are spending 28 percent of their total marketing budgets on content marketing, with B2C close behind at 25 percent. But even with all that spending, 41 percent of B2B and 46 percent of B2C businesses cite lack of budget as a major barrier to their content marketing success. It’s obvious that the more money you have, the more projects you can spend on. What’s important is knowing how to allocate your finances for the content marketing cause. In addition to convincing your colleagues the importance of content marketing.

Even though your final budget may look intimidating, the ROI of content marketing is certainly there because you’re reaching customers in a way they prefer. After all, 80 percentpiggy-bank-970340_1920 of business decision makers prefer to get information from articles vs. ads.

The secret– create a researched strategy and carefully monitor your impact, the budget you invest will redeem itself many times over.

Now that these secrets are out in the open it’s up to you, as a business, to use content to connect to your audience and keep them coming back for more. It only makes sense to invest and create an effective content marketing strategy.

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