Content Calendar for Content Marketing

I have been working with one of our clients for a few years on their search and social media campaigns. As we have recently made some significant changes to their website and overall marketing platform, I started to consider some new metrics to include in their monthly analytic dashboard. Metrics for content marketing, are key to understanding campaign performance!

Typically I include data on:

  • Performance of paid marking campaigns – Whether PPC or Facebook Ads
  • General analytic data including time on the site and the number of new visitors
  • Social media metrics that are provided in Facebook Insights including which posts generate a conversation or motivate someone to take an action
  • What keywords are bringing in those searching, which ones generate the greatest traffic and which ones promote conversions

In general, the dashboard includes the whole 9-yards. Whatever the client needs to see to prove ROI, and more often than not, the general trends. With content marketing, I like to be able to see what motivates a action, whether that is an email, phone call or a spike in traffic on the site.

It’s not always easy to measure. In fact I don’t get to see the information on who calls the client, but I do get to see the emails that come in as well as watch the trends.

As we have been creating a new marketing campaign that will include radio ads, billboards, print campaigns as well as their PPC and social platforms, I thought that a content calendar might be helpful. The calendar I created for them shows the days and times content is posted. It’s a simple Excel calendar and the client loves it!

It doesn’t require much of my time to manage yet has left a big impression with my client. They really appreciate at a glance, seeing what is happening for their business. Their content calendar allows them to view the current month, however it could just as easily be used to plan content for the coming months. I created something specific for the client however here is a nice, free content calendar template.

New Facebook Admin Changes

Most Facebook Page administrators know the frustration of posting updates and commenting on a post on it. First you needed to be either using the page as the “business” then you needed to toggle back and forth to “use the page as.” Within the last few days though I have noticed Facebook Admin changes that have made posting, commenting and liking a page a little cleaner.

Facebook Page Administrator

Users can still use the top drop down arrow (#1) to choose the Page they wish to administer. This allows the Facebook Admin to view only the content for that Facebook Page including the Wall for that page. In doing this Page Admins will know they are on that page by how the name appears at the top. It clearly indicates what Facebook Page being viewed and worked on. This will allow the Facebook Admin to also view who posted comments (#2) on the wall should there be several Page Admins.

In 2011, Facebook introduced the option to post on a Page as an individual or on behalf of the business or group the Facebook Page represented. This was done by clicking a link at the top of the page to either post as “PWB Marketing Communications” or, as in my case, as “Tammy Mayrend”. Pages now automatically post as the page you are administering for.The toggle link at the top of the page is no longer visible. In posting this way, I still see some personal content, the user can still see their name and profile icon, however when typing in the content field, the update posts as “The Page” (#1).

I know, terribly exciting, so what are the Facebook Admin changes? This is where I get a little excited. I work with multiple Facebook Pages with several of the Pages having multiple Page Admins. Sometimes posting to a Page is challenging to those who don’t post  often. I know many Page Admins who struggle with Liking and Commenting on posts without clicking over. In essence they “Like” and “Comment” as the Page and forget to toggle over to “Like” or “Comment” as themselves. This latest Facebook Page change, helps those sometimes users.

The change I noticed is this:

See the little drop down arrow above the comment field? It allows Page Admins to choose to “Like” or “Comment” as themselves OR for the Page! Such a silly little thing to get geeked about but it sure does make life a little simpler.

And before you ask, no, this is still not the case for those administering sites through mobile. I signed into the Facebook Pages App and that option is not there. I know many Page Admins that struggle with this since mobile is how they access Facebook 90% of the time. This Facebook change appears only to be for desktop users.

So Facebook powers-that-be, can we make this change for mobile platforms as well. If not for the Pages App, then at least for Facebook mobile.

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Social Media Tweetable Facts

social media facts 2014Social media statistics these days are all about big data, how companies are collecting (and using) the data, where this data comes from and how social media sites are used.  Do you know the recent B2B social media facts from fiction? Here are several of the latest Tweetable social media facts to consider – No matter how you look at it though, social media is changing faster than a blink of an eye.

Social Media Facts:

[FACT] Each day, Facebook devours 500x more data than the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter devours 12x more. TWEET THIS

[FACT] Although data mining poses a challenge to today’s marketers, 61% say big data will overhaul marketing practices for the better. TWEET THIS

[FACT] 71% of chief marketing officers feel their organization is not prepared to deal with the impending big data explosion.  TWEET THIS

[FACT] 70% of the Fortune 500 companies, have have a Facebook page. @CNET TWEET THIS

[FACT] 34% of Fortune 500 companies have a public facing blog. @CNET  TWEET THIS

[FACT] 47% of users indicate Facebook influences their purchase behavior. #B2C. TWEET THIS

[FACT] 33% of Facebook users use a mobile phone to primarily access Facebook. TWEET THIS

[FACT] 74% of online adults use social networking sites. @pewresearch TWEET THIS