According to Content Marketing Institute Founder Joe Pulizzi, developing a solid content marketing plan starts with at least seven initial questions.
1 What is the business goal?
2 What is the hypothesis behind the program?
3 Who exactly is the audience?
4 What’s the differentiated story, and how will you tell it?
5 What assets do you have to work with before you start creating new content (e.g., member experts, white papers, conference sessions)?
6 What platform makes the most sense to launch the initiative?
7 What’s the execution plan, and who’s in charge of it?
Most of all, Pulizzi reminds marketers to build in patience. “It takes time to build a loyal audience,” he says, and setting this expectation is key. “Brands that don’t have the patience [can] engage in pilot programs, where short-term successes can be measured and built upon like increased search engine rankings, social shares, and subscriber growth.”