1. Prudential Retirement
Content Marketing Strategy
Web and Social Content Development, Community Manager
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2. What is Content Marketing?
Traditional marketing talks at people. Content marketing talks with them. - Doug Kessler, Velocity
Content marketing is the art of creating, curating and distributing valuable content, combined with the science of measuring its impact on awareness, lead generation and client acquisition.
It’s the antidote to “interruption marketing.” Instead of pitching products or services, a content marketer equips clients and prospects with the knowledge to make better-informed decisions. Simultaneously, Pru will place itself firmly in the minds of clients/prospects by being the resource for this valuable information.
Consistent delivery of this valuable content and helpful information at the right time, will eventually, lead clients/ prospects to convert, take that next action step that we’ve predefined.
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5. Rising Above the Clutter with Content
The Challenge: Rising Above the Clutter A famous study by research firm Yankelovich found the average person is exposed to about 5,000 ads or offers per day. Buyers have tuned out marketing, and businesses must respond by reaching prospects in new ways.
The public’s attention to ads has calcified. Buyers have steeled themselves against marketing messages – and they’ve had to.
The Response: Content Marketing The average organization spends 26% of its marketing budget on content marketing.
An organizations’ commitment to content comes in the form of capital, personnel and executive sponsorship.
All of this is required if a company is going to stand out in the crowded, noisy marketplace.
6. Top Content Marketing Trends in 2013
In a recent study by The Content Marketing Institute, over 1400 businesses where surveyed to understand their key challenges and successes surround content marketing.
6 Key Trends and How Prudential Can Put Them to Use
1.Creating useful and engaging content . . . .
2.Maximizing Marketing Channels . . . . .
3.Social Media is the most popular content marketing channel .
4.LinkedIn is the most popular B2B social channel . .
5.Twitter As a Customer Service Platform . . .
6.Maximizing Budget with Content Marketing . . .
7. Creating Useful and Engaging Content
Examples of some of the most effective and engaging content:
•FAQ documents along with some Q&A potential buyers should be asking when considering our Prudential products/solutions.
•Case Studies that already exist or should be produced provide potential buyers with a valuable insight into what they can expect from Prudential.
•Tips lists are useful and easy to produce. These can be general tips on how to make the most of the products/services available across the market to help the potential buyer with their research.
•One of the best solutions that might be fit for Prudential to get off the ground is to repurpose already approved content. For example, curating an eBook featuring most popular consumed content within a given subject matter.
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8. Maximizing Marketing Channels
Businesses use an average of 12 marketing tactics It is important to choose a strategic and comprehensive spread of marketing channels to connect with our target. Where do we start?
•Who is our audience?
•Where do they engage?
•Where is the opportunity to leverate existing channels?
•Is this the Retirement Audience… Yes? Then an additional opportunity for Engagement exists.
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9. Social Media Most Popular
•Social media is now the most popular content marketing tactic, knocking articles out of the number one spot.
•The use of tactics has risen across the board, with one exception: Print magazines A comprehensive Social Marketing Strategy will be created for each social channel in which Pru Retirement chooses to engage. We will begin with Twitter.
Where does Social Stand?
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10. LinkedIn Most Popular B:B Channel
•B:B Marketers use an average of 5 social media sites to distribute content. Top 5 B:B channels ranked:
•LinkedIn has bumped Twitter out of the top spot as the site B:B Marketers use to distribute content.
•Driving Social Business
•Prudential began driving social business on LinkedIn with the Retirement Pilot and AD Pilot Programs
•Prudential Corporate Inaugural Post: first status updates May 21, 2013
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11. Twitter As a Customer Service Platform
Social media channels establishing two-way communication between brands and consumers have created a new set of expectations on resolving issues. Recent statistics show the trend:
•67% of 23,000 consumers in a J.D. Power and Associates study had used a company's social media site for servicing
•87% of consumers in the J.D. Power and Associates study said their online social interaction with the company positively impacted the likelihood that they'll purchase from the brand, and that the responsiveness of the service representatives were a key of that satisfaction Why Twitter?
•Immediate gratification Twitter allows customers to feel more in control of the timeliness of the solution.
•Airing dissatisfaction publicly is part of a solution Some people just want to be heard, and sharing on a public channel gives some gratification. Twitter, Customer Service & Pru = Pru’s “Social Care Program”
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12. Maximizing Budget with Content Marketing
54% of those businesses surveyed said that they are planning to increase their spending on Content Marketing. This demonstrates that businesses have been seeing a significant return from their content marketing efforts and are looking to increase their brand exposure from this channel.
•PPC ROI has decreased
•Content Marketing efforts has proven to generate traffic through organic links The HUGE case of organic links:
•5% of Google searchers click on the first sponsored link
•80% of Google searchers click on the first organic link
•5% of Google searchers click on the last organic link on the first page of results This is about trust and credibility, as is the Financial Service Industry… We must rely on organic links to generate traffic over sponsored ads.
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14. Strategic Framework
Creating a content marketing strategy begins with a strong framework. The SOSTAC® Planning System gives a great framework for business or marketing plans since it is logical and comprehensive.
What is SOSTAC®? SOSTAC® is a planning process framework to help structure and manage implementation of plans. It stands for Situation, Objectives and Strategy, Tactics, Action and Control. Originally developed by PR Smith for marketing communications planning.
15. Our Content Marketing Framework
Situation Analysis Where are we now? Performance Customer insights Market trends Competitor analysis
Objectives Where do we want to be? Increase Awareness Drive Thought Leadership Engage with Target Build Trust Create Buzz Expand Reach Generate Traffic More…
Strategy How do we get there? STOP Segments Target markets Objectives Positioning
How EXACTLY do we get there?
A Channel Plan
Control How do we monitor performance? Measurement
Actions The DETAILS of Tactics Who does what when: Responsibilities and roles Processes and systems Internal resources Approval processes Calendars
16. Content Marketing Objectives
Prioritize objectives by starting big and working down.
•What does Prudential Retirement want to achieve in the next 6-12 months? Reach and Engage a wider audience to benefits brand awareness, help establish thought leadership and create new business relationships.
•What does Retirement need to achieve in the next 6-12 months? Prioritize.
•Drive Thought Leadership
•Engage with Target
•Assign metrics to measure the effectiveness of each:
•Create Relationships / Drive Leads
•Move Leads along purchase path
•Engage with Influencers
To define Pru’s Target Market when it comes to Content Marketing is to create buyer persona’s – a definition of the “perfect” client who share common needs or characteristics.
•What’s this person’s role in the buying process? Decision maker, champion, or influencer?
•What motivates this person to take action?
•How familiar is s/he with Pru’s Products/Solutions?
•What sources does this person turn to for information?
•How does the prospect go about making business decisions?
•Does this person seek advice from colleagues, industry peers, and/or unbiased third parties? If so, where?
•In terms of need/solution alignment; how is s/he dealing with the problem today?
•Does this person prefer high-level details or a deep dive into a topic?
•What prevents this type of buyer from choosing Pru?
18. Segment Strategy for a 360o Experience
Proposed content starters:
•Life Stages – Money in Motion Opportunities:
•Just starting out: “Not sure how to set financial goals for yourself? Our planning tools and guides can help we get started.” http://pru.us/9MO7
•Changing Family: “How are we saving for college education? Here’s a great overview of the options http://pru.us/VMO7”
•Other opportunities include: marriage, birth, or suddenly single
•Day 1 Stories
•Advertising Campaigns “Stickers”
•Are Americans living longer than previous generations? Join our experiment by adding a sticker and dedicating it to the oldest person you've known. http://stickers.prudential.com/
•Taking on our Challenges http://www.bringourchallenges.com/taking-on-our- challenges
•The Challenge Lab: “I might live how long?”, “I’ll do it later.”, etc.
19. Aligning Brand Messaging
How will we effectively communicate and engage with our personas? While content is a crucial focus of how Pru will appeal to clients/prospects, the smallest inconsistencies in voice will have audience tuning out before they even get to the meat of the piece.
•What’s important to our audience?
•Keyword Analysis will inform content themes
•Based on experience, in what area can we become credible thought leaders?
•Where do our industry contacts lie?
•Do we know people that can contribute to our content marketing?
•What do we value as a company?
•Company values are an important part of our brand and should be reflected in our message.
•Who represents Pru Retirement?
•Define thought leaders who should have a voice?
•Plan a ghost copywriting strategy
20. Content Marketing Channel Plan
Once we create content and understand personas, we need to decide on the mediums most effective for our content marketing plan. To figure this out, we need to consider the context in which our audience will view the content and then use that to alter the content accordingly. Five Factors:
1.Where we can have the most impact with our story.
I.What do we already have that helps us tell this story (e.g., an existing website, LinkedIn account, corporate materials, article marketing effort, etc.)?
II.What must change in order for us to tell this story (e.g., establish a social voice, develop a separate blog)?
III.What must change (if anything) for us to tell this story
2.Channel objectives After overall objectives defined, create a logical flow of which channel will have greatest impact. Example: “Social Care Program” Twitter, the obvious choice as it lends itself most readily to Customer Service.
21. Content Marketing Channel Plan continued
3.Metrics Measure on a content piece, channel specific scale that aligns to a specific goal for given piece of content.
4.Personas addressed For each channel, identify which personas will be addressed.
i.Have we missed a critical persona?
ii.Does 1 account on a channel not address all personas?
6.Editorial plan The purpose of the editorial plan is to define velocity, tone, desired action, and structure for the content for this channel.
i.Velocity: X posts per day
ii.Tone: Educational with an inspirational tone
iii.Desired action: click-through to the website, download whitepaper, etc.?
iv.Structure: 10 to 20-word post, plus pictures and a conversion link
22. 1.Get buy-in on goals and objectives
2.Summarize each Buyer Persona and prioritize
i.List questions that each persona has in each stage of the buying process
ii.ALIGN PERSONA WITH BUYING STAGE USING AIDA: Awareness, Interest, Desire, Action
3.Define Pru Retirement’s zone – a very specific, clearly delineated sphere of expertise where we have the most authority. Nobody else can claim better expertise than us. Write it in a sentence.
i.Align with Persona / Align with buying stage using AIDA
ii.ID: “in our sweet spot”, “likely to be shared”, “hot topics”, “timely”, “edutainment”, “inspirational”, “educational”, “convincing”, “God forbid”
5.Content Gap Analysis
i.Refer to Persona / Buying Stage Map for opportunity
6.Begin creating and repurposing content (refer to SEO keyword analysis)
7.Calendar of events / Seasonal Perspectives (annual events, tax season, recognition months, weeks, days, holidays)
8.Create an Editorial calendar (Production and Delivery Schedule on one sheet)
i.Submit for review, approval, control numbers, etc.
23. Execution Plan Continued
8.For each stage in Buying Process create topic ideas
i.Create list of themes based on keywords
ii.Create content piece titles based on the theme
9.Choose the best Marketing Channel for distribution
i.Size and scope of piece
ii.Landing Page / Gate behind download form
10.Keep a database of authoritative resources
i.In-house experts, specifically…
ii.Sites & Resources
iii.Existing internal (e.g. IMFP)
11.Define copy style and design style with appropriate brand guardian
12.Promote the content
i.Pru channels (eNewsletter, website real estate, article library, etc.)
ii.Social (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook)
iii.Influencers, bloggers, partners, PR
24. Measuring and Tracking Goals in Tiers
For many companies, the best way to measure content marketing is to track and combine results of individual projects rather than trying to tackle the entire program.
Tier 1. Creator-level metrics Pru’s Content Creator’s need to know what works best. It's the only way to efficiently improve results. This feedback comes in the form of granular metrics
•Traffic - page views, unique visitors, bounce rate, time spent
•Source - referring sites, visitor demographics, inbound search keywords
Tier 2. Channel-level Metrics Social Media Managers to take stock of content effectiveness by monitoring insights on the given channel chosen for content promotion.
Example: Prudential Corporate Inaugural Post: first status update May 21, 2013 Measured: Impressions, Clicks, Engagement, Likes
26. Content Marketing in the Digital Age
Given Prudential’s late adoption of Digital Marketing and current commitment to innovation to create a better, more meaningful and intelligent experience for the client, prospect and end user; Prudential now has the opportunity to “Leapfrog” over yesterday’s best practices to put to use tomorrow’s most inventive digital concepts and theory. Digital branded content is now standard. In the early days of communication, branded content fit into four buckets: Print, TV, Radio and Out of Home. Digital is different. Digital content has the power to break out of advertising chains, driving conversations, and engaging and connecting with consumers in a new way.
1.Content that Resonates Unlike earlier forms of advertising, digital content allows brands to parallel the behaviors of its consumers, who are creating and sharing content – with or without brands – every single day.
2.Direct Channels Marketers are tasked not only with determining what type of content resonates with their audience(s), but where to place the content and how to ensure it’s seen by the right people. This is a unique challenge that requires complete understanding of where your audience is going to absorb information about your industry.
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28. Why Social Media for Financial Services
1 in 6
US adults with a Facebook account have interacted with a financial services provider or advisor on Facebook in the past twelve months
1 in 5.5
US adults with a Twitter account have interacted with a financial services provider or advisor on Twitter in the past twelve months.
1 in 9
US adults with a LinkedIn account have interacted with a financial services provider or advisor on LinkedIn in the past twelve months.
Source: Forrester North American Technographics Financial Services Online Benchmark Recontact Survey, Q3 2012 (US)
Companies with Blogs generate 600X more leads per year. Blog offers an easy way to present brief chunks of frequently refreshed Web content. Backed with easy-to-use technologies for syndication (e.g. RSS), comments and trackbacks, blogs are often the blazing centers of social media solar systems that can incorporate sophisticated SEO strategies and community-building campaigns. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Encourage conversations: even “bad” comments can be an opportunity for developing good customer relations.
2.Participate on other blogs as well as. Develop a Top 15 hit list where Pru should be “hanging out.”
3.Loosen up. Authenticity trumps perfection when connecting with readers.
Permission-based regular communication with current and future customers, usually distributed monthly or weekly. Available electronically, via text-based or HTML pages, they can include complete articles or brief descriptions with links to articles on Pru web properties. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Don’t spam– get permission and offer opt-out links.
2.Good vehicle for promoting content: Webinars, eBooks, white papers, articles, etc.
3.A round-up of blog content into an eNewsletter is a solid one-two punch. Leapfrog Those who have been calling for the death of email are flat out wrong. Email’s importance in marketing can’t be overstated. Opportunity Lost! If we don’t have an educational email newsletter to keep in contact with prospects or to nurture customers. Often email is the starting point for social sharing.
32. White Papers
The “granddaddy” of content, white papers are topical reports, and perfect for education and demonstrating thought leadership on issues vital to the Pru audience. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Can generate leads when used strategically with Landing Page.
2.Positions Pru as a thought-leader.
3.Applicable to print, electronic PDF or digital magazine formats. Resist the temptation to overtly push products/services. One whiff of aggressive self- promotion – and done. Instead, trust that expertise is in itself the best advocate on Pru’s behalf. Leapfrog Bring White Papers to life with ON24’s Video White Paper solution.
The power of an infographic goes beyond its immediate visual appeal; unlike a mere list, an infographic can expose relationships among disparate pieces of information, delivering insight, not just raw data. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Everyone’s confusion can be an opportunity – where can Pru deliver value by providing clarity?
2.Think metaphorically to find a guiding image or idea that frames information.
3.Make Pru’s resulting infographic easy to share online for maximum reach and distribution Leapfrog There is always an opportunity to turn words and data into visually appealing infographics. Analyze web data for that which is just below most popular… is there an opportunity to enhance how this information is presented?
At 78% usage, article posting ranked second in popularity, just one percentage point beneath the leader, social media.* A flexible medium, both in length and format, the article opens opportunities for address issues, trends, concerns and topics of immediate interest to the Pru audience. An ongoing article publishing campaign has been a traditional tool for establishing thought leadership in numerous industries. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Once isn’t enough; plan on a series of articles to create impact.
2.Look for opportunities to place articles in print media AND on Pru web properties. Share with relevant site owners to extend reach.
3.Always think from the editor’s point of view – articles must conform to the publication’s requirements (length and tone for example) and be of immediate interest to its readers. Blogs vs. Articles
•Blogs have a clear point of view…a personality.
•Articles have no POV; think “FAQs” *Source Content Marketing Institute
eBooks are attractive tools at the front end of the sales funnel, as a way to build brands and attract leads. Think of it as a white paper on steroids: a report, generally 12 – 40 or more pages in length, that presents complex information in a visually attractive, reader-friendly format. The content is both informative and entertaining; the tone, collegial; the format, “chunky” rather than linear, to facilitate skimming and scanning. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Develop distribution strategy early: how Pru will get eBook into readers’ hands?
2.Think visually: make liberal use of bullets, callouts, sidebars, graphs, etc.
3.Conclude with a solid call to action: what should readers do next? Include some call to action or link on every page. Only 9% of the B2B Marketers report using eBooks in their marketing mix. What’s holding them back? When asked to identify their biggest content marketing challenge, participants gave “producing engaging content” the top spot at 36%. eBooks can be killer- effective, but they take expertise in planning and execution.* *Source Content Marketing Institute
36. Case Study
Case studies ranked among the top five most effective content tactics.* Focus on the similar situation sell. The case study is a document that combines the first-person authority of the testimonial with the narrative structure of a story. Based on real-life events, it leverages reader empathy with the featured client to build credibility and trust. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Most case studies follow a simple, three-stage format: challenge, solution, results.
2.Use direct client quotes to reinforce the story, especially when addressing the results.
3.Share case studies online, in direct mail, in press kits, as sales handouts, etc. *Source Content Marketing Institute Leapfrog Leverage video as part of our case study series. Focus on problem/solution and get 60 seconds of the client chatting about it.
A quote from the horse’s – that is, the client’s – mouth. Boasting is unseemly when we do it ourselves. But when praise comes from a trustworthy source – a client or customer – it acquires a credibility that helps overcome skepticism and purchasing hesitation. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Create a process for consistently requesting testimonials from customers.
i.Leverage LinkedIn page for testimonials on products and services
2.Good testimonials offer specifics – the what, why and how of our work with or for the customer.
3.Don’t bury them on a “Testimonials” Webpage – spread them throughout the site. Leapfrog Leverage video as part of our testimonial series, repurpose video content from video case studies. Aspirational tone as with Day 1 stories that have resonated so well.
38. Microblogging… Twitter
At 140 characters, the limitations on content are severe. But the speed and reach of the microblog create an almost real-time context for conversing with followers. Better yet, handy search tools make Twitter an excellent thermometer for checking hot issues and emerging concerns. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Remember, our customers are already talking about us on Twitter. The question is, are we able to hear what they have to say? Use Twitter as a listening post.
2.Give up the illusion of being in control.
3.Invest in Social Listening to leverage Twitter as a Customer Service tool and manage reputation. Use Pru’s Radian6 tool to listen and measure. Twitter is an online cocktail party…nobody likes the guy or gal that talks about themselves. Use the 4-1-1 rule: Share four posts from thought leaders in the community, share one educational post from Pru and add one promotional post…every day.
A live or on-demand presentation delivered slide by slide is the online equivalent of a live presentation. The audio component can be delivered via telephone or computer. Online events can be lead generation focused or customer retention focused. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Webinars make an excellent call-to-action or follow up offer to other forms of content, such as eBooks, White Papers, eNewsletters, etc.
2.Benefit twice: first, from the live event, then from the people who download the archived event.
3.A successful Webinar requires an assertive promotions strategy, typically via Website, blog, eNewsletter and other media or social media channels. Leapfrog 1 hour is the sweet spot with 45-50 minute presentation and 10-15 minutes dedicated to Q&A. Explore providers such as ON24 for innovative execution strategy.
Sites like YouTube and Vimeo have greatly simplified a once difficult Web challenge: uploading and sharing videos. With these tools at our disposal, we can embed or link video code easily. And the video sites provide social media options for conversing and sharing that can help our content go viral. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Think beyond the “talking head” approach.
2.Instead of taking a one-shot approach, consider a video series that builds interest, and an audience, over time.
3.Don’t sweat “perfection”: many of the most successful online videos have production values that would scandalize traditional media broadcasters. Expectations regarding production values have plummeted and, in fact, many of the most popular videos (think: Wine Library TV) have a distinctly low-budget look and feel – some believe a lo-fi look delivers high street-cred.
A podcast is simply an audio file we can listen to on a computer or MP3 player, often distributed via RSS or iTunes. Podcasts are generally 5 – 30 minutes long, with longer podcast downloads becoming popular. 3 Key Considerations
1.Define a podcast theme and stick to it.
2.Establish a release schedule listeners can expect: weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc. Be consistent.
3.Integrate podcast content with other channels to gain listener insights. What’s great about podcasts is the possibility to reimagine our content. Consider taking the original podcast to develop an article, white paper, case study, presentation and more. Even though the podcast itself can be powerful, it’s what we can do with it that will have the most impact. Leapfrog Show the Millennials some love with an eLearning series downloadable to their media players / phones. Promote the series where they will find it… don’t lose out on their ability to influence.
42. Video Blog (vlog)
A regularly-scheduled series of brief videos built around a hot topic of interest. Available by subscription and for download, and often via video sharing services such as YouTube or Vimeo They can be watched at the viewer’s convenience. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Think in terms of a sustained series, not merely one or two quick shoots.
2.The combination of words, sound and visuals give an extraordinary opportunity for building a brand personality.
3.“Perfect” production quality is NOT necessary.
43. Facebook Stories Page
This is NOT: a fan page or brand profile. Instead, we are talking about a Facebook page sponsored by a brand yet centered on an area of interest, such as contemporary fashion, green development or financial wellness. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Be prepared to let go and let the participants lead the conversation. People may not come right away, so we may have to go to them first.
2.Feed the movement with rich media, including video, surveys, quizzes, games and more.
3.Start simple at first. Define a customer pain point and create a conversation platform, then see what happens. Facebook Stories is almost custom made for Day 1 Stories and the rich media we have in place surrounding this campaign. Leapfrog Think the two Cs – Conversational and Commitment. First, focus on always adding Pru’s POV to the conversation but BE HUMAN. Second, have a committed moderator to post content every day and get people commenting. Consistency is key.
44. Facebook Apps
On Facebook, participants not only share text and pictures, but games, quizzes and other interactive applications they can exchange with their friends. Many of these are created by users, but brand-based applications – if well-designed – can achieve traction as well. 3 Key Considerations
1.Most applications prompt users to direct results/scores to their Facebook friends.
2.Think frivolous, fun and light-hearted – this is not the SAT.
3.For B2B customers, think about creating helpful productivity tools. Leapfrog Think of it this way, what if Farmville came from John Deere?
45. Mobile Apps
Mobile applications come in two broad flavors: as native apps developed for specific devices (such as the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, iPad, etc.) or as Web apps (WAPS) that can be distributed without depending on specific marketplaces (but we need an internet connection at all times). These downloadable tools allow users to customize their devices to meet their very specific, idiosyncratic needs. 3 Key Considerations
1.Effective applications must have a regular (daily or weekly) reason for use.
2.They should have easy interfaces with social networks, such as Facebook or Twitter.
3.Include a survey function to gauge satisfaction and collect intelligence for the next release (iPhone Apps solicit feedback that affects the volume of downloads). Leapfrog Model against BoA’s “Keep the Change” program and Saver Nation’s Discounts that go directly to 401K to create a similar app
46. Online Press Release
Press releases are no longer just for the press. By using the release services such as such PR Newswire, our press releases will travel the web wider and faster. Now Pru can bring news directly to prospects and clients. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Don’t wait for big news; find reasons to send releases all the time.
2.Include specific calls to action that compel customers to respond to our release in some way.
3.What does it mean for the audience? Where is the value for the prospect/client? Leapfrog As an Editorial Calendar is formed, Pru can explore which pieces of content (like an eBook, research report or white paper) are significant enough to merit a release.
47. Custom Print Magazine
Some marketing gurus say that all brands are now publishers. The custom print magazine takes this approach quite literally, offering the familiar magazine format with a new twist: it’s sponsored, produced and issued by one company or brand. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Be prepared to spend at least $40,000 for even a small initial distribution.
2.The most effective frequency is quarterly or more often.
3.Can be an excellent way to bypass gatekeepers. Remember, a print magazine isn’t just print. Consider the “one page mantra.” Every page of our print magazine should drive someone to an online call to action. Also, the digital version of our print should be different…
48. Digital Magazine
A hybrid between the traditional magazine and a souped-up PDF, digital magazines offer self-contained, visually compelling periodical content that doesn’t require special software to open and read. These are generally distributed by email via brand Websites. 3 Key Considerations:
1.If we don’t like the confinement of a digital replica, consider repurposing magazine content on a microsite.
2.Digital magazines are great for integrating print content with a Web presence.
3.Consider adding multimedia Leapfrog Adding video and podcasts to a Digital Magazine does more than distinguish it from print, but it is highly memorable and can be designed to complement the forward-thinking mobile / cross-device user.
49. eLearning Series
A carefully planned curriculum of educational content that may be delivered through a variety of mediums, including audio podcasts, video, slide presentations, Webinars and more. 3 Key Considerations:
1.Tailor the content to the different learning needs of different audiences: buyers doing research, prospects close to making a purchasing decision, current customers.
2.Use the mediums most popular with personas.
3.Be generous with real-life examples and illustrations. Leapfrog The web… the favorite… uhem… only consumption method of the millennial persona? Aligns perfectly with a Youth Wellness Education Program.
50. Industry Ranking System
People love lists. An industry ranking system gives readers a pre-assembled “best of” list that ranks available options in a given topic area – and subsequently ranks high with search engines. A list, whatever its contents, positions its assemblers as industry experts and gives their prospects a helpful reference tool. 3 Key Considerations
1.Rankings can be determined by some objective, measurable means or by subjective criteria.
2.Make liberal use of links to the listed resources.
3.Announce updates to the ranking system via blogs, Twitter, press releases, etc. Leapfrog A list, done credibly, can bring in a community like almost nothing else. It gets those that have been ignoring to notice and those that have barely been paying attention to invest time. If we want to position ourselves as the industry thought leader, consider an industry list of some sort.
51. Virtual Trade Show
Current technology and high-speed Internet connections enable the creation of lifelike happenings (complete with “lounges” and “exhibit areas”). Compliment Event Marketing efforts or create custom Internet-based virtual trade shows to generate leads, increase event participation, drive revenue and improve communications with current and future customers. 3 Key Considerations
1.Most virtual shows use the “trade show” metaphor as the navigation model for the virtual show site.
2.Just as live shows sell booths, we can sell sponsored presences at our virtual site.
3.For content, consider a mix of live, scheduled events and pre-recorded seminars that can be launched at the visitor’s convenience. Leapfrog The ON24 Virtual Environment can be an excellent Virtual Trade Show vendor.
52. Online Game
An electronic game like any other – except it’s branded… Pru. Brainstorm the business value to make it a fun and engaging experience. 3 Key Considerations
1.Games should work without burdensome software downloads.
2.Must run across multiple browser types and OS platforms.
3.Game experience should reinforce favorable experience of the brand. Leapfrog Appropriate for Financial Wellness programs to get parents engaged in teaching children about financial wellness. Elementary age.
53. Online Survey Research Project
Poll customers, visitors or colleagues with paid or free online survey tools from providers such as Zoomerang or Survey Monkey. 3 Key Considerations
1.What do C-suite execs, CFO’s, Intermediaries, etc. want to know most? What are they thinking? Anything we learn will be eagerly devoured by other execs.
2.Potential survey audiences include: blog readers, Twitter followers, LinkedIn and Facebook colleagues, conference attendees, eNewsletter subscribers and more.
3.Keep ‘em short! Any more than 10 questions (and that’s pushing it) and we’ll lose ‘em.
54. Customer-Focused Community
A Community where our customers do most of the talking. The content is largely user- generated, created by participants themselves. Pru creates the context for the Community, establishing a forum in which enthusiasts can share stories, pictures and videos. 3 Key Considerations
1.Set up the rules of engagement and make them transparent – no secrets, no hidden agendas.
2.Consider reward systems that acknowledge the best and/or most frequent contributors.
3.Establish a host or contact person who serves as the question/answer-person for the site. Leapfrog Before we develop our own community site, leverage Facebook or LinkedIn first. If our customers are already hanging out in one place, it makes no sense to move them to another. That said, if the issue and commitment is strong enough (see NavyForMoms.com), it can be done.
56. Jordan and Pippen
Content marketing and social media make a great team. No content marketing strategy is complete without a strong social media strategy. According to 2013 research from the Content Marketing Institute:
•B:B Marketers use an average of five social media channels to distribute content
•B:C Marketers use an average of four social media channels to distribute content Social Media is about Relationships, and in an industry where trust is such an important decision-making factor, forging solid, reliable relationships should be a priority for Prudential. Relationships are:
•Developed over time
•Demonstrate value to the network
•Position Retirement and the company as a thought leader
•Become top of mind
Tell a story through our tweets. Present a consistent voice to tell the story of our industry and our brand. Each post should be compelling in its own right, but an inconsistent tone confuses the audience. Make use of hashtags. Including 1-3 relevant hashtags with our tweet makes it simple for people to find our content. Creating an original hashtag and linking it to a specific campaign is an even better use of the tactic.
Use it as a testing ground. Tweet our original content, and keep tabs on which pieces of content get more shares. Use this information to direct our future content efforts. Cover industry events. To offer insights in real time, live tweet coverage of events that are significant for our audience. That way, our brand can act as the eyes and ears for individuals who can’t make it to the event.
60. Great Twitter Example
With 270,000+ followers, food chain Taco Bell has found a great social media niche for its nationwide brand.
•Even followers with small influence get retweets and responses. The brand’s voice is down-to-earth and (at times) hilarious.
•Events and promotions get great visibility.
•Hashtags, especially trending topics, ensure even non-followers can find the brand’s tweets.
61. Buddy Media
Using Buddy Media will allow Prudential Retirement to run integrated social media campaigns across multiple channels, including Pru web properties. Retirement will begin our social campaign on Twitter using Buddy Media Capabilities:
•Optimizes publishing strategy with analytics that help us understand what's working and what's not.
•Ad social sharing button option; social sharing widget* * Compliance to evaluate
•Utilizes templates and repurposes content to reduce creative costs and maintain consistency.
•Publishes content to fans by language, country, or by targeted distribution.
•Schedule publishing in the future.
•Set benchmarks and track from one central dashboard.
•Helps identify which social networks generate the highest ROI.
•Cross business-unit collaboration by giving them brand-approved content to share.
Spruce up our company page. Rope our page in, update the cover photo, add boilerplate information, and start sharing. Encourage staff members to stay plugged in. People who work at Pru (especially execs) can connect their personal profiles to our brand, creating a new source of content that our audience can follow. Think quality, not quantity. LinkedIn users tend to be overwhelmed when brands and individuals over-share. Make sure we’re only sharing the highest quality content.
Participate in groups. Participating in LinkedIn group discussions is a great way to demonstrate thought leadership. Share our content and interact with other group members to establish strong rapport. Leverage user-generated content with recommendations. Bringing in a steady stream of recommendations from clients or customers for a renewable source of user-generated content.
63. Great LinkedIn Examples
Social enterprise software developer Salesforce maintains a clean LinkedIn company page, to which nearly
•10,000 employees have connected.
•Page administrators typically post only 2-3 times a day.
•The company’s 12 products include 914 recommendations.
We need more than just an interesting subject. Even if our product category is naturally interesting, which it’s… execution is very important. Spend time posting well-edited photos and well-written copy. Volume certainly isn’t everything on Facebook; consistent quality is much more significant. It’s good to be brief, but it’s better to be good. Short messages stand out on Facebook — but long messages work if they’re compelling. Communicate our message succinctly unless we absolutely need the extra words.
Use smarter targeting. Page Post Targeting (PPT) is a new service from Facebook that let’s us handpick our audience, allowing us to deliver a clear message to a smaller group. For instance, we can direct our message to reach men and women between the ages of 60-67 who have “Liked” our page. Measure fan engagement. Gauging our Facebook impact means measuring how fans interact with our content. That way, we can figure out which messages inspire action — and create more like them.
65. Great Facebook Examples
Pet brand PurinaOne represents Facebook marketing that uses phenomenal storytelling to stand out.
•Posts, supplemented with a visually engaging content, tell compelling stories.
•Posts are well written and inspire hundreds of comments from fans.
•Each piece of content is highly relevant to the brand’s audience.
66. Facebook Fan Engagement
5 Ways to Measure Facebook Fan Engagement
1.Week-over-week percentage of change
2.Percentage of fan base growth or decline
3.Percentage of active fans against percentage of hidden fans
4.Likes, Comments, Shares and Wall Posts scorecards
5.Time to Action scorecards
i.Amount of time it takes a fan to produce one of the various forms of activity on our Facebook fan page.
ii.By assigning a numeric value where the lowest number is applied to the activity that takes the least time, we can develop a scorecard total that will give we an apples- to-apples comparison. Example: - Likes on wall posts (least amount of time committed by a fan) = 1 point - Comments on wall posts (moderate amount of time committed by a fan) = 3 points - Fan posts on our wall (greatest amount of time committed by a fan) = 5 points Every week, count the total number of occurrences of each content type and tabulate total score. Track the increases or decreases of the scores over time.
68. Measuring Content Marketing
There are many “counting stats” that content marketers need to track (views, tweets, Fan growth, “Likes”, mentions, favorites, etc.).
There are additional metrics, however, that must be explored in order to not only align measurement with success of a content marketing campaign, but also success as it relates to overall growth for the Prudential Retirement business unit.
4.Customer Satisfaction / Retention * Systems in place?
These strategic metrics will reveal themselves over time.
•It is necessary for Prudential Retirement to build performance indicators into content campaigns in order to measure the above.
•In addition, Prudential Retirement must work to align sales tools used to track leads as they move through the sales funnel to lead origin.
69. Secondary Content Indicators
Secondary indicators are the types of measurements that help us make the case for primary indicators.
These can be:
•Shorter sales cycles
•Increased customer awareness
•Lift in forms completed
•Additional cross-selling opportunities
•Qualitative customer feedback on the content
•Increased customer satisfaction
70. Measurement Criteria
These are the types of measurements that need to be looked at to help drive the secondary indicators.
These include metrics like increases in:
•Bounce rates (decrease)
•Tweets, LinkedIn or Facebook shares/virility
•Search engine rankings
•Share of voice for key terms
A combination of tools such as web analytics tools; Google Analytics, Quantcast and Tagman, along with social listening tools; Radian6, can help assess these measures.
71. Connecting Traffic Drivers to Content Success
The introduction of Project Grohl will inform the measurement Traffic Drivers. Deeper Analysis will reveal connections to content marketing efforts.
Metrics such as:
•Traffic - page views, unique visitors, bounce rate, time spent
•Source - referring sites, visitor demographics, inbound search keywords are monitored through web tracking tools.
Project Grohl, will allow Pru to:
•measure marketing performance and customer experience consistently
•equip us with the ability to optimize marketing assets and leverage behavioral testing and content targeting programs
•Create the ability to see what marketing and content efforts are generating positive ROI
•Implement measurement planning, reporting, and analysis standards
•Implement integrated reporting across site, mobile/tablet, campaign, social, customer and competitor data sets
72. Measuring Awareness, Engagement & Reach
Engagement can be measured through Social Listening and Community Managed effectively through Radian6.
Using Radian6 as a measurement tool, identification of conversations surrounding Pru and our content marketing efforts and analysis of this information help measure the effectiveness of content marketing?
•Which content is working well? Where can we expand on this theme?
•Which content isn’t performing as expected? Where can we improve/revise?
•Which channel is performing well for us? Which should we spend less time with?
•Have we correctly identified our personas? Are they responding to the content in the manner we’ve predicted? Is it aligning to what they really want?
•Are our personas aligned correctly with our sales stages? Can we identify purchase signals?
•Who are our influencers? What are their personas? What marketing channel to they utilize?
•Where to we stand in the face of our competition? How can we intercept discussion?
•Define point-of-need conversations. Are there more personas out there?
•Where is the opportunity to use social channels as customer service channels?
73. Landing Pages
When the goal of content marketing is generating qualified leads for the sales funnel than there is no more necessary tool than the Landing Page.
Landing Pages focus on one thing and that’s converting visitors into leads. And that is why they are also a key performance indicator.
Use Landing Pages to Measure Conversion, Return on Interest and more.
74. Follow the Results
Follow the results.
Measurement reveals what is working in our strategy. If our goal is to generate leads, then our analysis can be as simple as:
1.Gather the content that attracts the most high-quality traffic to our site
2.Identify consistent topics, formats and styles
3.Test using those attributes in new content
Leapfrog LinkedIn has been growing like crazy from a social media sharing standpoint for all content.
75. Thank you
Web and Social Content Development, Community Manager
Confidential - For internal use only