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Everything has changed…
The age of the sales funnel is long gone. In its place is the customer’s journey where buyers are no longer relying on traditional sales material or advertising to make up their minds – but on a whole host of different resources including social media channels.

It makes life for marketers difficult because there is no longer a single direct route to customers. And making matters even more complex, no one potential buyer has all the power; buying decisions are increasingly made by ‘committees’ these days.

So how do we address this seismic shift in power?
One key strategy is where we choose to publish our content. It’s essential to leverage the correct channels to ensure that our content is available at every stage of the customer’s journey; content that will inherently appeal to each influencer involved in the buying process because we’ve mapped out their individual journeys and personas.

But which channels should we choose to create and target content for?
There are so many to choose from, right? From the ‘Big Four’ (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) to visual-driven channels including Instagram and Vine, there are multiple channels all vying for our attention.
It’s down to the CMO and their marketing team to draw up an effective deployment strategy. Though the “Big Four” will already figure large in your existing strategies, it’s best to research where your customers enjoy ‘hanging out’ when online; where they are exchanging opinions with their peers – and then creating content that can plug into that channel and resonate with customers.

Bear in mind too that consumer attention spans are shrinking:

2000
12 seconds

vs.

2013
Eight seconds

It would in part explain why content is becoming so ‘bite-sized,’ and why visual-driven publishing platforms such as Vine and Instagram’s popularity are on the increase. And this ‘nugget-journalism’ approach is something that needs to be considered when strategizing where and what you are going to publish – think infographics, Slideshares, Uberflips and Vines.

Start small scale in a new channel and analyze the resulting data; this can feedback into what kind of content to plan for and help identify similar channels that could be exploited.

How much of an impact is mobile having on these channels?

Like the customer’s journey, mobile is changing everything. The last few years have seen more and more consumers choosing mobile platforms over traditional PCs. Smartphone sales have been outstripping those of PCs as far back as 2011, and tablets are now posing a substantial threat as well:

65.2%
Tablet sales growth year-on-year (Q4 2012 vs. 2013)

vs.

6.9%
PC sales decline year-on-year (Q4 2012 vs. 2013)

It’s essential then that any content is ‘sticky’, punchy and in a format that can adapt to whatever screen size it is being viewed on.

This all sounds like a juggling act from hell…

And you’d be right – but savvy companies are breaking down interdepartmental silos to enable their employees to help each other to adapt to this new paradigm. With the right tools in place, previously disparate customer communications can be brought together in one place. This enables departments to collaborate - tackling and strategizing emerging sales trends and issues that can then feedback into the customer’s journey and your social media publishing strategy.

Most importantly, it will help your teams to present a consistent, coherent brand across every channel you publish on now and in the future.

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Latest blog posts

  • Why does Google hate your blog and your published articles?

    Author: Henrik Sandberg

    Often, we talk about social media as a big box. But social media is as different as day and night - therefore you should consider, very carefully, where you publish your articles.

  • Publish – The right channel is vital

    Author: Ira Reckenthäler

    Because the ways in which media are used are continuously changing, and at the same time digital media are rapidly becoming ever more diverse, it is possible to publish and distribute content simultaneously via numerous different platforms. But how do you identify the right channel and how can you ensure that your desired target group can be reached via a specific channel?

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Resources

  • Tips for Community Managers

    Managing the Social Media Mix

    The marketing mix sure got more complex with the advent of social media. This step-by-step white paper will guide your team in determining your strategy.

  • Social + Storytelling = Happily Ever After

    Tips for Community Managers

    Scheduling posts, monitoring sentiment, geographically targeting deals... a good social marketing platform is the enemy of drudgery. Find out more; read our ‘Tips for Community Managers’ now!

  • Scared of Social Media? Here’s the cure

    Instagram Guide

    This stat-laden, strategic update will help your team use Instagram within your marketing strategy. You’ll also find inspirational ideas from the likes of MTV, Nissan and Topshop.

  • How to Turn ONE Piece of Content Into 100

    Google+ Guide 100

    This practical update will quickly guide you on how to use Google+ - sharing best practice ideas from leading brands to inspire your team.

  • How Content Marketing Helps Organizations Tell Their Story

    Twitter Tips: How to Gain and Keep Followers

    A practical, beginner’s guide to Twitter to help your team successfully gain and keep followers. You’ll find out what to do, what to test and what to avoid

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