Content Marketing:

Streamline your Content Marketing strategy in 7 Steps

Emy Mordue
  • Senior Content Marketing Manager
Text Block

The idea of creating a content marketing strategy may feel like a daunting task, but just by following seven simple steps you can create a plan of action that has organisation and structure, whilst ultimately building trust and authority around your brand.

We’ve distilled our content marketing seminar into 7 easy-to-follow steps:

Large Centred Image
Text Block

Step 1: Plan and define your content marketing aims

Align your content marketing ideas to your overall business objectives.

Ideally, each piece of content marketing you do should contribute towards at least one of your business goals, and it’s not all about sales (initially) – it can be as simple as raising the profile of your brand.

Large Centred Image
Text Block

Step 2: Deploy a listening strategy to understand your competitors and core audience

What are your competitors up to? How successful are they? Where are they? Profile your audience into buyer personas to help hone your targeting tactics – where do they shop, what else do they like? Are they really all on Facebook, or should you change your focus channel to say, Instagram?

Remember: In order for any level of content marketing to be a success, it needs to be of relevance or interest to your audience

Tool Tip: Try the YouGov Profiler as a starting point

Large Centred Image
Text Block

Step 3: Define your story and how you are going to tell it

This is really important. Make sure you know who you are as a brand, and what you are doing, in order to successfully share your story with your audience.

Remember: It’s all about building relationships and connecting on a human level

Large Centred Image
Text Block

Step 4: Outline your distribution channels

Generally this will be through your social media channels as a start, and you’ll know which ones to target because you really understand your audience now, right?

Use the findings from your listening strategy to help you determine things like your distribution channels, frequency of postings, and the best day/time to engage.

Large Centred Image
Text Block

Step 5: Work out your process, tools & team

Now is the time to work on your editorial and content planning specific to your chosen channels – you need to adopt a long-term view of your personal marketing landscape for this to be effective. Remember to take into consideration seasonal themes and industry events that are relevant to your brand and audience.

Remember: Consistency breeds confidence – confidence from you as a brand and confidence in you as a brand

Large Centred Image
Text Block

Step 6: Let the fun begin!

Get creative and start your brand’s conversation – now’s the time to create your content and campaigns.

Large Centred Image
Text Block

Step 7: Measure

Define your metric levels. These may be:

  • First level metrics (raw measures stating specific and explicit parameters, e.g. tweets, comments, likes)
  • Second level metrics (mostly derived from first level measures and relating to strategic business objectives, e.g. awareness, effectiveness, engagement)

The measurement stage of a content marketing timeline naturally falls at the end, however this should not necessarily be performed at this point.

Remember: As with all marketing, efforts should be continuously monitored throughout the course of a campaign to determine the level of success with enough time to adapt, tweak or even drop it altogether!


ROI from content marketing can take time; you cannot expect to see results tomorrow. You need to allow a piece of content, or campaign, to be out there for a period of time in order to accurately measure the success past the initial response.

Look at how a new piece of content has impacted your brand over the course of say, 3 months? Have you noticed a spike in your website traffic? Did this trigger your audience to move into deeper pages of your site, ultimately driving them through the sales funnel? What did they do then? Google Analytics is your friend, make sure this is set-up and that you’re regularly using it!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on content marketing – let’s chat via @gmdesignltd and in the meantime, download your own version of our Content Marketing in 7 Steps to get your strategy streamlined today!

*All fields marked with an asterix are mandatory

Contact Form

By submitting a Contact Form enquiry, you confirm you have read our Privacy Policy.
    • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, jpg, gif, png, csv.
      Max Filesize Upload is 5 MB
    • No File Chosen
      By ticking this box, you confirm that you have read and understood our Privacy Policy

Latest News

We examine why brands work with influencers...

If you’ve recently seen one of your favourite bloggers, YouTubers or Instagrammers explicitly promoting a product on their platform, then you’ve come across one of the latest trends in digital marketing: influencer marketing.

In the age of the Internet, and with increasingly effective ad-block technology, brands have had to become ever more creative with their marketing strategies in order to reach their target audience. Collaborating with so-called influencers is just one of the methods that brands have adopted to achieve this.

Newsletter Sign-up

Sign-up to our newsletter

Inspired by the world of creative design and content marketing? Keep updated with seasonal highlights from our blog, events and projects. By submitting your details, you confirm you have read our Privacy Policy.
    By ticking this box, you confirm that you have read and understood our Privacy Policy
Columns