21 Content Marketing Experts Sharing Their Top Marketing Strategies

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In this guide, you’ll find top content marketing experts sharing their tips and strategies to build a winning content strategy in 2021.

Thanks to MarketMuse for organizing the content strategy collective live event.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the key takeaways and content marketing tips from the experts.

1. Speed up your entire content process with automation and API

Jeff coyle

Insights from Jeff Coyle, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of MarketMuse.

Generally, the content process is long and manual that includes:

  • Research
  • Content planning
  • Preparing content briefs
  • Writing the content
  • Content editing
  • Publishing
  • Optimization
  • Reporting and measuring

As a result, the entire process takes so much time and manual effort.

“If you’ve got writers, if you’ve got subject matter experts, doing keyword research, SEO analysis, analytics assessment?

They shouldn’t be doing those things, especially if they’re slow or if there are ways to automate.”

In fact, MarketMuse found that the content process takes from 10.5 hours to 19 hours of human labor to create a new piece of content.

So, the question is: How can you possibly scale high-quality content in that timeframe?

The answer is using automation with NLG.

Here are some of the things that you can automate with AI & NLG:

  • Content Inventory audit
  • Content planning and prioritization
  • Content creation
  • Content optimization

Watch the full presentation on speeding up the content process with automation:

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2. The what, why, & how of building pillar pages

Insights from Zoe Hawkins, Content marketing manager at Dgraph.

“A pillar page is the ultimate guide where you are expecting to be the expert on a core topic or core element of your business.”

Zoe Hawkins.

There are many reasons why you should build pillar pages on core topics. Some of them are:

  • Organizing your content inventory
  • Ranking on high competitive keywords (primarily the core topic)
  • Positioning yourself/brand as an expert on the topic, etc.

First, you should select the core topic. Ensure that the core topic is relevant to your business offerings.

Next, identify sub-topics or questions related to your core/primary topic. These sub-topics will be individual blog posts that will support your pillar page.

Once you’re done with identifying the core topic and subtopics, it’s time to find the writer.

Also, getting your article done by the writer isn’t the end of your job. You should also optimize your content pieces for the target keywords. You can use the MarketMuse platform that will automatically suggest what keywords/topics are missing from the content and many more.

Here’s a snapshot:

Then to maximize the potential of the pillar page, invest in cust visuals and graphs so it will stand out from the rest of the content pieces on the same topic.

Also, consider having an interlinking strategy from pillar page to sub-topics and vice-versa.

Relevant read: Complete guide to mobile content marketing

Watch the full presentation on building effective pillar pages:

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3. How voice content can help you win customer loyalty to drive profitable sales

Heidi Cohen

Insights from Heidi Cohen from the actionable marketing guide.

One of the marketing trends in recent years is the seismic shift in content marketing.

It includes three factors. → 

  • Voice first content: The voice assistant started to grow in 2019, and it is estimated that the number of voice assistants will reach 8.4 billion units by the end of 2024.
  • Marketing AI: The role of AI in marketing is getting bigger and bigger.
  • Content saturation: The fact is you’re not the only company that is going to create quality content. In fact, your audience is getting bombarded with content every day.

Here is what Heidi recommends:

“Provide content tailored to buyers’ needs when and using whatever channel, device, and/or format they want.”

Plus, three reasons why you should add voice content to your content strategy:

  1. Humanize and differentiate the brand
  2. Expand market to become more inclusive and available where people need a voice
  3. Improve product and customer experience

Watch the full presentation on analyzing and optimizing voice and/or audio content:

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4. Make your product the SEO drivers, not the keywords

Eli Schwartz

Insights from Eli Schwartz, the author of the ‘product-led SEO.’

One of the downsides of the traditional SEO approach is that it just begins with keyword research and there is no such room for users’ feedback loop.

But in the case of product-led-SEO, your product (business offerings, service, products) becomes the SEO driver instead of using SEO to market the product.

If you’re not focused on the KPIs that will grow your business, then you’re not focusing on the KPIs that make SEO worthwhile.”

Eli Schwartz.

Also, SEO folks often ignore branded traffic, but that’s where you can get better results in terms of conversions.

Here are some of the ideas to build a strong brand online:

Watch the full presentation on product-led SEO:

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5. Lead With Creativity in Video Storytelling

Chris Savage

Insights from Chris Savage, co-founder, and CEO of Wistia.

Video storytelling can help a business in many different ways.

For example, for a startup that focuses on early adopters, the founding story can be interesting and helpful to form a connection with your audience.

“Video storytelling is your opportunity to tell a story and connect with an audience on a timeline… if you have folks that want to be told a story or they (your audience) are trying to understand something complicated, then video storytelling  will work well.” 

Watch the full presentation on video storytelling:

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6. How to use Google Search Console API Data to Find Hidden Opportunities

Noah Learner

Insights from Noah Learner, Product Director Two Octobers.

With some latest updates in the Google search console, it is now becoming the hub for hidden content opportunities. 

One of the latest features in the Google search console is using the regex.

With regex feature in GSC, you can:

Understand search intent behind queries

Optimize your existing content with the pattern of search queries

For example, a query filter “what|how|when|why” will showcase all the questions that contain what/why/how/ and when.

Likewise, the GSC API data is even more powerful in showing data like queries, positions, etc.

Google search console API can deliver 25 times more data as compared to GSC. That will give you the competitive advantage if your competitor only relies on GSC data to optimize the content or understand searchers’ intent.

Relevant read: How to grow your startup using content marketing

Watch the full presentation on Google Search Console API Data to Find Hidden Opportunities:

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7. How to connect content with business outcomes

Peter Mahoney

Insights from Peter Mahoney, Founder & CEO of plannuh

A few basic guidelines you can follow for content investment at your company or your clients are:

First, start with identifying the end goal of the business. Is it about getting leads, sales, or traffic? This will help you make better decisions in terms of content strategy and content reporting as well.

Second, now, you need to align the business benefits with your content investment. That includes educating the team about the benefits and impact of content marketing for a longer time.

Third, communicate the value in business terms, not in technical content terms. 

Fourth, help the audience (say internal team) to understand the results with context. It is better to represent the content performance with the business end goals. That means instead of focusing on the traffic, you can consider the number of conversions it brings.

Fifth, report your results regularly and consistently.

Sixth, always share what’s important, not what’s good. For example, you may not get expected results, or the results are not good in terms of business goals. So, instead of hiding that important information, you should be sharing transparent data.

Watch the full presentation below:

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8. Maximize your agency relationship

Britt Terevainen

Insights from Britt Terevainen, managing director at Boathouse

If you’re running an SEO or content agency, then this session will give insights on:

  • How to use data and metrics to deliver successful outcomes
  • Difference between ‘what an agency sells’ vs. ‘delivers.’
  • Using marketmuse to evolve strategy with the clients

Also, Britt shared about the two key activities of an agency. It includes content and the technical part.

For example, I am sharing a snapshot of the technical aspects that your SEO agency needs to deal with.

Not only that, but you’ll also learn strategies and tips to stand out from your agency from the rest.

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9. Update old content for a quick and reliable win in SEO

andy crestodina

Insights from Andy Crestodina from Orbit media studio.

The first step of updating an old article is to decide which content pieces are worth upgrading.

For this, Andy suggests you check the pages with declining search traffic.

Go to Google analytics and look at your organic traffic report and see which pages show declined traffic.

Next, look for the page authority.

Chances are, many people have already linked to that content piece in the past.

These are the pages that have the authority but are lacking content relevancy.

So updating the content with the latest stats, visuals, topics, and other factors to make the content relevant again.

Watch the full presentation on content upgrading:

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10. Update old content for the quick and reliable win in SEO

Steven van Vessum

Insights from Steven van Vessum, Content Marketing, and Community Management at ContentKing.

“Search engines never sleep; they’re constantly crawling and updating their index.”- Steven van Vessum.

A survey by ContentKing found that the lack of SEO quality assurance hurts SEO performance.

Here are some of the stats from the study.

The solution?

Fix the SEO issues before they impact your rankings and bottom line.

Also, one of the mistakes that SEO folks make is that they rely too much on Google search console.

But the fact is the notifications and alerts are either delayed or limited in GSC.

In this presentation, Steven has shown how you can monitor and fix SEO issues in real-time by using ContentKing.

Relevant read: How to do a content marketing audit for fixing content issues

Watch the full presentation to learn real-time SEO auditing:

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11. Update old content for the quick and reliable win in SEO

Insights from Malcom Tyson, founder & CEO of Nichesss.

If you’re using any AI/NLG tool to boost your content creation process, you’ll find this helpful.

The first thing is you shouldn’t completely rely on any Ai tool to create content because it may cause more harm than good.

The reason is that everything modern AI tools generate isn’t always 100% factual. Also, you need to ensure that the content produced from an AI tool is unique. 

Otherwise, it may not show you the desired results in terms of SEO benefits.

Watch the full presentation to understand the basics of NLG and AI in content creation

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12. Marketing strategy for 2021 and beyond

Rand Fishkin

Insights from Rand Fishkin, co-founder of SparkToro.

To make your marketing a competitive advantage requires three things such as:

  1. Build a brand that people know, like, trust, and prefer over alternatives
  2. Invest in a diversity of marketing channels, so you’re not over-reliant on one.
  3. Build a marketing flywheel that scales with decreasing friction

Watch the full presentation building marketing strategies in 2021 and beyond

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13. Why SEO folks should care about Natural language processing basics

Paul Shapiro

Insights from Paul Shapiro, technical SEO lead @ Shopify.

In this session, Paul is breaking down the NLPbasics and why SEOs should care about.

When it comes to SEO, there are many applications of NLP in SEO.

Some of them are:

  • Creating performant content
  • Calculating natural link earning potential
  • Site architecture design and taxonomy
  • Semantic content optimization
  • User flow creation
  • Keyword research and so on.

Watch the full presentation in understanding NLP basics:

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14. Want better results in local SEO? Optimize your website

Jonti Bolles

Insights from Jonti Bolles, CEO at White Hat Ops

Here’s the breakdown of what impacts or influences your local SEO results.

“On-page SEO and Links influence almost 63% of local organic results”, according to the survey of WhiteSpark.

To get higher rankings in local SEO, never underestimate the on-page optimization.

Also, take care of the citations (Name, address, and phone number) and the reviews on third-party sites. 

This will not only improve your search performance but also boost the site’s authority overall.

Watch the full presentation in understanding NLP basics:

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15. Turn Press and Media Coverage Into Content That Ranks 

Kris ruby

Insights from Kristen Ruby, CEO of Ruby Media Group.

“Digital PR is not done with the intention of building links when it is true editorial, public relations. A link is a bonus, but the mention is what we are after. We never control links. Clients hire PRs for exposure. They hire SEOs for links”

– Kris Ruby.

To build trust and credibility online, Kris Ruby has shared some key tips.

  • The first tip is to build trust on social media. 

For example, you may join the clubhouse shows as a guest. That will help you in getting mentions from different media outlets and also in building credibility.

  • The second tip is about building trust with press conferences.

Make yourself visible on search engines. “If a reporter can’t find you, why would they quote you as a source?”

Watch the full presentation and learn about PR for EAT in SEO:

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16. Measure content performance to get success

Colleen Jones

Insights from Colleen Jones, founder of content science.

The survey performed by the content science team found that brands that do measure content effectiveness are more likely to get better results.

Now, it’s essential to become a data-driven content marketer who measures content performance periodically.

Three things that successful organizations do to measure content effectiveness are:

  • They define clear and measurable goals
  • They use a variety of data
  • They use a stack of tools and tech.

Relevant read: Access 130+ free content marketing resources

Watch the full presentation to learn about optimizing content effectiveness

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17. You should always focus on user intent

Kevin Indig

Insights from Kevin Indig, Director of SEO at Shopify.

“When Google finds a page that really hits the head on a user intent, it allows that page to rank for thousands of keywords.”

Kevin Indig.

Watch the full presentation on understanding user intent:

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18. Make your site ready for core-web-vitals

Jamie Indigo

Insights from Jamie Indigo, Senior Technical SEO.

Are you struggling to optimize your site performance for core web vitals?

Look no further, as Jamie has shared an overview of measuring and making your site Core-Web-Vitals ready in this session.

Watch the full presentation on understanding user intent:

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19. Guide the perfect customer journey

John Jantsch

Insights from John Jantsch from Duct Tape Marketing

“Marketing today is less about creating demand and more about organizational behavior.”

To get started with guiding the perfect customer journey, ask these three questions:

  • What does our ideal customer’s journey look like?
  • How do we put our marketing on their chosen path?
  • What gaps in campaigns, content, and processes do we need to fill?

Also, you need to understand the three stages that create trust and relationships.

Here it is.

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20. Guide the perfect customer journey

Insights from Chuck Mullins

The four pillars of business value are:

  1. Risk
  2. Growth
  3. Transferability
  4. Deliverability

Watch this presentation by Chuck to learn how to make strong pillars for your business value.

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21. Use personal branding to grow a loyal following and drive revenue

Dennis Shiao

Insights from Dennis Shiao, Founder of attention retention

In this presentation, Dennis has explained how the personal brand and business outcome are connected and what you can do to maximize the business outcome.

Here are some of the tips for you to build a personal brand that drives business leads:

  • Collaborate with industry experts or influencers
  • Find speakers for your next event
  • Be invited to keynote in an industry conference
  • Be known by prospects considering your products and services

Watch the full presentation on building your personal brand:

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Final words

Now, we’ve covered marketing tips and strategies from 21 content marketing experts.

Now, I am curious to know which marketing strategy you are going to apply?

Comment below and share your thoughts.