In many ways, we should have seen this coming. Not necessarily the specifics of our current environment – simultaneous global pandemic, racial justice movement and deeply polarizing election season – but rather, a landscape that simply moves too quickly for marketers to keep up. The best example from recent memory that demonstrates this is the birth of the 24-hour news cycle. Under the pressure to fill every minute of every day with new content, a single item’s “newsiness” becomes fleeting. On and on it goes until everything is news, and nothing is news.
Does this experience sound familiar? For marketers charged with developing a long-lead content strategy amid tidal forces, it’s easy to feel kinship with our journalistic cousins. When the conversation evolves so quickly, a single piece of content has but a moment to achieve both relevancy and value to target audiences. Under those parameters, how much value does a single piece of content have? Can’t it stay fresh for more than a week or so?
But the good news is, successful content marketing doesn’t hinge on a single piece of content. In fact, if you’re relying on one item as your bedrock, there are much deeper issues at play. Rather, yielding long-term value out of your content marketing is how it builds and contributes to a single narrative over time. It doesn’t necessarily matter if your newest blog or eBook is only relevant to a two-month period during COVID. What is the overarching aim of the piece, and how does it lend itself to the overarching brand identity?
If you’re looking at how to adjust your content strategy to keep audiences engaged, captive and curious during periods of widespread disruption, here are a few of our recommendations.
Content marketers cannot and will not find success leaning on individual resources. What we found was that by ensuring that longer campaigns were underpinned by empathetic, emotionally driven and community-defined values and ideals, marketers can repeatedly demonstrate that their brands are following the conversations closely. Marketers shouldn’t be focused on capturing a single moment; they should be willing to stay nimble and grow with the audiences who support them.
Whether you’re looking to create a new narrative, or adjust your current brand story, there are important steps that your team should be taking to ensure that the content is impactful and relevant. Download our recent Content Marketing Framework to learn more.