Last night I attended the monthly WordUp meet up here in Brighton, where WordPress geeks and users come together to share knowledge about WordPress. A lot of these meet-ups are very geeky: WordPress site builders, designers, content strategists – to label a few – talk about how they do what they do. As I am most interested in Content Creation* I tend to get to any meet-up where content is discussed.
Afterwards I was sitting in the pub with the stragglers discussing blog content. Someone said they’ve never started a blog because they couldn’t pick a topic. I said my blog started out without a focus and now I’m writing about food because that’s what seems the most popular**. The conversation then went round to how to use analytics to shape my blog posts, which led to the question as to whether or not a person should blog about what they want to write about or what analytics have steered them towards and I was asked: “Do you really want to write about food?” Good question. More about that later…but first, a message from the evening’s sponsor!
Before we went to the pub, Chris Harding (@The_Kraken) talked about the use of analytics in content strategy***, and Herb Miller of BobbingWide gave a talk about shortcode and introduced us to his latest creation OIK (now available for DL at WordPress.org).
Chris introduced us to 3 analytics apps: Yoast, Clicktale and GoSquared and discussed the benefits of each. Having not tried any of them, I can only regurgitate what Chris told us. Basically: Yoast is a Google Analytics Plug-In, ClickTale looks at heatmapping, delivering some insightful stats such as: time on page, density of dwell, whether they go below the fold, etc., while GoSquared looks at real-time analytics.
He then talked about how to understand the numbers, and how to use those numbers to improve our content creation and community engagement to maximize number of quality visitors to our site and – if in the world of marketing, most important – actual impact on the brand’s market share. Sound kinda complicated coming from a poet who writes about food? Nah. Not really. I’m fascinated by it because in the digital age it’s how ideas are sold. And brands are essentially ideas, right?
So why do I write about food? I eat it. We are what we eat. It doesn’t cost anything. I don’t have buy a ticket to an event. I don’t even have to leave my house. I have a constant supply of ideas generated by my need to feed myself. It’s immediate. It’s personal without being upclose and personal. Would I write about something else? Well, I am thinking I should start writing up all the notes I’ve made when attending all those digital meet-ups. I’ve learned enough to have some of idea what I’m talking about.
Do I have to write about food? Nah. Pay me to write about something else, and I am sure I can deliver.
*Am just as obsessed with UX and design – how well the site navigates, what it all looks like when you land on the page – as I am with the words: for me the words have to look right, as well as read easily; the site needs to flow logically and smoothly – and I know my blog is far from perfect.
**Poems also get a lot of hits. People actually like reading poetry online. People actually like reading poetry. People actually like poetry. I should publish more of my poems on my blog! I have 100’s.
***Chris also spoke at the Content Strategy meet-up last Thursday which was a show’n’tell of various tools content strategists are using. 1 tool he mentioned which is very interesting is InboundWriter – a tool that helps you write your content based on “…what interests your target audience by discovering the very words and phrases they use when searching or sharing.” The app becomes part of your existing content creation workflow, like a dashboard. It actually scores your content. Amazing. Of course, for it to work you have to create Persona Profiles: profiles of your target audience. If you’re selling a brand this stuff is very useful. If you’re a blogger who writes for skill development, it’s worth looking at. If you just want to write and don’t want to be too manipulated by stats, well – just carry on writing.
…To Be Continued…
- Content Creation Is so Much More Than Blogging (compukol.com)
- 21 ways to use content marketing like Thanksgiving leftovers (barnraisersllc.com)
- WordPress SEO Essentials: WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast (ewriting.pamil-visions.com)
- A Content Strategy For Your Career (contentmarketinginstitute.com)
- Creating an Editorial Calendar for Content Marketing (distilled.net)
- What’s The Hardest Industry To Do Content Strategy For? (thecontentcocktail.com)
- How does an effective website content strategy benefit a business? (marketing.yell.com)
- How to Overcome the “I Wish” Mentality and Start a Blog (problogger.net)
- 4 Tips for Creating a Consistent Transmedia Content Strategy (contentmarketinginstitute.com)
- Your Best Content Strategy is Thought Leadership (stoweboyd.com)
- Content Strategy: learned, unlearned, and uncensored (inspiremation.wordpress.com)
- Content Strategy vs. Interface Design (contently.com)
- 3 Reasons Why Podcasts Should Be Part of Your Content Marketing Strategy (contentmarketinginstitute.com)
- Coke’s Content Strategy For Dynamic Storytelling (socialmediaspectrum2010.wordpress.com)
- 9 Hard-Hitting Content Strategies for Small Business Blogging (quicksprout.com)
- Style WordPress Post with Notice Boxes Plugin (shoutmeloud.com)
- Why I Blog (ohioken.wordpress.com)