By Grant Kenney, TwoSix Digital Senior Digital Strategist
One thing I’ve heard from clients no matter what industry they’re in: “it’s so hard to find content to write about every day!” Having been on that side of the conversation before as a social media manager I can sympathize, but I have found ways around this persistent issue. Here are a few tips on what you can do to improve your content creation without reinventing the wheel every day.
Could I be overthinking my content creation?
Yes, absolutely. It can be a daunting process to think about all of the channels you need to write content for, but it doesn’t need to be. If you’re armed with something your audience doesn’t know you’re already off to a great start, and guess what? You know more than you think and there’s great content all around you.
Raid your website
Remember back to your hiring at the company or position you’re in now when you were learning the history and details of your company, DMO or brand by studying the website? ALL of those little things you learned early on may seem mundane now but were kind of interesting when you learned them. These are solid pieces of content now.
Try pulling some interesting talking points from your website and then craft them into informative and interesting social posts that send people back to your website for extra traffic. The great thing about this content is that it’s always there, always useful and always informative. Read more
Throughout the summer of 2015, TwoSix Digital worked with Explore Branson to promote a summer photo contest that was designed to develop visual content on the #ExploreBranson hashtag. The images were curated and utilized on the Explore Branson website where users could view and engage with the imagery.
TwoSix Digital utilized several social ad promotions to raise awareness of the program, along with billboards and window clings in the destination. One ad targeting strategy included proximity ads using Facebook’s geotargeting feature to drive entries and inspire consumers to generate content while they were actively in the Branson area. These ads targeted Facebook users whose IP addresses were currently within the destination or those who had recently traveled in the Branson area.
Content was curated and developed even further to promote Branson as a location for a variety of getaways. This was done by interviewing and recording testimonials from several photo contest entrants. TwoSix Digital then created video and audio files, along with blog posts based upon their trips. These trips reflected key travel interests in Branson like fishing, family vacations and outdoor adventures and were distributed through several channels including Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
The summer photo campaign exceeded its established KPI’s and included the following results:
- 2,828 photos submitted into the contest
- More than 18,000 website visits from social media ads
- Nearly 3 million ad impressions
- Social ads saw an average click through-rate of 2.75% – more than three times the Q2 global average reported by Nanigans.com
This campaign showcases TwoSix Digital’s expertise within the deeper levels of content marketing including content generation, integration and promotion.