Content Marketing World offer frenzied reviews of what could be improved in content marketing. Use their observations to evaluate what you are doing well and where your content marketing program can be improved.
Do it without conviction
The biggest mistake, the root of all evil if you will, is not to fully engage in the cause. There is not a lot of glamor in content marketing – it's a slow, sometimes grueling process that can not be forced but must gradually penetrate all the pores of an organization. It requires a passionate team that does not give up easily, who will choose their battles wisely and who will work steadily, day after day, for a long time.
Alenka Bester responsible for digital content marketing, Zavarovalnica Triglav
Post to publish
It's amazing, but I still see companies posting ads with no specific goals or plan for the type of content they want to create. They are not satisfied with the lack of results, their teams are frustrated by the lack of direction and do not even know what they are trying to do. Be thoughtful and thoughtful in creating your content.
Zontee Hou Chief Strategist, Convince and Convert
That time passes
Christoph Trappe Director of Content Mission, Stamats Business Media
The fight against "short-termism" in content marketing is very real. So many marketers only care about results here and now rather than long-term play … More often, we always remind our customers and team members to keep a collective eye on the ball. The results in sugar are tempting and temporary. Long-term results generate better performance and snowball to create lasting relationships with customers.
Deana Goldasich CEO, Well-planned Web
Forget the invitation
Making a large amount of content without asking or capturing is a serious mistake. You do not have to pass your content but if someone arrives at the bottom of your article / page and you do not ask them to go to the next step, you have lost an opportunity.
Jessica Best director of marketing driven by data, Barkley
Load the calendar
Tamsen Webster Founder and Chief Designer, Find the Red Thread
See social media as an advertising channel
This is a big mistake when people (and businesses) view social media only as a way to advertise.
I attended a meeting at which a company had to decide whether to invest more time on Twitter. I will never forget these words of the Director General: "Will Twitter make an additional $ 150,000 a year?"
Each channel has its own type of culture with an unwritten role of and its engagement . The example that I have highlighted is not isolated, most brands go through channels to sell their products instead of digging deeper to be part of the culture.
Mark Masters owner, The ID Group
Do not think of the digital player
Not writing for the web is the worst I've seen. He has something extraordinary to share, but make it literally illegible – no subtitles, long paragraphs, no graphics, no pictures. It is extremely difficult to get read and not run away immediately. Sometimes I can not stop myself from running away.
Leslie Carruthers President and Owner, The Search Guru Inc .
Concentrate on me, me, me
Jeff Leo Herrmann President, Madison, Michigan and Market
Forgetting to provide value
Ali Wert Content Marketing Director, Frontline Education
See the public as a faceless mass
My biggest pet peeve is talking to your customer or prospect as if you do not know them. Sometimes I see content regardless of who is on the other side of the table (or the computer screen). I see companies doing their best to get their message across, which often translates into product marketing jargon that escalates into an explosion of unidimensional features and benefits.
We do not market "at" people, we have a conversation with them and try to teach them. We need to use all the knowledge we have about them and integrate it into our conversation, just as we prepare for a sales call, an interview, or any interaction.
Peg Miller Responsible for Content Strategy, Xactly
Go 100 miles per hour
Rushing to create content using assumptions and internal views rather than taking the time to really understand your audience and its needs is a common mistake. Research and collection of consumer information is a crucial step in the planning process that is often overlooked by brands, large or small.
Nicole Martin Vice President, Strategy and Analytics, Pace
Ignore that content is part of the business
Margaret Magnarelli Vice President, Marketing, Monster
Change it all
I will take it into account here. The worst mistake I made was trying to change everything at the same time. When you change too much at once, it can be hard to know which change has had the most impact.
Amy Higgins Director of Content Marketing, Sojern
Disappear, then quietly begin again
Someone recently reestablished an email list after not sending an email to for more than 18 months. It was a totally out of the ordinary thing. He came with no explanation as to why there had been a long hiatus. Now, they make monthly emails, and all that sounds very contrived, like a forced march because they think they should do it. They do not seem excited to have started communicating with me again, and I find very little value in what they share (that's all for them). At this point, it's like a car accident – I can not look away (ie unsubscribe) even if I should.
Andrea Fryrear President and Head Coach, AgileSherpas
Taking a disconcerting approach
The three most common content marketing mistakes I see are: 1) Irregular content delivery – the most successful content marketers make an appointment with their audience. 2) By continuing the social flow – instead of trying to be on all channels permanently, the most successful content marketers are killing it on a single channel at the time. 3) Target an audience too wide – you want to be a content marketing specialist? To become rich. Target a niche.
Andrew Davis CEO, Monumental Shift
Look at the image too wide
Not considering your public is the worst transgression you can commit. That's the only mistake that is the big equalizer. It kills small businesses and big businesses. Broad coverage that everyone likes may have worked when options were limited, but with the competitive content market in which we are, you need to identify an audience, respond to a need, and deepen your dominance. Engage it in memory: you will not forget your audience.
Bethany Chambers Director of Public Engagement, North Coast Media
I recently discovered a major brand of home appliances on the Internet. His Nordic marketing team seemed to be having fun creating vox pop videos on some of their product features. The videos were supposed to be funny, but they rolled my toes. They were supposed to engage their more than 50,000 subscribers, but there were only a few reactions. They were supposed to give a personal tone of voice, but they talked to the public.
In such cases, content marketing is not simply a waste of time and budget. It will scare people and cause damage to your brand. Make sure to tell your story correctly. Otherwise, it's better not to work with content marketing.
founder of Joakim Ditlev Content Marketing DK
Ben H. Rome Director, Marketing, American Industrial Hygiene Association
A serious mistake I see in content marketing is the insensitivity to holidays / observances . The sale of Martin Luther King Day!
Chuck Hester Vice President, Marketing Lucidity Direct
Using bad news or "fake" news
Tim Hayden President and Associate Co-Director, Brain + Trust Partners
Concern for competitors
All that starts with a leader sending a competitor's content to his team and asking him why he is not doing something like that. It happens ALL. THE. FREAKING. TIME. I can not imagine worse behavior. This is to say to your team: "Hey, can we mingle a bit more? Can we be more average? Let's do basic work, team! Hashtag no.
Jay Acunzo Founder, Unthinkable Media
Courtney Cox Wakefield Director, Digital Marketing, Children Health
Do not think about the measure
I have found this error many times and every time I am shocked when I see it. Companies will spend a large budget on content marketing, but will not build any system for measuring results . Unlike direct response marketing campaigns, content marketing requires well-structured analytics to prove the value of the effort. The development of a measurement plan and attribution is as important as the content plan itself. There is no point investing in content if you never know what works.
Eli Schwartz Director of Biological Products, SurveyMonkey
Treat content marketing as a complement to existing staff roles
One of the biggest mistakes is not to hire anyone to do full-time content marketing. If your current employees are trying to create content in their free time or on the side, your post will be sporadic, fuzzy, and will end when you do not see results in the first six months.
J.P. Medved content director, Capterra
Creating Fragile Content
The most irritating trend that I continue to characterize is the terrible search that is presented as "enlightened leadership" – content based on extremely outdated statistics or facts misread reading.
Jonathan Crossfield Chief Editor, Chief Content Officer Magazine
Brand without thought
Posting unedited or motivated content is a serious mistake. It annoys me to receive an email or to see a post from a brand that offers me no value or useful insight. That's why I signed up or followed them first to get more value.
Jason Schemmel Social Media Manager, Harper Collins Christian Publishing
Give him a yes or no
Telling influencers that you will not post their content is one of the biggest mistakes. If the content is not ready, help them prepare. If you do not like the subject, help them with other topics. You will break the relationship and swing that member's passion towards your brand towards your competitors because of the rejection.
Jeff Julian Chief Executive Officer, Squared Digital
Forget the responsibility of the heart
The whole concept of selling to the heart and using emotions to sell comes with a huge responsibility that companies do not take into account. The state of the heart of humanity in the world has been fragile. Mankind has endured more than 50 years of messages based on fear and its impact is telling. If you are going to use a strategy of selling to the heart be incredibly careful not to hurt. It would be even better if you focused on a track of empowerment and healing.
Nichole Kelly Chief Conscious Agent, The Conscious Marketing Institute
Recall the mistakes
I will send you meta. I hate the culture of legend. I see a lot of intimidation among marketers who demonstrate their expertise in putting other people (eg "Look at this disappointing email that I received yesterday"). Although I understand that there is a lot to learn from the mistakes of others it was more humbling in the way it is done. When you erase the name of someone, most people do not understand who you are making fun of, but the person who makes fun of him is well aware. It's in bad taste, in my opinion. #KeepItKind.
Clare C. McDermott Head of Research, Mantis Research
As you read the list, you have probably found a lot of things to do in your content marketing programs. And you may have discovered some nuggets, a moment that allows you to think about changing or incorporating something new into your content marketing program.
Take some well-deserved battles and try some improvements for even greater success in content marketing.
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Cover image by Joseph Kalinowski / Content Marketing Institute