Ultimate Content Marketing Editorial Calendar Template Every Marketer Needs


content marketing editorial calendar templateContent marketing is at the core of every business regardless of your industry, niche, age of company or primary communication medium used. Social media, blogs, websites, podcasts, videos, YouTube Hangouts, Twitter chats, in person meetups and network events all center around conversation and engagement. At the core of any conversation is content.

content marketing definedWhat is content marketing?

Content marketing is an umbrella term encompassing all marketing formats that involve the creation and sharing of content in order to engage current and potential consumer bases. Content marketing subscribes to the notion that delivering high-qualityrelevant and valuable information to prospects and customers drives profitable consumer action. Content marketing has benefits in terms of retaining reader attention and improving brand loyalty.
*Source: Wikipedia

Don't Ignore the Importance of Content Marketing Planning

Since the introduction of social media, advanced technologies the past decade and the challenging economic climate many marketers are forgetting or choosing to ignore the importance of some very foundational content marketing and marketing 101 practices.

For many leaders it is easier to focus on the technology and the tactics. We work with clients of all sizes, from entrepreneurs to Fortune 50 international brands. The one common thing we are finding is that many are focusing on the easy part first. They focus on setting up the Twitter account, Facebook page, LinkedIn profile and company page.

Many business leaders find after taking class after social media class, digging into the details of the technical specifics for a year or more, they still have no clue how to connect with their audience and achieve real results integrating social media into their business.

Every day we hear new clients tell us they have “tried everything but still have no results.” Well, this is often because they didn't set goals in the first place, don't know their audience and have thrown everything including the kitchen sink into their execution strategy. They lack focus and direction. They are chasing random acts of marketing (RAMs) and they wonder why they end up with random results.

Know Your Audience

social media audience analysis post strategy templateKnowing how to inspire and connect with your audience in a way that brings them closer to you and your brand is critical to business success online or offline. Many people don't know where to start when it comes to inspiring their audiences as they don't know them!

They don't know what to say, when they are going to say it or how they are going to say it in the first place. Knowing your audience, their objectives and your objectives for serving them is required, not optional for business today.

You can download this audience analysis worksheet which will help you prioritize your audience, their needs and align your business, marketing and social media planning and execution to such.

Despite the importance of communication and content marketing it seems to be one of the last areas many business leaders and marketers focus. They're leaving out the most important part.

Time to Get a Grip On Your Content Marketing!

The purpose of this article is not to give you an entire schooling on content marketing. In reality it would be impossible to do such in one simple blog post. I have written many articles on the topic of content marketing, some of which I will list on the bottom of this article.

The primary focus of this article is to 1) Inspire you to get a grip on your content marketing and 2) Provide you with an editorial calendar.

Editorial calendars are important because they: 

  • Help you focus on needs of your audience
  • Help you inspire and connect with your audience
  • Help you provide value to your audience
  • Force you to think further than today and tomorrow
  • Help you integrate across mediums
  • Leverage across mediums, different audiences
  • Create once, use many (= increased ROI)
  • Streamline resources
  • Drive internal teamwork
  • Fuel idea generation and innovation
  • Create a drumbeat approach to content development
  • Help set expectations with your audience
  • Help you create loyal brand evangelists

 

Download a sample editorial calendar we use with our clients. We do not use the same exact editorial calendar with all clients but this template will give you a good solid start in planning, organizing and getting a grip on your content marketing planning starting with your blog content. We will be rolling out more educational blog articles, tools, resources and training on this topic over the coming months. Subscribe to our “Get a Grip on Social Media” series for more information on these resources and training opportunities as they become available.

Editorial Calendar Highlights

  1. Monthly conversation theme.
  2. Weekly conversation theme.
  3.  Blog post title.
  4. Target audiences (primary, secondary & tertiary)
  5. Author
  6. Editor
  7. Purchase cycle (awareness, consideration, preference, purchase, loyalty)
  8. Draft due date
  9. Primary keywords (5-10)
  10. Blog categories
  11. Supporting image(s)
  12. Other supporting media (image, video, podcast)
  13. Embed in other resource kits or publications
  14. Syndication
  15. Possible whitepaper (y/n)
  16. Client testimonial / graphics

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Your Turn

Do you use an editorial calendar? Do you have a grip on your social media, content marketing, audience knowledge? If not, are you inspired to get a grip? What brands do you think are doing it right when it comes to planning their content and rockin' to the needs of their audience every day?

Take Action & Get a Grip on Social Media & Content Marketing Now!

social media marketing business strategy This is part of the series titled “How to Get a Grip on Social Media.” The series will include a free newsletter, webinars, whitepapers, tips and best practices to get a handle on your business and social media.

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About the Author:

CEO / Founder Marketing Nutz, full service social media, digital marketing, experiential brand, conversion optimization agency. Ranked by Forbes as Top 10 Social Media Women and 10 Social Media Power Influencer. Keynote speaker, author, strategist, consultant, coach, & trainer. Helps businesses of all sizes integrate social media into the DNA of their business, connect with target audiences to nurture authentic customer relationships. 15+ years experience working with Fortune 500, Franchised corporations with 4000+ local franchises to entrepreneurs and startups.

46 Comments

  1. Sharon Marie Katz June 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I love the editorial calendar! It’s much more in-depth than the one I built myself and probably has more than what I need, but it has some very useful ideas that I can incorporate into ours. Thanks so much, Pam–you always have great stuff!

    • PamMktgNut June 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      You are so welcome @sharonmariekatz:disqus ! I also got your email and it seriously cracked me up! I never noticed that before & I think I might just need to reorder those buttons as I will never look at them the same! You are a hoot!

  2. Jenni Prokopy June 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    pam, i’m having trouble downloading the calendar. i’m already a subscriber; when i click on the download links, it takes me to a page to sign up again – and then i never get the download. any ideas? thanks! 🙂

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    Great post Pam. Nothing like having a plan instead of freestyling your marketing efforts. Thank you for this resource.

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