Benchmark for Success: What Your Vertical Can Achieve With Content Marketing

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Posted by Domenica You’ve produced a piece of content you thought was going to be a huge success, but the results were underwhelming. You double and triple checked the content for all the crucial elements: it’s newsworthy, data-driven, emotional, and even a bit controversial , but it failed to “go viral”. Your digital PR team set out to pitch it, but writers didn’t bite. So, what's next? Two questions you might ask yourself are: Do I have unrealistic link expectations for my link-building content? Is my definition of success backed by data-driven evidence? Fractl has produced thousands of content marketing campaigns across every topic — sports, entertainment, fashion, home improvement, relationships — you name it. We also have several years’ worth of campaign performance data that we use to learn from our successes and mistakes . In this article, I’m going to explain how businesses and agencies across seven different niches can set realistic expectations for their link-building content based on the performance of 626 content projects Fractl has produced and promoted in the last five years. I’ll also walk through some best practices for ensuring your content reaches its highest potential. Managing expectations across verticals You can’t compare apples to oranges. Each beat has its own unique challenges and advantages. Content for each vertical has to be produced with expert-level knowledge of how publishers within each vertical behave. We selected the following common verticals for analysis: Health and fitness Travel Sex and relationships Finance Technology Sports Food and drink Across the entire sample of 626 content projects, on average, a project received 23 dofollow links and 88 press mentions in total. Some individual vertical averages didn’t deviate much from these averages, while others niches did. Of course, you can’t necessarily expect these numbers when you just start dipping your toes in content marketing or digital PR. It’s a long-term investment, and it usually takes at least six months to a year before you get the results you’re looking for. A “press mention” refers to any time a publisher wrote about the campaign. A press mention could involve any type of link (dofollow, nofollow, simple text attribution, etc.). We also looked at dofollow links individually, as they provide more value than a nofollow link or text attribution. For campaigns that went “viral” and performed well above the norm, we excluded them in the calculation so as not to skew the …

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How to Choose the Most Link-Worthy Data Source for Your Content

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Posted by Domenica Fractl has produced thousands of content marketing campaigns across every topic, and for the past seven years, we’ve been keeping track of each and every campaign in order to refine and improve the content we produce on behalf of our clients. In my last post for Moz, I explained how to set realistic digital PR expectations for your content based on your niche. In this topic, I want to dive a little bit deeper into the data and share insights about how the source of your content can be just as important in determining how your content will perform. In this analysis, I looked at 1,474 client content campaigns across six different data source categories: Client data Social media Participatory methods Publicly available data Survey Germ swab It’s important to note that there are countless other data sources that we use for content campaigns every day at …

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How We Ranked a Single Page for 2.6K Keywords Driving 30K Monthly Searches [Case Study]

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Posted by KristinTynski For the last decade, I’ve touted the enormous long-term value of a dualistic approach to content marketing for SEO. By leveraging data-centered campaigns, paired with personalized outreach to top publishers, we regularly garner earned media placements for our clients. In rare cases, we create content that generates results so far beyond what was anticipated that a single project can greatly move the needle. I’m going to walk through one such instance to reveal how it all works together, what can be learned from this experience, and the type of result it can achieve. While typically you need to invest in ongoing content generation and promotion, extraordinary examples like these demonstrate the impact this kind of work has over the long-term. Content marketing + digital PR case study: ADT ADT is a household name with good domain authority, providing a great base to start from. We knew that …

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How to Choose the Most Link-Worthy Data Source for Your Content

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Posted by Domenica Fractl has produced thousands of content marketing campaigns across every topic, and for the past seven years, we’ve been keeping track of each and every campaign in order to refine and improve the content we produce on behalf of our clients. In my last post for Moz, I explained how to set realistic digital PR expectations for your content based on your niche. In this topic, I want to dive a little bit deeper into the data and share insights about how the source of your content can be just as important in determining how your content will perform. In this analysis, I looked at 1,474 client content campaigns across six different data source categories: Client data Social media Participatory methods Publicly available data Survey Germ swab It’s important to note that there are countless other data sources that we use for content campaigns every day at …

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Creative Diversification — More Hooks and Less Risk for Link Building

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Posted by GeorgeRoot As digital PRs we can often get stuck with our "campaign goggles" on, especially in the ideation and production stage of a creative campaign. By this I mean, you have a preconceived idea of where you'd like your campaign to be featured, what kind of headlines you want it to achieve, and how people should read your data and story. As we all know, we can't control the outcomes of a campaign, but we can certainly push them in the right direction. To give your link building campaigns the best chance in the outreach stage, you need to make sure there is enough creative diversification during the production process, especially for data-led pieces and surveys. This opens up your "journalist pool" and gives you a ton more people to outreach to with a potential interest in your piece. What is creative diversification? Creative diversification is how you …

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The Real Short-Term and Long-Term Results of Content Marketing and Digital PR

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Posted by amandamilligan One of the best ways (and in my opinion, the best way) to earn top-quality links is to create your own studies, surveys, reports, etc., and pitch them to online publishers. This is what we do at Fractl, because it’s a tried-and-true way to elevate organic growth: Over the years, we’ve received a lot of questions about what results to expect. Sure, everyone wants links now, but where does the real growth come in, and how long does it take? And in either case, people want to know what wins they can report on to their superiors, even in the short-term. There are so many benefits to this combination of content marketing and digital PR, and I’ll walk through what you can realistically expect, and feature examples and data from our experience working with Porch.com. Short-term benefits It’s true that content marketing is an investment, which I’ll …

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3 Digital PR Tenets for Excellent Outreach

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Posted by amandamilligan Content creation and promotion is our bread and butter at Fractl, but most of the questions we get are tied to the promotions side of the process. People ask us: How are you able to secure media coverage on sites like CNBC, USA Today, and more ? It’s not easy, I’ll tell you that. It takes a lot of time and resources, and over the years we’ve established a set of tenets that guide our digital PR process. I hope sharing them with you will help you refine your own strategy. 1. Research and relevancy are non-negotiable When we surveyed 500 writers in 2019, we asked them about their biggest pitching pet peeves . PR pros and journalists have a mutually beneficial relationship. We provide them a source for their posts, and they share what we produce widely with their audience. Why is it important to avoid …

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17 Actionable Content Marketing Tips For More Traffic

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This is a list of actionable content marketing tips. In fact, these same strategies helped grow my blog to 304,265 monthly visits: So if you want more traffic from every piece of content that you publish, you’ll love this list of tips, techniques and strategies. Let’s get started. 1. Publish “X vs. Y” Posts 2. Link to Social Profiles in Outreach Emails 3. Use The Animalz Revive Tool 4. Try The PBC Formula 5. Publish “Power Posts” 6. Write About Trending Topics 7. Include Native Content With Social Shares 8. Use Padlock Posts 9. Include a Keyword in Your URL 10. Add More Cuts to Your Video Content 11. Write Longer Headlines 12. Optimize Around Untapped Keywords 13. Use Blog Post Templates 14. Use Emotional Titles 15. Optimize Around Brand Keywords 16. Tell Relatable Stories in YouTube Videos 17. Write Compelling Meta Descriptions Bonus #1: Reverse Engineer Your Competition Bonus …

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How would an SEO agency be built today? Part 2: Current business model(s)

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There are about 36,000 digital marketing agencies worldwide, based on our research on platforms like UpCity, Clutch, and our trials and users. Out of these, about 60% have SEO services integrated into their main activities. New agencies keep appearing, even in the current challenging context — more than 200 were created so far in 2020. With this in mind, our team at SEOmonitor designed a strategic experiment in three parts, starting from the question — How would you build an SEO agency in 2020? In the first part , we’ve explored trends, based on search data, and Gartner’s Hype Cycle to understand what’s transient and what’s here to stay, whether or not accelerated by the pandemic. In this second part, we’re looking at the status quo of SEO agencies and their current business models, introducing another strategic lens to guide our research: Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas or BMC. A …

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The Campaign Comeback: What to Do When Content Fails — Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by Shannon-McGuirk We've all been there: you plan, launch, and eagerly await the many returns on a content campaign, only to be disappointed when it falls flat. But all is not lost: there are clever ways to give your failed campaigns a second chance at life and an opportunity to earn the links you missed out on the first time. In this popular Whiteboard Friday from 2018, MozCon speaker Shannon McGuirk graciously gives us a five-step plan for breathing new life into a dead content campaign. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi, Moz fans. Welcome to this edition of Whiteboard Friday. My name is Shannon McGuirk. I'm the Head of PR and Content at a UK-based digital marketing agency called Aira . Now, throughout my time, I've launched a number of creative content and digital PR campaigns, …

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How to Choose The Right Content Marketing Agency

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Content marketers who blog regularly receive 55 percent more website visitors and 67 percent more leads than those who don’t. Organizations that prioritize content marketing receive 13X more ROI than those that don’t. It’s no secret that content marketing works. What’s difficult is showing up day after day, with fresh content your readers find educational and valuable. After a while, the content marketing arms race can become a grind. If you have the right content marketing agency, growth is easier. It’s simple to create content that’s focused, helpful, and profitable. Know your content marketing goals and desired outcomes Research from the Content Marketing Institute shows 80 percent of B2B marketers use metrics to measure their content performance, 65 percent have set KPIs, and 43 percent measure their content marketing ROI. Do you? If you’re not sure about your goals and desired outcomes, content marketing can become an expensive black hole. …

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