What is content strategy?

A content strategy is a focused plan to publish regular content with a goal, rather than creating pieces infrequently or on an ad-hoc basis with no clear objective. A content strategy helps you create content while considering your brand, digital marketing, and commercial goals. To create an effective strategy, we first need to take stock of the quality of your existing content. 

We then create a series of documents and processes that help govern content creation ongoing, whether that is in-house or through a copywriting agency such as Woo. 
If SEO is your focus, we can help you develop a keyword strategy, or work with an existing plan to ensure your copy is tailored for people and search.

Industry experts

Why you need a content strategy

Most companies realise that today, content marketing is the most effective way to attract, convince and convert more visitors to their website into loyal customers. In fact, 91% of B2B marketers use content marketing and 86% of B2C marketers think it’s a key strategy.

While it has been widely adopted, not as many brands have a formal content strategy in place to execute their campaigns in a consistent way. It’s too easy to get caught in the trap of thinking that content begins and ends with publishing.

The right content strategy has the following benefits:

1. It can improve your SEO, increasing your traffic
2. It can improve your Google Ads quality score
3. It improved on-site engagement and conversions
4. It builds trust and loyalty

Our approach

Strategy and planning
Through the use of data and analysis, we provide performance-based content strategies, aligned with business goals.
  • Understanding your audience and creating personas
  • Competitor analysis
  • Content research and ideation
  • Style guides and content calendars
  • Keyword research and SEO guidelines
  • Planning and monitoring KPIs
Content production
High-quality content at scale, in different formats, optimised for people and search, on brand and on time.
  • Industry experienced copywriters
  • Written and visual content in different formats
  • Large-scale branded content hubs
  • All industries and topics
  • Cloud-based platform with client access and visibility
Publishing
We can save you time and money by delivering content straight to your CMS or ecommerce platform.
  • API integrations - popular CMS and bespoke 
  • Content mapping & templates
  • Content delivered in all formats (Word, Docs, CSV, Excel)
Promotion
We help your content rank and get seen, by building backlinks and running content marketing campaigns.
  • Blogger outreach
  • Guest posting on high authority, industry specific websites
  • PR-led content marketing campaigns (research and surveys)
Measurement
No content campaign is finished until you analyse and understand the impact it has had on your KPIs.
  • SEO and conversion tracking
  • Google Analytics and Search Console analysis, with recommendations
  • Dashboard reports that meet your needs

Testimonials

  • Ian Crawford

    "Woo has consistently impressed me with their commitment and dedication to achieving the best possible results for our brand. They understand that return on investment relates to figures on the bottom line, and not some transient social media metric"

    Brand Manager
    HolidayHypermarket.co.uk
  • Dipesh Pattni

    "Really pleased with the quality of copywriting and guest posts Woo delivers. Affordable, on time, with fantastic results."

    Director
    help4addiction.co.uk
  • Monty Jivraj

    "Woo is an amazing copywriting & content marketing agency. Their prices are reasonable. In addition their professional services are exceptionally good and I will most definitely use them again and you should do the same."

    Gannons Solicitors
  • James Rusell

    "Woo create SEO-friendly content that my clients love. They are great strategists and always help me shape campaigns that deliver great results."

    MD
    Flat Frog
  • Michael Ryan

    "Woo has helped me across a few areas including content, links & helping us build a content marketing strategy for our business. The work has been of a high standard and has made a direct impact on our site & the quality of leads we receive. I will be using them again for sure!"

    MD
    Mr SEO
  • Assad Khan

    "As a recruitment business, it's not easy to source good content from people who understand your industry. These guys understand recruitment and our sector, and they deliver high-quality content on time. Reasonably priced too. Thank you and will definitely be using them again."

    MD
    Elliot Recruitment

Experience

FAQs

How do I create a content strategy?

When creating a content strategy, it’s important to consider your goals. What are you trying to achieve with your content? Are you looking to inform or teach, or are you looking to generate traffic and leads for your business? Making these decisions before content is created can help shape your content plan. Next, you should look at your target audience – how do they like to be spoken to, on which channels can they be found, and where will you distribute your content to make sure it’s seen? Once you have this information, you can create a content strategy that covers frequency of content, content forms, resources, responsibilities, distribution methods and budgeting – the foundations of a successful content strategy. This is why we are here to help – get in touch for a free consultation.

What is content strategy in UX?

UX – user experience – is a key consideration when developing content, not just for SEO purposes but also to ensure that your users can find and navigate your content regardless of distribution channel or viewing device. UX content strategy may involve making your copy more accessible. This is achieved by using simple words or phrases, staying away from jargon and using shorter sentences to make your content easier to digest. UX and content strategy should work hand in hand, not only developing the content itself but also the methods of distribution and making your content findable, readable and accessible to your target audience.

How much do content strategy services cost?

We usually offer content strategy as part of our copywriting services, but this depends on the size and scope of the project. We will typically ask you a series of questions at the engagement stage to understand where you are and where you would like to get to. Some of the questions we ask normally include:

•Do you have a content strategy?
•Do you have a formal briefing process and content calendar?
•Do you have a style guide?
•What are your key digital marketing channels?
•Do you have a keyword strategy?
•How do you measure success?

Why good content is vital to your SEO strategy

Let’s cut to the chase – high-quality content is crucial to the success of your SEO strategy. If you fail to create engaging content, you risk spending a lot of time and money on a strategy that fails to deliver the rates of engagement and conversion you’re pushing for. Worse than that, you may even risk alienating your target audience.

It’s pretty crucial stuff, so we’ve decided to lift the lid on why high-quality content is so important, with some examples of who’s doing it right. Read on to discover how to align content with your SEO strategy, before gaining some top tips on how to create quality content that resonates with your target audience.

The SEO landscape, then and now

The SEO landscape has changed dramatically over the years. Practices that were deemed effective in the early 2000s are now avoided like the plague by SEO experts. Flashback to the early days in SEO and keyword stuffing took centre stage, with the focus on producing keyword-centric copy rather than high-quality, user friendly content.

Fast forward to 2018 and best practices have changed significantly, with an understanding of search intent now being crucial. Emphasis is no longer placed on incorporating as many keywords as possible in your content in order to attract searchers, but rather on writing high-quality content that echoes their interests, anticipates their needs and answers their queries.

Google Hummingbird – shifting focus from keyword quantity to content quality

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Major shifts in the SEO landscape can be attributed to the development of search engine technology. The release of Google’s Hummingbird algorithm in 2013 was a significant turning point. The update was designed to help Google better understand semantic search and produce results that are directly relevant to the query’s context, rather than honing in on singular keywords.

The Hummingbird algorithm also focuses on interpreting longer, more conversational search terms, providing results that correspond to user intent. This is particularly relevant to modern day voice search. In a nutshell, this major development resulted in SEO strategies shifting firmly onto the production of content tailored to user intent, or high-quality content seeking to solve searchers’ queries in one easy hit.

5 steps for aligning good content with your SEO strategy

 

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We know why good content is crucial to effective SEO, but how do we implement this in practice? We’ve put together 5 key steps to help you out:

#1: Keywords are still important

First things first, compile a list of keywords relevant to your brand.

#2: Think about user intent

What are your searchers actually trying to find? Let’s say you sell shoes. Searchers will want to know who they’re made by, what they’re made of, how much they cost, how comfortable they are, and so on. Answer The Public is a useful tool for finding search terms that shed new light on user intent relative to your brand.

#3: Mock up an image of your page

Formulating a page layout will give you a clearer idea of what the titles on your page (headings, subheadings, etc.) should address. Using technology such as heatmaps will also give you a better idea of where CTAs and callouts should be placed, providing a frame of reference when drafting your content.

#4: Curate your content

You’re now ready to start crafting your content. Don’t make it all about your brand – stay focused on the key message you want to convey to your audience and make it about them. Then you can complement your content with keywords, terms and phrases relevant to your brand offering.

#5: Draw in the cool kids with an irresistible hook

Think about your USP here – what does your brand do better than the competition? What specialist knowledge can you impart on your audience? This final step is about infusing your content with a fresh, unique edge that will encourage engagement. Plus the top Google ranking factor is quality, original content.

Top tips for making your content stand out from the crowd

You’re now equipped with the practical tools needed to ensure your SEO strategy is filled with good content. But the hard work doesn’t stop here. We’ve listed a couple of top tips to make sure your content goes the distance:

• Develop an original brand voice

A great way of helping your brand stand out from the crowd, developing a unique voice will help you connect with your audience on a deeper level and create a following.

Fashion retailer Missguided is a great example of this. Their laid-back, quirky and cool tone fits perfectly with their targeted demographic and is used consistently across their website, newsletters and social media accounts.

Note how the use of words such as ‘babe’ create the feeling that they’re talking to a best friend. This is isn’t incidental, but a clever style choice designed to build a close relationship with their audience:

• Position your CEO as an expert in their field

Highlighting the skills of your company’s CEO not only emphasises your brand’s knowledge and expertise, it also helps create a human edge to the company – a great way to help increase organic engagement.

Beauty brand Birchbox is a great example. The company’s founders, Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna, are an active presence in the company’s marketing strategy, as shown in a video on their website celebrating two years in business. They also speak regularly to various media outlets on their skills and passion for their company. This coverage and intimate view into the company sets the brand apart from their rivals in the beauty sphere.

Highlighting the skills of your company’s CEO not only emphasises your brand’s knowledge and expertise, it also helps create a human edge to the company – a great way to help increase organic engagement.

Beauty brand Birchbox is a great example. The company’s founders, Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna, are an active presence in the company’s marketing strategy, as shown in a video on their website celebrating two years in business. They also speak regularly to various media outlets on their skills and passion for their company. This coverage and intimate view into the company sets the brand apart from their rivals in the beauty sphere.


To sum up, if you incorporate high-quality, user-focused content in your SEO strategy you’re well on your way to outshining your competition. Combine this with a fresh, distinctive brand voice and out-of-the-box thinking, and you’ve got it in the bag.

WooContent are experts in producing high-performing content and SEO strategies that deliver results. Get in touch with us today for more information on how we can help your brand excel.

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