Stephen Kenwright

Head of Search at Branded3.

Read this first

How many content strategists does it take to sell a lightbulb?

According to

Content marketing is the art of communicating with your customers and prospects without selling.

…and that’s fine.

But most businesses looking to engage a content marketing agency such as the one I work for are not OK with that. Obviously they want to sell their products.

…which is also fine, because content marketing is only a small part of what we call ‘content strategy’.

Here’s the truth: content strategy is part of product design. The content Google needs to see should be published long before you even think the words 'content marketing’.

Winning the Zero Moment of Truth is the only organic search strategy that exists in 2014. Post-ZMOT, a product description can’t consist of a few lines of text. A product description can extend over 10 pages. Your prospects are asking why they need...

Continue reading →

When did Pageviews become a vanity metric?

For the last few months every article I’ve read on ‘measuring content marketing success’ places Pageviews firmly under the 'metrics to ignore’ column - right next to Likes on Facebook.

Probably the best post I’ve seen on this is 'Death to Pageviews’ by Paul Fredrich on the always excellent Contently. Fredrich says

Engaged Time spent with content needs to be the new standard for brand publishers. Unless, of course, your goal is making money off display ads.

This is a half-truth. I agree that it’s preferable to measure how much time customers spend with your brand and prize that over the number of eyes your content receives, and it’s true that 1 engaged user is preferable to hundreds who don’t give a shit - but let’s take that example to its extreme.

You have one engaged user and you’ve sold one product....

Continue reading →