Live From DMA09: Got Content? Get a Content Strategy
Most top brands already have one, but all businesses need to get one: A chief content officer.
So says Linda Willis, director of strategy for Des Moines, Iowa-based media and marketing company Meredith Corporation, who was one of three panelists speaking during a Tuesday morning session at DMA09 in San Diego. The session, "Content for the Digital Age," detailed how all companies need to pay attention to content and use it to position their brands. At the same time, businesses need to rethink what content is, where it lives and what consumers do with it.
"What qualifies for content now might surprise you," Willis says.
That's also the reason that companies may need to have someone in charge of their content strategy, she says. For instance, Americans share 1.5 million pieces of content each day on Facebook alone, she says. With millions of videos on YouTube and 200 million bloggers, most of whom post daily, brands have many opportunities.
"We now have social networks as mainstream media," she notes.
The way companies organize around it—the process they use—can operate much the same way as a media or marketing strategy, she says.
Willis defines content as information, tools (specifically Web-based, interactive ones) and connections (brands can offer them, too.). Consumers seem to be in control, determining what to buy based on peer-to-peer interaction, and brands can be part of that conversation by adding useful content that the consumer requests and on the platform the consumer chooses, she says.
For instance, a consumer packaged goods marketer could provide recipes that are customized to the individual, delivered on a mobile phone and complete with a grocery list and a map to the nearest store that carries the ingredients, she says. Kraft's done that, says Leona Linder, senior director of customer relations management strategy and programs for the Northfield, Ill.-based brand.