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The Content Audit

In recent years, brands have embraced content as an integral part of their marketing programs. From blogs and whitepapers, to websites and social media, marketers can unlock enormous potential by communicating directly with customers, partners and other stakeholders.

However, while most marketing departments have no shortage of creativity and ideas, very few have the basic processes in place to publish effectively. Unlike a campaign where the idea is simply to grab attention, a successful publishing effort needs to hold attention and that requires a significant shift in both mindset and operational practice.

That’s the problems the Brand Publishing Audit and Editorial Assessment was designed to solve.

Sample Brand Assessment

The idea behind the Brand Publishing Audit and Editorial Assessment is simple. Operational excellence leads to better outcomes. If you can’t execute, it doesn’t really matter what your strategy is. You will not succeed.

Through a series of interviews with internal and external stakeholders, 19 specific criteria across 5 general parameters are examined:

– Editorial Mission: What value is being offered to the reader ? How is that value related to the brand’s values? Having a clear and distinct editorial mission is absolutely essential to create a meaningful product.

– Benchmarking: Are there relevant benchmarks in place? Setting up benchmarks and tracking them regularly is essential to maintaining and improving performance

– Editorial Structure: Are there clear guidelines in place for style, architecture, pace and other editorial parameters? Successful publisher have detailed parameters in place to maintain quality and provide a consistent look and feel.

– Editorial Operations: What processes are in place to ensure that day-to-day editorial operations run smoothly? Operational excellence is never an accident, but comes from continually developing and implementing best practice.

– Strategic Continuity: How does it all work together? Do operational practices align with strategic objectives?

This audit evaluates each criteria to arrive at both a quantitative score and qualitative assessment. The idea is to give an overview of where your brand publishing operation stands with respect to best practices in each area. From there, we can identify specific needs.

To learn more about the audit, and discuss how we can improve your content marketing effort, feel free to contact me at hire (at) digitaltonto (dot) com

Read My Advice To Marketers On Harvard Business Review

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