When concepts get tough, content gets visual. Marketing diagrams are a fast way to explain interrelated concepts and tricky ideas. Nothing makes a muddy post clear like a good visual.
So for this post, we’re dusting off the sketchbook. Here are seven diagrams that explain things quickly and clearly…
All of the topics in the universe are organized into a giant fractal. And like a fractal, you can zoom in or pan out and discover a similar level of detail. There are great content ideas at any “focal distance.”
You can use this to guide your marketing, making sure to publish at various levels: the big picture highlights and in-depth posts. Be sure to link your posts together into content hubs.
High-Level List Post
Touch on the many aspects of a general problem or solution.
Overview of Specific Concept
Cover the various aspects of one specific concept with complete, but basic details.
A detailed description of a specific problem with thorough answers to questions and step-by-step instructions.
Some content makes a strong impact. Some content lasts a long time. Unfortunately, they’re usually not the same content.
Here’s a chart showing the quality and longevity of various types of content:
Face-to-face interaction is ideal, forming the strongest connections and building the greatest trust. Text is sadly the weakest format at conveying tone and nuance.
Some last just for that moment, passing in real-time. Social media posts may be accessible for years, but they are only highly visible for minutes or days. Search optimized post are often highly visible for months or even years.
Combine formats for greatest impact. Add video to high-ranking posts. Turn content from live events into posts that can be shared.
Things that are different stand out. They’re unlike the things around them so they get noticed. On web pages, color is a great way to make something obvious.
On an all-blue website, a spot of orange jumps out. It’s more visually prominent than something green. This is because, on a blue page, orange is more different than green. It’s farther away from blue on the color wheel.
Warm vs. Cool
Some colors are warm (red, orange and yellow) and some colors are cool (blue, green and purple) In a cool context, warm visuals are more prominent and vice versa.
Two colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel are called “complements.” These combinations have the strongest contrast and, therefore, can create the strongest visual prominence.
Use color to draw attention to important items, like offers, buttons or calls-to-action.
Basically, content marketers do three things: make stuff, promote it and then measure. Simple right? But what happens when our content reaches our audience isn’t so simple.
Different members of our target audience are at different stages. They may be aware of us, but not really considering us. They may be considering us, but not ready to act. Or they may be on the verge of taking action, either following us on social media, subscribing to our newsletter, or becoming an actual lead.
This diagram is a top-view look at the funnel, showing how the three different promotion tactics affect the
Search = Awareness
Google is a discovery engine. High rankings for a relevant phrase can have dramatic impacts on visits, branding and awareness.
Social Media = Awareness and Consideration
Social media also increases awareness, since it makes you visible to friends of friends. And that new person follows you, you’re content appears in their streams. They’ll begin to consider becoming more engaged.
Email Marketing = Consideration
Email signup requires a higher level of trust. But when they do subscribe, you begin reaching them consistently. You’ve move beyond simple awareness and toward greater consideration and action.
Let’s look at the side-view of the same funnel. Now you can see how different types of content and support different stages in the funnel.
If there is a weakness in your funnel, strengthen it with specific content:
Awareness: Use simple, search-friendly descriptions of your products and services. Make sure these descriptions are in your navigation and title tags. Also, consider writing list posts.
Consideration: Add evidence of legitimacy to your pages, such as testimonials and statistics. Make sure you answer all of your visitors questions or they may look for answers elsewhere.
Action: Tell your passion story. Explain why you’re in business and why you care so much about what you do. Upgrade the format of your content to video. Give visitors a reason to take action soon.
Different actions have different outcomes. The content promotion channels (search, social and email) are distinct, but they have overlapping benefits.
There’s more than one way to reach a goal. Here are three goals/outcomes and the corresponding marketing channel for each. For best results, look for issues in your analytics then combine tactics to address the problem.
If overall traffic and % new visitors are low… use search optimization and social media. Both of these channels have the ability to make your brand easier for new people to find.
If overall traffic is up and down… use search optimization and email marketing. These two channels both can create steady streams of visitors.
If traffic to your blog, and percent of % returning visitors are low… use email marketing and social media. Email and social have the ability continually to reach an audience that is already aware of your brand.
This is part of a guide for repurposing content from one format to another.
Combine small elements into larger formats
Atomize larger formats of content into smaller formats.
If any of these diagrams help support a message in your marketing, feel free to take them with you before you go. We’re happy to share. Just be sure to refer back to this post.
Which one was your favorite? Let us know with a comment and we’ll write a more detailed post using that diagram…