Now that we know why aligning branding with content marketing is important, let’s talk about how to do it effectively, using a branding-inspired framework that I’ve developed and used with my nonprofit and assocaition clients.
My branding framework is made up of four components: WHO, WHAT, WHY, and WHERE: WHO are the people you serve, WHAT is the problem you solve, WHY is the reason you exist, and WHERE are the ways you express your brand.
You can apply this branding framework to content strategy like this:
Now, let’s break down each of these components and look at them individually.
The “WHO” defines the people reading and engaging with your content. You can develop this audience based on demographics, location, job or role, as well as values, pain points and challenges. The question you need to ask is: Who is my ideal audience?
The “WHAT” is the problem you are solving through your content. Think back to the audience’s pain points, how you can solve these problems or make situations easier.Also consider what your readers may learn, or how they may be inspired or grow.
The “WHY” is the reason you share content. Consider what makes yours the perfect organization to share this content. Perhaps it’s your unique story or point of difference from other organizations. Here you can also think about the benefits your audience will receive by engaging with your content—and what will make them come back for more.
The “WHERE” refers to the content channels you utilize. Based on your audience profiles, you can determine the best places to share your content as well as an ideal schedule. You may also ask: Where else are they reading and engaging with content?
After considering your content marketing through this branding framework, you’ll be better equipped to know who your ideal audience is, what they want to read, what will encourage them to engage with your content, as well as where to interact with them.
Next up, we’ll talk about how to apply this framework to a content mission statement.
And if you missed it, read my blog on How Branding Improves an Organization’s Content Strategy.
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