Everyone is a publisher these days: bloggers, influencers, writers, mothers, pinners, tweeters, and brands. People expect great content wherever they turn, and may the best content win. The opportunity for brands is that people generally don't care where they find good content. The challenge is that the competition is fierce and becoming more so every day. Brands must produce content and engage audiences directly.
So, what is it that we mean when we say brand as publisher? Brands need to think like publishers. Sometimes that will seem like second nature; sometimes it will seem very foreign. Either way, they'll need to make adjustments, especially when it comes to building the skill set of internal teams and choosing the right partners for content development.
Following are a few mantras for brands to consider:
There are many benefits to brands taking publishing seriously. Publishing offers a chance to build an audience in an organic way - around passions. Provide quality content and your audience will not only want to spend time with you, they will come back. Keep your focus on engagement key performance indicators (KPIs). High shares, comments, and conversations will be infinitely more valuable to the brand in the long run than chasing and churning views and likes.
Though always-on publishing may sound time-consuming and the education involved may seem daunting, investing in content is worth it in the end. Great content marketing is a golden opportunity to attach meaning to the brand and improve brand opinion. Why pass up on that rare chance to seed a long-term value proposition?
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Mary Gail is an experienced digital and print content strategist. At FM, Mary Gail runs a number of branded content development programs for AMEX, Chevy, Citi, Intel and L'Oreal to name a few. She is actively engaged in helping brands understand the value of quality content to meet key marketing objectives. Prior to FM, she was Executive Producer for Lucky and Luckymag.com managing the website, directing Lucky's social media strategy, and planning multi-platform tech and content partnerships. Mary Gail also held a corporate position at Condé Nast as Editorial Projects Director, jump-starting Cour online initiatives company-wide. Her early years in publishing were as the Managing Editor of several titles including GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Domino, Women's Sports and Fitness, and Details magazines. She graduated with a B.A. from Emory University and holds an M.B.A. from New York University.
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