3 Ways to Level Up Your Content Calendar and Build a B2B Content Strategy
Need to create a better strategic approach to content? In this blog post, learn how you can grow your content calendar into a comprehensive B2B content strategy that generates traffic, conversions, and brand awareness.
By Brittany Lieu, Marketing Consultant at Heinz Marketing
We all know the saying “content is king” but the truth is “if content is king, context is key”.
In the age of information saturation and AI-assisted content creation, producing quality content is only the first step. When it comes to building a successful marketing engine, it’s not just about having the right message. It’s about delivering that message in the right way, at the right time, and in the right place – building contextual relevance to your prospect.
So, how do you win on both fronts?
A good place to start is a content or editorial calendar that organizes your content publishing schedule, giving your team a documented space to manage content creation. However, to ensure your content resonates, you need a content strategy.
A content strategy, unlike a content calendar, is a comprehensive outline of your key business and customer needs with a plan of action on how you will use content to address them.
If you find yourself with a content calendar but no structured content strategy, here are 3 ways to build a more strategic approach.
1. Identify the Gaps
It all starts with an audit. In order to build a content strategy that reaches people of the right persona and funnel stage, you have to identify what gaps exist in your content.
- Do you have top, mid, and bottom funnel content in formats that appeal most to your key buyer personas?
- Does your LBOW “Lifetime Body of Work” or full content inventory touch on all your core product/industry topics?
- How much of your content is gated and ungated?
Although tedious, content audits don’t have to be painful. Here’s how you can get it done in less time.
2. Manage Change
Like your brand, your content should be dynamic. In parallel with the ebbs and flows of industry trends and emerging innovation, your content strategy will continue to evolve. Once you’ve conducted a content audit and refined your content calendar to address areas of improvement, it’s just as important to have someone to manage it.
Do you have a workflow in place to standardize and streamline how you develop new content ideas and produce content in alignment with the greater strategy? Is there someone to manage that workflow, establish content standards, and oversee editorial reviews?
Without processes in place and someone to steer the ship, it’s easy to veer off course and lose sight of your strategic end goals.
3. Measure Success
Measure the impact. As your content gets published and shared, don’t forget to prioritize measuring performance on a regular cadence. Whether your goal is to generate traffic, conversions, or general brand awareness, use benchmarks and metrics to understand what topics and formats perform against those goals over time.
If you have a content calendar in place, remember you’re halfway there. By finding content gaps, establishing processes and structure, and conducting regular analysis, you can elevate your approach, ensuring strategic scalability and measurable ROI.