Lisa asks, “What does a home run look like in your content marketing?”
This is an interesting question because of the analogy. What happens more – home runs or runs batted in (RBI)?
The answer is the RBI, by a factor of 2-3x.
It’s great when you get the occasional home run that drives your goals – registrations, leads, purchases, etc. but if you’re aiming for home runs and nothing else, you’ll lose to the opponent who has an RBI engine that consistently gets players over the plate. So the question is, which content generates RBIs and which content generates the home runs?
This is where on-site attribution analysis is really powerful. Being able to determine which content drives direct conversions, last touch conversions, is straightforward and built into almost every analytics package there is. However, those home runs are relatively rare, and you know them when you see them. Identifying your strongest RBI engines is much harder to do, but in the end, that’s what’s going to win you the game.
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In today’s episode, Lisa asks, What does a home run look like in your content marketing? That’s an interesting question, isn’t it? Because because of the analogy,
if you look, baseball is one of the few sports that I know a tiny bit about only because baseball has been the subject of many, many data science and machine learning studies. baseball statistics are rich. They go back decades, and they are in well structured tables and data sets. So almost every data scientist who’s been practicing for a while, and has done some training has worked with a baseball data set at some point or another. And the funny thing is, if you look in your average baseball data set for a team, for center players, whatever
what happens more
home runs or runs batted in.
Now, if you’re a baseball fan and you know the answer to this, if you’re not a baseball fan, the answer is that the run batted in meeting a player who hit a single, double or triple
and got another player who was already on base over the plate.
That happens two to three times more than a home run.
And I think this is a really great analogy for the way we think about goals in content marketing. It is great. It is great when you get the occasional home run that drives your goals. Tons of registrations, tons of leads lots of purchases, checkouts, and shopping carts and all that stuff. But if you’re aiming for home runs and nothing else, that’s like aiming for conversions that let you know this last touch conversions only. You just want the person of buy something immediately. Now if your product is super low risk and super inexpensive or
Free, then yeah, you can focus on the home run because it’s going to be relatively easy like hitting a home run would be like putting a
major league baseball player in in like the kiddie Park, right? That will hit a home run all day long, because for them, it’s like hitting a ball 10 feet, you know, Major League Baseball players playing wiffle ball. But for everybody else, if you’re only aiming for home runs and nothing else you’re going to lose, you will lose to the opponent who has an RBI engine, who can just consistently get players over the plate in content marketing. That is, you know, the the content marketing consistently creates great content that moves players across the base and moves customers through their journey. And if you think that it’s a really good example, it’s a really good analogy because you have somebody on second base, sometimes they
they might stay where they are, so to move forward, sometimes you move forward a lot or a little bit. You don’t
No, but you need something to help them keep moving through their journey, right? Same as baseball. Not everybody’s going to be a slugger that can drive it over the fence. But you get somebody who’s got a team full of people who can hit doubles and triples all day long. They’re going to just crank that run engine and and they’re going to win the game. So the question is then, what content generates RBI and what content generates the home runs
because hopefully you will have at least a few home runs at least for you in your industry, whatever that looks like. It may not be, you know, the the chicken nugget tweet that generates 2 million retweets or whatever it may be something as simple as Hey, this is our highest converting content. This is our highest converting offer. highest converting landing page that’s for lack of a better term that’s your home run right then the other 95% of your content that generates that participates in some kind of conversion. That’s your RBI engine. This is
Were on site attribution analysis, analysis of your content on your website is really powerful.
Measuring the home runs, that’s easy, right?
But content that drives conversion, the last touch conversions that’s been built into web analytics forever. And, again, those don’t happen often. So if you’re looking only at last touch conversions, like what created the what created the the win, you’re going to get a pretty small and disappointing answer. What you need is the ability to do that attribution analysis to find your strongest RBI engines, which pieces of content just help keep moving people over the plate faster and faster and faster or more and more and more, because in the end, that’s what’s going to win you the game. If you’ve got a blog, and you’ve got 100, blog posts and 20 of them consistently get people to advance in their journey. Guess what, you’ve got the makings of an RBI engine, you’ve got the makings of a content
engine that’s going to help move people across the finish line. If you’ve got a blog, on the other hand that has like two posts that get conversions and 98 posts that don’t,
you’re leaving a lot of opportunity on the table. So the key is to do that on site attribution analysis to determine what content is really working for that last touch. And then what content is working to to advance the customer through their journey, whether or not it closes the deal. and improve that build more of that figure out what that looks like.
You may find as you do that analysis, that there’s certain types of content or certain topics or certain ideas or certain words and phrases that are consistently part of your RBI engine, your content marketing RMB I engine, what are they? What are those words? What are those phrases? And can you make more of that? They don’t want to focus exclusively on that stuff.
But at least in the beginning, when you’re trying to get more juice for the squeeze out of your marketing budget and your content marketing budget in particular, that’s what you want to focus on, you want to focus on improving what’s already working, building more of the stuff that’s, that works. And then
continuing trying to research, maybe there is an extra home run or new piece of content you can use that will continue to perform well. So you know, that’s an analysis you want to run frequently.
I tend to run that analysis on my website
about once a week to see Okay, is there a new piece of content that I created that Wow, that’s really getting the juice? It seems to have caught the audience’s eye. And in the meantime, going back and revising and tuning up old content that is still performing that is still generating those RB eyes. So a good question Lisa, and one that should get people thinking about ways to extend the analogy beyond the simplistic home run to what
helps us win the game. What helps us in any fashion make things better. And here’s one more thing to think about.
When you run that attribution analysis, depending on the method you use, and the code you use, some pages will either be zeros or may actually be negative in their scores of participating in conversions, guess what, those your duds? Those are the players on the team who who strike out, right?
You want to minimize those.
Just as a baseball team would trade those players like Oh, these are these are not just not working out on this team. You want to identify those players on your team and reduce, remove or mitigate their impact so that they’re stopping customers from dissuading them from converting. So think about that to extend the analogy a little further. Who your top players who your high performing players who are not
forum please take those out of your content marketing. So great question Fun, Fun analogy to think about and work with because this is the sort of thing that a lot of people understand. And that people can can really extend the analogy and look for more opportunities. So great question. As always, please leave your comments below. And please subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter, I’ll talk to you soon. want help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems? Visit trust insights.ai today and let us know how we can help you
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