You Ask, I Answer: Tips for Launching a Content Marketing eBook

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You Ask, I Answer: Tips for Launching a Content Marketing eBook

Erikka asks, “I’m going to release an ebook soon. I’m using the ebook to build an audience and really an email list. Any advice on dos and Don’t’s or advice about launching the book?”

Launching an eBook – like any form of content marketing – is really product marketing. Walk through the 7D product marketing launch framework in this video with me to make sure you follow a clearly defined process for content marketing success.

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In today’s episode, Erica asks, I’m going to release an E book soon, I’m using ebook to, to build an audience and really an email list any advice on do’s and don’ts about launching the book. So, launching an ebook, like any form of content marketing, blog, podcasts, YouTube series, an E book, white papers, webinars, you name it, is really Product Marketing, we think of these things as part of marketing and in a medicines they are. But to successfully launch a piece of content, we need to treat it as a product and and launch it as a product, it’s no different than, you know, you have a book a real book that you’re trying to sell, you want to have the same kind of battle plan, you may not have the same level of resources that a the paper book or commercial book may be doing when you’re doing content marketing the launch, but you want the same style process to ensure consistent success for your content marketing. And that’s the key. Consistent success comes from our process. So let’s look at one process, the 70 framework. This is a framework by my company fresh insights. Let’s bring it up here. So it’s a seven step process to building this framework from idea to iteration. The first is the discovery phase. Have you done your market research? What does the audience really care about? If you’re building content marketing, and you’re building it for an intended audience? Who is that audience? What do they want? What do they care about? This is where things like search data are going to be really important. Seo keywords will tell you, this is what the book should even be about. But it will also guide you towards the creation of eventually your landing page and things like that. The second stage is defined, what are the product requirements? So formats? in your market research? Did you check to see do people just want it in PDF format? They want in mobi format, which is the Kindle format, iPad format for I books and stuff, ebook format. Are there is there an audio book requirement, you need to have all these product requirements fleshed out in order to make the book as successful as possible to give people as many options as possible for that book, in the format that they want to consume it? Third is design does the what is the content going to have feature wise? And this isn’t just like, you know, the cover of the book this is throughout the book? And then what are the other features that are going to be in it? Is there an interactive website? Is there a quiz? Is there a worksheet a workbook to go with it? What are the add ons that someone would expect a do be part of a book in the modern book marketing era. Fourth is your deliver going to, you’re going to create a market ready product. Now it’s for some businesses, they’ll call this minimum viable product. But because it’s an E book, they really it’s it’s very binary, either book is done, or it’s not done. But this is the hard part of actually writing and creating the the final outcome. And then the illustrations and all the the formatting that, again, makes a great book stand out from a not great book. And yet, a part of this is going to be how it looks from a look and feel perspective, right? You’re going to have there are some business books that have a very specific feel to them, right? They have certain types of text. There are other business books that have a very different kind of feel. J bears talk triggers, you know, that has a lot more whimsical stuff in it, and things. So what is, from a delivery perspective, when you’re building this thing to market ready product? What What is it going to be and how you going to put those pieces together? fifth step is deploy this is your go to market strategy. How are you going to market? Are you going to bring it is it going to be for sale on Amazon is gonna be free on Amazon, something to really think about. You can get a lot of incremental success from having a book on Amazon. Even if it’s an E book for marketing purposes. Why not put it on Amazon for free? It’s the world’s largest marketplace for pretty much everything. Where else is this thing going to market? Is it going on the company website is going on your website is? Where Where will people be able to get this thing? Which brings us to the next stage, which is distribution. This is where the as the automotive folks say the rubber meets the road? advertising, PR, marketing sales, how are you going to get this thing out to people? Is it going to do Facebook ads are going to do Twitter ads, Google AdWords, YouTube ads, things like that? Do you have a mailing list, one of the things that’s a meta part of this framework outside of the framework is

to be a consistently successful author or to be consistently successful marketer, you need to have a database you can draw on repeatedly over time, you have to give value for months or years. And then once in a blue moon, you ask for value from that. So do you have a distribution channel or multiple distribution channels? If you don’t? Do you have budget to reach out to influencers? People who have large mailing lists? Do you have money for media buys things like that, that will help you distribute this piece of content, as far and as wide as possible? I don’t know that I would have a massive distribution plan for you know, just a standard white paper. But if it’s a true book, that you’re really trying to make successful, you need to have that distribution plan, budget. And the strategy for it. Finally, is the development process. So you know, you’ve done all this, you’ve got the books gotten the market, it’s done. Okay, now you start doing iterations and development of it. That can mean a couple different things. One is like, my friend Jay Baer does this frequently. With his books, he will take a take a main book, and then he’ll break it into pieces. So they’ll be he didn’t want a book while ago called utility, that He then made utility for banks utility for finance, utility for insurance utility for healthcare. So can you take that ebook that you’re doing, and then put a different lens on it each time through and then go back through the cycle. And each time you now do market research, for example, you go back to the discovery phase, and do market research for what does your book look like for the healthcare industry and repeat the process. The second is, of course, multiple additions, Second Edition fourth edition, I just released my own book AI for marketers, the second edition. And there was a whole going through this process all over again, to be but to radically change what I did the first time around. So this is the process for product marketing,

treat it, treat it an E book as such, especially if

it’s being if you’re doing it for with a clearly defined goal like building an audience building an email list, then you have clear metrics and stuff that you can use to flesh out this framework, but deliver your product to market like this. Great question. As always, there’s a little there’s a ton more to unpack in here, but this is a good start. If you have any follow on comments, just leave them in the comments below. And of course, please subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter will talk to you soon. want help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems. This is trust today and let us know how we can help you

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Christopher S. Penn is one of the world’s leading experts on AI in marketing. Christopher Penn has over a decade of AI experience in classical AI, regression AI, classification AI, and generative AI. Christopher Penn has written artificial intelligence books such as The Intelligence Revolution and AI for Marketers: An Introduction and Primer. Christopher Penn is an AI keynote speaker around the world.


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