You Ask, I Answer: Predictive Analytics for Content Marketing?

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You Ask, I Answer: Predictive Analytics for Content Marketing?

Monina asks, “How can predictive analytics make your content more effective?”

Predictive analytics comes in two flavors – understanding and building a predictive model of what makes something work, and time-series forecasting to predict when something will happen. Both techniques are invaluable for boosting your content marketing power. Watch the video for details.

You Ask, I Answer: Predictive Analytics for Content Marketing?

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In today’s episode menina asks, How can predictive analytics make your content more effective? So predictive analytics is a branch of analytics that allows you to understand what is likely to happen.

And its third on the hierarchy of analytics.

There’s descriptive analytics, which is what happened.

There’s diagnostic analytics, why it happened.

And the third on the hierarchy is predictive analytics.

what’s likely to happen based on the data we already have.

Predictive Analytics comes in two general flavors.

One is understanding and building a predictive model of what makes something work.

What variables what what data points, makes something work, and the second branch is time series forecasting which is predicting when something is likely to happen.

Both of these techniques are really Important for content marketing because they make it easier for you to focus on what’s working and help you diagnose, diagnose and understand the timing of when you want to do something.

So let’s tackle the first one predictive models.

Imagine you have a series of blog posts, you have the URLs for this blog post, and you have number of shares on various social networks, and you have the number of clicks and you have searches and you have all these numerical data points.

And at the end, you have something like a website traffic to that blog post, maybe that’s your outcome.

What of those other variables has the strongest mathematical relationship to the thing you care about the website traffic, you would run a series of mathematical techniques to essentially a very large regression model to understand the mathematical relationships between all these other things.

The outcome you’re care about website traffic.

So maybe it is Twitter shares, but it’s also number of words, maybe it’s the grade level readability score, maybe it’s the number of linking domains or the page authority, whatever the, the numbers are combinations of numbers are, there may be a relationship to the outcome you care about.

using machine learning and, and statistical techniques, you can build a model that says, out of these 40 variables we have access to these four or five seem to have the most important seemed to have the most likelihood to predict a high traffic blog post compared to all these others.

And from then, using data science, the scientific method using data, you construct experiments, okay, if we can, if it’s something under your control, like number of words, okay, what happens if I read a longer article, you know, do a do your create your hypothesis, run your test and understand Yep, Writing a longer article gets me more traffic, or maybe it is a number of inbound links.


Let’s go pitch this article to some bloggers and see if we can get more inbound links and see if that is the thing that drives our content forward.

So that’s predictor estimator importance.

To do that you need really good software.

Probably the easiest one to recommend for people who don’t like coding or don’t know how to code will be IBM Watson Studio.

That one has a, what’s called an SPSS modeler, sort of a drag and drop visual interface.

To do this cut type modeling, it is still you still need to know the math behind it, but at least you don’t have to do the coding part.

But that will take that series of of factors or variables, and that no one outcome and build that regression model to tell you try testing these things next.

Now it’s important to say it’s not going to tell you the reason why something works I want to tell you the mathematical relationship.

That’s why the data science part is so important because without the scientific testing, you might make an assumption that young number words is a thing, when it may not be the thing, it may not be, there may not be a causal relationship, you have to diagnose that on your own using the scientific method.

The second branch of predictive analytics is time series forecasting.

And this is when you use existing data and forecasted forward to help turn your content.

So let’s actually bring up an example here.

This is our cheese OF THE WEEK forecast, something we do at Trust Insights for fun to demonstrate the technology.

And what you’re looking at here are all these numbers of cheeses, these names of cheeses, and then the predicted search volume for those terms, using a combination of SEO data and Google trend data and things like that, blending it together to build this model.

And what we’re predicting is for this week that would come according to provolone cheese will be the top searched cheese followed by jack cheese and American cheese and Then if you look out at the end of the chart on the far right, the week of March 8 2020 will haka cheese will be the top cheese that week followed by American cheese.

If you were a cheese shop, and you were your cheese blogger, you would create content appropriate to each of these cheeses during the week that they’re likely to be heavily searched, you would, you know, you’d be promoted provolone cheese to five different ways to smoke provolone cheese, whatever.

So that you are aligned with what people are searching for.

Because one of the things that is important in in search algorithms is the freshness of content and the relevance Well, if you have the right content relevance at the right time freshness, you will be able to amplify the result as opposed to just if you’re posting about say well, haka cheese now, you do okay, right.

Is that what you would do badly, but if your content We’re ready.

So like the week before March 8, you’ll get that freshness pop as well as the relevance pop in search algorithms.

So this is an example of using predictive analytics to time our content to make it relevant at the right times when our audiences are interested most.

And obviously, you can use this for more than just, you know, SEO, you can send out emails that we could schedule social posts that week, you could run ads that week for, again, if you were the cheese shop, you’d be doing it based on this type of cheese search.

Now extend this to your business, extend this to what your company does.

And of course, you can see the immediate relevance of let’s get our timing right for all of our content marketing, and what we do and how we distribute our content.

So predictive analytics can make your content much, much more effective and help you get organized.

You can see this this chart, if you have enough back data, that’s good quality, you can forecast forward about half as much.

So if you have five years of back data, you can forecast forward, you know, to Jewish years, I typically a more conservative will try to forecast 25% forward of whatever back data I have.

But you can forecast really, really far forward and then build a content plan for, you know, weeks months in advance.

And that helps you get organized, it helps you take away that stress.

Oh, what am I going to blog about today? Are we gonna What are we going to put in our social channels today? You don’t need to worry about that anymore.

Use the data that is publicly available with data science and machine learning techniques to forecast and uses predictive analytics.

So two really good examples of how to make your content more effective.

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