You Ask, I Answer: Measuring Lifetime Value of Content?

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You Ask, I Answer: Measuring Lifetime Value of Content?

Will asks, “I’m currently thinking a lot about measuring the lifetime value of (blog) content. Curious how much you’ve looked into that and what your thoughts are on the value of that exercise.”

You Ask, I Answer: Measuring Lifetime Value of Content?

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Christopher Penn 0:13

In today’s episode, we’ll ask I’m currently thinking a lot about measuring the lifetime value of blog content, curious how much you’ve looked into that and what your thoughts are on the value of that exercise.

So lifetime value is really a is a good exercise, it’s a valuable exercise, you can look at.

Built in measures like page value, Google Analytics, you can see what the value of any given page is, based on how many conversions it participates in, and what the value of those conversions are, where a lot of people run into trouble is because they don’t have conversions and conversion values set up, that data is not in the application, and then you don’t know how much it’s worth.

But if you know, for example, that even in a B2B setting, if you know what the value of a marketing qualified lead is, or even a prospect is, then when you generate prospects on your digital property, you know what that’s worth, and then you put that in the system and the system goes through, and it creates those values for you those valuations for you.

I think that’s a very valuable exercise to see what content participates the most in conversions, which is really what that tells you how this content participates the most in conversions, and therefore, you should focus on it.

And I think that’s the part that lifetime value exercises miss is, once the software or your computation method is done, you then have to figure out well, what do we do? Like what does this information tell us? What should we do next.

And that the two things there that computation should do is one guide you to as to improving the value of that page by optimizing it some more, right? revamping it adding more content, if it’s appropriate, doing a lot of AV testing, or multi, multi objective optimization testing on the page with tools like Google Optimize, or Optimizely, or any of the AV testing tools that are out there, and to changing up your promotion strategy, right? If you have a page, say on your blog, that has an extremely high page value much higher than all the rest of pages on your blog, that should be at the front of the line for the recommendation engine, when somebody is on your blog, and they’re reading the you might also enjoy that most valuable page should be at the top of the you might also enjoy list, right? That page or collection pages should be featured in your emails, every single issue of your email newsletter, say, hey, some additional content you might like to read and you send more traffic to those valuable pages.

In social media posts, those are the posts, those are the pages that you share more often.

In case you missed it in case you missed it.

Here’s this page that we know converts at a much higher value rate.

running ads, you should be running ads to those pages and see if the traffic numbers hold.

That’s one of the things that we do.

I have a piece of software that that looks at a pages conversion efficiency, how many visits does it take to that page before somebody converts.

And when I find pages that seem very efficient, and we run some marketing campaigns to those pages, get some extra traffic to them, and see if that conversion number holds, see if it continues to convert very efficiently.

Or if it loses that because the analysis just showed what it was doing in the background, not when it was put in the spotlight.

But that those exercises are what the real value of these lifetime value exercises are.

The content itself, and the exercise itself doesn’t do anything.

It doesn’t help you.

If you don’t do something with the information afterwards.

I would start with the built in page value exercises, I think those are perfectly fine calculations as a starting point.

And you don’t need to install any additional software, you just need to use Google Analytics for that.

Then consider up leveling to the more sophisticated stuff like we use machine learning to do the computations for the pages that most frequently assist conversions.

And then that conversion efficiency analysis.

And those are more sophisticated analytics techniques.

But they’re better for helping us understand like yeah, this page is just not converting.


And if it’s a pillar content, you know, like

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a page about data analytics on my company’s website and is just not converting that’s conversion efficiency is very low.

It’s it’s ranking, the most valuable Pages Report is very low, then we know we’ve got a lot of work to do to fix up that page to get it to meet the expectations of both the search engine because a lot of the times it’s less searches A strong driver of content to those pages of traffic to those pages.

And the user does it satisfy the users intent.

And it has been my experience that pages that have very low conversion efficiency, it’s because they don’t satisfy user intent, a user gets that page expecting one thing, it’s something else totally different, and really was not what I wanted.

And away they go.

So make sure that you are clear as you do the exercises, what actions you will take, and what decisions you will make, based on the information you find.

If you don’t have that written down, if you don’t, if you are not clear about those actions, those decisions, don’t bother with the analysis.

Because it’s just going to waste your time.

I am a big fan of a quote by Seth Godin, who says, you know, when it comes to analytics, if you’re not going to change what you eat, or how often you exercise, don’t get on the scale, right? Because your all that number is going to do is make you feel bad.

And you’re not going to change your behavior.

So you can’t you’re not going to make that number better.

Right? So if you’re in house marketing strategies and tactics and things like that are not going to adapt based on data gathered, don’t gather the data, because it’s not going to change anything.

Right? Instead, update your LinkedIn profile because that organizations do.

Right? If you have people who are so data resistant and so analysis resistant, that they will not make decisions, when confronted with data that is unfavorable or whatever, that organization is going nowhere.


Any success it has is purely luck.

So that’s what to do with that.

So really good question.

Really good question.

Thanks for asking.

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