Content is an asset. If it directs, inspires and converts consumers.
In the virtual world content is everything. And it’s everywhere. What you would like your customers to see is SEO content that positively positions your brand and your products. Channel content that directs people to your website. Onsite content that will inform them on your offer and inspire them to do what you would like them to do: ideally, they will become your online customers.
Your content marketing agency for Germany and the other German-speaking markets, GCVB will provide you with impactful inbound marketing in the DACH region.
Strategizing your German content, we’ll think of what you would like to achieve in the region and which approach is the most promising. We’ll plan and implement the placement / distribution of your content at the most important touchpoints of the omnichannel journey of your German-speaking customers.
And creating your content, we’ll think pizza. Because everyone loves the basic recipe, but depending on their taste they want it in different configurations.
GCVB Content Marketing Germany
+ content strategy
+ development (text, audio, video)
How to use your content as a powerful sales force in Germany
1 What is content?
From a consumer perspective, content is what they see when they are online (and partially also offline).
Ideally, when they look for products/services you offer or information on your brand, they will find what you would like them to know, plus what others tell them about it. The former is produced and placed by you directly, the latter can be influenced by you.
You tailor your content to the requirements of your target groups and place it in the channels that are useful to reach them:
your own(ed) media (website, social sites, newsletters and other customer communication pieces)
paid media (ads)
earned media (websites and social media accounts of others).
2 Why do you need managed content?
Content connects your brand to consumers, in their varying states of awareness, at various touch-points along the omnichannel customer journey. At any time.
If you do not manage/influence the content German consumers find on your brand you will miss out on the positive impact you can create. Moreover, you will not be able to counterbalance any negative content that others post.
For you to connect with German consumers, your content can be fresh, informative, or even bold and provocative if this helps to inspire customers to learn more about you and your products. But it should always be targeted at your actual buyer groups.
3 Operational cycle
Content management is a cycle of tasks that you need to repeat.
Your strategic tasks include analyzing existing content, developing a content strategy, its narrative and messaging, and channel distribution plans.
At the production level, you should focus on continuing creating and distributing German SEO content for individual target groups.
At the operational level you need to manage the content process, always keeping an eye on KPI achievement.
4 What you need
Start with a German website (the home of your content). For this project and your campaigns, you will need inspiring visual content (photos, graphic material, videos) and different types of text.
For your German customers, you will want to prepare your content in original German writing or translation: from SEO cornerstone through news snippets, brochures, and blog articles to customer newsletters. Social media posting works best in the original language, too.
This will result in more traffic on your website, as the search volume is much higher in the local language. For example, while the search volume for Content Marketing Agency Germany is actually not that bad for the German market, the search volume for Content Marketing Agentur is much higher.
You should also produce German language versions of your video and audio material. On average, every German (aged 16-64) spends around 1.25 hours on social media and listens to podcasts for almost 30 minutes per day. Thus, a German podcast is a great addition to your video content.
Moreover, you will want to produce imagery that connects locally. Your products need to be presented in an environment that looks and feels natural to German consumers.
5 Strategy & content mix
How you mix these elements depends on your objectives and your target group’s preferences, and the respective content strategy that combines both.
A content audit will tell you how your content is performing in terms of SEO, channel engagement, and on-site conversion.
If you are not selling mass products that are accessible (price) to almost any consumer, you may want to consider addressing both intended users and actual buyers. This would certainly be the case with high-priced consumer goods and B2B goods & services. In such scenarios it is certainly wise to step up your LinkedIn activities and use whatever formats your target groups like best to get through to them.
Five key success factors of content strategy for Germany:
Content for Sales
Make content an integral part of your sales force
Utilize your website to inform, entertain and convert
Ensure SEO relevance of all your content
Develop an omnichannel strategy to reach customers
Think pizza when you create your captivating content