How to Use the HubSpot Content Strategy Tool

How to Use the HubSpot Content Strategy Tool

By Maren DickeyJan 4 /2018

HubSpot Content Strategy Tool.jpgA new year is coming, along with lots of new technology, tools and plans for the future. The use of bots, voice search and account-based marketing has changed the traditional approach to content marketing. However, one thing remains the same: the need for content creation. Revising your strategy may sound intimidating, but we’ve got just the solution—HubSpot's Content Strategy Tool.

Let’s explore this nifty new tool and why it’s changing the way we communicate with our audience.

Why the Change?

With the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into more everyday use, the marketing industry’s approach to content has shifted. The use of keyword targeting has changed to focus more on phrases and search queries that use natural language. Now more than ever, people are not just using technology as a resource, but interacting with it. Search engines, websites and different types of content are beginning to utilize AI to create more of a conversation with users.

With all the hustle and bustle going on, how do you make sure your content stays relevant and customer-focused? HubSpot’s Content Strategy Tool can help you refocus your SEO, improve user experience and identify gaps in your content marketing strategy.

Introducing The Content Strategy Tool

Creating Topic Clusters

HubSpot’s new tool helps you focus on this new marketing approach by providing suggestions for topics based on your current website content and domain. After all, no one wants to start from scratch at this point.

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The tool helps you sort and organize ideas by grouping content into categories called topic clusters. These are made up of a core topic (or pillar page focus) and a number of related subtopics. HubSpot’s tool suggests core topics based on your existing website content to get you started. You can also choose to create your own core topic. This may be a way to test new core topics you’re looking to target. (More about this in the next section.)

Tie in Relevant Subtopics

You can build upon your topic cluster by tying subtopics to it. These should be more descriptive and focused on queries that relate to your core topic. The Content Strategy Tool will suggest existing content in your HubSpot portal that may be relevant to add as a subtopic, or you can add your own. You can also include external pages so you’re not missing anything that may be hosted outside of HubSpot. (Pro Tip: Be sure any external pages have HubSpot tracking code on them so you can monitor progress in the HubSpot platform.)

Now here’s where the Content Strategy tool really comes in handy. Core topics and subtopics suggested in HubSpot will be “validated” to determine whether they are worth writing about. This can be helpful when testing out new topics to see how they measure up with your current content.

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Validated topics can be expanded to view metrics such as domain authority, relevancy, monthly search volume and similarity to the core topic. These metrics are used to show how likely it is that someone searching for a topic will find what they need from your current content.

The optimization feature within the Content Strategy tool will gauge and provide suggestions for:

  • Number of subtopics tied to a core topic (minimum of 8; maximum of 22; ideal is 10-15)
  • Linking between the subtopic and core topic (it’s important to have high quality links between subtopics and the core topic)
  • The word count (low word count can be an indication of low-quality content and therefore is likely to get flagged and perform poorly)

Review Performance

Once you’ve set up your topic cluster, you will be able to review performance in a simple, easy-to-understand dashboard. View the sessions, contacts and customers influenced by your content, and update your content strategy accordingly.

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The goal here is to get into the habit of understanding a visitor’s goals or intentions and driving them to the desired information, even if it doesn’t use the specific keyword. By using topic clusters, you can keep your content focused on information that potential customers may search for.

This tool can be great for researching and testing new topics, but be sure to track progress using the campaign tool for actual ROI. With HubSpot’s campaign tool, you can track which campaigns (or core topics) drive traffic to your site. And with the new capabilities launched in Beta in September, you’ll soon also be able to compare campaigns, see which ones influenced contacts throughout their journey and those that are bringing in the most revenue.

As we move into the New Year, keep in mind that your content strategy may not solely be creating new content, but revising older content, or updating the organization of your site to better cater to your audience’s needs. Consider how you can make yourself more easily found online while creating the best experience for your user.

Further improve your HubSpot ROI by downloading our helpful guide and asking yourself these important questions. 

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Maren Dickey
The Author

Maren Dickey

Maren excels in creating cohesive environments in which creativity flows and people thrive. By helping to build emails and workflows, she has a strong grasp on how things work in HubSpot as well as the purpose of campaigns and assets. This backend knowledge enables Maren to provide recommendations on how to improve performance and deliver better results to clients.