Boost your content engagement with competitive intelligence
If you’ve ever thought the hours spent creating content are a waste of time because you aren’t driving traffic or engagement, you’ll want to read this.
You shouldn’t spend any more time writing posts until you figure out the type of content that performs best in your industry. Tracking the success of your competitor’s blog posts can help you spot any trends or similarities in content type that generates traffic in your market.
Track your Competitor’s Blog & Social Profiles
Select a broad range of competitors and industry leaders you’d like to track. This can include anyone from your direct competition to market leaders outside your industry. Tracking anyone with a pragmatic or inspirational marketing strategy that you’d like to emulate is useful for gathering new ideas.
To track blogs and social profiles automatically, add your competitors and any other relevant industry players to Kompyte’s software. The platform will find and analyze your competition’s online content generation.
Use Engagement & Impact to Identify Top Performing Articles
Kompyte can automatically scan any competitor’s blog and let you know how the community reacted by assigning each post an Impact Score.
Kompyte’s Impact Score measures the impact of each blog or social media post by considering the amount of engagement their average post attracts. For example, if your competition typically receives 500 interactions on Facebook and their latest post received 2000 interactions – Kompyte would inform you that their latest post had 4x the impact of their typical post.
This information is extremely relevant for understanding your audience. Kompyte’s impact score is more useful than typical engagement ratings because the score is scaled, which allows you to understand the relative impact of posts. Typical engagement ratings normally award larger companies higher scores simply because they have more followers than smaller companies. This approach makes it harder to understand what kinds of posts are truly effective.
Gather Insight on Topics & Content Type
Take note of the type of post that is performing well for the other players in your industry.
Various formats to watch for include:
- Infographics – Data or stats can be communicated in an appealing way; highly appealing to demographics such as the visual arts industry
- How-to guides to useful industry topics – Many people are searching for the solution to their questions, therefore, posts like this hold a lot of long tail keyword potential.
- Lists – Providing and quantifying a list of info the reader can learn from is always attention grabbing.
- eBooks – If you’ll share your exclusive industry knowledge in a longer format, many readers are willing to exchange their email address. Make sure the content is new and genuinely useful.
- Customer Success Stories – Write with an advice and guidance style method instead of a sales style to highlight your company in a positive light. Work with your client to include original data and show the results they’ve been able to achieve.
- What other formats have you discovered by tracking your competition? They may have come up with a great new idea that you could test as well.
Write New Content Based on Competitor Data
Once you have collected some ideas from your competitors’ top performing content, it’s time to write new content based on the ideas you have collected. It’s important not to just rewrite the competition’s content, but to create brand new assets that provide value and add to the conversation.
Lastly, make sure to test all aspects of your new strategy. Test details such as post lengths or the inclusion of visuals & graphics. Perhaps if your followers are indicating your posts are too long and tedious; you can try a shorter post that consists mostly of bullet points and images. Keep testing until you find the solution that performs best with your unique audience.
ROI: Calculating the Value of Competitive Intelligence
After you’ve started writing content based on your new insights, check the difference in your engagement rate. Now you can estimate the impact in increased page traffic at the end of the funnel.
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