Did you know that your Web analytics application is a wealth of information when it comes to generating ideas for new content? If you are like many people I know, you may look at the top 10 or 20 keywords to give you a good macro view of the search phrases people used to find your site. However, looking at many more of the keywords that people use to get to your site can provide a a lot of ideas.
I use Google Analytics, and I export the keyword report for the top 500 keywords for a given time period (i.e. the last 30 days, 60 or 90 days), print it out, and then spend a good hour analyzing the report.
I usually come away with at least a half dozen ideas for creating new content. Here’s what to look for with your own keyword report:
Combinations of search phrases around a specific topic
Because I’ve written a couple of blog posts about why I don’t like Facebook and Facebook for B2B, I now have numerous people clicking through who are looking for information on how to deactivate their account or examples of B2B Facebook fan pages. (If you have a good example, send it to me please!)
Some of these phrases include:
“I don’t like facebook” (and variations thereof)
“facebook b2b examples”
“I want to delete my facebook”
“facebook for b2b”
“how to use facebook for b2b”
“b2b facebook pages”
“b2b facebook campaigns done right”
These search terms can be developed into all kinds of interesting content, such as these examples:
- An e-book of how to use Facebook for business
- Blog posts of some really fine examples of B2B Facebook fan pages
- An interactive Webinar that shows people how to use Facebook for B2B
- A presentation that you invite customers to view during lunch or a breakfast, which you can film and then upload the video to your site.
Questions / phrases that need answers
The best thing about Google is that you can find an answer to almost anything you need to know. Just type, “How to . . .” and your query, and you can generally find what you need.
To learn the questions your prospective customers are asking, look for questions in your keyword report. In my own analytics reports, I’ve seen the following:
“I’m not getting any sales on my website, what is the problem?”
“What is the difference between b2b and b2c?”
“How do I calculate marketing ROI?”
“What is the benefit of seo b2b?”
“How do I download wall postings on my facebook business page?”
You can write the answers to the questions in your newsletter articles, FAQ pages or blog posts. Or, consider developing an e-book, special guide, or even an animated video.
Look for non-relevant search phrases
Often you’ll see search phrases that are just not relevant to what you do (i.e. the searcher was looking for a specific person and stumbled upon the blog post where you mentioned him or her).
However, I often get keywords that make me pause – such as this grouping of interesting search phrases:
“benchmark average B2B campaigns”
“benchmark data for lead generation conversions”
“benchmarking marcom b-to-b”
“benchmarks for qualified lead generation”
Although I don’t have the resources to produce benchmarking data, these search phrases reminded me that people do call periodically to ask for this data.
Brainstorming very quickly, I (or a small company like mine) could do any number of things including:
- Writing blog posts reviewing reports from other companies that contained benchmarking data
- Becoming a content curator for benchmarking data
- Partnering with another company to deliver reports that contained benchmarking data.
Have you developed content based on information gleaned from your Web analytics? Please share!