My First 6 Months at Sagittarius.

Queenie

It's been around, well just over, six months now since I started with Sagittarius and it's safe to say I've been overwhelmed with the experience.

I first applied for the job as Finance Assistant on the 15th of October, and from that day, I was in constant contact with Sagittarius. The talent team kept me informed about what was going on every step of the way; giving me helpful and honest feedback. It took four interviews and several meetings with different members of the team. But eventually, I was given the good news that I had got the job.

Having never worked in an agency before, I had no idea what I was walking into. But as my first day got started, I knew I had found something great.

The friendly atmosphere was everywhere; I felt as though I had been instantly welcomed into the team; never feeling like the 'new girl.'

Everyone made time to introduce themselves to me, including the CEO of the company, who even put aside an hour of his day to give me his introduction and the company's history.

The induction process is pretty full-on, with separate inductions with different members of staff from all departments. It was fantastic. Not only did I get to meet so many people in my first week, but I instantly felt as though I knew what was going on around me!

When I joined, my role was very new, I had no shoes to fill, and I was encouraged to make the role my own from day one. Sagittarius has a great support system, and I was provided with the right tools to help me grow as an individual within the company as well as in my role.

Linkedin Learning is just one of the many incredible new introductions since I started, others include Walk it Wednesday as well as a healthy bodies, healthy minds committee; which dedicates itself to ensuring the well-being of everyone working at the agency.

In this time, I've also watched as Sagittarius has embraced the challenges around mental health. They've raised awareness and given staff a platform to ensure everyone feels as thought they can speak to someone.

It's safe to say my first six months have been busy, intense at times, informative, but most importantly, refreshingly fun. I feel like I've learnt so much more than I thought possible, and I look forward to seeing how myself and the agency continue to grow over the next six.

If you're thinking about a new challenge then get in touch with our talent team or check out our latest vacancies here.

Whatever your business, be it a regional or global brand, the content you produce plays a vital role in your success. You know that… hence you’re reading this.

A well formulated and executed content strategy not only drives more traffic, at the core, it defines what your business is and helps build a strong connection between you and your audiences.

So let's quickly look at why developing a coherent content strategy is important and how setting clear goals and understanding your audience will elevate your online performance. 

What is a Content Strategy?

It's basic right? Content is at the core of how you define the way your business presents itself and an effective strategy should look to ensure that tone of voice, messaging and the core values are surfaced across all channels, from service or product pages on your website, to blog posts, through social media updates blah blah blah.

But let's keep it simple - your content strategy should be a clear roadmap that connects your marketing activities to your business goals. Align to your customer’s wants and needs and engage them at every interaction point and boom, you're in business. 

Who are my Audience?

You likely start all your projects with this chalked on the wall because your business knows “exactly” who its customers are right? Sounds obvious but we often find its not been done forensically enough (not based on data), is too old (more than 12 months ago - forget it) or its a spin off from some brand work that was legitimately aspirational but doesn’t face the reality of who you your business is actually engaging today.

So start (or circle back) with audience research, building out those personas to understand their ambitions, their lifestyle, their pain points or concerns, and crucially their wants and needs - in your context. 

Do I need to tailor content?

As part of your research find out where your audiences spend their time online and how they interact with content: Some may spend time thoroughly researching a product or service, whereas other audiences may want their content to be quick, snappy or easily digestible in the form of a video, infographic or short blog posts.

 

Ultimately, the key is to produce a strategy that creates the type of content your customers want to see:

  • What are the problems that your product or service will help them solve?

  • Who are they most influenced by?

  • What voices influence their behaviour?

  • What type of content do they consume?

  • Where do they consume content and engage with brands?

Different Content, Different Objectives

 All content is not born equal: When producing your strategy, it is important that the objectives for each individual piece are defined, that these fulfil your marketing objectives and tie to the overarching goals for your business.

There are various content frameworks that exist to aid content development in this way, but one that is popular and effective is Google’s hero, hub and hygiene method: It provides a framework on developing content to achieve different goals and gives guidance on the effort needed to create each type of content.

Hero Content

Hero content is essentially campaign content, it is big splash ideas designed to appeal to a large audience with the aim of telling your brand’s story at scale. 

Ways of measuring hero include the amount of PR mentions or links from authoritative domains plus social interactions and mentions of your brand across all channels. 

Considering the scale of hero campaigns, this content is not regularly produced and is reserved for peak promotional times where it’s important for a business to stand out from their competitors.

Hub Content

Hub content is the stuff that keeps your audience engaged, it expands on the themes of product or service level content, educates users and helps create a connection between themselves and your brand.

Hygiene Content

Hygiene content is the bread and butter of any website, it is the BAU content for products and services, it is SEO focused and targets important keywords at a product, service or guide level.

How do I manage all this?

Content development is only one part of the ongoing work needed when working with an effective content strategy. We call it “feeding the beast” because it really is the fuel in your brand vehicle and once you start you really can’t stop (if it’s delivering results) but that’s where performance measurement comes in.

Your greatest gift in managing the outputs from your hero/hub/hygiene style efforts is to understand If your content is working. To truly deliver results your business must first understand the objectives and goals of each piece of content to effectively measure its success. That as a guiding light from day 1 will let you slow down, speed up, stop or start new content briefs and projects.

Remember - content strategies are not set in stone. They are living breathing things and should adapt and pivot as insights become available and your brand naturally evolves.

If ever you want to chat content and explore new initiatives we’re always here to help.

want to speak to one of our experts?

 
Queenie Holmes
Queenie Holmes
Finance Assistant
Queenie previously worked in admin for over 7 years before joining the Sagittarius team where she'll be working alongside the agency's Head of Finance whilst working to achieve her accounting qualifications.
Queenie Holmes

Queenie Holmes

22 Aug 2019 - 5 minute read
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