- To ensure organic visibility for your seasonal pages, start creating, optimizing, and analyzing them now
- Start creating, organizing, and scheduling seasonal content assets now for a head-start when to start focusing on driving sales
- Evaluate your past seasonal content performance to be able to recycle, update, and possibly even expand them into standalone projects
- Research your competitive tactics to evaluate how they utilize seasonality in their digital
- Create a detailed editorial calendar to to “catch” the rising interest in seasonal content and deals
Summer is a slow season for many businesses, especially those in a B2B niche. If things are a bit slow for you now, here’s an idea – Use these quiet months to turn your season into a massive boost for your business. Here is how you can start preparing for your next extensive seasonal content marketing campaign now:
1. Check your seasonal rankings now
Do you have a page (or pages) offering seasonal deals, gift ideas, and special offers? The demand for this type of content may be seasonal, but its rankings should be permanent. I advise against or delinking these pages throughout the site. You want those to be there when the searches start climbing. If you cannot find your site ranking for your target seasonal queries, it is time to set them up, even if the actual season is still .
Furthermore, Spyfu offers a comprehensive analysis of all SERP movements for you to identify meaningful patterns and spot a competitor that was doing the best job retaining theirqueries:
Read more about this feature here. Seasonality can be tricky regarding , but it needs to be planned, as organic SEO takes time to yield results.
Your high season will be a busy time for you and your team, so while planning your upcoming campaigns, start creating (and even scheduling) your content assets beforehand. When brainstorming seasons, I always turn to Text Optimizer, which does a great job suggesting related concepts and angles focus on:
The tool relies on semantic analysis.involves a lot of channels, so the more you are prepared, the easier (and more productive) your seasonal campaign will turn out to be. Furthermore, a few cross-channel content marketing tools can help create and organize your seasonal content. For example, Boosted by Lightricks allows you to create festive videos in multiple formats easily: This way, you can create content assets that will fit all of your channels. There’s also a handy Brand Kit feature allowing you to maintain a consistent visual identity throughout all your help:
The video creation apps out there, but I don’t think they let you access so many great features for free. Another great content creation tool that gives you lots of free features for free is, of course, Canva. I’ve been using Canva for free for as long as I can remember without .for free. You can choose to upgrade for $4.99 per month. I, for one, have been using the free tier (and the above screenshots are taken when using the free version of the app). The platform also offers seasonal content ideas and hashtags to make your campaign more effective. There are a few more
Here’s the guide on planning a Christmas marketing campaign.
3. Evaluate your past seasonal campaign performance
If you were publicizing any seasonal content over the years, find all of it to:
- Explore an opportunity for an update (“Can I reuse this asset this year?” as well as “How can I make it better?”)
- Evaluate how effective it was in attracting traffic as well as turning those clicks into conversions
offers an easy way to identify landing pages that did the best job attracting traffic during any period:
- Go to the Acquisition report and select one channel (for example, “social” or “organic search”)
- Select the date range of your seasonal campaign from the last year
- (Optionally) Check the box “Compare” and select “Previous year” from the drop-down
- Click the “Landing page” tab in the chart below:
This gives you an at-a-glance report of the highest-traffic page from your previous campaigns. You can narrow it down by bsing word filters (for example, type “blog” there to see your best-performing seasonal content).
To analyze conversions, you can use Google Analytics goals and funnels. Another tool I am using tto monitor incoming traffic and its conversions closely is Finteza. Because it makes it incredibly easy to narrow the data down to identify which traffic source is sending traffic and how well it converts compared to other pages.
Read more about Finteza’s conversion funnels here. Fine costs $25 a month, and there’s a 30-day trial available for you to play with the tool before committing.
4. Consider starting a tradition
If any previous content assets are successful, consider expanding that idea into a new project! We all remember the overwhelming success of “Elf Yourself”, Ask Santa, and NORAD mini-projects that we’re able to engage (and convert) thousands of people a year over year.
A separate (single-page) site will be easier to brand and promote without causing any strong associations with your primary business. If you need some inspiration, check out Gamify:
5. Look what your competitors did (or didn’t)
There are many ways toand what they are doing. My first step is always checking Ahrefs and what other search queries they are ranking for:
Ahrefs is the only platform in the industry that also offers an estimate of tthe traffic each search query sends. Here’s how they calculate it. Ahrefs lowest tier is $99 per month, but it is a must-have tool if you are doing SEO.
SA similarWeb is another nice tool for competitive research. I like looking at their “Referral Traffic” report to identify which sites are sending traffic to my competitors:
This basic report is available for free.
It is also a good idea to set up Google Alerts to be modified when your competitors are doing something new.
6. Create your editorial calendar
Every year people seem to start preparing for big holidays earlier. It is not unusual to spot a Holiday-centricad in October. This can actually cause both excitement and irrit. The important question remains: When should I start publishing seasonal content?
This may depend from niche to niche, so I always suggest typing yourTrends:
It also helps to compare several of your target search queries. For example, in this niche the demand seems to beconsistent,,t over the years:
There are a few great calendar plugins when organizing and scheduling your content assets. I mostly use CoSchedule because it allows me talsschedulethose updates to yourto various contributors.
CoSchedule costs $29 per month. It supports scheduling to Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram. I prefer the tool because it combines on-site content planning (assigning content assets to be written) and social media scheduling. This allows me to create a well-aligned content marketing campaign and easily organize editorial workflow across many channels. Instagram also offers a helpful guide on planning your seasonal content strategy here:
Seasonal planning is a great way to make the most of those seasonal. The earlier you prepare for your big season, the more time you have to increase sales. Good luck! Ann Smarty is the Founder of Viral Content Bee, Brand and Community manager at Marketing Ninjas. She can be found on Twitter @seosmarty.