Creating a Content Distribution Strategy in 2024 [Work Sheet Included]

Content is King – Distribution is Queen

I bet you’ve heard the phrase:

“Content is king!”

Have you also heard the phrase:

“Content is king – Distribution is Queen!”

Also.

How much time do you spend on creating new content and how much time do you spend on distributing new AND older content?

I’ve always been big on Content Distribution. I’ve also always been amazed by how little time people spend on distributing content and I’ve often received questions around how I got such a large following, engagement, and traffic from multiple platforms. Even from teams with a strong Inbound Marketing Strategy in place.

For me. The answer is easy.

I follow a Content Distribution Framework that I created over many years.

Every time I start at a new company, I copy / paste this framework, personalize it a bit, and rock it.

In this post, I’ll be sharing that exact framework, give you guidance on how to personalize it to your needs and how to achieve your Content Marketing Goals a little bit easier.

But first, Let’s start with a couple of basics to make sure we’re all on the same page.

In this article

What is Content Distribution?

Content Distribution is promoting new and existing content over multiple channels and platforms over time.

The importance Content Distribution?

Promoting your content is a must. Without content distribution, you’re basically publishing and praying.

What I’ve noticed is not that people don’t promote their content, it’s that they don’t do it enough.

Here’s how most Content Distribution Plans look like:

  1. Publish new content.
  2. Share it on Social Media once (sometimes schedule a couple of posts).
  3. Up to creating the next piece of content.

Not looking into promoting it on multiple platforms / channels like Reddit, Quora, Medium, etc. No re-distributing older content.

The main focus on is creating.

If that’s the case for you too, you’re missing out on growing a following, growing your E-mail list, building your SEO authority and overall bottom line.

Proper Content Distribution is important!

Setting up a Content Distribution Strategy

A well-designed Content Distribution Strategy is more than simply adding new channels or going back and promoting older content.

Content Distribution takes a lot of time. How do you make sure you invest your time in what gives the best returns?

Before we hand you the Content Distribution Framework in a Google Sheet, we’re going to explain how all elements work together so you can make decisions on what is most valuable to you and what you should add to make it even better.

1. How to select the right channels to distribute your content

If you’ve already used our Content Marketing Strategy framework, you should already have a good idea of the channels that work best for you.

Find out where your audience listens and reads for the subject matter and type of story you’re sharing. What platforms are your audience or potential customers active on? Do your research, talk to people, and test the response you get on various channels.

Your distribution channels are going to be on the X-axis of your Google Sheet.

The channels that have the biggest impact or potential to have the biggest impact should be on the left and the ones that have the least impact, but maybe are easy to plug your content into, go on the right side.

You will see a vizualisation of the importance of this later in this guide. 

So to recap, for selecting the right channels it’s important to:

  1. Select channels your audience is active on
  2. Select channels that give you the best return on time investment or the potential to give you the best return. (Chances are that there are platforms you’re not utilizing yet and thus, starting out will give you poor results at first, but the potential can be big.)
  3. Put your most important channels on the left in descending order (don’t worry about being perfect).
  4. This list will be evolving over time. You should add, delete, and move channels around as you see fit.

Examples of possible distribution channels

  • Social Media Platforms
  • Your e-mail list
  • Google WebStories
  • Medium
  • SubStack
  • Quora
  • SubReddits
  • Refind
  • LinkedIn and Facebook groups
  • HackerNews
  • IndieHacker.com
  • Flipboard
  • GrowthHackers.com
  • Etc.

2. Which articles, videos, ideas do you spend most the time on

After you’ve figured out which channels you’ll be using as a starting point, it’s time to prioritize which articles, videos, ideas you want to promote first and most often.

The same principle applies here.

Which piece of content / idea will give you the best bang for your buck if it attracts 100 more visitors?

If this is too simplistic, maybe the following guidelines can help:

  1. Which pieces of content have attracted the most subscribers, buyers, etc.?
  2. Which pieces of content already rank well in Google and need a little boost?
  3.  Which pieces of content have the highest potential to rank well in Google?
  4. What types of content have helped build a Social Following – which new ideas deserve more priority?

Your most important pieces of content go on the first rows in descending order.

Here’s how the sheet should look like:

content distribution framework

It can be that you have 10,000 pieces of content and ideas or that you have 100.

It doesn’t matter.

You now have a framework / process for spending time in terms of content distribution on what matters most.

You can now work your way from the top left to the bottom right.

Continually distributing your content

It is not possible to work through the dark orange (most important) quadrant first, and then light orange, etc.

Let’s say your top distribution channels are:

You can check off sending an e-mail to your subscribers but you might want to create 6 Tweets that go out over the course of a couple of weeks, you might want to create 2 Google Web Stories, write 3 Medium posts and share them on 4 relevant LinkedIn groups you’re active in.

You should not do all of that promotion the day you publish your piece of content.

So you will have gaps in your most important quadrant.

That’s ok.

It’s a work sheet.

You can fill in the gaps when the time is right.

This helps you to not just have a big distribution plan on day one, but also to continually promote a piece of content.

I’m mentioning it because a friend of mine started using this content distribution framework and… did send out 6 Tweets in a week, shared it on 4 LinkedIn groups in a day, etc.  

You’ll get the most out of the framework by understanding the principles mentioned above in the strategy and making this framework your own.

This is what gaps can look like in your sheet:

Example Content Distribution Framework

That’s ok.

I now know that I have opportunities to Tweet more about it over time and that I have room to promote it in more LinkedIn groups.

BTW. On my sheet and it also should be on yours, I don’t have LinkedIn group 1, 2, 3. I have stated the name of the groups and a direct link to them. More on practicalities later. 

Daily Content Distribution routine

How much time you spend on creating new content and how much you spend on content distribution is entirely up to you.

This framework will most likely showcase your habits.

Are you constantly adding new pieces of content and only sending out one Tweet?

Are you filling in all the blanks and hardly ever creating new pieces of content?

Or is there a nice balance?

I notice that I spend about 50/50 on Content Creation / Content Distribution. But I’ve been running this framework for years. You might need some time to get a feeling for it.

What I advise is to:

  1. Always add an article or content idea to the list when an article has been published or idea is mentioned.
  2. After an article is published, promote it. Fill in the sheet and visualize what you have done so far. (same day)
  3. Take time to fill in the gaps in the most important quadrants. (daily)
  4. Take time to check your data. Are the articles / ideas ranked on top still worth being on top? (quarterly)
  5. Check if the channels you find most impactful are still driving results or show potential. (quarterly)
  6. Find new channels. (quarterly)
  7. Find ways to work more effectively (Content Creation and Content Distribution). (quarterly)

Practicalities for using this Content Distribution Framework

  1. Invest time in understanding the core principles and make it your own.
  2. Name and link to your Distribution Channels in the sheet. So no LinkedIn group 1 but LinkedIn group – Entrepreneurs, for instance with a direct link to that group.
  3. When possible, add a link to posted content. For instance, if you have written a short article on Medium for your article On-Page SEO Checklist, don’t just add an ‘X’ in that cell (done), but add the link to that Medium article.
  4. Add dates when it makes sense. Usually when you don’t want to flood your audience. For instance when you sent out an email, published on Twitter, or group, etc.
  5. Write multiple Social Media Captions in one go and mark the captions you have not used yet with a different color (I use light grey). It’s just easier to write them all at once, while you’re still in the flow of the article. Be sure to use StoryLab.ai’s Social Media Caption Generator to inspire you.
  6. You can add anything that you find helpful. I always add ‘topic’ and number of internal keywords to filter easily and know which articles deserve some more internal links.
  7. Start simple and add as you go. It’s ok to just add a couple of articles and channels and get a feel for it without getting overwhelmed.
  8. Never spam!
  9. You will receive a link to the sheet, make a copy and start working.

Getting the most out of your Content Marketing Efforts

Content Creation and Content Distribution is just one piece of the entire Content Marketing puzzle.

For instance, you can write a great piece of content and distribute it far and wide, but if it’s not tailored to your audience and not matching a keyword that people search for, it will never be as effective as it could be.

Our Content Distribution Framework sits within a Growth Storytelling Framework. You can access it for free here. No signup needed.

Go forth and create the best possible content and tell your best stories.

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Growth Storytelling Framework by StoryLabAI

How AI can help with Content Distribution

Even if you prioritize doing content distribution for your top content and on your top channels, the promotion will still take quite some time.

AI Marketing Copy Generators can help you do some heavy lifting, especially for your Social Media Marketing. It can be quite difficult to come up with different ways of promoting a piece of content.

Let’s dive into some AI Marketing examples for Social Media.

For this example, we want to promote this article. The keyword phrase we’re going to use for the AI Social Media Caption Generator is going to be:

The importance of content distribution

Let’s start creating a couple of Tweets with the AI Tweet Generator.

Here’s what that looks like:

AI helping content distribution strategy - Tweet Generator Example

Examples of what the Tweet Generator created for us:

  • Content distribution is essential to success! With the right strategy, you can reach a wider audience & gain maximum visibility✅Curate your content & start amplifying it today. #ContentMarketing
  • Content is king. 🤴 But creating content isn’t enough – you need to know how to distribute it effectively! Get insights on the importance of content distribution with our latest guide. #ContentMarketing
  • Can’t keep your content siloed in one place! With proper #ContentDistribution, you can reach more potential customers and grow your brand. Learn how to effectively spread the word here ➡️

Pretty cool, right?

Let’s run the Tweet Generator again and see how it can inspire us more. Here’s what we got on two consecutive runs:

  • #ContentDistribution is the key to success! Invest in the right strategies and make sure your content reaches your target audience. Find more tips here 👉
  • Content is key! Learn more about the importance of content distribution and how it helps you reach your audience in our new blog post. 📝 Click the link to check it out ⬇️
  • Content distribution is key to success in digital marketing. Take the time to ensure that your content reaches the right people, at the right place, and at the right time. #ContentStrategy #ContentMarketing
  • Get the word out 📣 Content distribution is key for effective marketing. Let us help you reach more people with our multichannel approach and proven strategies. Contact us today! #ContentDistribution
  • Get your content seen by the right people with the power of strategic distribution. Invest in creating great content, and make sure it reaches its intended audience! #ContentMarketing #ContentDistribution
  • Content distribution is key! It helps you find the right audience and create more meaningful relationships. Let us show you how to make your content strategy work for you. #ContentDistribution #DigitalMarketing

We can now select a couple of Tweets we like, add our unique human touch, perfect them, and schedule them for the next couple of weeks or even months.

We can take the same social caption inspirations and create social posts for other platforms too, or we can decide to run the AI Tool again, choosing a different social channel. Let’s see what it looks like if we choose the AI LinkedIn Caption Generator:

AI helping content distribution strategy - Tweet Generator Example

Examples of what the LinkedIn Caption Generator created for us:

  •  Content is King, but distribution is Queen. Tap into the full potential of content creation and make sure you master your content distribution strategy! 🤳 Learn more about what it takes to ensure effective reach with our new blog post ➡️
  • Content is king, but don’t forget about content distribution. Outsmart your competition by amplifying your message with a strategic and effective content distribution plan. #contentmarketing #digitalstrategy
  • Content is king, but distribution is queen. We must understand how to distribute quality content effectively in order to maximize our reach and visibility. Share your tips with us below! #ContentDistribution

If you want to make the body of your post a bit bigger, you can use our AI Text Expander to do just that. Here’s what that looks like for the first example:

AI helping content distribution strategy - Text Expander Example

Examples of what the AI Text Expander created for us:

  •  Maximizing the impact of your content creation efforts is essential to success, and mastering content distribution should be a top priority! To discover the best practices for disseminating your content and maximizing its reach, check out our latest blog post which offers all the insights you need.

Yes, you can take this piece of text and expand on that with the tool as well.

What you can also do is use our AI Tone Changer to change the tone of your social post.

Here’s what that looks like when we take the text we just got and change it to ‘Storytelling’:

AI helping content distribution strategy - Tone Changer Example

Examples of what the AI Tone Changer created for us:

  •  Everyone knows how important it is to create high-quality content. But did you know that how you distribute your content can make an even bigger impact? Our latest blog post has all the tips and tricks you need to get your content out there and seen by as many people as possible. So don’t wait! Read up on our advice and start sharing today!

Pretty cool right? There are a bunch of different tone styles you can choose from and play around with.

Various AI Use Cases for Content Distribution

The examples we showed above are just the start. There are various ways you can make use of AI to distribute your content more easily. It can help you create cool emails for your subscriber list, Titles, Outlines, and introductions for your Medium posts, Titles, and Descriptions for your YouTube Shorts, and much more depending on your needs.

FAQ

What is content distribution?
Content distribution is the process of sharing, publishing, and promoting content such as articles, videos, podcasts, and infographics across various channels and platforms to reach a wider audience.

What are the main types of content distribution channels?
The main types include owned channels (like websites and blogs), earned channels (such as guest posts and PR), and paid channels (including PPC advertising and sponsored content).

How important is content distribution in a marketing strategy?
Content distribution is crucial as it maximizes the reach and impact of content, driving traffic, engaging audiences, and supporting overall marketing goals.

What role does social media play in content distribution?
Social media platforms are key for content distribution, allowing for wide reach, audience engagement, and the ability to share content easily and quickly.

How can email marketing be used for content distribution?
Email marketing can distribute content directly to interested audiences, personalize messages, and segment content based on subscriber preferences and behaviors.

What is the significance of SEO in content distribution?
SEO is significant as it enhances the visibility of content in search engine results, driving organic traffic to the content and improving its overall reach.

Can content distribution help in lead generation?
Effective content distribution can drive lead generation by reaching potential customers through various channels and guiding them to conversion points.

How does paid advertising support content distribution?
Paid advertising can amplify content reach, target specific audiences, and place content in high-visibility areas, boosting traffic and engagement.

What strategies can be used to distribute content effectively?
Strategies include understanding the target audience, choosing the right channels, tailoring content for each platform, and regularly analyzing and adjusting tactics based on performance.

How can businesses measure the success of their content distribution efforts?
Success can be measured through metrics like website traffic, engagement rates, conversion rates, social shares, and overall ROI of content distribution activities.

How can partnerships and collaborations enhance content distribution?
Partnerships with influencers, industry leaders, or complementary brands can extend the reach of content, tapping into their audiences and lending additional credibility to the shared content.

What is the role of content syndication in distribution?
Content syndication involves republishing content on third-party sites, helping to reach a broader audience and drive traffic back to the original site.

How does repurposing content aid in distribution efforts?
Repurposing content into different formats (like turning blog posts into videos or infographics) can maximize reach and engagement by appealing to diverse audience preferences.

What is cross-promotion, and how is it used in content distribution?
Cross-promotion involves promoting content across different channels or in partnership with others, leveraging various platforms to increase content visibility and reach.

Can community forums and groups be effective for content distribution?
Sharing content in community forums and groups can be effective, provided the content is relevant and adds value, thereby engaging members and driving traffic.

What is the importance of a content calendar in distribution?
A content calendar ensures a consistent and strategic approach to distribution, helping plan when and where content is shared for maximum impact.

How can businesses leverage user-generated content for distribution?
Encouraging and sharing user-generated content can broaden reach, as it often comes with built-in audiences and increased trust from being customer-centric.

What are the benefits of using content distribution networks (CDNs)?
CDNs can enhance the reach and speed of content delivery, especially for high-bandwidth content like videos, ensuring a better user experience globally.

How do metrics and analytics support content distribution?
Metrics and analytics provide insights into content performance, audience behavior, and channel effectiveness, guiding more informed and strategic distribution decisions.

What are some common challenges in content distribution, and how can they be addressed?
Challenges include content saturation, finding the right distribution channels, and measuring effectiveness. These can be addressed through targeted strategies, regular analysis, and adapting to audience feedback and market trends.

Author bio:

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