The bad news first: The sheer momentum with which the two phenomena are evolving today is swamping many marketing departments. It turns out that generating enough high value content in ways that are meaningful to multiple social audiences is a monumental challenge in today’s always-on media world.
The good news? Owned and earned media were born to leverage off one another – and their combined impact often proves to be far greater than the sum of their parts. Successful PR professionals work toward a self-renewing “virtuous cycle” in which owned media is published by a brand, audiences play it forward as earned media, and the amplification continues as these ripples spread throughout the social sphere.
And there’s even more good news: owned media is not limited solely to the videos, white papers, tweets and other content you produce; it also includes the multimedia platforms you’ve creatively designed to host that stream of brand messaging, as well as the communities you’ve built and diligently maintained around your messaging. With these multiple manifestations of owned media comes a greater resulting opportunity for earning media.
We’ve just published a new white paper titled “Content Marketing: A Six Step Plan for Agile Engagement” designed to help you get your arms around earned media opportunities and incorporating the agile engagement construct into your communications plans. We hope you enjoy the paper, and invite your feedback in the comments below!