IBM Content Marketing Manager, IBM z Systems in Washington, District Of Columbia
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About Content Marketing at IBM
People are bombarded and disrupted by over 14,000 messages a day. The world doesn’t need more content; it needs better content. Hence, the “IBM Originals” approach to content was created to be the storytelling arm of IBM. We create stories and content experiences that matter to our audiences, move them to act, and cut through the noise in the market.
We believe that content is the best way to build relationships at scale and that stories must be creatively told, uniquely delivered, and useful to our audience. Do you have what it takes? Want to be part of a company where science and creativity collide to make the new big bang in content?
About Your Role
You’ll support content success across business units, roles and regions, facilitating content alignment and efficiency through a centralized, consolidated and coordinated methodology for content lifecycle management.
You’ll bring an audience-first approach to planning and overseeing the content strategy, requirements, and deliverables that support the buyer’s journey throughout the life of a project. You are committed to flawless execution and have a passion for creating outcome-driven content experiences.
You’ll report to our IBM Systems’ Editor-in-Chief and your responsibilities include:
Content Strategy: Lead the development of content strategy for campaigns and content experiences including the creation of targeted and differentiated buyer-centric narratives, content journeys (including calls-to-action), and the corresponding deliverable plans that bring those narratives to life. Work with our cross-functional “diamond” team to gather audience and competitive insights, prior content and campaign performance data and insights, as well as best practice information to inform content and campaigns including but not limited to:
Audience Demand: Get to know the business needs and aspirations, content consumption preferences and behavior, channel preferences and behaviors for our audiences via different sources.
Brand and Solution Stories: Determine what narratives and stories the company can authentically tell that will engage the buyer and help lead them to the appropriate IBM solution.
Competitive: Monitor the competitive landscape and all best-in-class publishers to find growth opportunities and inform our content best practices.
Content Models: Determine which creation models are most appropriate given the idea, expertise, talent and resources (agency vs. internal services teams).
Original Content: Create content ideas and assets that include copy, treatments, emails, and other written executions.
Commission Content: Contribute to the ideation process with stakeholder content teams to turn data/insights into new content types and experiences. Conduct story research utilizing internal and external sources. Search sources (e.g. our internal content libraries) for content to potentially curate and re-use.
Content Negotiation: Work with the Paid Media Team to help negotiate distribution and amplification across paid, owned & earned channels to ensure great content finds its audience. Ensure that partners are being consistently monitored and measured and that performance data and insights are fed back to the broader stakeholder content teams and WW Digital Marketing Director.
Performance: Monitor content performance and ensure that all content meets SEO guidelines, has keyword focus, cross-links, and clear calls to action. Collaborate with Digital and Campaign Strategists to ensure concept, A/B, and multivariate testing occurs and is aligned to the role/goal of the content strategy. Monitor the story Dashboard on a weekly basis and make recommendations to the team for optimizations, killing and extending content based on performance.
Production: Own the content/creative briefs and co-development of the consideration set for content partners (internal and external) as part of the RFP and SOW process. Manage content production in Kapost to hit project milestones, stay within budget and meet on-time delivery dates.
Content Research Testing Center of Excellence: Lead and oversee creative and audience research testing with our Systems market research/buyer community. Turn data/insights from prospect and client research testing into stronger creative and new ideas for the broader BU content teams.
Content Distribution: Work with social media, internal communications, digital etc. to ensure campaigns are promoted and shared across all appropriate channels.
Content Marketing Managers are located in IBM offices in Austin, TX or Raleigh, NC.
Must have the ability to work in the US without current/future need for IBM sponsorship.
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Required Technical and Professional Expertise
5-8 years of experience in brand strategy/planning in digital/content/media at an agency.
3-5 years of experience in technology or infrastructure hardware marketing with companies like Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Google, HP, Microsoft, major Cloud service providers.
Self-directed, thrives in a fast-paced environment, strong communication skills.
Understanding of optimal multi-channel approach: social, digital, media, and content metrics.
Knowledge of media planning, distribution, measurement, optimization, and syndication of content.
Experience gathering, synthesizing and analyzing internal and external research into sound content analyses.
Experience with content/social analytics platforms.
A portfolio that demonstrates your ability to facilitate and initiate creative thinking in the digital space.
Experience developing relationships and work with a wide array of partners in content development, production and measurement, video distribution and social media.
Preferred Tech and Prof Experience
Experience developing relationships and working with a wide array of partners in content development, production and measurement, video distribution and social media.
Successful track record taking a new-media approach to content and using data to inspire ideas.
Evidence of being a collaborative partner yet provocative thought leader.
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