The focus of today’s podcast episode is content marketing, and specifically how to do it on a shoestring budget. Let’s face it; we all need to create content consistently but we all love to save money, right?
Because we’re all so busy, consistently creating content is a challenge and is often an afterthought — something we’ll do when we “have more time.” However, in the same way that paying bills and answering email is a priority in order to keep your business alive, so is content marketing. Few people survive in today’s fierce online world if they don’t continually produce unique content!
In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:
- The answer to the question, “What is content?” I provide a quick list to remind you of how many opportunities you have to create content.
- The most important question you need to ask yourself regarding your content. The answer to this question will help you create content that engages and interests your audience. I also talk about the importance of solving problems and providing information that will enable your audience to take action and implement what they learn.
- How to brainstorm ideas for content. I cover 3 tips for coming up with stellar content ideas that fit your ideal audience.
- How to repurpose your best content. Brainstorming is important, but you may have already created a lot of content that you can repurpose. In this segment of the podcast I give you ideas for ways you can repurpose your existing content and provide examples of how I use this strategy myself.
- How to get inspired by mixing things up. I share one of my best sources of inspiration; it drives my husband crazy, but it’s one of my favorite ways to get fresh content ideas!
- How to become a ninja outsourcer. I cover 3 main roles you need to have in place when it comes to content creation. I provide tips for finding great people who will treat your business as if it’s their own; content marketing is a direct reflection of your brand, so it’s worth investing in the relationships you have with your contractors. I also talk about the importance of staying involved in the process and how to communicate your needs and expectations without micromanaging.
- How to optimize your content calendar. To get the most from your calendar, it needs to be extremely easy to use and easy to access. I explain how and why I use Google calendar for my content calendar.
- The importance of creating content with the big picture in mind. My tip here is something that most people don’t teach. (Hint: less just might mean more for you!)
- I share some tactical content creation tips including how to capture and keep track of ideas for future content. I talk about mistakes I made early on and what I did to improve my process for organizing my content creation ideas so that I can find them when I’m ready to use them.
- The importance of responsive design.
- I wrap up this episode by sharing my motto, “Give more than you ever expect to receive.” Tony Robbins put it perfectly: “If you can make it your goal to always find a way to add more value to people’s lives than anyone else, then you’ll never have to worry about success.”
Items mentioned in this episode include:
- Why 2013 is the Year of Responsive Web Design
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I want to hear from you! Which of these content marketing tips have you tried? Tell me all about it in the comment section below!