Do you have a central place to track blog topic ideas, manage writers and schedule publish dates?
Blogging is much easier when you have your content planned out. Knowing what you’ll write about and when you’ll publish it helps you stay on track.
In this article I’ll share three editorial calendar tools that help you deliver better content in less time.
What Is a Blog Editorial Calendar?
A blog editorial calendar shows you all of your blog posts and where they are in the production process. It sounds simple enough–perhaps so simple you may think you don’t need one. But an editorial calendar has a large impact on your overall organization and productivity.
Do you need to set up a social media campaign?
Do you know how to get started?
Establishing a strong team and a day-to-day plan are important for any successful social media campaign.
In this article I’ll show you the five core elements you need to build a social media marketing campaign that works.
A Social Media Campaign Example
Are you ready to start publishing blog posts, but don’t know where to start?
Before you start a blog to support your business, you need a comprehensive plan.
In this article I’ll show you how to create a business blogging plan in six easy steps.
Why Create a Business Blogging Plan?
People who “wing it” when they blog are only setting themselves up for failure. If you are going to put the time and effort into writing a business blog, you may as well make it the best it can be.
Do you need help managing your blog?
Whether you’re starting a new business blog or looking to revive an old one, there’s a lot to do.
You may even feel overwhelmed by all that’s involved. But don’t worry.
In this article you’ll find numerous resources and practical advice to help you through each stage of the blogging process.
Why Write a Business Blog?
A business blog helps you cement your position as an expert by giving you a platform to provide exceptional content (news, tips, trends) for your clients, potential clients and partners.
According to research conducted by Constant Contact, over 50% of small businesses need help with social media.
While many businesses have a social media presence, many are not engaging on those platforms and thus not meeting their goals.
With planning, your small business can use social media effectively.
Here are seven steps to a social media strategy for your business.
#1: Determine Your Business Objectives for Social Media
How do you want to use social media to help your business? What goals do you want to achieve?
Make your goals as concrete, measurable and achievable as possible. For example, if you currently get five new leads a month, setting a goal to get 100 new leads in the next 12 months is more realistic than setting a goal to get 5,000 new leads.
Are you happy with the marketing role your blog plays?
Many businesses consider blogs “a cost of doing business,” or code for “We’re not sure what it does but we’re afraid to stop doing it.”
In this article I will explore why and how to make your blog the hub of your content marketing plan?
Why make your blog your content marketing hub?
To put a slightly different spin on what Chris Brogan says, blogs are your home base; they are at the center of your content marketing system.
Need some actionable tips you can put to use today?
We asked 10 content marketing experts for their best content marketing tips.
Here they are:
#1: Leverage the Power of Interviews
Without a doubt, one of my hottest content marketing tips is to do interviews… especially video interviews. In fact, it isn’t just hot… it’s downright freakin’ sexy.
Here is why you should add interviews to your content repertoire (big word!) in a fun numerical order:
- If you can ask questions and like talking to people, you can interview someone. No need to come up with blog topics, just ask away.
- Interviews are an incredible relationship-builder. Want to meet your favorite author? Connect with the influencers in your space? Nothing builds a relationship like a good ole interview (especially on video, as you will REALLY get to know someone).
- Replicable, replicable, replicable. There are plenty of interesting people out there in your niche to interview. I doubt you will run out of content. Not running out of content? That’s a good thing!
- Credibility by association. Ahhh, this is a good one. When people see you interviewing awesome people, they assume you are awesome. This is good. For example, people assume I’m probably pretty neat as I can be seen on-screen with Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk and more. You can be pretty neat too.
If you don’t, you could be missing out on game-changing results.
According to the 2011 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, 78% of marketers saw increased traffic with just six hours a week invested in social media.
The businesses that do social media marketing well will see even bigger wins in 2012, as the gap between who “gets it” and who doesn’t grows wider by the minute.
Looking for some ideas to simplify your content creation process?
What follows are 26 tips, from A-Z, to help you create optimal blog posts every time you sit down to write.
#1: Anatomically Correct
A blog post contains several areas that require our attention and care. Pamela Seiple refers to six parts of the anatomy of a lead-generating blog post:
- Eye-catching title
- In-text links to landing pages
- Sidebar/banner calls to action
- Social sharing buttons
- Call to action at the bottom
- Relevancy—making sure the post is relevant from top to bottom