Posts tagged content ideas
Stop Writing Lame Blogs

We've all been guilty of it. We've been told that we have to create content for SEO, marketing or advertising purposes so we've forced ourselves to write a blog post. It usually begins by sitting in front of our computers only to be distracted by Pinterest before typing the first sentence. After an hour of browsing kitchen renovations and dream vacations, we finally tear ourselves back to our word document where we painfully, and slowly, type out a few sentences on something related to our business. We've written blogs on topics we either don't really know anything about, or have no real interest in, in an attempt to just get something, ANYTHING, out on the page. We stuff it full of keywords trying to get ranked in Google, hit publish and move on to the next marketing task on our list.

I'm here to tell you, however, that it's time to reevaluate that strategy. Not only is the content lame and uninspired (yes, I called your blog post lame) but it just plain bores you and your audience. You created your company, or picked your job, because it's supposed to be something you love to do. Yet we treat talking about it like a chore. How is anyone supposed to get excited about your product or service if you aren't excited about it yourself?

It's time to start creating content that actually contributes something to the internet. I think I can speak for all of us when I say the universe has had enough of the "Why you should use me to purchase your home" or the "Look how much I know about finance" blog post. We want to know why you are excited to get up and do your job everyday, and how you can help us navigate the world a little easier. 

No matter what service or product a customer is looking for, there are probably a million different companies out there vying for their attention. Your content is what is going to set you apart, label you as the expert in the field, and gain their trust (subsequently gaining their sales).

If you could indulge me, I'd love for you to try something for me. Before writing your next blog post, take a step back and think about the last conversation you had about your business where you got truly excited. What did you talk about? Who did you talk to? How did you say it? Did the other person actually seem interested and ask questions back? Now write about that. Not only will your audience thank you for adding to the conversation out there on the world wide web, but you'll feel good for actually contributing something useful to the world.

Still need more blog ideas? Check out our FREE download: 365 Days of Content Ideas - it’s chock full of blog prompts, social media posts and timely events that you can use to get your creative juices flowing.

Video 8 of 8: Genius Content Marketing Hacks and Blog Ideas

It’s the final installment of our 8 week video blog idea series, and we’re ending it up with something timely to the season.

That’s right, it’s all about playing up the season, time of year, or things that are happening in the world around you. But, how can you relate it back to your business? I’m giving you a few real life examples of how you can take your business and make it relevant to the time of year.

Check the video out below and in case you missed any of our previous blogs make sure you check them out and get your blog game strong for 2019!

Video 1: Using your customers

Video 2: The most bookmark worthy blog posts

Video 3: Getting blogs without having to actually write them

Video 4: What you probably are forgetting to do

Video 5: Utilizing articles and news content

Video 6: The topic you know the most about

Video 7: The best blogs for SEO

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Video 1 of 8: Genius Content Marketing Hacks and Blog Ideas

The hardest part about creating new content and blogs is actually coming up with an idea of what to write about.

Picture it: You’ve set aside some time to write your blog. This week you’re going to actually do it! You open up your lap top, click on Microsoft Office, and that white screen pops up. Now that little curser is sitting there blinking at you, waiting for your brilliant words to come spilling out.

And… nothing is coming out. Now you’re staring at that blank screen with that blinking, mocking cursor. You’re feeling more and more anxious, but nothing is coming to mind. You scan through the inner recesses of your mind but you just can’t think of single, solitary idea. Finally, you slam your computer shut and decide you’ll try again next week.

Ok, maybe that is slightly dramatic, but it’s pretty close… #amiright?

Well, you don’t have to stress any more. For the next 8 weeks I’m brining you some genius (if I do say so myself) hacks to easily brainstorming content ideas. They’re easy, insightful and guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.

How to Stick to the Commitment of Content Marketing

I recently saw a quote that spoke to my soul (ok, maybe that's a little dramatic but I really liked it). "Content marketing is a long term relationship. It's not a one night stand." - Unknown

This is something I preach to all of my clients. You can't have a successful content marketing strategy if you don't stay consistent. You can't move up in Google search if you refuse to blog. You can't authentically connect with your target through ads alone.

But I totally get it. Creating authentic, real content on a consistent basis is REALLY hard. It takes time, and it takes energy, that a lot of small business owners don't feel like they have. So, how can you stick to a successful content marketing strategy, when you don't feel like doing it?

1. Schedule time in advance. This one seems simple but it's the one thing that I've found makes the biggest difference for most of my clients. Before the start of each week, mark off an hour in your calendar that you are going to devote to creating content. Trying to squeeze it in between other activities, greatly reduces the chances of you actually doing it. Here's the deal though, you HAVE to treat this time like a meeting or other event you can't blow off. Do not schedule anything over it, or push it aside. When looking to put something else in your calendar, know that time is truly booked.

2. Work in a format that you enjoy(ish). Do you absolutely, positively HATE writing? No matter how much you try to force yourself to blog, the words just do NOT come out? Then stop it! Shift your focus to a format that feels more comfortable for you. Think about doing a weekly video blog, or Facebook Live that you can host on your site after you do it. Like to talk, but don't want to be in front of a camera? Look into starting a weekly podcast. While any of these may still be a chore to you, picking the one you like the most (or hate the least) makes it a little bit easier.

3. Find someone to do it for you. If you still just can't stick to a consistent blogging and social media schedule, look into finding someone to do it for you. Yes, it's that important that it's worth investing in. Find a freelancer or consultant (I happen to know a good one ;) ...) that can get you back on track. Don't have any budget for it? Scout out some local colleges for marketing or writing interns. At the end of the day, try to open up some space to finding outside sources to help you in this area of your business. Creating authentic content is one of the best ways to move up in Google search, cut through the noise, connect with your audience, and convert them into paying customers.

The Infamous Question - How Do I Come Up With Blog Ideas?

One of the biggest mental blocks most people have when creating blog posts is coming up with ideas. You can stare at that blank word document for 30 minutes, wracking your brain for something to put down to impress the masses. It's easy to become discouraged or frustrated and push it off until tomorrow. Unfortunately, that "tomorrow" gets farther and farther away and before you know it, it's been 2 months since your last blog post.

Well have no fear. Today we have a lists of 5 best practices to help you stockpile a ton of ideas so you never have to stare down that plank page ever again.

1. Compile a list of FAQ's - There's a reason these are called "frequently" asked questions. If more than 1 person has asked you the same question in a meeting or at an event, it's likely a lot of other people want to know the answer as well. Think about questions you get asked daily in your job and jot them down to create an easy list of topics.

2. Utilize your bookmarks folder - Like I mentioned last week, bookmarking relevant articles and websites is a very underutilized tool. Create a special bookmark folder called "Blog Ideas" and save anything that isn't timely to it. Bookmarking content ideas with a long shelf life will ensure that you'll always have something relevant to post when you need ideas.

3. Pull up your notes app - Despite the fact that I use my phone for everything else in life, for some reason I always forget to use it for storing information on the go. When you're out during the day, quickly pull up your notes app on your phone to jot down ideas or questions that come to mind. Even if you end up throwing some of them out you won't forget the stroke of genius you had in line at Dunkin Donuts. 

4. Sign up for industry newsletters - Find some newsletters related to your industry and sign up for them. Even if you don't read them everyday, you know you can always quickly pull them up for a list of relevant articles and content.

5.  Stalk your competition - Google other businesses in your sphere and see what they're writing about. Look at content that people are responding to and see if you can expand upon it. Have another (aka better) way of doing something? Use that a springboard for your next post. Notice a topic that isn't getting a lot of attention? Cross that off the list and don't waste your time.