What Is Content Creation Anyway? And Where Do You Put Your Energy?

What Is Content Creation Anyway? And Where Do You Put Your Energy?

Content creation is being bandied about nowdays, especially in the online marketing world. Each of us may have an idea of ​​what "content" is, but you might be surprised at how many different things it is. It's about every single day when you sit down at your desk and put your fingers on the keyboard … what are you creating?

Articles

Blogs

Social media updates

Videos

Website content

Promotional materials (and this is a big catchall category: marketing emails, associate materials, speaker queries, graphics)

Your bio and other materials about you (think speaker sheet, media kit)

Operation manuals

Internal and external emails

Infographics

Worksheets

Exercises

Programs and the material your peeps in the program get

One-off educational materials

Webinars

And the list goes on

So, when you think about what you need to be writing and the content you need to be creating, it can be a long list. And it all sees as if it's important and needs to be done NOW!

How do you decide what to focus on?

First, coordinate your content creation with your short- and long-term goals. Set your goals, and then drill down to the actions to reach those goals. For example, if one of your main goals is to increase your database list by 250 subscribers this quarter, your actions may be to deliver monthly free webinars or do free speaking gigs. That means you'll be creating webinar presentations, promotional materials to plug those webinars, writing query emails or letters to get speaking gigs, and designing your talks.

Second, to keep yourself and what you do in front of people, have your foundation marketing in place. Decide (or refine) how you regularly communicate with your tribe and community, and then write the content for those regular communications. For instance, your regular communication may consist of a weekly ezine, twice-a-week blog posts, and regular updates on one or two (not all of them!) Social media outlets.

Third, create fresh new content. Is there a workshop you want to teach? A new program you want to unveil? While it may not seem obvious, teaching a live workshop or a new program involves creating content.

Fourth, repurpose and reuse the content you already have. You do not have to constantly create something new; use the cool stuff you've already created. Think about using it differently (creating an infographic out of a five-step article) or packaging it with other content (a worksheet that becomes a bonus, or some articles that become an eBook).

Fifth, if you really have no clue about where to go, look at the graphic below. What is that one area that you get a little tingly feeling when you see it? Tingly as in … "Oh, I have an idea around that, and I soooo want to play with it!" See where your energy draws you in, and follow that energy. Good stuff will abound!

Creating content does not have to be this boring, stuffy, have-to-do-it kind of thing. It should be a way for you to pour your passion and creativity into a piece of content as well as to explore your particular sphere of expertise.



Source by Dawn Shuler

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