The above quote is actually my life right now. I am up at 5am writing this blog. It takes that type of sacrifice sometimes.
Ok, assuming working at outrageous times isn’t always possible for you, I am going to share with you what to do to make sure you have a lot of content going out on as many platforms as possible, daily.
Plan. It goes without saying really. If you’re having trouble publishing a lot of content and you’re thinking, “What should I post?”. Or, you go days without sharing anything. Or, you’re not sure what you are doing and you’re fumbling in the dark with, you need a plan.
It won’t be easy for you if you don’t know how to publish content and what methodologies you can use.
There are a couple of things that you can think about when it comes to planning for content:- Themes and Goals. Let me break it down.
Themes and Goals
You can write themed content. Write down a bunch of themes that you want your content to focus on over say, a 6- month or 12-month period. Literally, you just write down a list of themes or content subjects. Write as many as you can. So, for example on this digital marketing blog where I provide tips and strategies for growing a digital brand, a few themes that I may want to focus on are branding, growth strategies, social media, advertising. Those are just a few.
You can break one of those themes down further. So, ‘growth strategies’ can be drilled down to themes such as audience targeting, email marketing, community development and social media brand development.
Create your own themes. On an Excel spreadsheet, enter in those themes one in each cell. Decide whether the content you produce will focus on each theme on a daily, weekly, monthly or fornightly basis. Whatever. That decision is up to you. If you go for a weekly focus, write the week commencing date in each adjacent cell.
You should have a row or column filled with themes and below or next to each of those cells will be the dates you’ll begin sharing content related to that theme.
That’s it. You know have a basic and easy social media content plan.
All this planning, which doesn’t take incredibly long and can be quite fun once you get going, is going to save you thinking time. You’ll be surprised how much time, on a daily basis, can be wasted just wondering what on earth to post.Download Your FREE Social Media Planner
Where to Get Inspiration
I really like to know what’s grabbing everyone’s attention online. What are what the social media influencers talking that’s worth looking at. Ask yourself, what’s making the digital headlines. Purely because, if you can incorporate those themes within your content, it’s going to be more relevant. I like to see the styles that people are using; when and how they are using them.
Below are my regular sources of inspiration. I’m going to list them out for you.
- Go on Twitter and see what’s trending
- Visit the Twitter profiles of some of the influencers you follow. In fact I do that for all the social platforms I’m on.
- Use my ebook. I do!
- Check Google Trends. A must.
- Check YouTube’s Home Page.
- Get ideas from conversations with clients.
- Writ ideas down on you iPhone or Android notes app.
- Use PostPlanner.
- Go out! It really clears your mind. I can get incredibly creative when I decide to hop on a train into London.