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Content marketing is what you do. Creating quality content is the #1 most important thing you can do with your online business.

Have You Written a Book Yet?

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You have one in you. What's stopping you?

That was a reply I got from one of my loyal subscribers.

Somebody I know personally.

I've got that question a lot.

And I guess the question begs an answer…

Yes, I have. You can find them here.

But I guess that question really may mean two things. (Or more, there's always more, right?)

  1. The reader didn't know I'd written books.
  2. The reader knew I'd written those books but what she really meant is she'd like to see me write a book that isn't “how-to” but rather more meaningful, philosophical, introspective, evergreen, funny, etc. (insert your own adjectives here).

So…as I responded to her email personally (I always do, unless you fall prey to my occasional email purge), yeah, it's time.

In that light, I have a question for you:

What would you like to see me write?

That's a serious question. And I know, asking hundreds of people this question will get many answers. (And a lot more non-replies–why don't you love me enough to comment on my posts? Heck, I'd be happy if you just read them.)

So, what's it going to be? Tell me the book topic you want me to write about.

Go!

And don't forget: Make it a great day!

Why You Should Be Using an Editorial Calendar

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Using an editorial calendar will help your content marketing efforts

What Is An Editorial Calendar?

An editorial calendar is used by bloggers, publishers, businesses, and groups to control publication of content across different media.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Editorial_calendar

We are specifically talking about blogging at the moment but using an editorial calendar can (and should) be applied to social media as well as other channels like newspapers, magazines, and email newsletters.

Why Use an Editorial Calendar?

According to Joe Pulizzi of Content Marketing Institute, “…(editorial calendars) are utterly critical for any content marketing program to be successful.”

  • Why? Content marketing is a long-term play that requires a strategy, planning, and follow through. An editorial calendar helps with the planning, follow through, and tracking of your content marketing efforts.
  • In short, you lay out a plan and then schedule blog posts to accomplish the goals of the plan.
  • Without an editorial calendar, your content marketing approach looks like “spray and pray” rather than a well thought-out plan.
  • Bloggers are notorious for this haphazard approach, myself included.
  • An editorial calendar helps immensely with planning, but also in tracking progress and results.

Best Practices with an Editorial Calendar

  • Create a content marketing plan.
  • Use the Editorial Calendar spreadsheet (link  — sorry, password-protected, only for my Mastermind members).
  • Plan around holidays and special events in your niche.
  • Include “mini content marketing” campaigns in your plan.
  • Use a WordPress plugin to assist.

Here's the full presentation:

Why Authors Should Be Using Content Marketing

Guest post: Colin Cieloha is an American author and content marketer at Skilled.co.  He writes about everything that will draw his attention with a focus on the mobile and e-commerce space.  When he is not writing he is spending his time traveling the globe and snowboarding.  You can follow him on his Twitter at @ColinCieloha or on Linkedin

Authors are in a unique market position compared to most other producers. They work for a long time, often over a year, on a product, and then they have to think about how to market that product best in order to maximize sales. These are two very different skillsets, which is why a lot of authors don’t do as well as they should. There are tons of writers who are great at the writing part of their job, but not nearly as good as promoting that product effectively when the release comes around. The far less acceptable alternative is being a great marketer, but not having a great book to sell. One possible solution for authors that would like to market their books more effectively, is to release content along the way.

This is effectively a content marketing strategy. Most businesses are doing something like this these days, but it makes even more sense for authors to do it, because they are already writers. It fits right in their skillsets to put together pieces that communicate their thoughts and messages in a more abbreviated manner than their books.

There are a few ways to go about this, and this will depend on the nature of your writing business. You can either blog or email. There are other options like syndicated content, but that is an extension of a blog and we are placing more focus on consistent efforts in this piece.

Email marketing has become a favourite of many businesses because of how it pushes the information towards the customer rather than requiring the customer to come to their website. 80% of businesses report that email and email marketing is a strong contributor to their revenue growth efforts.

If you go the blogging route, it is best to blog as consistently as possible. 57% of sporadic bloggers experience revenue increases when they start producing content on their blogs, whereas 82% frequent bloggers get this revenue increase effect. This is a notable difference, and illustrates the principle that consistency is half the battle.

93% of marketers will say that email is the most important channel for distributing their content and put a considerable emphasis on streamlining this method of approach. Email has a more intimate feel to it than other marketing approaches because you are already in the same “zone” that emails from personal contacts are. This is why email ends up being 40x more effective at acquiring new customers than Facebook or Twitter.

The good news is that as an author sending out great content to your readers, the readers enjoy it as well. 72% of consumers prefer to receive promotional content through email, and if these people have already opted in to hear from you, they will be happy to have value added to their life, because they already trust you. So whether you go the email route, or decide to stick with your blog, your likelihood of increasing your sales through marketing efforts will greatly benefit from the use of content marketing.


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