Creating engaging content that speaks to your audience on a regular basis can sometimes seem like a chore that never gets done – sort of like the dishes in the kitchen sink. Once you clean them up you’re already making new dirty dishes. Once you push out new content, you already need more new content. It never ends. But, it doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be interesting and even fun. After all, a solid content marketing plan is going to produce serious value for your business.
1. Know Your Why
Not just why you have to create content in general, but understand why you’re creating this one piece of content. What is the point of this article, white paper, blog post, or vlog? What do you want to convey to your audience, and why do you want to do it? If you can answer that for each piece of content and know what you want the results to be from pushing out any piece of content, you’ll be able to stay better focused.
2. Understand Who Your Audience Is
Everything you do needs to focus on your audience. You should know who they are, what they want, what they need, and why they need it. Each time you produce content you need to know exactly who it is directed to so that you can word everything in a way that resonates with them.
3. Plan Ahead
Don’t create content from the seat of your pants. Instead, craft a plan in advance based on the time of year, holidays, celebrations, and products and services you’re pushing out. Knowing in advance what types of content you need to produce will actually aid creativity, not stifle it.
4. Craft Compelling Titles
Once you know the topics you need to produce content for each week, you can create titles to work with. You can use the titles yourself or send them on to your ghostwriter to do it for you. But, having the titles gives you the keywords and subject matter that the content should be about, to help you get started when it’s time to produce.
5. Mix It Up
Don’t think of content as just articles, or just blog posts. Content can be in any number of forms. By creating many different types of content you will keep the creativity flowing. Some types of content are best suited for a blog post; others are best suited for a podcast or video.
6. Ask Questions
When you’re unsure about what to do, ask a question and then answer it. Often you can use questions that your audience is asking on social media and in forums to frame your content to be something they want to consume. You can bet if one person has asked the question, more than one wants the answer.
7. Make Lists
When you produce content, from blog posts to videos, lists work well. Each point in the list gives your audience a chance to digest the information, and then the next point drives them forward to consume more. Titles that have numbers in them also get a lot more views than other types of titles.
8. Edit Carefully
Nothing can ruin a compelling piece of content more than lack of editing. One misspelling or misused word can ruin your credibility and reduce the trust the reader has in you as an expert. Not only that; check your facts to ensure that the information you pass on to others is accurate.
9. Stick to a Laser-Focused Topic
Your title should guide you to what to discuss in the content you create. If the content doesn’t relate to the title or starts going off into left field, pull it back to ensure that every word of the content relates to the title. People expect the information they’re reading or watching to relate to the title.
10. Show Instead of Tell
This is a composition principle you may have learned in high school English classes. All it means is to employ action words, to evoke thoughts and feelings to convey the message you want to get across to your audience.
11. Use Words to Evoke Feelings
Copyblogger.com has a list of 50 trigger words. If you can find a natural way to use these words, you can trigger the right feelings in your audience to make them act in the way that you want them to act.
12. Curate Creatively
Don’t just make lists of other people’s contents; add your thoughts about the content you’re sharing, too. Add new insights to the content subject matter that bring something new to the table.
13. Include Relevant Images
An image, as they say, is worth a thousand words. When you can put an image that relates to the content and pushes the story forward, it will mean a lot more than any words you can write about a topic.
14. Outsource Content Creation
Creating consistent and compelling content takes time, so it may not be the best way to use yours. Outsourcing your content planning, writing, editing, and posting is almost always the best course of action unless of course, you’re a professional writer. An experienced online business manager or virtual assistant can be one of the best investments for your business if you’re struggling to produce engaging content or adhere to a schedule of some kind. Many people think they can’t produce creatively on a schedule. But the truth is, if you’re outsourcing, no one will be the wiser.
The plan of action that you create, based on the products and services you want to promote, along with the titles, will help you move forward creating consistently engaging content every time.