People often struggle with what to write on their blog. It's important to remember that you don't always have to WRITE a lot. Blogs also don't have to be a complicated piece of content. Here are some creative ideas for your blog.
With Podcast Movement 2017 underway, I'm continuing to post more information surrounding podcasts. Today it's a video showcasting highlights from a recent study conducted by Edison Research & Triton Digital. These are just a few of the takeaways. Check out the entire study here - THE PODCAST CONSUMER
If you're launching a podcast, a first impression is incredibly important. If you want people to listen, love and subscribe...you have to keep them interested. This infographic will give you a checklist of things to do before posting your first episode for public consumption.
Download it here:
I love working with businesses on their podcasts. A lot of times there's a ton of excitement and curiosity in our conversations. A lot of that curiosity comes from wondering if audio content can really help their organization. Sometimes, they've just read about other companies doing it, and they decide they want to try it out. As with any new initiative, the "What if we fail" worry tends to be present. It is then that I tell them why podcasting can be good for business.
You reach new audiences.
Businesses have to produce a variety of content because different people consume things in different ways. Podcasting gives you a chance to put yourself in front of an audience who likes to listen to content while driving, working out, relaxing, etc. This was the best way to reach them. I remember when Facebook marketing expert Amy Porterfield launched her podcast. One of the first things she said she noticed after launching her show was that she was reaching people she would've have never otherwise reached. And this was coming from someone who makes a living ONLINE.
It personalizes your brand
If your online presence consists of website text and social media posts, podcasting can add a personal element to it all. You can host the show and showcase some of your very knowledgeable employees, partners or colleagues. Suddenly, you're more than a website, Tweet or Facebook post...you're a human with a voice. In today's trust-driven consumer marketing place, that's something that adds a lot of value to your presence.
It's a great storytelling platform.
Audio is like movies for the mind. It always has been. When many people listen to the radio, they subconsciously visualize a look to go with a voice. When you hear commercials with music, dialogue and characters...they're trying to generate an image in your head. You can definitely create stories on a podcast using that formula. Or you can take a cue from shows like This American Life and merge interviews with music. These days, telling your story is more important than ever. Podcasts give you a way to tell it.
It's easier and less expensive than video.
Before I added audio to my production skills, I was a video producer. I did everything from camera, sound, locations, casting, editing, lighting and directing. Audio is recording and then editing. I liked the simplicity of that. So, with podcasts you don't have to worry about how you look or the scenery around you. You don't have to worry about lighting. You don't even have to buy a high def camera to produce the content. You can launch a podcast for under $100, and it's probably a little less time consuming.
If I can help you develop or produce a podcast for your business...let me know!
If you're using copyrighted or popular music for your podcast production (like the opening theme), I would say two things to you:
1. Stop taking the risk.
2. You don't have to take the risk.
You may not realize just how many alternatives that are available. Here are a few examples:
Pond5 - You can search and purchase royalty-free music music and filter specific criteria like price, commercial use, P.R.O. music, etc.
AudioJungle - Search music and pay for the appropriate license.
MusicLoops - You can search royalty-free music here with prices lower than a lot of what you find on Pond5.
YouTube - This is not a misprint. Yes, you can find some free music and sound effects at YouTube!
I remember when social media really started to gain some traction. More people were using it, and some creative business folks figured out how to use it for their organization. However, there were a lot more people in business that believed social media is for kids, fluff and fun. That's it. It had no value beyond that. I remember a CEO saying, "Twitter is for twerps".
Now it's 2017, and several companies have realized there is value in social media. However, many are still trying to figure out how to make it work. One of the biggest roadblocks is transitioning from many of the traditional marketing and sales approaches to more content-driven/consumer-centric strategies.
As we get closer to 2018, social media/content strategies are no longer something you can brush off or consider later. Just like the days where companies realized they could use social media, today's environment sees companies taking more drastic measures to adapt to the times.
This includes removing the CMO from the organization and turning their marketing departments into customer experience or publishing departments. I've worked for CEOs and managers that didn't take social/content strategies seriously, and I wonder if they've noticed that even big brands like Coke are making changes. (Listen to the audio above to hear more.)
One of the things you can do to help your social media and content efforts is OUTSOURCE some of the workload. I'm here to help!
When I first learned about link shrinking, I was that I could save some text space. However, I worried about the clickability factor. Since the shrinking process changes the URL to a bunch of random letters and numbers, you can't tell where the link is going to take you. With clickbait and other tricky lures out there, I thought people would avoid clicking on something that wouldn't give them a sense as to where they're going. I'm sure you've wondered the same thing.
Then I found out about Bit.ly's customization tool, and that fixed everything. If you sign up with them, you have the option to shorten and tweak the URL.
To demonstrate, I'm going to use my blog Why Your Podcast is a Bag of Potato Chips and create a shortened link.
I'm going to paste the URL and get the shorter link.
Then, I'm going to co into the "customize" box and change the last section to "PodcastChips".
I get a confirmation that the link has been changed, and I click SAVE at the bottom of the column. From that point on, I can share that custom link for the blog post.
It's a great way to give you links some identity!
Need more help with your content marketing efforts? I'm here for you!
Keeping with the theme of supporting your social media marketing teams, today's audio blog is about investing in the transformation of a Marketing Department to a PUBLISHING Department. I'll start with an insight that came from my Social Media Marketing Certificate courses. Specifically, I'll touch on a section that featured insights on Taco Bell's Social Media War Room.
I also talk about Richie Kawamoto's effective strategies for getting companies to tell their stories through blogs like these:
What if Your Business Story Became a Movie?
A Brand Story on Social Media Requires a Budget
Richie Kawamoto on Twitter
If you're interested in a Social Media Certificate with Northwestern University, visit Coursera!
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The decision to start a podcast is one thing, but developing the right concept is another. Obviously you want to talk about something you're naturally passionate about, because that passion will come through to the audience.
However, I tell people to think about a few other important aspects of the show. For one thing, you need to make sure your show can generate around 45 topics a year. This is true if you're planning to produce a weekly show. If you brainstorm and can't get past 20 topics in any way, shape or form...it might not be the right concept.
Make sure the concept lends itself to a good format (segments, interviews, round table discussion, etc) and figure out ways to showcase engaging content through it.
Finally, make sure you can easily explain what it's about and why people will want to listen every week.
I was thrilled to see Mark Schaeffer's blog about three big social media problems that aren't social media problems. Specifically, it was great to see him point out how lack of management support can ruin even the best of plans or the most creative of social media employees.
In this audio blog, I expand on this even further with an example from my own personal experience.