7 Ways To Never Run Out Of Content
There’s a lot of content out there these days. It seems that teams are getting bigger, more content is being produced, and the smaller companies are really having a hard time keeping up. We feel the pain. As a small business there are days where we scramble to find a last minute Instagram post, or a Pinterest picture to pin, and the worst is when Tuesday sneaks up on us and we have nothing to post on our blog.
Luckily in the last year since we’ve been in business we’ve learned a thing, or two, or seven, that can help you make sure that you never run out of content. Whether you are a small brand, a new influencer, or someone looking to make sure your personal accounts have some sort of presence everyday…Here are our seven tips to make sure you never run out of content:
This is the only way you’ll be able to have content and plan for success. Batching content is essentially setting specific hours aside in order to create content all at once. For an example, this blog post was published on Wednesday June 12 however we actually wrote it one week earlier on June 6. On June 6 we not only wrote this article but also wrote 6 other articles all for the Apto Media Blog.
Batching content has saved us time and energy so we can then focus on more projects. Since we wrote those 6 articles within 5 hours we now do not have to worry about writing any more articles for 6 more weeks. We originally heard about this concept through the lovely Jenna Kutcher on her podcast. After listening to the podcast we were convinced (check out the podcast here). Not only do we batch blog posts we also do this for our Instagram, Pinterest Board, and our client work. Continue to read this article, listen to Jenna Kutcher’s podcast and we promise you’ll be batch working all your content in no time.
Some weeks there’s just no time to schedule a photoshoot. Especially since every algorithm seems to change overnight and they are requiring you to post more and more. So our solution is Unsplash.com. This website provides the best stock photos from great and creative photographers. We use a lot of the photos for our offline brand packets we provide for our clients, our Instagram page, and any last minute photos that are needed for our own branding. Just don’t forget to mention the amazing photographer who took the photo.
SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE
Now this is the most important point on this list. If you take anything from this article focus on this point ONLY. In order to be successful with creating constant content you must schedule, schedule, and schedule. We use Google Calendar for everything! We color coordinate on different calendars for clients, prospective clients, our freelancers, and our internal team. Everything has a different color so that when we look at the calendar we know immediately what is happening, what needs to be done, and WHEN!
This goes along with batch working but in order to make sure you know the content you want to create you have to do your research. Know the current trends in your industry, marketing tactics to implement, and the trends your clients are going toward. Research it one of the most important ways your business will succeed in the long term.
We couldn’t tell you how many times things just don’t work out and we used to end up last minute with nothing to post. This is when repurposing content plays in your favor. You can repurpose anything you have published onto your website or social media platforms. Repurposing your content will also boost your SEO and retention rate on your website. Below are a couple ideas of how we’ve repurposed our content:
Guides into a Blog Post
Blog Posts into Instagram Stories
Instagram Post into Blog Post
EXAMPLE: Blog Post to Instagram Stories
SHOWCASE BEHIND THE SCENES
On our really busy days we create behind the scenes content. This means that when we have client photoshoots, video shoots, or marketing meetings we make sure to capture some type of content in order to either post it that day or wait for a rainy day. Other brands and followers love seeing the behind the scenes of a company so show them what they want!
Now this is something that we are working on but in order to get more followers, increase views on your website, and make sure that you’re posting on your blog weekly get people to contribute to your website. For an example if you’re a chef that posts about meal planning and recipes maybe ask your clients how your services have helped them, or if you know another chef that is doing something similar collaborate together.
That’s it! Those are our seven best practices of how to make sure that you always have content. Was this helpful? We’d love to hear your comments below! As always make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get even more inside helpful tips about video, business practices, and more!