Pat asks, “How do you decide what content to create? How do you choose?”
Choose to create content the same way that Google and other algorithms think about it. Relevance, freshness, and diversity.
Choose to create with a specific audience member in mind.
Choose to create using predictive analytics.
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In today’s episode, Pat asks, How do you decide what content to create? How do you choose with all the opposite options and opportunities out there? It’s a really good question
you choose to create Well,
I choose to create what you what you choose to do maybe different.
But you choose to create content the same way that Google and other algorithms think about content and and look for content.
It’s well established in SEO circles. That
content needs to be relevant content needs to be fresh and content needs to be diverse, meaning it needs to be in a multitude of formats. And so
on a daily basis when I put these videos together, I’m trying to
trying to do follow those those general guidelines so
The overall strategy is is something that taken almost literally word for word from my friend Marcus Sheridan Mark shirt and wrote a book
might have been late late last year early this year called you ask they ask you answer and that is essentially the some of those you should still read the books is the fun book to read. But that’s essentially the essence of the strategy is people ask you questions or people ask questions and you answer them. So when someone emails me or leaves a comment on a post or a video or sends me a message, I do my best to answer it. And
that immediately covers off on the freshness
because it’s it’s in the moment it’s as at least one person in the audience is thinking about it and it covers the relevance because I don’t have to then guess what.
Someone is thinking about online. I can know that because you asked me
in the infrequent times when someone doesn’t ask a question directly of me. I will.
I am a member of like a dozen different Facebook groups and like 15, slack channels all on marketing and communications and data science and all these other topics that are relevant to me and to Trust Insights and
on any given day. There’s 100 questions to choose from. There’s 100 questions that people have that people want to know the answer is to pick one of them that again, I can provide a irrelevant answer to
pick one that I can provide a fresh answer to, especially if it’s a topic that
has been around a while
create video and audio
and images around those those answers. And so that’s
that’s probably the I would say the most simple way to create great content is instead of trying to guess what the audience wants to
answer the audience to answer the questions,
you don’t necessarily have to do it in in this exact question and answer format. But it does help
because it forces you to think
I’m answering the specific question
at a recent talk that my friend Ann Handley gave. One of the things she was saying was that in the topic of email newsletters,
marketers put too much emphasis on the news and not enough emphasis on the letter on the writing of a letter and highlighted the way Warren Buffett
writes shareholder letters he writes them to his sister because
assist as a shareholder of the company and uses that to set his tone and perspective and his voice. And that’s one of the things I love about Marcus Sheridan’s they ask you answer is that when Pat asks a question
I’m not speaking to
an imaginary masses talking to you pat but by extension also you who are watching this video or listening to this audio or reading this text and so that provides
an additional I would say degree of relevance into the conversation into into what we have to share I talked about that not too long ago about why marketers keep talking like hey you guys on a podcast because justice
and then the third thing I would emphasize besides following the algorithms and
addressing an individual’s concerns would be using predictive analytics using forecasting, predictive analytics to know what general topics are going to be
of interest to people
during the days or times are weeks that are are ahead of you. Again, this is something that that
we do at the office
where we forecast out five or 600 search terms,
52 weeks in advance. And then on any given week, we look at the calendar Okay, well, what terms are going to be the most searched for this week? Okay, let’s make sure we have a blog post and a podcast and stuff around that topic so that it is relevant to people when they are searching for it.
Actually, we try and do about two weeks before to give algorithms and search bots the opportunity to index the content in advance,
but that’s sort of a third way that you can create
At the end of the day,
as long as you’re creating
content that is that obeys the three E’s rule,
which is it has to be engaging meaning that to elicit some kind of emotional response
or it could be entertaining or it could be educational those are the three E’s of content your ideally you can do all three
but at least one is providing some sort of value to the person on the other end of your content. In this case, you know it’s it’s barely 7am here in in the morning and so probably not gonna not going to do a whole lot of of entertainment
but education is something that
I I personally can do it anytime of the day. Try and share
perspective or some knowledge or some techniques or some tips on how to do something.
personal methodology of how I choose to create content. Your mileage should vary. Your mileage should be different. You should not be doing the exact same thing.
You may be a much more entertaining person, you may be much more engaging person who gives a very emotional and very
high emotional valence about the topics that you talk about. Again, if you’re a watch Marcus Sheridan, speakeasy is not a calm speaker. He is a very dynamic speaker. And so
your style is different. But starting with knowing what the algorithms are looking for, and knowing what your audience is looking for, and knowing what you’re comfortable doing are probably the three priorities for content creation.
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