You Ask, I Answer: Biggest Time Wasters in Content Marketing?

Lisa asks, “What are the biggest time wasters that plague content marketing programs?”

Before we can answer this question, we have to define what a time waster is. Is it something that won’t work, won’t generate results? Is it something for which the process is so contentious and difficult that it’s not worth doing, like content committee meetings? Is it doing something without a plan and relying on luck? Is it doing something unnecessary?

  • Unnecessary: Excessive planning/perfectionism
  • Ineffective: Guessing/luck
  • Better Use of Time: Committees

No surprise, this all maps nicely to people, process, and platform. Know your people and their strengths and weaknesses. Audit and improve your processes for content marketing. Use data, analytics, and software to guide your content marketing and save precious time.

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In today’s episode, Lisa asks, What are the biggest time wasters that plague content marketing programs? That that’s an interesting question because

before we can answer the question, we have to define what a time waster is. Is it just something that doesn’t work? Is this something that doesn’t generate results? Is it something that the process is so contentious and difficult? It’s not worth doing. Like, you know, content committee meetings.

Is this something that like doing something without a plan and just kind of relying on luck?

is it doing something unnecessary? There’s a lot of different ways to waste time in content marketing. So the question is, when we’re talking about the biggest time wasters and the things you want to eliminate What are those things?

If we view content marketing as necessary, effective

And times scalable, meaning it’s something we need to do.

And we know we need to do it because organic search, if you look at most companies, analytics, organic searches, anywhere from 40 to 90% of the traffic that they generate, so it’s necessary.

It is effective if you do it well, because it gets you that traffic. And once you make the investment in a piece in any given individual piece of content, then no amount of ongoing investment is relatively low.

And is it scalable with the right processes with the right technology, content marketing is absolutely a very scalable thing to do.

Then,

the opposite is things that are unnecessary things that are ineffective, and things that are could be a better use of time. So let’s, let’s tackle some of those things that are unnecessary. Planning is important. Planning, forecasting, predictive analytics stuff that we do all the time at trusted insights.

absolutely necessary. What is not necessary is excessive planning. If you’re, you spend so much time on the plan so much time on the admin so much time on the overhead that you never actually get around to creating the content. That’s unnecessary. Likewise, perfectionism is a major problem in content marketing, particularly when you’re working with

certain types of personalities on staff. There are some people who it has to be the perfect platonic ideal of a piece of content and it will take them nine months to write a blog post, like, doesn’t need to be perfect. It needs to it needs to be good. So those are a couple of things to look out for there. And those are, those are more than anything, people management issues, being able to manage the people behind the content Well,

in terms of things that are ineffective guessing about what content will be popular is generally ineffective, relying on luck. We’re gonna create a whole bunch of content and hope that one of them goes viral.

I think it’s viral right now is this cold that I have?

That’s ineffective, that that doesn’t generate results, right? You need a process to be able to generate content that is effective. And that means using data using predictive analytics using Heck, using descriptive analytics, the stuff that you’ve already got using what’s already in your Google Analytics in your Google Search Console data, using SEO tools that are effective and appropriate, like our reps. All of these things will help you make your content marketing processes better and more effective.

And finally, other things that are better use of time.

Yeah, so if you ever sat on a content committee, or a editorial board or any of these

fancy corporate structures for creating content, they chew up a lot of time you put 10 people in a room

20 people in the room, Heck, even four people in a room and say what are we going to make for content? Well,

that can be good sometimes occasionally. But more often than not, you spend so much time in those meetings, preparing for the meeting, and then post meeting takeaways. That if you would take in the two to three hours that you every person invested in that meeting and said, instead, lock yourself at this desk or cubicle or workspace or coffee shop or whatever, for the next three hours and create as much content as you can on these topics. That would be a much more scalable, better use of that same time that rather than having them 10 people sit in a room and just crank out post it notes on the walls and whiteboard drawings. Again,

that’s fine. In moderation, that is fine. Occasionally.

That’s fine when you have the data as a starting point for this is what is

Most likely to work? How do we make it work? So if you have a predictive calendar that says in the next four weeks, these are the top 10 topics we need to create content about great, that committee meeting can be super short. Here the 10 topics, who’s going to take this one? Who’s going to take this one? Who’s going to take this one? Do we need? Does anyone need help with outlines? No. Okay, go that, yeah, 15 minute meeting.

best use of time and scalable use of time to create content is a technology assisted thing. If you use that data, if you use those analytics, you can create content at scale,

and make the best use of people’s times. And so that’s a technology problem. In a lot of cases, well, it’s a process people and technology problem. So when you think about it, this really maps back to people process and platform people process and technology, time wasters or ineffective or problematic problems in any one of those areas or all three of those areas. So

Make sure you have a lookout for them. And then the resolutions are making sure that you’ve got the right people and you know how to corral their personalities. You’ve got great processes in place. And you’re using technology and data and analytics to as the bedrock for your content marketing so that you’re not left guessing and you’re not left as wondering what’s going on. So, important question about time wasters and more important how to fix them. Focus on the people the process and the technology and identify the holdups in each of those areas so that you can then go and remediate them, mitigate them so that you can move ahead. As always, please leave your comments below. And please subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter, I’ll talk to you soon.

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