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You Ask, I Answer: Keeping Content Marketing and Social Media Fresh?

Whitney asks, “Does anyone have any recommendations/resources for maintaining a fresh perspective when you’re deep in to the calendar planning process for clients? How do you pull yourself out of repetitive, stale caption writing?”

I use predictive calendaring for this. When you know what’s going to be trending well in advance, you can give yourself the luxury of thinking and planning ahead, rather than reacting in the moment and not crafting a bigger picture content calendar.

You Ask, I Answer: Keeping Content Marketing and Social Media Fresh?

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In today’s episode Whitney asks, Does anyone have any recommendations or resources for maintaining a fresh perspective? When you’re deep into the calendar planning process for clients? How do you pull yourself out of repetitive stale caption writing? So this is a good question.

I use predictive calendaring for this, because being able to predict and forecast when specific topics are going to be of interest to your audience makes it easier to do your content planning.

And it keeps you from getting still one of the problems that people have when they’re trying to do content creation is that if you’re doing it in a very reactive way, and you just have this general lump topic, like, you know, you’re going to this this month, you’re going to blog about, you know, financial services, repayment options, you know, and you’re like, great, right.

And there’s an not a lot of detail to it, there’s not a lot of granularity to it, you absolutely can get stuck in a loop of being stale and repetitive.

Because you’ve run out you’ve tapped out the broad topic without having any of that granular detail in it.

So if you can take data search data, in particular, what people search for forecast at using statistics and data science and dig deep into what’s going to be popular, you will have a much easier time creating lots of content that’s you know, content at scale times to when people care about the most and giving you the ability to really plan ahead.

So that’s a lot of theory.

Let’s look at an example here we’ll switch this over here like that.


So this is an example predictive forecast for we use it at the shop here for cheese’s as a as a fun demo because you know no confidential information.

We can see here is that any given week, throughout the year we can we forecast forward what is the likelihood of an audience searching for this cheese by name so this coming week, the week of July 14 2019 when I’m recording this, the the cheese of the week is going to be burrata followed by FedEx mozzarella, provolone and American.

So if I was running a cheese shop or cheese restaurant or something cheese really I would know that next week.

I need to have content about burrata cheese I don’t even know what product cheese is but it’s it’s the thing followed by Feder mozzarella from provolone and so on so forth.

And we know that you know the the FedEx for examples is a great cheese to add you like summer salads, you could add it to like a watermelon salad with some shaved Bazell and some crumbled fed on top you got a great summer salad so I could if I was running a cheese shop and I knew that next week was was going to be a federal week create a lot of content look for some recipes about fat and so on and so forth.

But following week it’s changed that here now this is the cheese called Sycamores know what’s good What is that she is a Google that so scum where’s the cheese is the popular thing the based on the reaction I just had.

If you were the cheese shop owner, you’d be like wow, people are searching this thing but clearly nobody has any idea what it is.

So you can create lots of content from that what is it? Why is it important? How do people use it? All the different types of questions around a topic that people are not familiar with but are clearly searching for.

week by week you create your content calendar what’s the popular cheese the following week stay Sycamores are for a little while and then mozzarella takes the lead in early August here mozzarella super versatile cheese very easy to work with and you start seeing your the second and third and fourth tier cheese is you create content about those once you’ve made sure you’ve got content about mozzarella and fat and you covered as many recipes as is reasonable for that topic you move on to the next into the next into the next when you go out into you know pretty far out into into the holidays here.

This is the week of December 22 Swiss cheese followed by cheddar followed by white cheddar pepper jack it’s interesting actually I don’t know a ton about cheese but there are clearly you know summer cheese’s like Hulu, me and and and Fattah and then there these are these like winter cheeses like Swiss and shatter white cheddar pepper jack and stuff that you I guess use for different recipes different purposes throughout the year.

So you have the ability now to create a tremendous amount of content a lot of content, recipes, how to ideas to add you can create tons of social content, none of it’s going to be repetitive because you have so much granularity because this comes from your search data.

This comes from what you know know your audience will be searching for at some point.

Now by the way, you can use this data for more than just social content.

You can use this to inform your blog and just for videos like this you can say hey this this you know video today is about how to cook with y’all is Berg.

You can use it to dig into explainers like what is almond cheese? Can you use almond cheese and a fondue or cauliflower cheese? doesn’t sound very good.

Cheese on cauliflower sounds good.

But she’s made of cauliflower anyway.

You can time your campaigns if you had an email newsletter.

Guess what, if you know what the top three cheeses are that week, you would of course, make the you know your first the articles or your first three recipes or your first three ideas all about that cheese.

This would be a good resource, even if you’re doing paid marketing.

Because if you know for example that, you know, in four weeks Rutledge cheese is going to be least searched of the cheese’s that you’re running ads for, take down reckless budget and pump up the budget for Swiss because that’s what people will be searching for.

So you can use this type of forecasting for any and all of your content marketing, keep it from getting stale to keep from getting repetitive to keeping that fresh perspective.

And because you’re using search data, and chances are whatever your businesses, there are a lot of search terms, there should be a lot of search terms in your business for the services you offer.

What is it? How does it work? Why is it important? When do you use it? Who should be responsible for all the major questions for any given topic, you can create tons and tons and tons of content, you can and should have way more content ideas, then you have time to make it if you’re using predictive forecasting.

You can assign it out subcontract out stuff if you need to.

You can even you could even use machine learning artificial intelligence software to draft some of the social posts if you if you know for example, exactly what people are going to be interested in.

You could generate social posts based on previous ones about that topic.

So I could take 100 or 200 Swiss cheese, social posts and feed it to one of these really fancy AI tools and have it right in 100 hundred more social posts on various Jesus.

So that’s how you keep stuff fresh.

Have use the data forecast with the data and create your content based on what you know people are probably going to be searching for in the next days, weeks and months.

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