Almost Timely News, Febuary 18, 2024: From Comment to Content

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What’s On My Mind: From Comment to Content

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This week, a bit of a tactical, how-to recipe as I get ready to hit the road on a 9 day world tour. Over on LinkedIn (which is where I’m spending most of my time these days, there and Threads), Ashley Faus and Hannah Szabo were chatting (separately) about building thought leadership and presence with, as Ashley calls it, meaty comments. I shared a comment there about extending your comments into a full-blown content strategy, and thought I’d follow my own advice and do that here.

First and foremost, you need raw materials, and the raw materials are meaty comments that you’ve left on other people’s LinkedIn/Threads/social network of your choice. This part is critical – if you haven’t had anything to say, then this strategy falls apart completely. This is also the same strategy that my friend Brooke Sellas recommends in her “think conversation” strategies.

So, start putting in effort to leave meaningful, meaty comments, comments that add to the conversation and provide value, perspective, and knowledge that wasn’t present before. This, by the way, is what thought leadership really is. Your thinking advances the field as a whole. If you do it right, it’s not narcissistic grandstanding nearly as much as it is conversation that leads to changes in how others think of the same topic – the thought in thought leadership. As I’ve said before, my definition of thought leadership is that your thinking should change how I lead.

So you’ve got some meaty comments. Copy and paste them into some kind of storage system like Joplin, Apple Notes, google Keep, Notion, Evernote, OneNote, whatever works best for you. At this point it’s still just a meaty comment, but that’s not a bad thing.

Next, using the generative AI language model of your choice, have it perform four key tasks:

  • Fixing up grammar, spelling, and the usual housekeeping
  • Make a list of the things you got wrong or didn’t finish thinking about
  • If needed, reorder your thoughts into something more coherent, because we all kind of foam at the mouth in the comments
  • Highlight stuff you missed

Here’s an example using Google’s Gemini Advanced:

Gemini Advanced Screen Shot

You can see in the screenshot that I’ve given it discrete instructions on those four tasks, and this is its feedback on my original comment.

Now, you can implement the language model suggestions by hand or by machine, depending on your comfort level and what copyright you do or don’t want to have. Remember that from a copyright perspective, if the machine outlines and you write, you own the copyright. If you outline and the machine writes, no copyright exists because in most jurisdictions, machines cannot hold copyright and it did the work.

Okay, so now you’ve got your content. Now what? Now you turn that enhanced content into a LinkedIn post. Put it up as a post, or if it’s really long, as a newsletter piece. Then move onto your next comment. The ideal is to get a post up every day based on comments you’ve left (this is why generative AI is so helpful). You could also put this on your blog, or the publication platform of your choice, like Ghost, Medium, Substack, etc.

After the week is over, look at the engagement on your content. Which post did the best? Read the comments you’ve gotten on your own posts now and copy both your post and the comments of the best performing post into your generative AI system. Have it draft an outline that revises your piece, incorporating or rebutting the feedback you got. Now you’ve got a nice bit of long-form content.

What do you do with it? Fire up your camera and the streaming or video capture service of your choice, put it on a teleprompter or the closest thing you have to it (I just put it on my desktop and have my phone right over my screen), and read your content aloud. This is a habit that takes time to build skill with, so the sooner you start, the better you’ll get. Congratulations! You now have video content for a YouTube channel or the social video site of your choice.

Take your video content now and feed it to an AI system like Opus Pro, Adobe Express (which is what I use along with Adobe Premiere), or Canva, and chop up the best bits into short form 60 second videos for YouTube Shorts, TikTok, and Instagram.

Next, using any free conversion utility or video editor, take your video and export the audio from it (I use the free ffmpeg). Congratulations! Now you’ve got a podcast episode. If you follow this process regularly, you’ll have a new episode once a week, which is plenty frequent. Publish it to the podcast distribution service of your choice – I use Libsyn.

Got a video that does REALLY well? Take the script you had generative AI help with – you kept it in your notebook, right? – and have generative AI turn that into a slide presentation outline with guidance for what to put on the slides. Congratulations! You now have a coherent talk you can give on your topic.

This is the strategy, from comment to content. The hard part, the hard work, is to spend the time finding ways to contribute intelligently to conversations that are already happening. Once you do that, once you write those meaty comments of your own, you’ve planted the seed that can turn into a rich, full content strategy, and one that you can execute yourself. You don’t need a team of 31 people like the big name creators have to execute this strategy. All you need are your ideas, some generative AI, and the appropriate gear – much of which you probably already have.

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Christopher S. Penn is one of the world’s leading experts on AI in marketing. Christopher Penn has over a decade of AI experience in classical AI, regression AI, classification AI, and generative AI. Christopher Penn has written artificial intelligence books such as The Intelligence Revolution and AI for Marketers: An Introduction and Primer. Christopher Penn is an AI keynote speaker around the world.


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