How To Create a Killer Content Calendar That Actually Works

How To Create a Killer Content Calendar That Actually Works

CREATING A CONTENT CALENDAR


I’m going to be blunt.

If you’re doing online marketing in 2017 and you don’t have a content calendar, you’re probably not capitalizing on your content marketing efforts, dude.

So what exactly is a content calendar and why the heck do you even need one?

If you’ve ever wondered what to post on Facebook or ran out of blog topics (‘aint nobody got time for that), you need a content calendar in your life, my friend.

Content calendars help plan, organize and schedule every single piece of content you publish online.

It’s the place where all of your social media posts, your blogs, your newsletters, your videos, podcasts and your graphics strategically come together to grow your business.

So if you’re reading this, I’m willing to bet you don’t have a system in place to organize and repurpose your content just yet.

It’s time to create a content calendar.

See, you know all too well that this whole content marketing thing takes time, a lot of it. And if you’re not squeezing your content for all it’s got, you’re missing out on lots of engagement, traffic, and leads.

Imagine being able to (finally) plan in advance every piece of content that will be published online across the board for your business.

Having a bird’s-eye view of your content enables you to anticipate what is coming down the pipeline so you can get really strategic with the content pieces you publish and leverage your content to attract more engagement, more traffic and increase your leads.

That’s what a content calendar can do for your brand.

It’s the foundation of what should be your content marketing system.

So let’s get into the whole process of how to create a content calendar that actually works.

 

 

CREATE A CONTENT CALENDAR IN 5 SIMPLE STEPS


STEP #1: SET MONTHLY & QUARTERLY GOALS BASED ON YOUR PROMOTIONAL CALENDAR


So this is the BIGGEST mistakes I see online entrepreneurs make when it comes to creating a content calendar strategically.

Take a step back and analyze your promotional calendar. 

When are you going to be re-launching that online course? How soon do you need to start teasing your new challenge? Are there a few weeks you should be focusing on list building to promote your one-on-one services?

All of these details matter. A lot.

Why? Because the whole point of content marketing is to… market yo stuff. 

Your content should deepen relationships with your readers and lead them through to the next step in their journey to becoming a customer.

When you are clear on what you are promoting and to who, it’s easier to reverse-engineer your content marketing so that everything you publish online works in unison to help you CRUSH your business goals (revenue included).

So pull out a piece of paper (or your handy task management tool… I love Trello) and jot down your monthly and quarterly goals.

Here is an example…

January Goals:

1. Prep our email list for my new product launch by publishing a 3-part blog series on self-esteem. 

2. Grow our email list by at least 500 new subscribers by promoting my new email course.

3. Re-engage cold email subscribers with new lead magnet funnel.


Now that I know what my goals are, I can start designing my content strategy to meet those goals.

STEP #2: ORGANIZE YOUR CONTENT INTO BUCKETS OR CATEGORIES

I learned this strategy from the amazing Laura Roeder and it changed my life.

Creating ”content buckets” (or categories) for your posts can really help you stay focused on your overall strategy but also save you tons of time when you sit down to create your content.

So here’s what you do…

Figure out what your EPIC content buckets are first.

Epic content in my world is simply long-form, original content where you deliver massive amounts of value on a consistent basis.

Usually, your epic content falls under any of these channels: a blog, a podcast, a live video show, a newsletter or live broadcasts and a YouTube show.

In our business, our blog is our epic content channel and we also create weekly YouTube show + a Podcast to enhance our blog content and distribute it to a bigger audience (+ we send out an email to our subscribers with new content as well).

But you don’t need to start with all of these. Pick a single epic content channel and go all in. Once you are clear on your epic content channel.

Once you are clear on your epic content channel it’s time to run through the same exercise and jot down your content buckets but this time for your social media networks.

They can be for example:

  • Blog posts
  • Videos
  • Quotes
  • Tips
  • Other people’s stuff
  • Behind-the-scenes shots

Figuring out what these content buckets are is simple. Go back to your social media posts and pay attention to what has been successful in the past.

Are you getting a lot of engagement when you post behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram? Put ”behind-the-scenes pics” on your content buckets list.

You can also take a look at the highest performing posts from your competitors’ social media posts and get ideas as to what your audience reacts to.

But if you’re just starting out, don’t be afraid to experiment and try new content buckets.

 

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Next, figure out which blog posts topics perform better on your site. You can use tools like Google Analytics and SEOMoz to determine which blog posts get the most amount of traffic and engagement on the internet as a whole.

BONUS: Use Buzzsumo to figure out what specific topics in your niche or industry get shared across the web more frequently.

Have a brainstorming/research session and create a list of 20+ blog topics so when it’s time to sit down and actually write your blogs you don’t have to waste time staring at a blank page and a ticking cursor.

Finally, create & schedule a bunch of these content buckets and blog posts in bulk. This will not just save you time and energy, it will laser-focus your strategy.

 

Need a little a visual? Back to the content buckets.

Here is how I organize my own content buckets, but remember that you can create as many categories as you see fit, always keep your fans’ interests and positive reactions with past content in mind.

In other words, make them your own.

MY SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT BUCKETS

 

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Blog Posts

Here is where you get to communicate with your readers and really showcase your know-how & expertise. Remember that you always want to send your fans and followers back to your website. Use these posts to build your traffic and grow your email list.

Inspiring Content

You know the feeling you get when you see an image quote or read an article that really hits home?  Your fans and followers want to feel it too.

So share inspirational content with your fans and followers, if you think it will empower them.

Questions

These are great conversation starters.  By asking questions that are easy & fast to answer you’re breaking the ice with your fans and encouraging them to converse about topics that interest them.

Tips & Tricks:

This is probably one of my personal favorites.  Create short tidbits of insights, advice or tips that can be helpful to your audience. You can start off by answering some of the questions you get asked the most by your current clients.

Other People’s Content

It’s virtually impossible to create all the content your audience is interested in all on your own (unless you’re a publication)  so show fellow industry leaders some love & share their content with your audience whenever you think they’ll find it helpful.

This process is basically just content curation. You’re going out there and curating some of the best content to showcase in your own social channels.

Contests & Giveaways

These can help build buzz about your products and get people talking about them.  Get really creative and you’ll be able to leverage contests and giveaways really efficiently.

Promos

Of course, you want to sell your product but there’s an art to doing so.  You should never be afraid to sell on social media, but always make sure that you’ve given enough free value away first.

Everything Else

This includes photos of yourself or your team, behind-the-scenes action, a photo of your cute puppy… you get the point.

I like to leave space for creativity and anything that just pops into my head and that way my content stays fresh and relevant.

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STEP #3: DETERMINE YOUR FREQUENCY

Okay, now that you have your content buckets outlined, how often should you be publishing these pieces of content?

For your epic content channel, I recommend publishing at least once per week. That will help you stay consistent without feeling overwhelmed.

So, one new blog post, YouTube video or Podcast will be perfect. As your blog grows, you can experiment with a higher frequency but in my experience, 1-2 original content pieces per week is a fantastic start.

What about social networks? How often should you post on those?

That’s really gonna depend on the channel social networks you publish your content on.

No frequency works best for every brand so like anything, you have to experiment.

I touched on this topic in a previous blog, so just to recap, here is a good rule of thumb in terms of the total amounts of posts you should be scheduling each week:

  • Facebook: 1-3 times per day (sometimes more often if you have a worldwide audience).
  • Twitter: 6-10 times per day (sometimes more often if it works for you).
  • Pinterest: 3-10 times per day (you don’t want to overdo it with your followers).
  • Google +: 1-2 times per day.
  • Instagram: 4-7 times per week.
  • YouTube: Weekly or more often if you can.

Here are some tips you can use to plan out the frequency of your content.

  • Stagger your posts so your content stays fresh and varied.
  • For every self-serving post make sure there’s another post that delivers amazing value.
  • Experiment. With time, you’ll figure out the frequency that works best for you.

STEP #4: CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE TOOL

okay, now that you are ready to create a content calendar system for planning, creating and publishing epic content everywhere, it’s time to get to the tool part (my favorite!).

Choosing the right content calendar tool for you really comes down to preference and functionality (aka use what works for you, homie!)

Paper Calendars

If you’re a little old school and you love managing your tasks on paper, then reach out for your favorite content calendar.

I’ve created a special calendar template pack just for you. Just enter your name and email below to get the free PDF pack.

But if you’re more like me and you’re into the digital stuff, check out my favorite content calendar tools.

CoSchedule

This tool is the bomb.com.

Personally, it would be very hard to go back to any other publishing tool because CoSchedule just makes this content calendar thing easy-peasy.

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Why do I love it so much? CoSchedule brings together your marketing content and your social media posts under one roof. Not only can you publish your blog and social media content using this tool, you can actually plan and edit your newsletters, video scripts, podcast episodes and more.

Plus, their drag and drop features make it extra easy to plan, organize and schedule all of your content in advance.

Did I mention they have a dope WordPress plugin? It integrates seamlessly to help automate your blog publishing process.

But you don’t need WordPress to use it, which is a beautiful thing in itself.

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I am obsessed with this tool and use it on the daily to do the following:

  • Plan out and schedule my blogs in advance.
  • Schedule and publish content to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google +.
  • Collaborate with my team.
  • Keep my video shoots organized.
  • Plan out my Instagram and Pinterest content.
  • Create and edit my newsletters.

If you want to learn a little bit more about CoSchedule, check out my video review: https://youtu.be/ximHJv-ZIK0

Trello

Trello rocks. It’s designed to be a task management site but it’s so versatile, it can function as pretty much anything.

From content calendars to wedding planning, you can pretty much do it all on Trello (at least I have).

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Easily manage your entire content/editorial calendar on Trello or just choose to plan your social media content.

Now, the major disclaimer: Trello won’t push out your content (meaning actually publish it) but it’s still a phenomenal way to plan & organize your content strategically. I’m sure there might be a way around this via a trigger based app like Zapier or IFTTT, but that’s a whole different story.

One of my favorite features about Trello is that it has a built-in calendar so you can see all of your content at a glance.

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Take a look at individual cards. You get to add copy, attach images & files plus add checklists, assign users and engage with team members to discuss details.

The labels are also fantastic if you’re visual like me. I love color coding my posts like a total maniac.

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Trello, of course, also integrates with various tools like Google Calendar. Which leads me to my next tool…

Google Calendars

Google calendars are free and absolutely functional when it comes to creating your content calendar.

Although there aren’t as many features included, it’s a great alternative.

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Simply create a new event for each content piece and color code them. You can also attach images and files to individual events if need be.

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One of the features I like is being able to create several calendars to categorize content types. For example, you could have a separate calendar for blog posts or Facebook content.

Then, you filter off the view to only see specific content categories or see everything that is scheduled at once, which is fantastic.

Of course, Google Cals are not designed to publish your content but with a little configuration from our good friends at Zapier and IFTTT anything is possible.

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Asana

I love this task management tool almost as much as I love Trello (Trello still has a few more practical features I enjoy) and with their new board layout, you can turn any project into a gorgeous and uber-productive content calendar.

Create A Content Calendar

Prefer a checklist? Asana has you covered with pre-designed project templates you can use.

Simply choose the Editorial Calendar template from the New Project tab and you’re good to go (you must have the premium version of Asana, though).

STEP #5: CREATE YOUR CONTENT CALENDAR LIKEABAWS

Okay, superstar. You’re prepped to start scheduling content in your shiny new content calendar systematically.

Start by importing your epic content pieces (blog posts, podcasts, etc.) that will set the theme and the tone for the rest of your content (aka newsletters & social media posts).

This is where you can really get creative and do some research (hello SEO + Pinterest + YouTube optimization).

So once you have your epic content pieces laid out, it’s time to add in your supplemental content pieces (lead magnets, content upgrades, newsletters, etc.).

And finally, add in your social media content.

I like to create content for one channel at a time so I don’t feel overwhelmed. These days my team does all of my social media scheduling, but we still use this exact same format to leverage our time, energy and get the most bank for our content marketing buck (so to speak).

BONUS TIP: STEAL MY SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING PLAN

So you have your content buckets figured out for your social media posts and your content calendar set; it’s time to look at your social promotion strategy.

In other words, let’s figure out how to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to promoting your blog content on social media. 

By now I hope you know you shouldn’t just publish your content once on social media and then forget about it. It ain’t gonna work.

You gotta have a solid content promotion schedule if you want to get the most amount of eyeballs on your awesome content.

So here is the schedule I use:

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Steal my strategy & download the PDF cheat sheet so you can reference it later. It comes inside The Ultimate Content Calendar Template pack and it’s totally free.

WRAP UP

So there you have it. How to create a content calendar that actually works!

I can’t wait to hear how you set up your own content calendar so leave a comment below and share other tools you love, tips or tricks you’ve learned along the way or even any questions you might have.

See you in the comments section!

Xo,

Kim

 

10 Social Media Myths That Are Sabotaging Your Success & Keeping Your Brand Small

10 Social Media Myths That Are Sabotaging Your Success & Keeping Your Brand Small

Social Media Myths

When it comes to social media there’s SO much information out there.

Some is absolutely helpful and some, like my husband likes to say is ”straight garb”. 

So how can you tell the difference? I wish it were as easy as black and white but the truth is, you need to consume information from the sources you trust.  And that starts by implementing the strategies that you read about online and figuring out whether or not they work for your brand.

The second step is obviously to make sure you are consuming information from valid sources. 

Everyone is a social media expert these days, so make sure that whoever is giving you advice walks their talk and is actually out there testing and experimenting.

Although I’d love to tell you otherwise,  your branding expert or your seo guy might not always be the best people to consult with when it comes to social. They have their own awesome area of expertise, but chances are they focus on their own area and have minimal oversight on social.

That’s not always the case, of course, just be cautious. 🙂

So let’s set the record straight on a few social media do’s & don’t that might actually be sabotaging your efforts and keepin’ ya small. 

 

Debunking 10 Social Media Myths

1. You have to post at certain times of the day.

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Let me expand on this one. Sure, it’s absolutely true that posting at certain times of the day or on specific days of the week is really important to make sure you content gets seen by the most amount of people. However, you have to make sure those posting times are the right ones for you.

Googling the right time to post or following a Pinterest infographic is not the right strategy here. See, that information is generic and you need specific data that fits your own brand. Your fans and followers are unique to your brand, and they are going to have their own unique behaviors. So experiment.

You can use Facebook’s Insights or a tool like Tweeriod to give you a starting point.

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Both tools are very useful and can point you in the right direction in terms of finding the most effective posting times for your content strategy. However, nothing beats experimenting. Take 10 minutes each week to figure out what times your most popular posts where published and take note of any patterns you start noticing.

Free Tweriod Analysis

 

2. Links posts don’t get a lot of engagement.

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While visual posts tend to perform better on social, links still drive a lot of engagement when they are crafted in the right way. Especially on Facebook and Twitter.

Crank up the volume on your visuals to really boost your click through rate. And don’t ever underestimate the power of driving traffic back to your website

 

3. When it comes to my followers it’s all about the numbers.

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We all want more fans and followers and growing your community is absolutely something you should continue to do. But quality will always trump quantity. You want to make sure you are building a community of people who actually care about what you have to sell.

Remember that having a huge fan base is not necessary for success and the whole point here is to move those fans and followers into email subscribers so you can build that email list baby!

 

4. Posting frequency doesn’t matter. 

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Mistake. Being consistent is key when it comes to social media. Depending on the social network you are on, frequency absolutely matters.

Do what works for you. And the only way to find out what works is by experimenting. 

For example, you can post way more often on Twitter than you can on Facebook because the algorithm can bring posts back into the news feed while posts on Twitter only show up for a few seconds or a couple minutes at best in the feed.

No frequency works best for every brand so like anything, you have to experiment. But a good rule of thumb would be as follows:

– Facebook: 1-3 times per day (sometimes more often if you have a worldwide audience).

– Twitter: 2-10 times per day (sometimes more often if it works for you).

– Pinterest: 1-3 times per day (you don’t want to over do it with your followers).

– Google +: 1-2 times per day.

– Instagram: 1-3 times per day.

 

5. It’s all about me.

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No, it’s not! It’s all about your fans. Promo posts definitely have a time and a place in your social media strategy but don’t over do it or you’ll turn people off.

Make sure to add value and before you post anything ask yourself, ”will this entertain, empower or educate my audience?”

 

6. I have to keep it professional.

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Of course you don’t want to be offensive, inappropriate or straight share TMI on social, unless that’s just your brand (which is pretty unlikely).

On social you need to be approachable, conversational and real, just like you would be in real life. So ditch the corporate talk and don’t be afraid to share a little more of your personality with your fans and followers and infuse what makes you different into your content.

 

7. Giving away too much free content isn’t smart.

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There’s a way to tell if you’re giving away too much content for free. Have you been giving away more content for free than you feel comfortable with (consistently) for the past 6 months? I’m talking giving away your very best stuff on social media, your blog, your newsletter, your podcast, etc.

If the answer is yes, then you’re probably on the right track. 

The way I see it, you can only give away too much content for free if that is literally all you do and you never, ever monetize your business. At that point you wouldn’t really have a business…

I would say at least 80% of the businesses that approach me for coaching and consulting are barely giving away any content for free. So the chances of giving away too much for free is slim to none.

 

8. Social media can’t be measured.

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Haha… that’s funny. Next myth!

Just kidding, but I’m serious when I tell you social media is absolutely measurable. Most of us are too lazy to do so, and that’s the problem.

Sure, there’s many aspects of social media that are hard to measure like offline interactions. If someone sees your content on social media and decides to tell a friend on the phone, chances are you won’t be able to measure those metrics.

But here’s what you can measure. Your email list and your sales.

If you are growing and email list from social media then social is absolutely working. It’s up to you to close the those sales.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a full blown tutorial on how to setup your Google Analytics to track your social media progress.

P.S. If you’re a traditional business, I don’t even want to hear that you can’t possibly measure social growth. I’ve worked with spa dealers, gyms, LASIK surgeons and even a moving company (just to name a few) who are all using social media to grow their email lists and close sales. So get started right away (sorry, I’m in a whiners-not-tolerated kinda mood).

 

9. I can ignore or delete negative feedback.

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No. You can’t.

An important part of using social media for business includes monitoring your brand’s reputation.

People get ticked off when you ignore them or don’t respond, plus you’ll be missing out on valuable opportunities to show the rest of your community how amazing your customer support truly is.

If you want a little more info on how to turn negative situations on social into awesome opportunities you have to watch this #KimTV episode.

 

10. I need to join every social network under the sun.

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Oh my, I remember the days when I too believe this one to be true.

Fortunately you don’t have to be active on every social network to see success (sigh*). Can you imagine if you did?

There’s over 400 social networks out there and the good news is you don’t even need to be on all the major ones. Pick one or two channels and really dominate them before you move on to the next.

It doesn’t mean you can’t be present on all social channels, but remember that you need to monitor each and every one of them and keep them updated. It can get overwhelming really fast. So if you want to find which social network is right for you, check out this #KimTV video. 

 

 

Over To You

Aside from these 10 social media myths, what are other social media myths you once thought were true?

I’d love to know, so lemme know in the comments below!

Also, if you’ve found this post helpful share it with an entrepreneur friend you know will find it helpful. 

Thanks for being awesome and I’ll catch ya next week.

¡Hasta pronto amigos!

Xo

Kim

 

 

 

A Sneak Peek Behind The Magnificent Canva For Work

A Sneak Peek Behind The Magnificent Canva For Work

Behind The Scenes of Canva for Work

If you know me, you know Canva is on of my loves.

I’m a sucker for good design and when it comes to creating gorgeous images for your brand, not tool is a better fit than Canva.

So you can imagine my delight when just 72 hours ago I got an email from Canva’s community outreach specialist letting me know I would have access to Canva for Work before it was released into the world so I could give them some feedback.

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Here’s a quick shot of the awesome Canva team.

 

One very long happy dance later… I got to play with Canva for Work’s insanely effective new features and let me tell ya, I’m in love.

So I shot this quick video to take you behind the scenes of Canva for Work before it’s released.

If you love it just as much as I do, go ahead and sign up because they are a mere couple of days away from releasing it into the world.

Diggin’ Into The Key Features

So what is Canva For Work anyway? Get it straight from Canva’s CEO & Co-Founder, Melanie Perkins.

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“Canva is extremely popular with individuals who create things like social media graphics, presentations, and business cards. It has saved them time, money, and allowed them to create graphics that look professional without needing to learn the expensive desktop design tools.
Over the past two years, we’ve found that brands often struggle to an even greater extent with the same issues. Canva for Work takes Canva to the next level, by empowering companies to share design templates, fonts and digital assets, and to collaborate on the design process.
…Canva for Work enables them to centralize all their assets, collaborate more easily, and oversee a brand’s image by providing remixable templates, images and design assets that other teams can use to create on-brand graphics.”

-Melanie 

 

Watch The Behind The Scenes

 

 

Canva for Work’s Key Features Include:

 

Centralize brand colors, logos and fonts. This feature is simply the bomb. Being able to save your brand colors, logos and fonts ensures that all your designs stay within your brand guidelines across the board. Plus, whenever you create a new design your brand colors and fonts are displayed as the default.

C4W Brand Kit

Ever been stuck trying to find your brand’s logo, font or colors? Not any more! Introducing another new feature you’ll find in Canva for Work: Brand Kits.

Posted by Canva on Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

Save branded templates. Create templates for everything from social media graphics to presentations to empower your team and make sure that you stay on-brand.

I know this one is big for me because I do struggle with making sure my branding stays consistent when I have 20 ideas popping in my head every time I sit down to design.
C4W Brand Templates

 

 

Not long now! Here’s a final sneak peak of one of our most requested Canva for Work features: Brand Templates!Which of…

Posted by Canva on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

 

 

 

 Magically resize designs. Here’s the feature we’ve all been waiting for. Quickly resize a design into all the formats you need. Create a design once, and optimize it for different social media channels, or campaign collateral.

 

Check out Canva For Work’s first feature, called Magic Resize. What do you think?

Posted by Canva on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

 

 

Here’s how I’ve been using this feature to resize my own designs.

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Organize images and assets into folders. Centralize images and assets for you and your team.

No more having to upload the logo or dig through your uploaded elements every time you create a new design. A huge plus for teams is that your colleagues will never get stuck searching for the right logo again.

 

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Invite your team to collaborate. Canva for Work is perfect for teams of all sizes, whether it’s one person, or a team of hundreds. It provides an internal commenting and collaboration system to improve workflow.

C4W Team Members

 

So What Do You Think?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Canva for Work. Would you use it? Is it something that would be beneficial to ya? Definitely let me know in the comments below and feel free to ask any questions.

Don’t forget to head over to Canva for Work  and sign up so you know exactly when they launch these ah-mazing features.

Much love,

Kim

 

 

7 Ways To Win At Social Media on A Tight Budget

7 Ways To Win At Social Media on A Tight Budget

If you follow my blog you know I am all about winning on social media regardless of how big or small your budget is.

I feel this way because I work with brands who have millions in their marketing budgets and brands who have a couple bucks to spare. And guess what? They both get awesome results. 

Of course, when you have a gigantic marketing budget there is much more that you can do, but if you are a small brand you probably don’t need to spend huge amounts of cash to get results.

If you are a small brand like me then you probably struggle with the same things I do.

”Who are you? How are you different? What are you all about?” In this crowded marketplace we have to learn how to stand out and most of us don’t have large budgets to do so. We have to fight to make every penny count.

So for the purpose of this article I am going to assume that your social media marketing budget is $100 per month.

 

How Can You Get The Most Bang For Your Buck?

Although later on the article I will give you specific tips for every major social network, I do want to give you some general tips that will help give your brand and edge.

 

1. Create Original Content

Sharing other people’s stuff is awesome, but when you start going the extra mile to add value via a blog, podcast, video show (etc.) – that’s where the magic happens.

Not only are you able to draw people back to your website from social media, you’ll also be positioning your brand as a leader in your industry and giving your brand a voice your fans and followers will resonate with.

 

2. Post Consistently

I know, you’ve heard this one over and over again. But it’s crazy how being consistent can seriously impact your efforts. No matter if you feel like you are talking into the void and no one is listening, stick with it.

Be consistent and success will follow.

 

3. Spark Conversations

Respond to fans and follower and engage in conversations whenever possible. That means spending a few minutes every day commenting on other pins on Pinterest, reaching out to influencers on Twitter or responding to every comment/message that comes through via Facebook.

 

4. Go The Extra Mile To Help Out

Brands who go out of their way to answer questions, connect users with resources or just provide ”how to” tips and tricks win. Do a quick Twitter search for questions related to your niche or industry and use it as a tool to add value to people’s lives.

 

5. Experiment & Stop Whining

Yes, we all want to learn the right strategies to implement at the right times for the right business. But don’t be lazy. No one understands your businesses as intimately as you do. So do the work and experiment with different posting strategies, different content types and different messaging until you get it right.

Ask any brand with a huge following and chances are they will tell you that a lot of work and effort went into building their community online.

 

6. Do Your Research

If you want to get to know your audience you have to put in the work. Channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and so on provide a myriad of information when you do keyword searches related to your niche or industry.

But it’s not enough to just do a keywords search (duh!). You gotta click over to user’s profiles and get an idea of who they are, how old they seem to be, what types of content do they consume and whether they are your ideal client or not.

 

7. Use Paid Advertising

You have $100 to spend on your social media marketing. Use it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest ads. They all are amazing tools that provide insanely targeted ad spots that you can utilize to your advantage.

Promote your blogs, your lead magnets and when it is appropriate share discounts, offers and promotions (do your research before you disrupt the space with a lame salesy ad that won’t get you real results).

 

You can get a ton of value from spending $100 each month on social advertising, but you need to educate yourself first and do it right. There’s loads of free information on the web, so there’s no excuse to not run a great paid campaign or promotion on social.

Of course, all of these activities take time and are expensive as you want them to be. Small businesses truly have an advantage when it comes to social because media is more affordable than ever before.

But enough about that. Let’s dig into the strategies.

 

A Few Tips To Stretch Your Budget No Matter What Network You Are On

There’s tons of strategies out there and while I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed, you can always find ways to win at social media on a tight budget. That’s the beauty of it all.

So below you’ll find specific suggestions for most of the major players in social networking.

You don’t need to implement all of them right away. Pick one of two and experiment! 

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  • Video is hot. According to Tech Crunch the social network giant is generating over 3 billion video views per day. Facebook is giving video a huge push inside the news feed. At least that’s what I am seeing in the data across all of the 24 Facebook pages I oversee.
  • Play with your posting frequency. I’ve started to post 3-4 times per week on my personal page and a few of my other clients and noticed great increase in my engagement and reach.
  • Pay to promote key pieces of content. Whether it be your latest blog post, a lead magnet or a recent discount, spending $5-20 per week to promote your content is well worth the exposure.

Twitter

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  • Use the advanced search functionality to enter keywords that will help you find your ideal client or customer. Then, engage with these users, learn more about them, and model the content they enjoy consuming.
  • Take 4 minutes a day to engage with your followers and other industry leaders. That means Retweeting and replying to their tweets. Engaging in real, genuine conversations won’t take long and can really increase your exposure.
  • Optimize your tweets with awesome images. Tweets that contain graphics get 313% more engagement. You can easily create these with the simple templates Canva provides.

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  • Test out different types of content. Experiment with short videos, graphics and images to see what your followers engage with.
  • Take 5 minutes per day to comment on other people’s content.
  • Increase your exposure by researching popular hashtags and use them in your posts strategically. Meaning only add hashtags that apply to the context of your post and make sure the ones you are using are hashtags your audience follows.
  • Experiment with regramming other people’s content and always make sure to credit their posts to strengthen your brand’s affinity. I’ve been recently experimenting with Latergram’s new regram feature and it is super convenient to be able to schedule regrams as well as regular posts.
  • Brand your Instagram account and make sure to develop a brand identity by putting your own creative spin on your high quality images.

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  • Use a business page, not a profile. Pinterest verifies your website when you use business pages and you get access to analytics and advertising features you wouldn’t have with a Pinterest profile. Plus, you can easily convert your Pinterest profile into a page. Use this tutorial.
  • Make sure to optimize your pins with high quality images and classy text overlays. You can find loads of templates to play with inside of my favorite design tool, Canva.
  • Comment on other people’s pins. This is something that is not super common and a quick way you can add value and stand out. Of course, make sure that the pins you are commenting on are relevant and the users you are interacting with are either influencers or prospects.
  • Use video. This is probably the most under-utilized feature inside of Pinterest. My mos popular Pinterest board happens to be my #KimTV board. Every time there’s a new episode, I pin it to that board and it always drives traffic back to my blog.
  • If you are freelancer, coach, consultant, writer or personal brand it’s always a good idea to start your own Pinfolio. Basically it’s just a board with samples of your work.
  • Start a testimonial board. I love how HostGator organizes all of their client testimonials into one easy to access Pinterest board. You can then embedd that board on your site, so get creative with it.
  • Experiment with Pinterest advertising. I’m a huge addvocate because I’ve been able to see some massive traffic to my site when I spend as little as $5 to promote my content. But remember, Pinterest is a high-class kind of place. Don’t use lame graphics, low quality content or salesly materials to lure people to your site. Keep it profeshhh (like Marie Forleo says) and you’ll see the best results.
  • Finally, sign up for Rich Pins. Whether you are a retailer and you want to notify pinners when an item goes on sale, or you are a blogger who wants to make it easy for pinners to save your articles for later, Rich Pins provide 6 different features that help enrich the overall experience when your followers interact with your content.

 

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  • Make sure your channel includes a link back to your website.
  • Experiment with the new YouTube cards to send viewers back to your blog or website. This is really neat because now you can use these cards to lure viewers on mobile to click back to your site.
  • Embed your videos into your blog and use them to add value.
  • Ask viewers to like, comment and share your video for additional exposure and ranking juice.
  • Optimize your video descriptions with keywords and information related to your topic. This is also the perfect place to link back to your blog or provide additional resources for your viewers.
  • Experiment with video ads! This is something I haven’t yet tried for myself but some of my clients have been using it very successfully.

Did I Miss Something?

What are other ways to win at social media on a tight budget?

I’d love to add your thoughts and insights to the list.

Catch ya next time!

Xo,

Kim

 

 

 

 

15 Ways To Celebrate Your Fans on Social Media

15 Ways To Celebrate Your Fans on Social Media

Building Strong Relationships on Social Media

Building relationships with potential customers is at the top of all of our lists when it comes to social media goals.

After all, that’s why we are on social to begin with.

So how can do this in a genuine way and get major exposure from it?

That’s what we are covering on this week’s KimTV episode.

How To Do It

In this episode I’m sharing a few ideas to celebrate your fans on social media and ‘breaking the ice’ so to speak by highlighting them (plus getting more engagement as a results of it).

The whole premise of this concept is to celebrate your fans and do this from a place of service without expecting anything in return, which is the key to success here since your fans can definitely tell when you have an agenda.

When you put your fans in the spotlight instead of your own brand, it immediately breaks down barriers and gets other people talking about you.

Brands Celebrating Their Fans

Here’s a few brands who are doing it right so you can get inspired to celebrate your fans on social media the right way.

Dr. Miami is the real deal. He might be a little too out there but when it comes to featuring his fans and patients, he’s got it down to a science.

 

Express celebrates their fans by letting them pick out a cool outfit every week. Talk about giving your fans a voice.
Our tropical print soft shorts are your Fan Pick of the Week. Just add a tunic tee and an umbrella drink!

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Dunkin Donuts brings it home by featuring a cool photo each week of a fan enjoying their product.
Coffee in hand, you’re ready for anything! Congrats Grigoriy O. on being our Dunkin’ Fan of the Week! https://bitly.com/17nmiSX

 

So how can you apply these same concepts to your small business? Easy.

A Few Ideas To Celebrate Your Fans

So here are a few ideas to inspire you to put your fans in the spotlight and gain their loyalty.

1. ”Coffee is on us”- You can send out a coffee gift card just as a ‘thank you’ to a random fan for being part of your community. You can easily do this via Twitter or Facebook through the Starbucks app and get even more social with it.

3. Send customers a birthday cupcake to celebrate their special day.

4. Turn it into a weekly segment on your social media pages. Highlight a fan’s journey, interview them or share a compelling progress story. You can even name the weekly segment after #FanFriday, #StorySundays etc.

5. Share a photo of a fan using your swag (or even your products).

6. Take a selfie with a customer just because they are awesome and tag them in it.

7. Give specific fans a special discount on an item or simply give them a bonus product.

8. Create a social station at your store or location where you can take a quick photo or short video with the people who walk in your store. You might need to get a little creative with this one, but it can produce some awesome story content.

9. Fan takeovers are always fun. Pick a customer or fan who you already have a good relationship with and have them take over one of your social accounts for a day.

10. Bring on a fan or follower behind the scenes and have them be part of your product creation process.

11. Document ”a day in the life” of one of your fans or followers via social media.

12. Blog about a great success story you’ve had with a customer or client.

13. Interview a fan via your YouTube channel.

14. If you are a lifestyle brand, doing something random is always a good idea. Surprise a fan with their favorite candy bar. You might need to do a little extra work for this one to not look super-creepy, so one way to do this is to just ask. Your fans and followers will likely just tell you what their likes are and you can use this information to surprise them at a later time.

15. Create a ”hall of fame” at your location (or virtually) and turn it into a contest for your fans. There’s a million things you can execute on this one, so get creative with it.

Over To You

So what are other ways you celebrate your fans on social media? I’d love to know!

Head over to the comment section and share some of your experiences.

much love, Kim

How To Publish Posts For Different Audiences on Facebook & Twitter

How To Publish Posts For Different Audiences on Facebook & Twitter

Publish Posts For Different Audiences on Facebook & Twitter

Ever wanted to market your content to a specific segment of your fans? Me too.

Perhaps you want to promote a specific type of content or posts to new customers and completely different content to existing customers. Or, maybe you have fans all over the globe who speak different languages and you want to cater to their needs individually. How do you make sure your content only reaches the right audience? 

Of course, with Facebook or Twitter ads you can practically target your posts to reach anyone you want, but I’m going to show you how to do it organically (meaning for free).

 

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But first, a quick story.

A few years ago one of my very first clients was an awesome university back home (Puerto Rico) and they had quite the challenge.

At the time, they were trying to market their bachelor’s degree program to high school students and their graduate program to senior students, while also engaging their current students to make sure they enrolled with us every year. And they wanted to do it all organically via Facebook (without any ads).

Now, if you think about it, all three of these demographics are in completely different life stages and have different interests.

High school students are into tech and their parents have a pretty big influence on their educational decisions, whereas senior students are either gain the upper hand in a competitive job market or are looking to go back to school to get a promotion and increase their salaries.

Stay with me here.

My point is that making sure your posts reach anyone on Facebook or Twitter is hard enough. So how in the world do you make sure your content and marketing messages land in the news feeds of the right people?

This is how.

Ensuring Your Posts Reach The Right Audience

 

On Facebook

Facebook gives you much more flexibility and options in terms of targeting your audience, so take advantage of these options as much as you possibly can.

To enable the narrowed audience feature for your posts follow these easy steps.

  • Navigate to your Facebook page settings.
  • Make sure your news feed audience and visibility for posts is enabled.

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  • Go back to your page and compose your post.
  • Then, click on the narrow audience button and select how you want to segment your audience. In this post, I’m only targeting Spanish-speaking fans so it will only be visible to that group of followers.

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  • Once you make your selections Facebook will tell you what your potential fan reach is. And your post will be ready for scheduling.

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On Twitter

Twitter’s segmenting options are limited to a specific country, so this feature would only be useful if you have a worldwide audience and want to share specific updates with fans who live in specific countries.

Hootsuite and SproutSocial both provide this functionality inside of their compose boxes so you can conveniently choose your targeting while you schedule out your tweets.

To enable this functionality inside of HootSuite or SproutSocial follow these easy steps.

 

On Hootsuite

  • Simply open up the compose box and choose your desired Twitter profile.
  • Compose your message and click on the world icon. This will open up the country targeting options.
  • From there, simply select your desired country and schedule out your tweet.

Hootsuite

 

On SproutSocial

  • Open up the compose box and choose your desired Twitter profile.
  • Compose your message and click on the world icon. This will open up the country targeting options.
  • From there, simply select your desired country and schedule out your tweet.

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A Strategy To Consider

Ok, so what if you don’t have fans all over the world or who speak different languages? Check out your Facebook Insights and Twitter Insights for clues about your fan’s specific characteristics or demographics.

I’m almost certain you can find a few ways to segment your posts to make them even more personal and impactful.

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I can tell you from experience, every time I see a post in Spanish inside my news feed from a brand that made the extra effort to speak to me in a way that is relatable, it grabs my attention and makes me feel special.

So it’s not just about making sure the right fans get your message, it’s also about standing out from the crowd and connecting with them in a special way.

 

Over To You

So there you have it, a few ideas to segment your posts to reach specific audiences on Facebook and Twitter without ads.

But now I want your insight.

How do you publish posts for different audiences on Facebook & Twitter? I’d love to hear all about your strategies and other tools you might use to help segment your messages to diverse audiences on social.

Go ahead, comment below, I’d love to hear all about your social experience.

Cheers!

much love, Kim

 

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