Knowing how to use your content marketing calendar will save you so much time. Here’s how!
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Columns 1 and 2: Day and Date
The first two columns list the day and date in HTWM Content Calendar 2023 which you will post your content. In column 1, we highlighted major U.S. holidays and observances. This is so you can use holidays to sell your products and services as often done by the retail industry.
Column 3: Social Media Updates / Blog Post Teaser and Link
In this column, write your social media updates or blog post “teasers” (remember to insert the hyperlink to your blog post).
What is a blog post teaser? Say you have an article listing 11 ways to Build Your Email List. “One way to build your email list is…. See more ways to build your email list now!” and link to your article. Don’t give your reader the entire article upfront.
I draft updates about a month in advance. At the beginning of each week or each month, we schedule our updates using Hootsuite, Buffer, Later, or Post Planner scheduling tools.
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Column 4: Social Channels Posted To
In this column, note which social channel you’re scheduling or posting to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Snapchat, and Pinterest.
Often, we’ll schedule identical content on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn so in Column 5, we note FB, T, L. Instagram and Twitter are similar in that you use hashtags to attract your audience.
We write a similar-but-shorter update for Twitter, it only allows 140 characters. We compose the tweet in Column 3, and note that it’s for Twitter.
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Column 5: Content Buckets
In this column, list the content buckets into which you are filing the post. A content bucket is a visual way to apply content to an emotional theme. This helps in organizing your posts. We organize our posts into six content buckets; introduce, inform, interact, inspire, entertain and influence.
Content buckets remind you to publish a variety of content types (images, videos, links, text-only) on a variety of topics or themes.
These posts help our fans get to know the person behind the brand. They can be fun, goofy, random, reflective, inspirational… whatever you want. But they need to be candid and to reflect the “real” you. You might introduce a person, your company, products, services you offer. Make it interesting.
Need help writing an Introduction? Here are 3 steps on How to Write an Introduction and grab the reader’s attention.
- Grab the readers attention. This looks different for every piece of writing.
- Present the reason for the post-existence.
- Explain how the post will help correct the problem that brought your reader to it.
Help your followers solve a problem or meet a challenge by offering a wealth of niche-related educational content. This is my favorite content bucket; as many as 80% of my updates are informational.
We all know that social media is intended to be relational and interactive. Yet many of us (myself included) forget to ask our followers to participate in the conversation. Are you asking questions? Challenge your followers to do something you’ve taught them.
Motivate or encourage your fans with graphics, videos, quotes, success stories, and testimonials.
Make them laugh. Make them cry. Make them go aaaaah.
Be extremely careful about overwhelming your fans with “buy my stuff” posts. Limit promotional content to about 25% of your posts.
Recommended reading: “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk
Column 6: Keyword Phrase
In this column, list the keyword phrase you want your blog article to rank for. You’ll know this by performing keyword research prior to starting your blog posts. Creating content calendars for better SEO.
Carry the keyword phrase into social media for maximum impact.
Mix-and-match social media updates into multiple content buckets. Write an update that is both informational and interactive, by sharing a tip and then challenging your followers to put your tip into practice.
Or write an entertaining “influence” post. Promote a product or service you offer, but do it in such an entertaining way that your fans don’t even realize you’re promoting something.
Link to other people’s content. One of the best ways to establish authority in your niche is to serve as a reliable source of information. My personal goal is to link to other people’s articles, blog posts, or social updates 40-60% of the time.
Backlinks. You’re quoting other bloggers, ask them to link back to you.
Give yourself permission to move things around. Monitor how your updates are performing on various social channels, and adjust regularly.
Save As. We manage social media accounts for several clients, so before we start filling in the calendar, we first save a blank calendar for each client.
Don’t forget to Track and Measure Your Results
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