The Universal Content Calendar
Time is always limited. We always want more. If there is one thing that will help every company market themselves online, with limited time, it would be regular blogging. A content calendar can help you get started and (more importantly) continue your efforts.
But what should your company write about? This is the most common question I get, when encouraging my clients to blog. I’ve previously suggested to use Google Alerts and Twitter as writing prompts. Another option- that might be easier- is by creating a content calendar. While creating this content calendar might take a little time upfront, as with many things in life a little planning helps you save time later.
An Easy Content Calendar (that will work for almost any business)
A content calendar doesn’t have to be fancy. At one time I just taped a sheet of paper to the door of my office. Still, if you want a little help getting started, I’ve tried to think of general topics that could apply to almost any business, for each month of the year:
- January- Predictions for the coming year
- February- Love
- March- March Madness (Competition)
- April- Spring Cleaning
- May- End of School
- June- Vacation
- July- Patriotic topics
- August- Hot
- September- Back to work/school
- October- Scary
- November- Thankful
- December- End of Year Recap
When you use this to write blog posts, relate these topics to:
- Your product
- Your industry
- Your audience
- Your customer’s pain points
If all you did was write one post in your blog, each month, I think you’d start to see an impact. Of course, it would be even more helpful to do a post each week. In fact, I think you could find four articles from each of these topics, each month.
For example, take April’s topic: Spring Cleaning, as if we are a distributor of widgets
- How to clean-out your old inventory (giving our audience, purchasers, strategies for unloading old products)
- Making the old look new again (giving our audience ideas for re-branding old products)
- Clean up your unprofitable product lines (how to identify what is profitable, so you can spend time and effort on the ones that make you money)
- Changes in our product line (and why we made those decisions)
No, not all of these directly sell the products we, as an example, are distributing. This content, however, is interesting to our audience (purchasers) and this helps keep them interested in us, as someone who can help them out. In fact, if you only blog about yourself and your products, nobody will listen to you.
Okay, it’s not truly “universal.” This clearly has a bias towards the seasons of the northern hemisphere. It also has some biases towards holidays in the United States. Still, even if you’re on the other side of the world, I think this can help you brainstorm some topics about which you can write in your blog- you might just need to shift the time by 6 months.