STOP CHASING PERFECTION

So many of us sit down, ready to post something on social media but the picture we want to use is just not quite right, the audio doesn’t sound like we’d like it too, the video we want to use isn’t PERFECT.

You have got to stop chasing perfection with your daily content. The important part of daily content is the value you’re giving your audience, it’s not about the perfect lighting. Don’t get me wrong it’s nice now and again to post something that looks nice, but, it’s not the be-all and end-all for your content.

Remember…..if you’re not communicating then nobody can hear what you’ve got to say, and it could be the most important information they’ll ever consume for their business and make them want to be a customer of yours.

The only thing I need to be perfect day to day for me is my coffee.

So, next time you’re creating content, don’t panic about the imperfect edit, the dodgy masked line in a photo / meme, the slight clip on some audio, just remember, if you don’t put it out at all, then you’re never going to grow your audience of raving fans on social media…..and let’s not forget, we all want attention, and social media and the mobile phone is where that attention is at.

DON’T OVERTHINK YOUR CONTENT

How much content are you currently creating?

Overthinking our content is one of the main reasons I speak about not reaching for perfection. The reason being is, I’ve been speaking to a huge amount of people and businesses that are 100% hung up on putting out the perfect piece of content.

The biggest issue with this is, they never quite achieve the perfect piece of content and so therefor procrastinate the days away trying to make what they’ve created right in their eyes. What they forget is that if they’re not communicating at all, nobody can hear or see the value you’ve got to give to them.

Now, this isn’t an easy thing to overcome, but, you have to get to a point where you’re happy to put out content taken from your weekly blogs.

The idea of perfection is also a good reason why I direct people to do Live video content over and above recording it. If you sit constantly recording on your mobile phone, then the chances are you’ll never actually put any content out as you’ll just keep recording it and deleting it. However, if you sit down and do a live piece of content, you’ve got no opportunity to press stop and start again…..you’re in the middle of a live broadcast with a possible audience watching that content, so you crack on. You stumble over something you’re saying, you repeat it clearly and move on. It’s a fantastic way to overcome the fear of perfect content when it comes to video.

So, stop worrying about perfect, certainly, don’t worry about what others may or may not be saying. Do worry about the value you’re giving, the story you’re telling and trust me, your audience will love you for it. I just want to see you start making content for your brand and business.

SALES ISN’T A DIRTY WORD

SALES….IT’S NOT A DIRTY WORD

When did you last do paid selling on social media and how did it go?

We all know sales and marketing are pretty much ongoing tasks. So have you ever tried to combine the two with paid for advertising on social media?

I always preach about giving value and not selling, but, that’s when you’re on social media to be social. How about when you make prime content specific to putting budget behind it to advertise and sell your products?

What did you last create and do for this with your brand, and did you have enough raving fans see the content and share it to make a difference to your sales?

You see, value is essential in both types of content, but, if you do put money behind it you could grow your audience of raving fans and not only that potentially find customers if you’re leading them into your funnel correctly with your paid for content.

We’re always happy to chat about content and helping get you on track with your funnel marketing. Just drop us a line to speak about where you need help [email protected]

GOING LIVE

LIVE VIDEO IS AWESOME

So, live video is an amazing tool, but, something a lot of people shy away from as it scares them, they’re worried about looking like a nobhead, uninformed, and worst of all, having no audience to watch.  Can I be honest with you?  Nobody is going to come and watch your fucking content, nobody gives a shit about you, BUT, this will not be forever……..OK, we’ve got that out the way.  

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ADVENT TIP 10 – POSTIT NOTES ARE YOUR FRIEND

STICKY NOTES ARE AWESOME

One of the major problems for a lot of people when they go live using a phone, tablet or even a webcam is where to look. As I said yesterday, connecting with the audience by speaking into the lens is imperative, however it’s not always that easy. (more…)

ADVENT TIP 8 – TALKING TO, NOT AT YOUR AUDIENCE

TALKING TO, NOT AT YOUR AUDIENCE

So, you’re prepared for you live video. You have it all planned out, you’ve got your 3 or 4 great resonating moments / bullet points to help you talk about your blog subject as a true voice of authority. However, how do you talk to, not at your audience?

This is something I struggled with as a radio presenter. My first snoop (listen back to a show with the boss) went something like this. “Simon, how’re you going to connect with the listener. Right now you’re talking at them, they won’t want to be your mate or go for a pint with you, you need to create an emotional connection”. So off I went with those words ringing in my ears, how the hell was I going to make a connection with the audience when they’re not there for me to bounce off, to respond to what I’m saying or more importantly, for me to talk to. That’s when it struck me, what I needed was something to replace them in the studio, something that meant I was able to connect and talk to them without them all being in the studio with me.
I placed a small stuffed toy on the window sill just behind the mic and started talking to him, it felt instantly different, having that thing to talk to made all the difference. Obviously he didn’t talk back to me or laugh at my jokes (it’d be really fucking scary if he did) but, it made all the difference to my style of communication to an invisible audience. This is how you need to approach your live video content, place a soft toy behind the lens, a photo of a best friend, your partner, a loved one, just someone or something you can talk to, rather than worrying about the audience behind the lens or the picture of you on the screen.
Make sure it’s behind the lens and nowhere else, and you’ll absolutely fly and feel the difference instantly yourself too.

As always, you know where I am if you need to ask any questions or need further help [email protected]

ADVENT DAY 3 – PLANNING

ADVENT TIPS

So, we’re onto day 3 of our tips for your content marketing.  So, todays tip is very prevalent for this month, as we’ll all be looking to set our goals soon for 2019, so the big thing to add into your planning for the next year is your marketing plan, and more specifically connected to blogs.

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TALKING TO, NOT AT YOUR AUDIENCE

Going live and creating video is one of the biggest things for a business right now. Jump on to linked in and you’ll see videos from every business, from will writers, accountants, property experts through to florists. It’s all there, and it’s all giving you great value.

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MY AUDIENCE ISN’T ON SOCIAL MEDIA

BUT, MY AUDIENCE ISN’T ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The words I hear so often when it comes to creating content for going online.  I often speak about using all social media platforms for content to remove the friction for your potential audience and most recently spoke at a networking event and was approached by a few businesses afterwards who insisted their customers are not using social media, so I thought this blog was due to go through each of the most popular social media channels and the audiences they have.

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Can You Make Us A Viral Video

I WANT YOU TO MAKE ME A VIRAL VIDEO

Flat design talking about digital marketing as text “Viral” on desktop.Vector Illustration

When I speak to brands and businesses about a video, viral is usually one of the main things people want from a piece of content.  In fact, the term seems to have exploded in the last 12 months or so.

The honest answer to anyone is, there is no magic formula for making a piece of content go viral.  You could make the most polished piece of content and it is seen by nobody, and then film yourself on your phone talking while you walk and it goes crazy on views.

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