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.


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…’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.


We all want to be creating regular, consistent and value-driven content, don’t we…….YES??????

The first step for the “How to 9 x your social media” process is planning swiftly followed by blogging which I truly believe is the doorway to content for any brand and business who’re struggling to find a way to create regular content for their social media channels.

Here are my top tips to help you grow your blog……



The blog is the first content you create in the “How to 9 x your social media” process. I call it the doorway to content, as this one piece will help you with so much more.

According to a recent survey, a typical blog post takes two and a half hours to create. The same study reveals that a large number of bloggers write outside of regular “work hours,” including on weekends and at night.

So basically, it takes time to create your blog.

And writing blog posts is just the beginning; in addition to creating content, bloggers must optimise for search engines, make time for social media, market their content, network, and engage with readers, just like with all forms of social media.

Not being fully committed is what separates amateur bloggers from the pros.

I think the main mistake I see in new bloggers is not being totally committed to what they’re doing. As @garyvee says, you can’t be half pregnant, go all-in on your content and start with a blog.


How much planning do you do?

Having a plan for your blog content in place will make life so much easier when it comes to creating the content. If you just sit down in front of your computer, the chances are writing a blog will take you hours on end, most of which will be deciding what to write about in the first place.

Plan your content each month to make it easy.

You don’t want to be that creator who is always saying “OH CRAP!!!!”

How often do you say those words when you realise you’ve not posted anything on social media for a few weeks, so then you end up posting something on Instagram, then something different on Twitter and a video on youtube about a totally different subject matter again.

You cannot approach marketing in a scattergun approach. Look at what the big brands do with their marketing, and understand that what they’re doing will work for you, just maybe needs a little modification as they already have a name and followers, you, on the other hand, may not, YET, but that can be built on.


Just get started

Achieving top-tier blogging status can seem like a long shot. But every successful blogger started somewhere.

Create Create Create, practice writing every single day, and get those blogs out for people to consume, giving them loads of value in your content. It doesn’t have to be perfect for people to read it. Get feedback, adjust, move on. Without creating and putting your product or service out there, no one will find you and hire you. Just start.

For content ideas, try a brainstorming worksheet to collect ideas this is where planning really does come into it’s own. Once you know what you’re talking about then you’re onto a winner.

So, get creating, have some fun


Collaborate and network with other bloggers

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not about what you know, it’s who you know.”
The same can be said about blogging. If you start to connect with and be part of the blogging community, you’ll be amazed at how your engagement, traffic and even shares of your content could increase.

It’s time to start being SOCIAL on SOCIAL MEDIA.

So how can you start getting to know other bloggers in your niche?

* Engage with other bloggers on social networks – Especially sharing other people’s content if it’s useful to your audience and also responding to them in comments or status updates.

* Leave helpful comments on other blogs – This is best done on personal blogs where the owner responds to comments. This is a sure-fire way to get noticed providing you don’t start selling with your comment and focus on leaving help. You give value in your content, so if you can help, do so.

* Become part of a thriving community in your niche – Online communities are a great way to connect with other bloggers. From Sub-Reddit’s to Facebook Groups and forums, there’s plenty to choose from.

* Look for twitter hours related to blogging – There are many twitter hours where bloggers spend the hour chatting about subject matters, sharing their content and helping each other grow



Don’t forget, we live in a society where people are hammered constantly with sales messages.

You need to write content full of value for your audience, and also check out trends, etc. so you’re writing about what people have already proven to enjoy as a subject matter.

You can use tools like Google Alerts or Talkwalker Alerts to help you with seeing about blog topics or find popular content on BuzzSumo which helps you see which topics are getting great traction

Whichever topics you cover, keep your audience at the heart of your content and focus on solving their problems.



We’ve all heard the line “Imitation is the highest form of flattery”, but in the blogosphere, it’s just plain and simple copying.

Don’t be a copycat, it’s all well and good covering the same subject matter as someone else, but, make sure you give it your own slant. People want to consume your value, not someone else’s.

If you do copy, it’s not going to help your online reputation, people can see right through it, especially if they consume your content on a regular basis, as they can read the different tone of voice, etc.

Yes, it’s hard to produce your own content, but, that’s where the planning comes in to make sure you have your subject matters in mind.

So, remember, it’s fine to share someone else blog, but, don’t say it’s your own, always be original with your own content.



I think this is probably EVERYONES favourite four-letter word. I have a few others I tend to use from time to time, but, this one is still my favourite…..especially as I’m a tight Yorkshireman.

So, when I tell brands and businesses I give away all my best content on social media for FREE, they do tend to think I’m a little bit crazy. In fact, I’m normally asked straight after “So, how the hell do you make any money”

People are sadly very short term in their way of thinking, there’s very little to no patience when it comes to making cash. Most businesses want to see a return right now, and not wait, or have the patience to wait for that R.O.I. However, the ROI of social media doesn’t happen fast, it can’t, the whole point of social media is in its name…….to be social.

It takes hard work to build a level of trust with your audience, so you can get to the point of the ASK…..That moment you can potentially convert that raving fan into a customer.

So, learn an element of patience when it comes to writing your blog, and understand, that giving away your best advice for free isn’t quite as crazy as you might think. If someone gives you great advice and it helps you massively, how likely are you to tell all your friends about that amazing advice you got as it might help them…….now put that thought process into your business.

Exciting possibilities isn’t it. So get going, give that value for FREE and be ready to keep doing it consistently for FREE.


Answer Questions for Your Audience

It seems obvious, but the best way to create a readership for your blog content is through giving them compelling, informative and value-driven content. I always try to respond to every question my readers come up with, and when I’m posting about my content on other social media channels I actually ask for peoples feedback, get them to leave comments, etc. asking questions. After all the more interaction your content gets, the better it will perform.

Just don’t forget what this post is all about, be sure to respond to every single comment you get, answer their questions, or point them towards an answer if you don’t have it (you don’t have to know everything after all).

If you’re truly passionate about your blog’s area of expertise, you can successfully grow your audience and continue your own learning by answering all the unanswered questions.”


Optimise your blog site for search engines

The first few tips consisted of making your content great for readers and spreading the word to your amazing potential audience.

While this should be your first priority, it’s important to remember that you also need to write for search engines as well.

Using an SEO tool like Yoast for WordPress will help you optimise your blog posts so search engines understand how to index your site properly.



So, the first step in content creation for taking your mindset business and brand from local to national is to begin creating a blog that gives true value to your audience. However, as we’re discussing SEO today, here are 7 simple tips to help improve your blog SEO.

1. Focus on 1 or 2 long-tail keywords that match the intent of your ideal audience for that blog

2. Don’t forget to use these keywords within your blog, more than once would be great

3. Make sure your blog is mobile-friendly. More and more people are using their phones to digest content, so make sure they can read it on it.

4. Optimise your meta description for the blog. It’s usually about 300 characters, so try to use them all

5. Put in photos and make sure they have the right attributes in the metadata section for the photo

6. Link internally to other content on your website

7. Link externally too, maybe to where you’ve got certain information from or even better, linking back to your own social media channels perhaps. Just make sure if you do that, it’s relevant to the content.[email protected]



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]


The Standard 3-Point Lighting Technique

Once you’re creating regular live video content, it’s time to take your content onto the next level and make it look even better than it already does.

The Three Point Lighting Technique is a standard method used in video, photography and computer-generated imagery.




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.  




So, you’ve downloaded your live video, you’ve got your subtitles ready to go, you’ve got a whole heap of great short edits to make the content easier to digest on different platforms…..So where you put your content?

Well, the simple answer is everywhere. You want to build an audience of raving fans, so, get that content out there to find them. It may be a little time consuming uploading to multiple platforms, but, trust me, it’ll be worth it. Build those raving fans wherever you can, and in time, watch them become more and more dedicated to your value content and start to share it with people they know would benefit from it, so your audience will grow and grow.

Beware, when using your caption file on the videos, linkedin WILL NOT let you add captions after you’ve uploaded your video, it has to be done during the upload process, so make sure you’ve got them to hand so you can add them at the same time

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



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]


So, you’ve just logged into your social media platform of choice, and you’re waiting for that front page to load up and tell you how many thumbs up, hearts, likes etc. etc. your content has got from your current group of raving fans. As much as we shouldn’t, we all care a little about vanity metrics, and want our audience to appreciate the value we’re giving them in our social media content.




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