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.

RELATIONSHIPS

PINCH PUNCH, FIRST OF THE MONTH

 

Welcome to February 1st, 2019.  As we all know, February is the month of love, Valentines day is just 14 days away, and it got me thinking about RELATIONSHIPS on social media.

So many people I speak to in businesses or building their own personal brand spend their time thinking things are going to happen quickly with their social media channels.

The age of putting out a single tweet and getting loads of work from that tweet are sadly long gone, most social media channels are hugely cannibalised by people giving little to know value, mostly selling and all shouting at the same volume. So the question is, how do you make sure your message is heard, but most importantly, digested as well.

Social media channels are hugely saturated, and messages on each platform are lasting shorter and shorter amounts of time in peoples feeds :

BLOG – 2 YEARS

PINTEREST – 4 MONTHS

YOUTUBE – 20 DAYS

LINKEDIN – 24 HOURS

INSTAGRAM – 8 HOURS

FACEBOOK – 2 HOURS

TWITTER – 5 MINUTES

Obviously, as a one person business, or small team business it’s not going to be easy to keep up with these timings and making content often enough to stay in peoples feeds, but, if you can start to make this process easier for yourselves then that’s a great way of helping to build those relationships

So, over the month of February, I’ll be giving tips on relationships and how you can build strong raving fans of your content rather than people who see it but don’t consume it as you get lost in the throng.

In the meantime, if you want to ask me any questions drop me an email on [email protected]  or you can book in for a 1-2-1 with me on the following link to discuss through one of your social channels and getting the best from it for you.

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 TIP 5 – HOW TO GET YOUR BLOG SEO RIGHT

Getting My Blog SEO Right

 

So, SEO, we’ve all heard of it, but do you really understand it. Firstly, if you don’t understand it, it means search engine optimisation.

SEO is really important for marketers, but obviously we’re not all SEO experts, yours truly included. So here are some simple tips to try and work too on your blogs, and if you want more advice, google is an excellent tool. (more…)

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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COLLABORATION

I WANT TO GROW QUICKLY

It’s something I hear a lot from people when it comes to starting on their journey of social media. Growing quickly isn’t easy, and certainly not if you’re looking for meaningful metrics on each of your channels.  However, you could get your brand in front of a new audience easily with simple collaborations.

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INFLUENCER MARKETING

WHAT IS INFLUENCER MARKETING?

It’s one of the biggest buzz phrases right now in business, especially for those people in the B to C marketing.  To have your product being used by the likes of Zoella, KSI, Jake Paul, Casey Neistat and many many others can give your brand the positive uplift it may well need, BUT, it doesn’t come cheap.  So how can you be sure you’re using the right influencers for your brand?

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