Creating an editorial calendar for your marketing collateral is often an overlooked piece in designing your small business’ web strategy. These calendars create a easy to understand reference for your blog topics, newsletters, social media posts, and promotions. They allow you to keep ahead of upcoming holidays and make it so you don’t feel like you are always playing catch-up.
Because many of us wear different hats within our business, it isn’t unexpected that some things just fall through the cracks. Unfortunately, however, sticking to a content calendar really is an income-generating task that should garner a space in your list of top-priorities. It is also something you can outsource if it makes sense for your business.
What should your Editorial Calendar include and why is it important for your business?
Your editorial calendar should be broken down by quarter, month, week, and even day. Additionally, it should include a column for blogs, newsletters, promotions, social media posts, videos, etc, and a column for results.
When you put together your calendar, think about what you can commit to. Realistically, can you commit to writing a fresh article once a month, or every day? Do you have the systems in place to post daily to your social media networks or only a few times per week? Is there a social media network that you are most passionate about? Perhaps you should just focus on building this up rather than getting burned out trying to tackle too much at once.
The next step is figuring out which topics to discuss. To brainstorm this, I recommend the following process:
- Your products and services
- Your background
- Your clients and their success stories
- Common questions you receive
- Topics that interest your target market
- Following the topics trade journals (or even your competitors) discuss
- Holiday or seasonal topics
- National organizations and their promotional schedules
- Topics you are passionate about
- Other news outlets and articles
For each of these topics, brainstorm a short list of specific topics you can discuss. Add any necessary links in your notes or bullet points to provide more context.
Now, think of the context for posting these. Can you post once per month on certain topics while only quarterly for others? Are there natural sales promotions that go along with the topics? What about videos? We have one client who has committed to filming quarterly reports rather than taking the time to write and format his analysis.
Now it is time to add these to your content calendar.
We’ve put together this workbook to help you organize your topics and ideas.
Why follow an editorial calendar?
Editorial calendars make it easier to stay consistent and keep yourself from being reactive. Consistency can truly transform a business as prospects come to know what to expect and trust you before taking the leap to being a paying customer.
Additionally, being proactive about the content you need to put out allows you to be more mindful about your business and messaging.
Stay tuned for more information on how to build your social media posts into your content calendar for your business!