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Why Houseplants Rule

Alright, so I’m new to this green thumb thing. And I won’t lie, I’ve definitely murdered my fair share of house plants. Like, total obliteration. But that’s the beauty of this plant process. It’s just a great example of trial and error, persistence, and patience.

I decided to get into house plants quite recently. And I must admit that I have henceforth become obsessed. I definitely look at Pinterest daily for terrarium and exotic plant ideas. Specifically, moss.

Somehow moss has become my peak interest lately. I find moss to have such a peaceful existence. Plus, it turns out moss is resilient and survives through all sorts of weather. I just think of it as this quiet and wise being – just hanging out and being mossy.

I’ve learned that keeping houseplants is no easy task. They require daily inspection and usually weekly watering. It also happens to be possible to overwater and overcare for your plants – something I know very well.

It sounds very similar to self-care. It’s possible to overindulge, overrelax, oversleep just as it is possible to under indulge, overwork, and not sleep enough. It’s all about finding the right balance and harmony for each specific plant. No two plants react the same to their environment, and this rings so true for individuals as well.

My work schedule as an independent contractor probably doesn’t make sense to someone who works a 9-5 lifestyle. What I choose to eat for breakfast probably doesn’t work for others. For example, I recently tried a no-carb diet, I thought I was going to die! My body needs bread. That’s just my truth.

So if you’re looking for little potted metaphors for life, I highly recommend investing in some houseplants. They really do make you feel motherly, fulfilled, and just useful.

How to Keep the Focus on What Really Matters

You’ve probably done your fair share of research on marketing services. In fact, you may feel a bit OVER-researched. It seems like there is an endless amount of articles boasting the “Top 5 Marketing Tips” or “The Best Ways to Generate Leads.” So, how do we sift through all of this noise and find what really matters?

Make a List

My favorite way to keep the focus and accomplish a task is to create a list.

Make a list for your content marketing goals

There’s something so cathartic about making a list and crossing off each of the To-Dos. Try making a list of your ideal outcomes for your marketing.

  • What are you trying to accomplish with your marketing plan?
  • What is your business lacking?
  • Where do you need to increase effort?
  • Why do you want an increased marketing effort?

Shift Your Focus

A simple shift of focus to the basics can be very helpful here. Just evaluating why you think you need a good marketing plan can be a great way to set up some goals. It doesn’t need to be something fancy or well worded.

Creating the best marketing plan by shifting your focus

Simply writing down your basic desires for your business can lead to a fully developed marketing plan down the road.

For example, we can find ourselves working really hard to develop something that may not need to happen right now. Like a really advanced website with fully developed pages, subpages, and call-to-actions. Don’t get me wrong, a website is obviously important. But it may not be immediately beneficial to your marketing plan to spend all of your time and effort developing something that goes unseen and unused.

Set Small Goals

That’s why it’s so important to focus on your businesses’ immediate needs. What can I do today to enhance how my business functions? What are some feasible goals to focus on?

small business goals

Setting small goals for ourselves and accomplishing them in a timely manner is a great way to feel successful. It goes back to checking off that To-Do list. It just feels really good to accomplish things.

Accomplishing these small goals will make the journey to the bigger picture a bit more pleasant. Focusing on an end goal can often seem daunting and impossible. While little bite-sized morsels can seem totally doable.

Focus on what really matters by shifting your focus to the basics. Create foundational goals to develop on. Let yourself brainstorm and focus on daily tasks. Allow yourself time to develop a longterm roadmap, and focus on the basics!

Why You Need Content Marketing

People are pickier than ever about marketing. Whether it’s the countless email newsletters, the annoying commercials interrupting YouTube videos, or the abrasive Call To Actions on websites, it’s clear that consumers expect better.

That’s where content marketing comes in. Providing consumers with useful information that they are actually interested in is one of the best ways to convert leads.

Not only does content marketing help expand your reach, but it can also help your business:

  • Build relationships
  • Create a community
  • Boost leads
  • Educate
  • Boost brand awareness

One of the easiest ways to grow your content marketing strategy is to take advantage of social media. About every single company is using social to market their business. And guess what? It’s working. FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, Pinterest and so many other platforms are being used to boost leads.

That new project your landscaping company just completed? Post it to Instagram. That new home renovation? Post it to Pinterest. Better yet, link it to a blog on your website with tips on how the reader can achieve it!

You may think that posting tips and tricks to your site may take away your business. But in fact, it does the very opposite. Consumers want to see what you know. And they want to learn how to do it. You’ll still be the expert, but sharing and building a community gains trust. And trust boosts credibility and leads.

It’s easier than ever to get in touch with businesses about customer experiences and comments. Not to mention the hype built around new releases and services. Social media is one of the best ways to keep consumers interested and to grow long term relationships. The relationship does not end after the product or service has been sold. The goal is to create an ongoing conversation.

That’s why it’s important to think twice before you schedule your next set of remarketing ads or plan your next email newsletter. It’s time to offer something more substantial to your potential customers.

It’s Time to get the Most Out of Your Content

“Content Marketing” is one of those buzzwords circulating the internet. But what does it really mean?

Unlike traditional marketing, content marketing needs to be entertaining. Rather than just aiming to sell, it’s aiming to please.

Today, we are looking to social media for entertainment, guidance, and even company. So it’s no surprise that we expect the same from our favorite businesses.

We crave something more than just an ordinary advertisement. As James O’Brien wrote for Mashable:

“Instead of the commercial, be the show. Instead of the banner ad, be the feature story.”

We want valuable information. We don’t want spam!

Spend the Resources

As it turns out, it costs a fair amount of moolah to keep a steady stream of content flowing.

Try using the resources you already have at your disposal. Get your colleagues and clients on social. It’s time to get the conversation started!

Find the right creative agency to help you where it counts. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Work with someone reputable who is in it for the long-haul. Developing a social media content strategy takes time and effort.

Likewise, ask your marketer for a long term strategy. Make sure to outline your goals, determine your audience, and voice your opinions. Be sure to clearly dictate exactly what you want and expect from their services!

Be Consistent

Content Marketing Made Easy

Don’t just post when you have big news. It’s important to be consistent and keep a steady flow of activity.

You want your audience to remember who you are. And more importantly, you want them to actually read and interact with what you are saying.

Offer them something more than just a spam of announcements. Try starting a conversation or asking some questions.

Be Helpful

Content Marketing Services

You probably know a good bit about the niche you specialize in. Why not write about it?

Push out some blog posts offering your insight. Likewise, share what you’ve been reading and thinking about. You may be surprised by how eager people can be to learn.

One of the most overlooked ways of gaining an organic following is offering resources. It isn’t all about the lead generation. You want to build brand awareness too!

 

Interested in a long term content marketing strategy? Let’s talk!

 

 

 

 

Developing a Content Strategy

So you want to up your content strategy? Chances are you already have some good content to build on.

If you already have a website, then you likely already have some written content. And maybe even some landing pages and blog posts! These are all great resources for developing a cohesive content marketing strategy.

Like any good strategy, let’s evaluate where we are and where we need to go.

Do you currently have a strategy in place? If so, is it actually written down content marketing strategyand actionable? It turns out it’s a lot easier to follow a strategy that is written out than trying to remember one on the spot.

Take the time to write down your strategy. You’ll thank yourself later!

Plus, taking the extra step and time to determine your strategy and write it down will make it seem legitimate. It’s like making a to-do list. Writing down your daily tasks make them more actionable and accessible. Likewise, it’s time to write down what you want to accomplish with your content strategy.

Who do you want to talk to?

Developing a content strategy | who's your target audienceDetermining your target audience is a great place to start. In fact, if you have a buyer persona figured out then you are already sitting pretty.

Figuring out who you want to target makes content marketing a whole lot easier. And not to mention more successful. Where on the buyer journey do you want to meet your customers?

Consider the projects you want to gain or the products you want to sell. Where do you want to meet the customer? For example, if we wanted to promote content creation, we would probably want to meet the customer in the “how to” step of their journey. That is, meeting them when they are researching how to write good content, where to promote content, or how much content marketing costs.

Similarly, we would probably want to push out content addressing these topics. As a result, it looks like we already have a couple of ideas for our first few blog posts. From this starting point, you can continue to develop a roadmap or content strategy.

It’s time to gather some ideas.

Content Strategy Research  | Developing a marketing strategyIn the world of content, there’s nothing more important than research. Do some keyword research and see what relevant topics come up.

Did you know how many awesome research tools exist?! At DGD, we love using Buzzsumo, Flipboard, and Feedly. These are just some of the many free tools that exist at your disposal.

What are your competitors writing about? Taking a look at what is already out in the world is one of the most overlooked steps. You don’t need to be concerned about making content from scratch. There’s a ton out there for you to choose from!

Let’s make it happen!

Lastly, one of the most important features of developing a content strategy is doing it! It’s very easy to say we are going to do things. But taking the time to do them is a whole other ball game.

Need help with developing a content strategy? Let’s talk!

Written Content is Still Queen

Marketing has certainly developed over the years. It’s exciting to see that content marketing has become one of the most effective disciplines for brands. Let’s see how the Queen has taken her iron throne. 

The State of Content Marketing

According to Zazzle’s 2019 State of Content Marketing, ” 96% of our marketing decision makers say content marketing is effective for their brand. This has risen by a third in the last 12 months, which is huge!”

The Realm Has Changed

With the impact of GDPR, the realm of data processing has shifted. It’s more important than ever to provide subscribers with valuable content. No longer is the goal to reach droves of people. It’s more important to focus on quality subscriber lists. 

And how do you do that? With awesome content of course! People want more than just the announcement that it’s National Sandwich Day. In fact, they crave it. 

People Are Reading More

Did you know that millennials read more than any other generation? They even prefer to read the news than to watch it.

Written content is here to stay. And it’s time to take advantage of it. 

Interested in amplifying your content game? Let’s talk!