How To Create A Blog Style Guide
If you’re in charge of your company’s content, you’re undoubtedly in charge of keeping it consistent no matter who’s writing it: you, a colleague, or even outside freelance help.
How do you stay consistent? How do you make sure the quality of your blog posts—no matter who’s writing them—never wavers?
A blog style guide, of course. So let’s talk about building one.
Thanks to Leadfeeder for having me as a guest blogger. The original post, All sales teams would love a 2000% increase in their monthly lead volume… Or would they? can be found on Leedfeeder’s blog. You’ll learn more details on the marketing campaign, as well as the specific steps I would take to improve it.
I once launched an inbound marketing campaign that increased lead generation by 2,000%. With that kind of result, you would think I was popping open the Champagne and celebrating, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, if I could go back, I’d do it all differently.
We’ve all been there. You launch a great piece of content (or so you thought), and then….
No likes, no shares, no retweets, and no comments.
What happened? Or better yet, why does this keep happening?
If you’re creating content consistently, but failing to get the results you want, it may be time to reflect on your content marketing strategy.
App overload is definitely a thing.
115 Productivity Apps to Maximize Your Time?! Are you kidding me?
There’s a point of diminishing returns when it comes to productivity apps and I’m pretty sure you’d hit it way before you download the 115th one.
Why You Probably Don’t Need 115 Productivity Apps
Here’s my beef with lists like these and other people swearing by certain apps that claim to help you kick your work day into gear: you can’t tell someone how they should manage their work. Not without knowing what type of person they are, how they work best, and what their motivation to do good work is.
If you’re a visual person, like me, you might find the app-less route helpful. Below is a step by step system to which I attribute my relentless craving to get things done.
Is marketing automation necessary for your startup?
I once spent $30K on a marketing automation solution that was completely unnecessary.
It wasn’t my finest moment. So much so that I want to share share with other marketers—especially startups—because it was an expensive lesson that I don’t want others to repeat.
Now, before you get the idea that I’m a spendthrift, let me explain. It was in the early days of my marketing career, I was the marketing head for a startup and bound and determined to launch the business better and faster than anyone else could envision.
I had had previous experience with marketing automation at another company and naturally thought this small company could benefit from it too. I just thought it was something all companies needed.
But let me share the three problems with this thinking:
From brainstorming to writing the first draft to design, edits, and publication, there are a lot of hands involved in getting an article blog-ready.
I don’t know about you, but by the time we’ve hit each of these steps (and run it up the flagpole each time), there’s anywhere from 3-4+ different people involved in getting it all done right.
That’s a lot of collaboration. So what’s a content marker to do? Use an editorial calendar—or actually, something we think is even better—a system. It’s a clear and organized funnel that blog posts travel through from brainstorm to publish. And we do it all with project management tool Trello.
Marketing is Complicated, Sort Of
Marketing originated in bringing goods to physical markets for sale or trade. Setting prices, showing products, promotional shouts of “Get your apples here,” all happened in one place.
If it was only that easy in today’s startup world, right?
Today’s marketing involves creating relevance for your brand, building awareness of your product or service, developing compelling validation for your solution, and taking the right mitigating actions along the path to purchase. All with limited resources and sometimes with tiny, non existing budgets.
Marketing AMA: Ask Me Anything
We believe this entire process can be made more effective and does not have to be as daunting as it seems. Our AMA sessions are formed to help CEOs and marketing leads recall that marketing retains its simple, uncomplicated foundations if it’s backed by:
- a well defined strategy
- an organized & attainable plan
- purposeful execution
By targeting your marketing efforts around these three interdependent drivers, we’ll help you focus your marketing initiatives so they all lead to measurable business growth.
“If I could go back, I would do one thing differently,” a client recently told me.” I would have hired a good marketer right from the start. Now I am playing catchup and feeling like I am a bit behind instead of leading the pack.”
This is a common story in the startup world. While many tech companies are built on great products and software solutions, the people behind those solutions don’t always know how to properly market their company to their target audience.