Content is coming! Preparing for the new year is vital for any company or organization’s success. From budgeting to metrics to major projects, staying organized and tracking your progress are two key components to making the new year a success. Are you looking to send the best messaging to the right audience at the right time? 2019 is around the corner, so be sure to check out these tips for organizing and executing your content.
The first step in getting your content calendar right for the new year is picking out the best digital tool. Content calendars are constantly changing, and working with the right digital platform for your team will save you time and confusion. Just to name a few, some of our favorites include GatherContent, WordPress Editorial Calendar, AirTable and good ol’ Microsoft Excel. The employees monitoring your content and updating the calendar will also determine the appropriate tool to pick. With some content calendar tools, you can identify who will be editing the updates vs. who will be only be viewing the updates. Overall, whichever tool you use, make sure that it’s collaborative – and secure – to ensure that you get the best feedback and updates from your team.
Once you’ve picked the right tool, let’s start with the calendar template. Content calendars can include a lot of moving parts, but if you organize them correctly, they will make execution and project management much smoother. Some suggested sections and headers to include in your calendar are:
As mentioned previously, content calendars are rarely set in stone. It’s a good rule of thumb to track your content with tools such as Google Analytics and social media metrics and adjust your content strategy. If you notice that some content pieces are performing better than others, it’s OK to change up some offerings spontaneously on the calendar. For example, say your content is getting a lot of reactions and shares on Facebook but falling flat on Twitter. Time to identify that metric and note on the editorial calendar which social media promotion to include and exclude. Or, maybe your latest blog post is getting a lot of recognition on email but struggling to get exposure on social media. Be sure to note which email campaign that was and how well it performed. The content calendar is a flexible, ongoing document. The more you and your team review the content calendar and adjust strategy on an ongoing basis, the better chances you have of producing content that best connects with your audience and helps your business thrive.
If you’re struggling to create an editorial calendar or need help with your content strategy, we’re happy to help! Give us a call at 303-300-2640 or email us to get tips and ideas on getting the most out of your content calendar for the new year.
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