How to Plan Blog Content That Attracts Ideal Customers

When it comes to blogging for your business, there are plenty of questions that can cast doubt and stop you right in your tracks.

What should I write next?
Will this post engage my ideal customers?
How can I turn my blog into a lead-generation tool?

We hear these questions often, and while they can be common occurrences in the continual effort required to market a small business, they shouldn’t become a roadblock to publishing content and turning your blog into a tool to grow your business.

When these worries come up, it’s usually a sign that the strategy side of your blog could use some strengthening. Working on the plan behind your blog—getting to know your ideal customer(s), honing in on the value you can offer, positioning yourself as a go-to resource in your field—eliminates doubtful questions from popping up again and again. Instead of a mile-long list of questions dragging your blog efforts down, you have a thoughtful, goal-oriented blueprint to guide you confidently along the necessary steps to build a flourishing blog.

One of the key help-you-kick-fear-to-the-curb blog plan components? Content themes.

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Blog and Social Media Coaching for Small Business Owners

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Are you gaining traction for your business with social media? How about your blog?

These marketing outlets are wise, and even necessary, tools to put to use for your brand, but not enough small business owners see real results from them.

Managing social media channels and publishing blog posts takes up time and energy. As a business owner, your time is incredibly valuable, and resources aren’t always readily available. Putting effort into social media and a blog takes away from other priorities, and without seeing audience activity or new clients as a result, it can be discouraging to focus more attention there. But, on the other hand, how do you grow those areas of your marketing pipeline, and see the success you know can happen, without making them a priority?

It’s a chicken-and-egg dilemma, and one that we’re focused on solving for small business owners, which is why we’ve launched a new marketing coaching program. With specific blog or social media tracks, this coaching is designed to prevent the wasted-time predicament and turn the tables so small business owners can receive the opportunities that arise from effective, value-focused social media and blog presences.

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How to Create Content with Customers in Mind

Blog posts, social media, web pages. They help your brand become more visible online. And in a digital world, content is an ever-powerful tool to inform, engage, and persuade potential customers.

Think of copy as the screen-to-screen version of a sales call. Instead of setting up shop at a trade show or collecting phone numbers to dial, write for your clients so they stick around on their digital device to consume your content.

What do customers need? It could be new product updates, a behind-the-scenes look at your company’s approach to partnering with clients, or troubleshooting pain points. There are plenty of topics to gather and pull from, but it’s deciphering which ones have the most impact potential that’s key.

Follow these strategies to churn out customer-oriented content that creates positive results.

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