For the past year, we at Articulate have been constructing an efficient and repeatable process for producing and promoting remarkable content for our blogs and for our clients.
We found it easier to recommend marketing and copywriting techniques to clients than to do it for ourselves (we were, in a sense, like a doctor who smokes).
The following hard-won tips are derived from a lot of trial and error; basically, we've stumbled in the dark so you don't have to.
What's in a name?
First thing's first: you need a name. Giving a formal name to a project helps to crystallize your intentions and attitude toward the entire effort. Coming up with the right phrase shouldn't be easy; it's part of the process of starting to flesh out the skeleton of what you want to achieve with your blogging system. We went with "Articulate Blog Studio" for a few key reasons:
- It's a project, not a task. Our original (and ongoing) aim was to develop a basic, repeatable methodology that we could test on ourselves, but which could then be scaled and applied to clients. So rather than refer to a specific blog, we made it a companywide project.
- It's a creative process. Though elements such as content planning, delegation, editing and promotion can be standardized, the process of writing itself has to remain creative and flexible. We didn't want to sterilize the system to such an extent that our content became formulaic, hence the choice of "studio."
- It's important to the business. The name helps us underscore that our house blogs are an important part of marketing ourselves. It supports the idea that we have to be our own first and best client.
Put someone in charge
There has to be one person leading the offensive—someone who has the authority to make decisions about content, editing, schedules, and assignments.
Take the first step (it's free).
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