Create More Quality Content in Less Time Using Content Libraries – Guest: Jennifer Wegman – Ep. 4

Wonder how top influencers are able to post every day without fail? Two words: content library. If you want to consistently publish quality content on your social media, your blog, or anywhere else, you must get organized.

In this episode, Jennifer Wegman of Insight Information Solutions shares with us the power of content libraries: 6 types of content every strong content library should have, how to create and manage one, and how to repurpose content so it’s fresh and useful each time you publish it.

About Jennifer Wegman

Jennifer Brown Wegman is the founder of Insight Information Solutions, LLC where she leverages her research and data analysis background to create unique done-for-you social media content libraries for entrepreneurs and small business owners who know they need a presence on social media, but don’t have the time, knowledge, or desire to create and maintain consistent content on their profiles themselves. Jennifer also offers social media content consultations, full-service social media management, and social media workshops and courses.

Jennifer’s Gift

Grab her social media content planner on her website at www.insightinfosolutions.com.

Connect with Jennifer

Website: www.insightinfosolutions.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/insightinfosolutions

Instagram: www.instagram.com/insightinfosolutions

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferbwegman

How to Get People to Actually Read Your Blog Posts

How to Get People to Actually Read Your Blog Posts

Just because you’re creating content and putting it in front of your ideal client doesn’t mean they’ll consume it. You can have the most valuable content in the world and put it in front of everyone but still have very few actually read it, listen to it, or watch it. Simply creating content and putting it in front of the right people isn’t enough. You need to grab their attention and keep it. When people land on your blog post, they’ll decide in just a few seconds if this is something they want to stop and read. Here’s how you can help them make the decision to stick around and read everything you have to say.

Make your post skimmable

When I say “skimmable”, I mean they should be able to skim the post and be able to get some idea of what the post is about.

Use subheadings frequently

If you don’t use subheadings, the post would look like an essay. Plus, the reader wouldn’t be able to quickly get the gist of what the post is about. There are two ways you can use subheadings:
  1. One is to separate different sections of the post.
  2. The other way to use subheadings is to emphasize interesting sentences.
Envivo’s blog is educational, so I use subheadings to separate different sections of the post. Take this post for example. There are two main points I’m covering. Making your post skimmable and making it readable. I have a few tactics for each, so I use even more subheadings to describe those tactics. Dawn Gluskin, of Blissed Communications, is one of our content management clients. We use subheadings differently for her blog. Her blog posts are more emotional and heartfelt and less “educational” like ours is. The subheadings emphasize important points in her post. They also spark curiosity. Take this blog post of hers, for example. One of her subheadings is “In the process, I’ve experienced every emotion known to man. Very deeply.” Another one is “In this same 30 day time frame, in the midst of grieving and heartache, I’ve also felt total ecstasy and bliss.” These subheadings don’t necessarily describe the content immediately below them, like the ones in this blog post do. Hers are highlighting interesting and curiosity-inducing sentences. When the reader is quickly skimming, they may see the second heading and think, “Grieving, heartache, ecstasy, and bliss all at the same time?? How??” Now they want to know what happened that made Dawn feel that way. So they’ll scroll to the top and start reading.

Use images

You’ve likely heard the quote “a picture is worth a thousand words”. When a person is skimming your post, not only do the subheadings give them an overview of the post, but the images will provide additional information. They’re also just visually pleasing and they make the blog more readable because images break up monotony of the text. Speaking of readability…

Your blog post should be readable

Once they’ve decided the post is worth reading, you need to keep their attention.

A blog is not an academic paper

For many of us, most of the writing we’ve ever done was for school. We had to do tons of research, use fancy words, and be somewhat formal in our writing. A blog is not the place to be “brainy”. I don’t mean to say that you need to water down the quality of your content. Don’t water it down. But write it in a way so that it doesn’t take too much brain power to understand it. Keep your sentences simple, keep your sentences short, and use words that are used conversationally (unless it’s a technical term). Generally speaking, when people are casually surfing the web, they’re not there to use the same amount of brain power they use to read academic content. So if something requires a little more brain power than they care to use, they’ll leave. Plus, people of the internet have short attention spans and there’s a LOT of shiny objects online. It’s really easy to click away. They know they can get what they need elsewhere.

Short paragraphs

Your paragraphs should be short. I usually say use one to four sentences per paragraph. Whenever a paragraph ends, it feels like you’re taking a breath. It keeps the pace of your writing light. Design-wise, when you have short paragraphs, there will be more white space. White space is just empty space. This makes it feel more expansive and less cramped.

Large enough font and line height

Speaking of design, your text should be easy to read. Don’t use super tiny font so they have to strain to read it. And also be mindful of the spacing between lines as well (this is called “line-height”). Let your words breeeeeathe. Again, people won’t automatically consume your content just because they’re in front of it. You need to capture their attention and keep it. Take the time to go through a few of your most recent blog posts (or all of them, if you have the time) and make them skimmable and readable! I’d love to see your blog! Post a link to it in the comments below.
Refine Your Messaging With Facebook Ads – Guest: Eric Sharpe – Ep. 2

Refine Your Messaging With Facebook Ads – Guest: Eric Sharpe – Ep. 2

Everywhere you turn, there’s a training on how to use Facebook ads to get more Likes and to get more leads. But whatever about using Facebook ads to refine your message?

In this episode with Eric Sharpe, founder of Digital Envy, we talk about how you can leverage Facebook ads to create a message that speaks directly to your target market. Eric also shares some tips for entrepreneurs who aren’t Facebook Ads experts who want to get started doing their own ads.

Links Mentioned

Facebook Business Manager: www.business.facebook.com

About Eric Sharpe

Oh jeeze. The life and times of Eric Sharpe…Serial Entrepreneur, STEAM Educator, father, works from home and travels the world with his family. Techy nerd with an art school degree, Eric combines his passion for teaching technology as he decrypts the message behind some of today’s most incredible emerging technology.

Eric’s Gift

Check out the Digital Domination Toolkit: www.Dominate.digital

Connect With Eric

Email: [email protected]

Facebook Group: Digital Dominators

Website: www.digitalenvy.co

Blog: www.blog.digitalenvy.co