A question I get asked a LOT in my group programs is how I’m able to churn out so much content all the damn time.
A lot of authors find marketing a struggle. It’s hard to keep up with it and remember to post every day, and most start out posting only once or twice a week (which is totally fine, by the way!)
In truth, when I first started out, I did the same. I posted maybe once or twice a week until I got comfortable and found my groove.
Then I pushed myself to post daily, and once that felt comfortable, I pushed myself to post even more.
Every time I pushed to do more, not only was there a desire to share more, but there was also a strategy behind it.
At the core, I share content I want to share. I feel called to share it. And that’s step #1 because if you’re not posting stuff you feel good about posting, it’ll be a struggle to post at all.
To date, my content strategy looks like this:
- 2 – 3 posts going out daily on PBK’s Instagram and Facebook
- Showing up daily on Instagram stories
- 1 x post going out daily on my author Instagram and Facebook
- 2 – 5 pieces of content going out via PBK every month (in the form of blogs, podcasts, videos and livestreams)
- A few emails a week to PBK subscribers (used to be daily, but now I just repurpose my best stuff)
- A newsletter going on once a month to PSM subscribers
…as you can see, that’s a LOT of content, but getting the routine and strategy for this didn’t happen overnight.
So here’s how I do it:
1) I Set Goals Based On My Current Marketing Phase
Let’s focus on book marketing phases for a second: there are five phases you could possibly be in:
So depending on where you’re at, you’re going to have different kinds of content going out to your audience in all various forms. It’s important to set the goal here: are you aiming to attract readers, nurture them, or finally close those sales? You need to take them through the right customer journey first.
2) I Plan Out My Posts
I like to do this via a Trello board or a table in a word document. It depends on what kind of marketing is going out really, and how much of it.
I’m very strategic in how I plan out posts–everything from the timing, to the kind of content, to the frequency, and how I repurpose it too. (Repurposing is just resharing the same content to multiple platforms. Why create a new piece of content for every single platform when people are not likely to see every single thing you create?)
So once I have my plan, I execute it.
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3) My Scheduling Hack
I will often do this in phrases.
First I draft all my content.
Then I write it.
Then I batch create all the graphics.
Then finally I schedule it and it’s done.
Now when I schedule social media content, I do this through Facebook, and because I can’t schedule to Instagram I have a little “habit” hack I’ve built.
Once a day, I will check my FB page to find the latest piece of content that’s gone out, and simply reshare it to Instagram from my phone. I can do this in bed, when I’m out and about, or at my desk. Doesn’t matter–what matters is that it’s going out automatically and I only have to remember to do that part once a day.
This is how I’m able to be incredibly visible online, which is needed in the online space to stay top of mind.
Written by Pagan Malcolm
Pagan is a copywriter and business coach helping writers understand the business side of publishing so that they can become serious authors.