You know the feeling – waking up, not knowing what to say or do on social media/your blog that day. Putting out less than perfect content on those days and grumbling in groups about how you just are never sure what to post besides product photos or WIP shots.
What if I told you eliminating posting stress was as easy as writing seven things down? It is! And today we’re learning about content calendars and how to use them to your advantage. I actually sat down this morning to create a content calendar for blogging so I can begin to work on posting several days a week again, and that is what inspired this post!
What a content calendar does is create a visual guide of what to post, when. It can be as strict or as flexible as you want. You can schedule specific content for specific days months in advance (especially helpful during holiday sales seasons, craft show seasons, and the like!) or have the same general content calendar that just evolves as seasons change (this is what I do).
To get started creating a happy little content calendar, you need to print out this happy little printable (available in color or black and white). I tried to size it so it can be printed as one large guide to hang in your studio, or in multiples & inserted into planners. I’m just getting into the planner game, so expect a few more fun freebies like this to come your way as I figure out what I need from my planner!
Once you have your happy little content calendar printed out, it’s time to do the actual nitty gritty work. A good content calendar has a diverse mix of content. If you completed the Dream Client workshop, you have a really good idea of who your social channels should be appealing to & what sort of content they want to see. For an example, my Dream Clients are young, eclectic moms who are eco-concious & passionate about motherhood, that live in the suburbs or city. They like my products because they are sustainably handcrafted, unique and colorful. I carefully reviewed what accounts they may likely follow on social media, and spent a lot of time analyzing the content of my Dream Clients favorite accounts were putting out. I collected screen shots, browsed their websites, and observed how they captioned their posts & interacted with their audience.
Armed with the knowledge from my research, I know my social media feeds need to be:
- colorful, positive & empowering
- reflect my brand’s sustainability practices
- easy to relate to & welcoming for mothers
Using just these bits of knowledge about my Dream Clients & what content appeals to them, I created a list of authentic posts that need to show up in my feed every week (ding! A content calendar!):
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Monday check-in: how was your weekend? I always have a hard time unplugging, but it was much needed this weekend. So I did just that – Friday I had some me time & treated myself a beautiful new tattoo from @klwtattoos, Saturday was spent running errands & cleaning/purging the house of clutter & Sunday we went on a beautiful hike through the Smokey Mountains. I feel refreshed, energized & excited to get back to work! This week I'll be wrapping up wholesale orders for @lilyvalleybaby & @greenutopiakc, along with a bulk order of birthday party favor stuffed monsters for @ee_megan77, getting them out the door & getting started on monster trick or treat totes! It's going to be an awesome week!
- Photos of me & my children (motherhood is a tribe, so I frequently put myself out there to connect with my audience!)
- Before & after photos – a lot of my Dream Clients can’t visual what a “textile discard” is so I demonstrate it frequently in posts where I show what the finished products are made from.
- Relatable content – hey mamas, I see you, I hear you, I am one of you. And I’m tired, too.
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Hey guys! I am on vacation in KCMO, but I HAD to share this super cute fan photo I just got! 😍 How adorable does sweet Evie's room look with her Lu & Ed Mon-stor?? Her monster storage bag is ready to gobble up toys to keep her nursery tidy! 👌 You can grab your own in my shop, I brought my inventory with my on vacation so I can full orders on the go! 🙌 #greenchild
- Photos of my products in use – my Dream Clients are selective about what they bring into their lives, so I use photos of my products from my target audience to draw in more of my target audience.
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The past two nights have been pretty much sleepless thanks to a fidgety, binge nursing babe. I've been awake since about 4am. At 6am, I decided to embrace the sleeplessness & get up. Lots of coffee in the early morning light, a little yoga & intention setting. Now to tackle today's to-do list! #bestofstorenvy
- Random bursts of color & happy – my Dream Clients love positivity, support & kindness, and so do I! So I make sure to frequently post an uplifting photo & caption.
- WIPs – my Dream Clients tend to be slow buyers, so hearing about the process & seeing a product from raw materials to half sewn to fully completed really helps showcase the work that goes into each piece & really demonstrates the one of a kind aspect of my products.
- Finished product photos – because every time someone in your target audience clicks over to your social media accounts, they should be able to see at a glance exactly what it is that you do!
And there you go – a full week worth of content!
Radical honesty: I don’t always post every type of post every day every week – I actually usually don’t post at all on Saturday and Sunday. And you don’t have to either! I use my content calendar as a guideline for what kind of content I should be putting out so that my feed always has a good variety of content, fits what my target audience is looking for and represents who I am & what I do. Having it on paper makes it easier to make sure you don’t stray too far from what your target audience is looking for and keeps your content relevant & visually cohesive.
I’d love to get a peek at your content calendars you come up with after reviewing the Dream Client exercises! Feel free to leave me a comment telling me what you put on your calendar, shoot me a photo of your happy little content calendar all filled out to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on Instagram!