Welcome to another Monday in February. Sometimes, a setback is a great way to move forward.
Here are a few things I’d like to share from The Editor’s Desk.
Following up with content marketing clients
I’ve written blog posts on following up with clients here and here. It’s important to stay in touch so clients know you are invested in working with them, and it keeps your name top of mind. Jennifer Goforth Gregory with The Content Marketing Writer wrote a great post on five unique ways to follow up with content marketing clients. She suggests doing the following:
- Compliment the client about something client or editor has done recently (I’ve used this technique)
- Send a link to a relevant article (I’ve done this as well)
- Provide a thoughtful comment on their blog post or social media page (do this repeatedly for greater impact)
- Follow up on an event mentioned by the client (Who is going to events these days?)
- Engage with the company on social media (a good strategy at all times)
The nine-word email marketing strategy
I will occasionally send cold emails and letters of introduction as a prospecting strategy – it works better than you think. The key is to write targeted emails to the right people with the right message at the right time – simple, right? Jessica Lunk at Benchmark One wrote a great article on implementing a nine-word email as part of your marketing strategy. The concept comes from Dean Jackson and uses a very simple formula:
- Subject line: First name
- Body: Question that addresses customer pain point (e.g., Are you still looking for help with creating new content?)
That’s the whole email. If you get a response, you know they’re interested.
Reasons to start a newsletter
I’m a fan of reading newsletters, as they provide useful content that I enjoy. They also showcase some great writing with personality. Britany Robinson at The Write Life wrote a post on why you should start a newsletter. Her reasons include:
- It’s easy to start (relatively speaking)
- It forces you to create a writing routine (so true)
- It’s a home for your voice (you write what you want)
- You build credibility (absolutely)
- Nobody can take it away from you (only you can do that)
- You can monetize it if you want to (true, but the other reasons are more important to me)
Adding personality to digital content
Nick DiLallo published an article at UX Collective on writing digital products with personality. If you’re involved in UX writing at all, these are some great tips for writing more effective and interesting copy. His suggestions include:
- Build a brand voice from the start
- Consider how you use vocabulary
- Look for small moments
- Begin with clarity
Process goals, performance goals, and outcome goals
Hollie and Terrell Johnson at The Half Marathoner published an article on three types of running goals. Why am I talking about running goals? Because these goals also apply to writing. The three types of goals are:
- Process goals – the training you do to achieve your writing goals (e.g., writing a certain number of words in a day)
- Performance goals – the goals you set to achieve that are under your control (e.g., writing a manuscript by the end of the year)
- Outcome goals – the goal you want that is outside your control (e.g., having your book picked up by a major publisher)
Check out what Ron Hogan had to say about outcome goals:
Nearly all writers, I think, start with outcome goals: I want my memoir to be published. I want to write a bestselling novel. I’d like to be able to support myself with my writing. I want people to recognize how talented I am. … If we cling too strongly to these outcomes, though, we may forget that we cannot make them happen on our own. A publisher has to decide to publish our book. Consumers have to want to buy it. People have to make up their own minds about our talent.
Choosing a name for your blog
I came up with name of my blog pretty simply – I’m an editor, I sit a desk, it worked. But you might want to use a different tactic to name your blog or podcast. Matt Gladstone at Flocksy wrote a post on coming up with the name for your blog to help it succeed. He suggests the following:
- Focus on your niche (important if you’re in a niche)
- Do your research
- Consider the message you’re sending
- Use a name generator (lazy, I like it)
- Look to your target audience
- Focus on your brand
- Make it easy to spell and find
What I wrote
Check out what I wrote for Sellerant – Creating a Strategic Planning Process Model for Your Startup.
What I read
I came across a great online magazine called SULTURE Magazine. Check it out – it’s well written, has beautiful imagery, and it’s free.
What I watched
I watched the first season of Emily in Paris on Netflix. Honestly, I was hooked from the first episode. The main character is so likeable and engaging. I also learned quite a bit about Paris and Parisians, and a little about fashion and social media. I’ve been wanting to visit Paris for a few years, as has my daughter. Once it’s clear to travel again, Paris is near the top of the list of places to go.
What I listened to
Normally, I listen to podcasts while I work. Sometimes I want to pay attention to what they’re saying, and I can’t do that if I am seriously engrossed in my writing or I need to be motivated. I discovered this YouTube channel for “deep concentration and studying.” It seems to work, even though I don’t listen to a lot of music these days.
Thanks for reading. If you liked what I wrote or think someone else would enjoy it, then please share it. And if you want to reach out, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.