One of the hardest things about business blogging is that you have to come up with something to write about constantly. And I can tell you from personal experience that if you don’t plan topics ahead, you’ll be dead in the water in no time.
Planning is critical. Read my post about it. (Case in point — this blog is over 2 weeks late due to lack of planning.)
What should be in your editorial schedule? Certainly not self-serving, heavily promotional stuff. Put yourself in the customer’s shoes. Think about their issues and concerns. Then make your blog a place to come for helpful, knowledgeable assistance.
But that’s pretty vague and you want specifics. So here are some specific blog content ideas that I’ve used.
Repurpose Existing Content If you already have whitepapers and case histories, you may be able to rewrite them as blogposts. Long whitepapers may even become two posts.
Conduct Survey and Blog About Results Ask your customers and prospects a question or 3 that are relevant to your industry. Gather the results. Then report them and add your opinion in a blogpost.
Share and Comment on Industry Articles It’s easy to set up internet feeds on relevant topics. When something good shows up, create a “sandwich” blogpost: write an intro, share the link to the article, and create a conclusion that showcases your thoughts on the article.
Infographics Look at some of your existing content. Can anything be pictorial-ized? If so, you can have a graphic designer create an infographic that can be the basis of a blogpost. House the file on your website so readers have to go there to download the infographic.
Crowdsource Blog Ideas Ask blog readers what topics they’d like you to cover.
Answer Customer Questions Your sales and customer service departments are great resources for finding out what questions people have. Common questions should lead to answers that can become blogposts.
Comment on Current Trends A review of the articles your feeds are turning up should give you a sense of trends. You can also watch competitors. When you spot a trend, write about it in the blog.
Interview Industry Experts Interviews can turn into “how-to” lectures or commentaries on the state of the industry. Either makes interesting blog content.
Lists Create short lists of tips, especially information that’s in high demand but short supply. Or you could provide the kind of information that helps customers use your type of product. Lists can often be turned into posters. Today’s list could be tomorrow’s infographic, giving you another blogpost.
Resource Collections – Compile collections of resources according to a keyword or theme. If you find resources that don’t normally get included together, it can be especially powerful. It can take time to build this kind of collection, so this is not a last-minute tactic.
Other Authors Others in your company, like technicians, applications engineers, executives, have unique expertise and perspectives to share. You’ll need to help them out by defining a topic.
Use these ideas to create a plan for your blog. And please let me know what else has worked for you