I'm Beth Gladstone and I've always been interested in asking, what makes a great piece of content? Content Makers is a podcast exploring the people and the stories behind some of the best content moments of our time. From creating tweets that go viral, to events that bring people together and campaigns that become content folklore. In each episode I interview the people behind the brands to find out how they design and execute great content. If you're interested in creating content in today's world, this may be the podcast for you.
20. Empathy in Content Means Taking Into Account Your Audience’s Current Context - Joei Chan of 360Learning
Joei Chan is the Director of Content at 360Learning and one of the most creative and strategic content marketers out there. From launching a reality docu-series that followed her first few weeks at the company, to balancing content strategy with execution, Joei is a master at finding ways to use different content types to hit company goals. In this episode we discuss her approach to content and being a marketer.Resources:Joei on LinkedIn360Learning blogWatch the onboarding Joei docu-seriesMasterclassMention & TwilertIntercomWistiaFS blogWait but Why blogAnn Handley's Everybody Writes
19. Adjusting Your Social Media & Content Campaigns During COVID-19 With Data Analyst Simon Kemp
If you're struggling to know how to market your business or use social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, today's episode is for you. Speaking with Simon Kemp the CEO and Founder of Kepios, a global digital consultancy and Chief Analyst at DataReportal which analyses key trends and changes in digital behaviour that helps brands to make sense of the digital landscape. In this episode we look at the latest report, sharing a snapshot of digital behaviour during COVID-19 including how usage has increased, the effects on social media advertising and what type of content is favoured on social media right now by users. With Simon providing examples of how even Travel businesses have found ways to pivot in the current climate. Including why we need to focus on long-term flexibility in our content plans, rather than waiting for a “new normal” to emerge during the next few months. Plus, we discuss Simon's approach to collecting data and why media "hype" around channels such as TikTok, isn't always reflected in the data. Get access to the latest digital report we discuss here and you can find all other links in the show notes for this episode at bethgladstone.com/podcast/episode19.
18. Dare to Niche Down - Martha Moger of The Stitch Writer
Martha Moger is a creative freelance copywriter and content writer working with product-based, creative business owners. Through her brand The Stitch Writer, Martha brings together the three pillars of SEO, clear brand values and tone of voice to help her clients reach their audiences more effectively through copy. In this episode we discuss all things creative copy like how to tease out brand values when you’re within your business. How to simplify working out your tone of voice and what a past business taught Martha about the purpose of SEO to sell products. How smaller product brands can gain a competitive edge over huge ecommerce sites like Amazon and why consistency really is the key to creativity. Plus, how finding your niche can actually improve your business life and make work more enjoyable. Get access to the show notes for this episode at bethgladstone.com/blog/episode18.
17. Don’t Think About Creating Content, Think About What Experiences You’re Creating for Your User - Justin Champion of HubSpot Academy
Justin Champion joined Hubspot Academy in 2016, as the content professor tasked with creating their, now renowned, Content Marketing Certification Course. In this episode we discuss why creating 250 pages of content for Hubspot Academy was the pinnacle of Justin’s career, and how this led to him working on more on what he’s curious and passionate about: solving for the user. We discuss Justin’s approach to creating user-first content and engaging with the personas of the customer, including understanding their journey rather than starting without a plan. Unpacking why 20% of content can create 80% of leads for a business and tips on how to archive and repurpose old content into guest blogs to build backlinks to your site. Plus, what qualities you need in order to make a nomadic lifestyle work, whilst working for an organisation like Hubspot. Lastly, we enter into a quick-fire round where Justin answers some listener questions from you, our audience. Links to more of Justin’s work and the tools he mentions in this episode at bethgladstone.com/blog/episode17.
16. Content Is Easier When You Know Who You're Delivering To - Marie Shields of Moss Marketing
Marie Shields is the owner of Moss Marketing, a business that specialises in offering digital marketing and consumer PR services. In this episode we discuss Marie’s journey into entrepreneurism and the effect of democratization of sales via digital for the businesses around her. Why topic-lead content and video with intention are key digital marketing areas for this year and why brands in the drinks and beauty industries are nailing good content right now. Plus, why everything in marketing should start with knowing your audience personas. Get access to all of the links and tools Marie mentions in this episode at bethgladstone.com/blog/episode16.
15. A Framework to Help You Decide What To Blog About
This week on Content Makers it’s a solo episode talking about the framework I use when determining whether it’s worth putting time and effort into creating a new piece of blog content. We’re often told by “experts" that showing up and consistently producing new blog content is the most important thing. But I’d like us to consider a different view point, one where strategy and substance, over speed and quotas, are the most important markers of success. Let’s see if you agree with me. If you'd prefer to read this episode you can visit bethgladstone.com/blog/what-to-blog-about