The Content Planning Blueprint You Need for Success With Vassilena Valchanova [AMP 272]


With regards to content material advertising and marketing, failing to plan is planning to fail. Why do some entrepreneurs battle with content material planning? It isn’t straightforward neither is it all the time correctly valued. Generally, content material planning will get ignored.

Right this moment’s visitor is Vassilena Valchanova, a digital strategist, coach, speaker, and blogger. She talks about why it is very important plan content material persistently with a repeatable and efficient framework by sharing her blueprint for content material planning.


A few of the highlights of the present embody:

  • Content material Planning: Deal with the appropriate issues and observe a predefined construction
  • Professionals: Aim is to advertise merchandise and provides folks useful data
  • Cons: With no clear course of for planning content material, promotional content material fills hole
  • Out of Necessity: Why Vissilena created content material advertising and marketing blueprint/framework
  • Goal: Blueprint is a technique doc that helps with every day content material planning
  • Course of: How Vissilena’s content material blueprint technique works from begin to end
  • Methods to create your individual content material planning blueprint/framework to your firm
  • Examine/Distinction: Plan totally different content material items throughout totally different channels

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Ben: Hey, Vassilena, how’s it going at the moment?

Vassilena: Hey. It is nice to be right here and to be a part of the present. I am very excited to share extra about content material advertising and marketing with you guys.

Ben: Yeah, completely. I am simply beginning my day right here in North Dakota. It sounds such as you’re simply wrapping up your day in Bulgaria. I am glad that we’re capable of match this into our respective schedules actually on reverse sides of the planet. What we will be speaking about is content material advertising and marketing planning and your blueprint particularly for content material planning. Earlier than we get too far alongside, the primary query I’ve for you is, why do entrepreneurs are inclined to battle with content material planning? What’s it about planning that so many people have a tendency to search out tough?

Vassilena: Frankly, I believe the principle situation I’ve personally had when planning content material and doing any type of social media scheduling as properly is to simply concentrate on the appropriate issues and be sure that I am following some construction that is been predefined. As a result of oftentimes, if left to our personal gadgets, content material planning falls by the wayside. We do not spend sufficient time correctly planning out what messages we’ll be sharing, what various kinds of content material we’ll be selling, and the way we interact our viewers in several channels and in several codecs.

The principle situation normally is simply preserving that focus, dedicating the time to that, and discovering a extremely environment friendly option to truly plan content material out in the long term.

Ben: Yeah, for positive. What are a number of the detrimental impacts that entrepreneurs can count on to face in the event that they lack a transparent course of for planning content material?

Vassilena: Nicely, in my expertise, what normally occurs is {that a} marketer or a social media supervisor would get up one morning and be like, I have not posted for some time now. I haven’t got something prepared. They are going to simply battle to search out one thing rapidly to fill that hole, to be current once more within the information feed of their viewers. What this results in is that we are inclined to go for the low-hanging fruit, which is as a rule on some type of promotional content material. It will be one thing like try our new product, right here is our newest promotional marketing campaign, or no matter.

What this results in is that, first off, we begin creating content material that just about feels and appears the identical as a result of we’re attempting to push one thing out faster and can go for simply a picture with a standardized template design moderately than specializing in actually creating one thing distinctive at that time.

We’ll additionally not cowl all of the totally different audiences that we’re attempting to succeed in and all of the totally different content material objectives that we’d have throughout all of the channels that we’re utilizing. As a result of as everyone knows, the tip purpose is to not simply promote merchandise however those that interact, ask questions, present inspiration, give folks useful data. These different codecs that aren’t the model speaking about itself, they’re harder to create they usually require further planning.

Ben: Completely. What led you to create your individual content material advertising and marketing blueprint, your individual framework for guaranteeing that you’ve a repeatable course of for content material planning with a view to keep away from these sorts of issues?

Vassilena: If I can begin with the joke right here, my household identify in our language is derived from the phrases of wolf and we have now this saying the wolf is powerful as a result of it does its personal work. It really works on all the issues by itself and would not depend on anybody else.

This was basically why I got here to that as properly. It was as a result of sheer necessity of discovering a means the place I can plan content material faster, particularly with the shoppers I have been working with over the previous three years as a freelancer. Previous to that, I used to be a part of inner advertising and marketing groups and the problem wasn’t that obvious as a result of I used to be virtually all the time the one who’s doing the planning on their very own. I might basically attempt to preserve all this data in my head.

I did not realize it on the time however that is clearly not one of the simplest ways to do issues. After I began working with shoppers, I used to be working for a format that will enable us to have this single supply of fact, this blueprint that we will return to repeatedly every time we aren’t essentially positive what we’re attempting to do if we neglect the place the main focus level must be with a selected channel or a selected viewers that we’re attempting to draw. It will function a long run reminder, a transparent technique doc that can assist in the day-to-day planning. Over time, I’ve accomplished a bunch of various iterations of this course of.

What I arrived at ultimately was this actually fast and soiled means of documenting all this data in a single file that you would be able to print, depart in your desk, and simply look again at everytime you’re planning content material. As a result of although we’re on this as entrepreneurs, we’re within the planning course of day in and day trip, it’s very straightforward to neglect a number of the extra minor particulars or simply be so down into the trenches and preventing to push that content material day in and day trip that you just really feel a bit farther from the preliminary plan and the preliminary objectives you had set in the beginning.

Ben: Yeah. Are you able to describe at a better degree how your blueprint or your course of works from begin to end? What are the steps that you’ve got mapped out?

Vassilena: A really, very massive caveat that I wish to begin with is that the content material blueprint is a illustration of the technique but it surely’s not constructing the technique. It’s worthwhile to have the technique over the define and that normally entails all kinds of various preliminary analysis, competitor audits, and so forth and so forth. I will not get into these particulars. You’ve got had a variety of fantastic friends who talked about that a part of the entire strategic constructing objective earlier than.

What the content material blueprint does is mean you can doc that technique in an easy-to-use format. The way in which we do that’s to go from wanting on the massive image. We begin with the content material mission statements of the model after which get all the way in which all the way down to the totally different editorial objectives that we’d have, the totally different channels that we’ll be utilizing to succeed in these objectives, after which the totally different key subjects that the model must cowl of their day-to-day content material.

The 4 totally different segments would be the mission assertion, establishing the objectives, channel plan, and subject plans.

Ben: I believe that that is sensible. That is a reasonably clear orderly framework to observe. The final query I’ll throw your means is, if listeners wish to apply this course of or the same course of for their very own content material planning, how would you suggest they start?

Vassilena: I am simply going to dive somewhat deeper into every of these 4 sections I discussed earlier. I believe this could mainly undergo the nitty-gritty particulars of placing this collectively. The primary ingredient I discussed is the content material mission assertion. It will basically function our one-liner that describes every little thing we’re attempting to do with the content material technique and every little thing we’d like to remember with our content material planning.

For the content material mission assertion, I actually like to make use of Andy Crestodina from Orbit Media. He has this very nice very quick framework for establishing your content material mission assertion, which is our content material the place viewers X will get data Y that provides profit Z. It’s worthwhile to cowl these three parts. What are the audiences you are serving, what data are you giving them? After I say data, I imply the various kinds of content material you are offering. What’s the profit that individuals will get out of consuming that content material?

If I can provide you a fast instance with my very own purpose for my very own weblog, my mission assertion reads like this, Vassi’s weblog supplies entrepreneurs, founders, and enterprise homeowners—in order that’s your viewers I am concentrating on—with actionable recommendation, sensible instruments, and a wholesome dose of inspiration—so these are my three content material pillars—that assist them turn out to be higher digital professionals and allow firm development.

What I am attempting to do is every time I am sharing content material, this must immediately or not directly assist all digital professionals obtain firm development. It is a quite simple means of placing issues collectively, but it surely’s a really good reminder if you’re sitting down and planning your months’ price of content material to get again to that mission assertion and to essentially use it virtually as a litmus take a look at to investigate, am I truly doing the job? Am I actually creating this sort of content material? Is my content material actually doing the job of bringing these advantages to my target market?

The second part I discussed is the objectives and advertising and marketing metrics. We will outline the totally different editorial objectives, what the enterprise purpose that content material advertising and marketing is attempting to assist with. I’ve organized this data into a extremely easy three-step course of. What is the identify of your editorial purpose? What does that go appear like? What are the metrics to observe?

I believe the identify of the purpose and the metrics are fairly clear to most entrepreneurs. What I wish to level out is that this choice of what this seems to be like, it seems that it’s totally useful to a variety of my shoppers to be sure that they’re aligning their entire crew. They’re serving to even people who find themselves not a part of the every day content material planning to essentially perceive what we imply by consciousness constructing? What will we imply by partaking an viewers?

This actually helps to deliver that advertising and marketing jargon that we’d oftentimes use with out desirous about it into particular phrases that talk to everybody inside the crew, to everybody within the firm.

Then the following ingredient right here could be the channel plan. That is truly the most important portion of the content material blueprint that you just’d have. Right here you’d structure actually the nitty-gritty particulars round what channels you are utilizing and what are the sorts of content material you’ll be creating in every of these channels. How usually are you posting? What’s your velocity? What are the codecs that you just’re utilizing and so forth and so forth?

Usually I might see that with a variety of shoppers after we’re speaking in regards to the particulars round planning just a few totally different channels as a result of most manufacturers normally have no less than 4 or 5 totally different channels that they are utilizing. You’ll have a few social media accounts. You’ll have some type of e-mail communication, and then you definately would have a weblog or web site or someplace the place you are posting extra long-form content material.

Conserving in thoughts how channels play collectively, that is very tough with out having a transparent visible illustration of that data. On this part, you’ll clearly see we’re posting on Fb, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We’re working with our target market A and target market B on Twitter. We’re working with that very same target market B on Fb as properly. We’re utilizing LinkedIn to succeed in a very totally different viewers C.

You’ll be able to simply see the place you’ve gotten these factors the place you are having buyer touchpoints with the identical particular person throughout totally different channels or the place you are utilizing a channel to succeed in a very new viewers.

Once more, the identical factor applies to the subjects you may be protecting and the format you may be utilizing for every channel. It’s totally straightforward to see, am I repurposing content material throughout these three totally different channels? Is there a singular format that I wish to create on Instagram that is not relevant wherever else?

Then clearly, relying in your availability and the quantity of labor you possibly can put into creating content material, you can also make that call, which is okay, do I really want this distinctive format to work on this channel or not? Do I actually wish to create a brief story format Instagram movies as my key long-form pillar content material on Instagram, or is that this channel only a supporting channel the place I do not essentially wish to put an excessive amount of effort into that and so forth and so forth.?

It is easy to match and distinction these totally different channels, how they play collectively and what are the various kinds of content material you may be planning. Going again to content material planning, what are the totally different content material items you may be planning throughout these totally different channels?

Then the final part, which I discussed, is the subject plan. That is an space the place if within the channel plan you’ve got mentioned the place am I creating content material and what totally different codecs am I utilizing in these totally different channels? The subject plan is extra centered on what am I attempting to say throughout all of those totally different channels, or no less than within the channels which might be key for my model and the way am I going to virtually marry this content material subject with the important thing messages that I wish to promote this model.

Once more, simply to deliver this into concrete phrases, if we’re speaking about content material planning as a key focus space for my private content material on my weblog, I am attempting to convey the core concept that long run content material success doesn’t rely simply on fast hacks or tips, however on understanding the reader’s wants and actually serving these wants in a constant method in the long term. It is a core concept that I attempt to cowl in several items on my weblog, within the editorial part of my e-newsletter, in several social media channels, and so forth.

It is a level I deliver again to folks repeatedly in an extended time frame simply to be sure that I am actually bringing this level residence. Then tying that core thought to my model and the companies that I am offering as a result of that is clearly the place folks would are available in and fee me to construct a content material plan for them.

Really, this final thought of the subject plan is one thing I used to be impressed to incorporate from a weblog submit from Animalz, they’re probably the most common content material advertising and marketing businesses. They’ve this concept of Auteur Idea, for instance, in the event you watch a Wes Anderson film, you instantly know it is a Wes Anderson film as a result of the fashion and the final concepts that he covers are arising repeatedly. Getting that repetition in isn’t essentially a nasty level, it is truly one thing that may create your distinctive fashion.

Ben: Yeah, for positive. First off, thanks for providing such an intensive and detailed breakdown of how your blueprint works. I believe that sounds very actionable, very clear, and if anybody had any questions in any respect on tips on how to plan content material advertising and marketing or tips on how to plan content material from begin to end I believe you’ve got fairly properly coated it.

I actually like the way in which you ended that with that Wes Anderson analogy as a result of anyone who’s acquainted with Wes Anderson’s movies is aware of precisely what you are speaking about. You wouldn’t mistake certainly one of his films for anyone else’s, and that is extraordinarily highly effective. In case you apply that idea to a model, if folks can know that one thing is yours earlier than they could even hear a phrase of audio, learn a line of dialogue, or copy, that may be tremendous highly effective only for constructing model consciousness, recognition, and all these different issues.

Vassilena: Yeah, positively. Once more, if I’ve to cite somebody, I frankly do not bear in mind who mentioned it first, but it surely was one thing alongside the strains of, in case you have your individual model fashion, “if the label comes off,” if I take a look at your weblog submit with out seeing the title and the brand on the web page, will I do know it is yours?

These finer particulars, truly, I believe that is bringing it again to content material planning. I believe that after you have a clearer thought of what you wish to do in the long term and you’ve got this clear so you are not spending any extra psychological power on specializing in that day in and day trip as a result of you’ve gotten this sturdy reminder of what you are attempting to attain and the way and why, then you possibly can actually focus as a marketer on constructing these finer particulars and constructing these issues that actually arrange a model other than everybody else.

It is nearly like posting frequently. It is about what you are creating as sorts of content material or as items that can actually resonate with your individual viewers. That solely occurs when your minds clear from the minutia round creating your day-to-day items.

Ben: Yeah, for positive. You are not going to make a masterpiece simply off the cuff, simply relying by yourself artistic genius with none type of plan or course of. This has been unbelievable. Earlier than I allow you to go, I perceive that you just truly share your content material advertising and marketing planning blueprint? I consider it is in your weblog. Would you thoughts sharing with our listeners the place they’ll go discover that in the event that they’re ?

Vassilena: In fact, joyful to do this. I’ve truly created a brief hyperlink that can level them precisely to the weblog submit that covers the blueprint in additional element and the place they’ll obtain the template. It is on my web site, which is That is straightforward to recollect, I hope.

Ben: Yeah, completely. Thanks a lot, as soon as once more, for coming to the present. I do know that is going to be tremendous useful for our viewers.

Vassilena: Glad to be right here and I hope it is useful as properly. If a few of your listeners wish to present any suggestions on that and let me understand how they’re utilizing it in the long term, I would be joyful to speak some extra.

Ben: Thanks once more to Vassilena for coming onto the present and for sharing all of her insights.



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