How to be more productive in content creation

You know you’ve got to be putting content out there. But you’re battling against time as usual. And perhaps ideas too. You need to find out how to be more productive in content creation.

Or do you?

There’s so much out there about being productive, about increasing your productivity. There’s great books such as Get Things Done by David Allen (great book and it’s helped me a lot).

Then there’s all the apps that get you organised. You’re so grateful for them. These are going to save the day. Finally a tool that will get me organised, and I’ll be able to produce masses of content!

That’s what I thought anyway. I became obsessed with being productive – getting things organised. I spent so much time reading books and learning how to use software and systems to make me productive. But in the end, they were eating up the time I SHOULD have been spending creating my writing plan and, guess what? WRITING!


Spend less time organising and more time writing

When writing, you need to get organised, as in plan what you are going to write. You shouldn’t miss that crucial step in the writing process. But don’t let it eat into your writing time.

Apps may end up sucking your time because they aren’t built around who YOU are. We are all different. We organise things differently. We think differently. For me, planning out a mindmap works. For others, it just doesn’t help at all.

You’ve got to find what works for you and stick to it. Know what habits you can stick with and which you can’t. For example, if someone advocates getting up at 5 am daily to do an hour of writing, you need to recognise if that’s for you or not. It worked for that person because they COULD get up daily at 5 am. But that might not be you. Maybe you write better at night, or in the afternoon. Know your strengths and weaknesses and don’t try to be something you’re not.

Once I let go of trying to fit my work into what the apps and books told me was being productive, and actually worked to what suited me, I actually got down to writing!


How to be more productive in content creation? Just write!

how to be more productive in content creation


I remember seeing an interview on TV once with the author Neil Gaiman, and his answer to the question “How does someone become a writer?” stuck with me. It’s simple and it’s obvious, and yet so easily resisted. If you want to be a writer, write. 

It’s the same with creating content. If you want to know how to be more productive in content creation, the answer’s simple. You’ve got to do the work. Planning to do the work isn’t going to get it done. Doing the work is. So plan the time to sit down and write, and then do the writing.

Excuses, productivity planning and productivity apps aren’t going to get it done for you. There is no substitute for writing. So once you accept that it’s just got to be done, you’ll find how to be more productive in content creation – in your own way. Your own way is the ONLY way you can be productive on a regular basis.

So own it, and start writing.






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Do your potential customers get what you do, really? I mean, really? Or are you leaving a sh*tload of money on the table???

One of the most common mistakes I see businesses make in their marketing is not clearly communicating what it is they actually do and the obvious benefit that brings to their clients.

They think what is obvious to them should be obvious to EVERYBODY. But I’m here to tell you that is simply not so.

Over the Christmas holidays, I discovered an awful truth. I’ve been guilty of exactly the same thing! The Content Fairy Godmother had dropped her magic wand!

And I have my wonderful sister to thank for waking me up to it.

You see, over the past few months, posts on my various social media platforms have focussed heavily on ‘content’, as that is what we ‘do’. That app you can use to analyse the most common words you use on Facebook clearly illustrated ‘content’ as the most common word in my posts, just to crystalise the point.

So, while I was back in the UK in December, my sister decided to ask me the question that had been bugging her about my posts for months: “Just WTF is ‘content’??!” She’s pretty blunt, my sis!

She went on to rage that to her, ‘content’ is the tea in her mug or the biscuits in the biscuit tin. In simpler times, THAT was the meaning of ‘content’.

“What the hell is content marketing? What is it that you actually do???”

Wow, did that open my eyes! And she works high up the corporate ladder. It really got me thinking.

How many people we are marketing to about ‘content’ feel like my sister? How many just aren’t familiar with the jargon terms that digital marketers use as a matter of course every day? How many potential clients had I alienated? And not just alienated! Failed!

How many businesses had I failed by not speaking THEIR language but ASSUMING they understood MINE???

I was devastated! You see, I see it as my OBLIGATION to help as many business owners and marketing executives as I can to really ramp up their marketing effectiveness.

But if I was falling at the first hurdle by not even selling across what I do and why they NEED content marketing as part of their marketing strategy, then I’d failed them. Period!

The Content Fairy Godmother needs to sparkle her magic fairy dust much wider!

And it’s so frustrating for me because businesses need to understand just how important ‘content’ is for them in this digital era.

They need to be clear on

  • where their customers hang out online
  • who their customers really are
  • that not all customers are equal
  • that a one-size-fits-all campaign doesn’t work as you can’t please all people all the time
  • where their potential customers go and where to find them
  • what their potential customers’ pain points are
  • what level to engage customers at
  • how Google will reward or penalise their marketing efforts by the ‘content’ they put out
  • how we live in a ‘give first’ world and why it’s important for their marketing
  • why buyers buy and why they don’t.

And it all comes down to – you guessed it – CONTENT!

So when my sister woke me up to the simple fact that not everyone gets ‘content’ and why ‘content’ is so important to marketSMART, it really got the Content Fairy Godmother in me riled up.

I realised that I need to educate and give value to businesses so they can understand HOW MUCH MONEY THEY ARE LEAVING ON THE TABLE, especially if they don’t get the concept of ‘content’ or content marketing, and how crucial it is to the business they do.

So that’s going to be the focus of my communication over the next month.

Because it’s my obligation to make sure that you get this.

That you understand how the scene has changed. That what got you here, won’t get you to where you need to be next. And thankfully, you don’t have to be left behind.

And the good news is that it’s NEVER BEEN EASIER OR CHEAPER to get in front of customers that will buy from you, IF YOU KNOW HOW.

It’s my OBLIGATION to make sure you know why and you know how.

I’m so excited to share this with you!

Do follow me so you don’t miss out on what’s coming up. I want you to be able to MAXIMISE your marketing in 2017 and really see results!

Remember. Don’t just market. MarketSMART!

If you recognise right now that you’ve been leaving money on the table and don’t want to wait for my future posts, book me now for a complimentary marketing audit session.

Sparking the entrepreneurial spirit in primary students with my marketing advice

Last week I had the opportunity to spend some time at a local primary school for girls and give them some valuable marketing advice. And honestly, it was a bit of a treat to take some time out of my hectic schedule and spend a morning with some seriously inspiring kids!

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I was invited to visit the school to empower the girls with some solid marketing advice for their latest project: the end-of-year school bazaar. Like a much cuter and less cut-throat version of The Apprentice, the girls will be setting up their own stalls at the bazaar, selling a selection of products and competing to raise the most profit for a charitable cause.

So what did I cover?

The importance of knowing your market

OK, so school might not quite be the world’s most competitive market, but a good first rule in business is knowing how to choose the right product. There’s no point selling sweets if the other kids want chocolate, right? So I suggested the girls conduct a survey to ask the younger kids in school what kinds of products they’d like to buy, and then select their product to meet that demand.

The girls were worried about pricing their products – what if they charged too low and didn’t make a profit at all? So I also explained a simple method they could use to discover their break-even point. From there, they were able to determine a suitable pricing structure.

How to build a brand identity and marketing strategy

Standing out from the crowd is all about the brand! I explained to the girls how a strong brand would create a greater perceived product value and allow them to mark up their prices. I also taught them how they could create a buzz around their brand by sharing product teasers on social media and designing advertising posters to decorate their stalls on the day.

Marketing advice only goes so far on the day

The groundwork is important. But sales skills are crucial! To demonstrate the best way to close a deal, we talked about sales targets and tactics. I suggested each group select one person to take charge of the stall on the day itself. That person would be responsible for driving sales, drawing potential customers in and pushing the whole team to hit their targets. Every person who walks by is a missed sales opportunity. Pull them in!

And I learnt something, too!

By far my youngest audience yet, the class proved to be very receptive to my suggestions for marketing and pricing their products. I don’t know whether there were some future leading businesswomen in that room (I hope so!), but regardless, I wanted them all to realise that they are more than capable of starting their own business one day.

I discovered that children are incredibly receptive to marketing advice and can grasp the concepts really quickly. Not only was it incredibly rewarding to meet with some mini entrepreneurs in the making, but it was wonderful to see a school providing opportunities like that to 11- and 12-year-olds. I would have loved an opportunity like that when I was at school!

Do you remember the moment you discovered your entrepreneurial spirit?


Content is king of online marketing for generating more leads

I thought I’d spice things up this week with a video on online marketing. This is the first of a three-part series I’ve put out as an introduction to online marketing, and how to become a content creation machine for your business and get leads online.

Today is the golden age of marketing. We have literally never had it so good!

Yes, there’s a lot of noise out there, and you still have to market smart to get your voice heard, but compared to 20 years ago, we’ve got it easy!



Before the Internet (can you remember those days? How did we manage?), marketing was almost a one-way street. We put out an ad but didn’t really have much control over who saw it. Then we had to wait to see what impact it had. Interaction with and understanding of our target market was a hard thing to come by.

But today, we are so spoiled by comparison! Here’s why:


1. We get to interact with our audience and find out exactly what they want and then we can just give it to them!

2. We don’t share our content with everyone. Oh no. We are choosy about who we communicate to because now we can choose so precisely who we want to target – those that we know WILL buy from us.

3. We get to share what we know and set ourselves up as experts in our field – the authority on the subject matter. That builds trust with our buyers.

4. And the part I love the most – potential customers come to us not the other way around! Inbound marketing is just so much more pleasant because you are delivering what your customers want and when they value what you offer, that’s a win-win for all.

5. And get this – there are so many cool software tools out there that let us automate the entire process from planning, creating, curating and sharing content to scheduling it for publication to the right platforms. It’s so easy!

I mentioned value earlier. The content you put out should be valuable to your customer. So what makes it valuable?

It’s got to be:

  • Relevant
  • Timely
  • Educational
  • Easy to follow and implement
  • Engaging

That’s all well and good. But why do you need to get to grips with online marketing in the first place? We’ve seen how it can benefit your customers. But what do you get in return?

You’ll love this …

  1. You’ll get noticed.
  2. You’ll be seen as an authority.
  3. Your customers will trust you.
  4. Your network will grow.
  5. You’ll build your personal AND business brand.
  6. AND your business will grow.

That’s six great reasons to get good at content marketing.

Watch out for my next video where I’ll cover how to mix up your content by delivering it in different ways. As we mentioned earlier, the more places you can show up, the more you’ll get noticed and the leads will flow in.

Want to get up to speed on becoming a content machine? Click the link and scroll down to download my free report here.



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I’m a copywriter. I was lucky to have an education

Copywriter and agent for change

As a copywriter, I’m very aware that I can earn a living from my craft because I received an education that assured my literacy. Sure, there were days when I begrudged going to school. But all in all, the fact that I’ve been lucky enough to have had an education has meant that I have become an independent woman able to make my way in the world and have the freedom to do what I love. That luck came about because I was lucky enough to be born in a country and a community where education was not just an option, but compulsory.

But some children don’t have access to that basic right

They live in impoverished areas where schools don’t exist because the facilities and infrastructure and money just aren’t there. It’s a vicious cycle of poverty that perpetuates because, from generation to generation, communities of children don’t have a chance for an education.

I believe that all children deserve to have an education, and that it is education that will free communities from the cycle of poverty

That’s why I jumped in immediately when my mentor Regan Hillyer invited me to join her crowd funding campaign as a fellow supporter and campaigner of education for all children. As Regan says, some people just get that they can impact the world.

I can see that my education has allowed me to impact my community as a copywriter. I can help clients who don’t have a skill for words to market their businesses better.

But through this incredible campaign, I can now impact beyond my immediate community. In this campaign, I can impact the education of children in India who will now have access to education because, in part, I stepped up and took part. Maybe one of them will become a copywriter and be empowered to build their own business and impact people with that business.

We can all make an impact

Each of us who has been lucky enough to have an education has the power to make that impact on the world for the cost of just a latte a day for just 3 short months!  For less than $300 in individual spend in total, it takes just 33 people to fund one school. That freaking AMAZING!!!!

But what’s also amazing is how many of us don’t take action when we have the chance. How many of us think “I’ll do it later” or “I can’t make a difference” or “Someone else will donate”.

In short how many of us just don’t get that such a small action can make a HUGE difference to the lives of 1,000 children a year for the next 30 years!

I’m so EXCITED by this cause because I believe in education and I can see how powerful this Change Heroes cause is. It really doesn’t take much from us, yet we can make such a big difference to so many. What’s to decide?

What’s stopping you?

Visit Regan’s page here to create your impact on the world!


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