“Without strategy, execution is aimless. Without execution, strategy is useless.” Morris Chang
It’s Coronavirus Lock Down Week 5 In The UK As I Am Writing This …
Wow! It’s challenging this lock down stuff isn’t it?
On a personal level I’m finding most days going along at half-speed productivity wise as we attempt home schooling our 9 year old Grandson with our amazing daughter (furloughed from her job) on hand to assist.
Add to that Zoom calls & virtual team meetings, customer relations & the constant battle of trying to book the next online delivery slot for food and supplies and you have the perfect environment for a total business melt down working from home or not.
Social media seems to be a huge mix where furloughed employees coping with job uncertainty and less income mix with SME’s with their heads in their hands dealing with zero income plus an undetermined timeline to work with.
The word unprecedented doesn’t even begin to get close to the impact this virus is having on SMEs of all sizes.
Zero Cashflow For Businesses Through No Fault Of Their Own
What business owner factors in a sudden cashflow forecast of zero for several months in a row? Especially one that lands on their desk in less than 14 days and is completely outside their control?
Entrepreneurs however will accept the self-responsibility of the situation and find a way to work though it.
It’s the perfect storm for an economic disaster of epic proportions and yet at the same time there was a huge reality check this week of the dangers associated with this virus as it took one of our family members before his time.
So as the dust settles into some kind of new routine, I thought I’d share 3 things you can implement today that will help your business emerge stronger after the lock down measures ease.
They are all things you can do in small bite-size chunks over a week or two that will repay you over the weeks, months & years to come as things slowly but surely return to the new normal whatever that will look like and whenever that is.
1. Tweak The Titles, Images & SEO On Your Top Posts & Pages
Blogging is not a one time event. Revisit it, rework it, add to and whatever you do SEO it effectively!
Blogging is not something you “do” and then forget about it.
Never Do The Minimum For Blogging
If you write the minimum amount of words, include the minimum amount of content, copy & paste generic tips, don’t include eye catching branded images, fail to research keywords effectively and don’t craft catchy headlines – you should reconsider blogging as a strategy for your business!
Unless your SEO (search engine optimization) is good and the content is high quality you are unlikely to see your blogs at the top of the search engines or attracting customers to you & your business.
Now For The Good News …
The good news is that once you have taken the time to write your content, you can go back in to your posts and improve them!
This is a fantastic way to improve your blog and as hardly any small business owner does it and that puts you at a great advantage if you do.
All it takes it a little time (we have that one as a gift right now) and a little practice.
Ideas You Can Do Right Now
Here are some ideas to improve existing blog posts:-
- Create new branded feature images
- Write new headlines (don’t change the permalinks if the blog post has search engine traffic) if it doesn’t re-write it as a new post & add some current statistics.
- Add a video.
- Re-write the meta description.
- Do some keyword research on the topic and add links to relevant articles you find on authority sites for key things you mention.
- Add a lead magnet in the post.
- Add social share buttons at the bottom of each post.
- Increase the word count to 1100 words.
2. Carry Out A Full Social Media Audit
Are Your Social Media Profiles Up To Date?
One of the smartest things you can do during the lock down period is to refresh and update your social media presence by carrying out a full social media audit.
The key to successfully executing this AND keeping a template to work to now and in the future is to set up either a Trello Board or an ASANA board.
(Tip! I’m seeing Trello being used in very creative ways for sharing boards inside info-products right now, so much so I’d recommend it for both tips 2 & 3!)
Here’s What A Trello Board Might Look Like To Plan Your Audit
Social media is fast moving & ever evolving & so is your business.
So the two can quite quickly get out of date or start to look stale.
And if you use scheduling tools & focus on the content creation side of social media you may not even realise that the image you have been using isn’t even on brand anymore.
And the link you use in your profile doesn’t work or isn’t relevant to what you offer.
Work through each social media profile & bring them up to date
Start with the platforms you focus on the most and work through each one until they are all:-
- On brand
- Link to something relevant to your audience
3 Brilliant Ideas for your links:-
- Link to a Social Page. I love Peg Fitzpatrick’s Social Page idea (I will be creating a video about this next month so stay tuned!)
2. Link to a free webinar or masterclass. Vanessa Lau has this nailed on her Instagram profile. It’s a great way to deliver value & build relationships that can effectively build your followers & business all at the same time.
3. Gemma Went uses a Quiz in her Twitter bio link which works well as a lead generation / get to know you process which positions Gemma as the great coach & mentor she is
3. Create An Editorial Calendar & Plan Your Post Lock-down Promotions
The more you plan ahead NOW the quicker your business will pick up new business as the lock down lifts
We all have to find ways of living with the Coronavirus until a vaccine is available or the virus phases out for good.
Either way business is not going to be “normal” for some time yet.
So the more you can plan, re-work the way in which you operate your business with social distancing measures in place and be ready to IMPLEMENT your promotions & offers NOW the easier you will transition out as the lock down measures start to ease.
By creating a visual Trello board of your business content & promotions over the next few months you can quickly start to map out a strategy to get leads & sales flowing even if it takes a few months yet for life to feel more “normal” again.
Look for opportunities that have presented themselves to you during these unprecedented times.
There will be a shift in what people VALUE more coming out of this period of time that smart entrepreneurs will be ready to respond to.
Right now trends are showing us that uppermost in people’s minds right now include:-
- Digital business
- Online marketing
- Own business
Bonus tip! Study some of the best TV adverts at the moment that meet people “where they are at” & use some of the best ideas in your marketing efforts.
- The Coronavirus has affected everyone and will continue to be a challenge for all SME’s for many months to come.
- It looks like some of the lock down measures will be eased in May 2020 although social distancing will still feature in our lives and business lives for some time.
- The better you plan your own exit strategy, the quicker you can start easing some of the pressures created by the lock down.
- SEO blog posts & top pages – IMPROVE every post or page in some way.
- TRELLO boards are the perfect way to plan & organise a Social Media Audit or your own exit strategy content & promotions.
- Use the time you have (and it may be far less than you think if you have children around) to think of adapting to whatever the new world looks like and go gently with your social media activity at these ultra sensitive times.
If this content help you in some way, please feel free to eave me a comment below & I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
Be kind, stay positive & believe in yourself!