How (and why) to turn your blogs into podcasts

Repurpose your blog posts into podcasts

Here's the easiest way to do it:

1. Find suitable blog posts

2. Repurpose your blog into a script

3. Invest in a good mic

4. Record your script

5. Record your Intro and Outro

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How to turn your blogs into videos the easy way

It's never been a better time to get more bang for your content by turning your past blog posts into videos.

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The real ROI (and cost) of content marketing

What is the real ROI and cost of content marketing? Is it still as attractive as it used to be? Read on.

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The case for using Spotify and Instagram for B2B content

Today’s world is filled with content like never before.

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The fine art of showing how your content actually generated revenue-1

Your time is valuable. Your skills are valuable. So are you getting the credit you deserve where you work?

As we know, tech companies especially live and die by their targets. Everyone has a number. But is everything really explainable only in numbers? There are some things that you just know need to be done to build the company's content or brand, which will pay dividends later. But how do you quantify it?

Did you ever go with your gut feeling with creating a content piece, and knew that people were seeing it and that it may have even led to sales enquiries or other KPIs that you are monitoring but could not quite point at how it directly affected conversion?

It can be frustrating, especially when looking to build closer knit collaboration with Sales and to demonstrate contribution to revenue the company generated in a given quarter. This leads to increased budgets, faster promotions, and overall a great personal brand within the company.

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-The Ultimate Guide to Content Series Ideas in 2019

Once you're bought in to the idea of creating shows, or as we call it episodic content, your next question is likely:

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How being impatient can save your startup in 2019

Let me make a prediction and assume that 2019 is going to be your most ambitious year yet as a founder. 

Today I talk about biggest dragon you’re up again have to slay to make true your dreams.

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No one can do it by themselves. And thats great news for startup founders.

You need help of those around you. What you may not realize, is the more you leverage other people’s help, the more you stand to build your personal brand.

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4 steps to being everywhere in every way, minus the effort, by being smart with your time.

If you found this article, you’re halfway there.

You understand that content is the sole key to building your startup brand and trust with the people who most seek what products and services you offer, whether it’s in video, written, or audio form.

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If you’re in B2B, B2C, or ABCD, doesn’t matter — I have some news when it comes to personal branding.

 

"84% of buyers start their buying process with a referral from someone they trust."

 

Prefer to listen instead? Here you go: 

 

Realistically, people refer other people, not companies. How do you improve the chances that they refer your tech business - even if they haven’t directly worked with you before? 

Your name is your personal brand, and vice versa.

 

How do you build influence and personal brand?

I’m forever a student of how humans build influence to inspire cool stuff to happen and benefit others around them on the way. 

It’s literally a super power. 

Despite the data-driven world we live in today, this personal brand thing, is still very difficult to measure, define, and study. 

Having a personal brand gives you incredible leverage and influence — it’s how the following regular-seeming names became not so regular in our minds:

  • Michael Jordan
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Michael Jackson
  • Michael Tyson

 

Building your personal brand is building access. It gets you where money often can’t go. It is an asset that grows with time; the definition of a good investment in yourself.

The goal of this article is to get your name out there some day in the area (or tribe) you hope to start, or lead. Let’s begin! 

 

1. Your personal brand already exists.

There is no such thing as zero personal brand. 

It is pretty likely you are already known for certain things both professionally and personally. The key is to triple down on the attributes you wish to build affinity with.

Some starting points to help:

  • General industry expertise 
  • Specific industry expertise
  • Personal traits
  • Passion Projects
  • Hobbies
  • Topics you typically post about on social

That last one is important. Not because of the word “social” but because of the word “typically”.

 

Perhaps you are a startup retail tech leader and your team focuses on applying IoT to retail to revolutionize the experience for shoppers.

Similarly, you may be big on innovative tech solutions to eradicate homelessness.

Or, you’re on a mission to revolutionize how effective PR is carried out. 

 

What about you? 

Is what you are doing now aligned with the personal brand you wish to grow into? As a founder, as an industry leader?

You should aim to get to the stage of others saying:

 

“Oh, if you need [XXX] definitely go to [Your Name]. Her content is awesome and I’m pretty sure she knows her stuff.”

 

As discussed, this referral can take place offline or online, and will most likely take place online. It often happens in the places you least expect. Whatsapp, FB Messenger, a mention in an article, and so on.

But all this begs the question, how do I get discovered?

 

2. Put yourself in a position to be discovered.

The first one cause it’s a given: Offline. 

 

Everyone has a “brand” offline. It reminds me of Yelp, where it’s up to you to claim your brand — but it does exist. Things like how do you treat your co-workers, what people typically come to you for, and how often you recognize others (not just your direct reports, but higher-ups and counterparts too).

 

The beauty of focusing on building personal brand online for startups, is that it transcends platforms, and scales both online and offline when people share.

 

A lot of people find that hard to define, for me it’s very simple:

  • Articles you write (Web, LinkedIn, Medium, Quora)
  • Audio you recorded (Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher)
  • Videos and images you made (YouTube, IG, FB)

 

It’s important to treat your personal brand as something tangible, that can add value to many at once where possible. 

 

After all, this is how you build a scalable personal brand.

 

You are your content. Offline, video, audio, image and written, and perhaps VR one day.

 

It can be tough to be creating consistently, but it’s imperative. Fortunately, there are ways for personal brands to scale content-creation effortlessly. Now, it’s one thing to be [technically] discoverable, but it’s a whole other thing to get people to actually bother.

 

3. Get them to care by starting with yourself.

We already know how to make people care. We talk about them, and provide value that speaks to their own interests, dreams and fears. 

Setting that aside, how do we genuinely get people to care?

Not SEO, more like… Care- EO.

Which is interesting because if you can figure out that Care-EO piece for your audience, you will find it has a direct effect on backlinks and SEO. 

In turn, this has a direct effect on your company brand, and before you know it you have a devoted audience waiting to hear more from you. It starts with 1 person, and can grow to 10, or 100, or more.I’d rather you have 100 people talking about you than 10K who barely care. 

Poetic Justice

Even platforms are starting to make it more difficult for people to see your number of followers. My intuition on this is that it used to be a popularity factor, but frankly the market couldn’t care less anymore.

 

No one can get you better distribution and endorsement than your followers (enthusiasts and customers). Check out our guide on creating episodic content.

 

Especially when starting from scratch to build personal brand, start by giving free value to others — especially to those that you do not anticipate getting anything back in return. 

 

Get into the habit of quickly adding value to them in 5 mins or less, such as introducing them to someone in your circle, recognising them publicly, or even doing quick research to find an article that you believe would add value to them (hint: this one).

Pro Tip: Do it Privately

If you get into the habit of adding value to others around you, especially on a 1:1 basis where there is no “crowd” watching, it makes the entire interaction a lot more authentic, deep, and meaningful. 

If this article resonated, please comment with your feedback, or pass it on to a startup founder or industry leader you think may benefit from it.


 

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