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Blog vs. Newsletter: How to decide where to share your content

Blog vs. Newsletter: How to decide where to share your content…this is the great debate people ask us about all the time. You might be thinking…

 

“So, I’m supposed to blog and have a newsletter, right?”

 

Right!

 

“Cool. But, what’s the difference between a blog and newsletter? What am I supposed to say in both? Are you sure I need both?!”

 

By now, we all know that content marketing for creative entrepreneurs isn’t going anywhere. If that phrase still freaks you out, make sure you read this to see that it’s not so scary…and yes you need to do it…and yes, you can do it!

 

But let’s tackle this whole blog vs. newsletter thing, shall we? Because it can totally be overwhelming. But, it’s also totally doable (not to mention a game-changer for connecting with your audience and producing profits for you!!!) if you have a plan.

 

Just like everything in business, it’s important to take a step back and look at the purpose of your efforts before barreling ahead, full force into doing, doing, doing without knowing what the heck or why you’re doing something.

 

That said, you might be thinking…

 

Do I need a blog?

 

Yes, if you want to…

 

  • Introduce yourself to people who want what you have to offer
  • Give your ideal clients ideas, tips, advice that make their lives easier or better
  • Connect with and grow your audience
  • Climb the SEO ranks
  • Position yourself at the top of your industry
  • Build credibility for your business
  • Book more clients

 

As you can see, in our opinion…

 

Blogging is far from dead.

 

Okay, but what about that newsletter…

 

Do I need a newsletter?

 

Yes, if you want to…

 

  • Protect yourself from ever-changing social media and Google algorithms
  • Guide your fans and followers down your customer journey
  • Give your ideal clients extra value, special deals and promotions
  • Position yourself at the top of your industry
  • Build credibility for your business
  • Get repeat business, over and over again
  • Scale your business

 

So, how do I decide if my content should be a blog post or a newsletter?

 

Post it on your blog if it’s content…

 

  • You can use as a value-add for your current clients (add it to your client workflow!)
  • Similar to something people are searching for
  • That’s heavy duty, there’s lots to it
  • In video format
  • That answers questions people ask you often
  • That will be helpful to your audience for months and years to come
  • Want a little jumpstart to writing your blog posts? Here are 19 blog topics creative entrepreneurs can write about.  

 

Send only as a newsletter if…

 

  • You’re promoting or selling something specific
  • The info is time sensitive and/or community based (like letting your list know you’re doing a Facebook Live later that day and they won’t want to miss out over on your Facebook page)
  • It’s short and sweet, a quick story or something you learned that made you think of your audience
  • Still need a little extra help with your newsletter? No problem. We’ve got you covered.

 

There is a difference between blog content and newsletter content. But, there’s a caveat! They can and do work together!

 

When readers see how open and generous you are with your tips, ideas and knowledge via your blog posts (and they see how talented and passionate you are about your work), they’re going to want more. But, if you don’t give them an opportunity to get more, to be part of your world (to potentially become customers!), you’re missing out!

 

So, first thing’s first…

 

Give your blog readers an opportunity to join your email list. But, and this is very important!!! Don’t just say: “Join my email list!” or “Subscribe!” or “Want to get my emails?”

 

Does anyone really want more emails?! Probably not.

 

But, people do want ideas, tips, entertainment that make their life easier, better and/or save them money and/or time. So, as you’re finishing up those awesome blog posts, you can say something like: “Click here to get even more info on ___________!” or “Want a free guide to __________? Click here!” or “Like what you see here? Click here for more!”

 

Clicking = they get more (as promised!) after they give you their name and email address.

 

This is just one way to simultaneously give your readers what they want and get what you want: new, raving, loyal fans on your email list. More on all this another day. But, let’s get back to…

 

How to make blog posts and newsletters work together

 

We send our list an email once a week. About 25% of those newsletters are related to something we’ve written here, on our Idealust blog. The other 75% is extra added value, only for those on our list (Facebook Lives, free webinars, free ebooks, guides, inspiration, etc.) and special offers or promotions.

 

Please note that not every email we send connects with a blog post!

 

There’s a reason for that! Anyone and everyone can go to our blog posts! We want people who are on our mailing list to feel special, because they are! That’s why we send them emails every single week with information that will help them build their creative businesses, faster than trying to do it alone!

 

Our guess is you want your subscribers to be happy they’re on your list, too.

 

*** Rule #1: When you email your list, make sure that (at least sometimes!) it’s more than just a notification that you’ve written a new blog post.

 

Every third or fourth email, let email subscribers know there’s something incredible waiting for them on the blog. Make sure there is something incredible waiting for them on the blog!

 

*** Rule #2: When you do send your subscribers to a blog post (via your newsletter), make it a value-based blog post, not a portfolio post of your recent work.

 

Let’s chat for a second about getting people from your list to the blog post you want them to read.

 

There’s a right way to do it…meaning, if you do it the wrong way, readers may never even make it to your blog. And that’s frustrating. And a waste of your time. We know you didn’t write that beautiful blog post so it can sit, unread, collecting internet dust.  

 

Guidelines for newsletters that lead into a blog post

 

  • The newsletter can include part of the intro of the actual blog post, or it can be a quick story about the topic you go into further on the blog
  • Do not copy and paste a chunk of your blog post and send it as a newsletter. Remember! Make your subscribers feel special for being on your list! Don’t be lazy!
  • Save the best part for the blog (if you give them a majority of what they’re hoping for in the newsletter, there’s no reason for them to click through)
  • Show readers the benefit of clicking through to your blog post (how will it make their life easier/better?)
  • Tell newsletter readers exactly where you want them to go/what you want them to do (use an obvious link or colorful button that takes them to the blog)
  • Be concise, keep it a little shorter (the whole purpose of that newsletter is to get them to click through to the blog; don’t waste time getting them there)

 

*** Rule #3: Save the juiciest, meatiest, best parts of the blog post for the blog! Don’t give them away in the newsletter if you want your readers to click through to the blog!

 

Phew! That was a lot. We get that this whole blogging, newsletter, content marketing thing can be a lot. So, we created a little tool for you to get started on the right foot. Oh, and it’s free. Click here to snatch up our Content Creation Kit! 

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19 Blog Topics Creative Entrepreneurs Can Write About (+ 4 real life examples)

What the heck am I supposed to blog about?

Good question.

You know you should be blogging. You know it’s good for SEO (maybe you’re not quite sure why or how, but you know it’s true.) You know you see other photographers and creatives blogging about what seem to be rad topics, but all you can come up with is a blog about your recent shoot or event or other portfolio work.

We get it. It can be a tall order, especially if writing isn’t your strength or you don’t enjoy it. I have good news for you…writing is my strength.

I have a degree in journalism.

My first jobs out of college, I worked for two different online magazines. (My job title was: Content Producer.)

Then, I was an editor at a magazine for 3+ years.

I write a lot over on my personal blog and am working on my first book!

Summed up: I can come up with content ALL DAY LONG. (If this isn’t your jam, click here to get our free Content Creation Kit!)

And because of all that, I’m excited to share how I do it and some things I ask myself, as I’m creating valuable content for our readers, our ideal clients, the people we want to connect with most!

To get you started, here are 19 blog topics creative entrepreneurs can write about…(don’t forget you can create videos, too, in addition to writing!)

Services + work

  • What do your current clients ask you?
  • What did your past clients say they loved about the process of working with you?
  • What are your strengths within your work?
  • What topics do your ideal clients want to know more about?
  • What do you love to talk about with your industry friends?
  • What fires you up about what you do…why do you do what you do?
  • What industry friends do you love working with? Tell your audience about why they’re awesome!

 

Process

  • How do you get inspired to create the work you do for your clients?
  • Do you have any cool gear or equipment or tools you use for work that are interesting to your audience?
  • Why do you shoot/draw/design the way YOU do vs. the way others do it?

 

Brand

  • What 4-5 categories sum up your brand? Write them out, then, you’ll have even more topics to write about! For example, for us, for Idealust, our categories are: 1. Freedom/adventure/travel 2. Encouragement/community 3. Mindset/morning routine 4. Business tips/strategies 5. Behind the scenes/our life. This gives me plenty to work with!
  • What words describe your style or the type of work you do…share what that looks like!
  • Not sure how to answer these questions about  your brand? Want a little bit of help with this part? We’ve got you covered!

 

Portfolio (shoots, design work, etc.)

  • Show your clients’ individual shoots or the work you’ve created for them.
  • Create a collection of favorites or round-ups (Best of __________ engagement sessions, My 5 funniest greeting cards, etc.)
  • Year in review of all you did with and for your clients.

 

Life

  • How can you tie a recent vacation into what you do for work? Maybe you were inspired by something you saw or experienced?
  • What do you have in common with your ideal clients? Favorite books, coffee shops, businesses you use?
  • What do you like to do for fun? How can you relate that to your ideal clients?
  • What personal projects are you working on? How do they benefit your audience?

 

Our most popular non-portfolio posts from our photography business

Go ahead, use these topics to get started! I bet you come up with more awesome ideas on your own, once you find your groove!

 

We know, we know…you appreciate the help with blogging, but what about content for Instagram and IG stories and newsletters?! We got your back, boo. Click here to get our free Content Creation Kit to give you a big, fat jumpstart on all of the above 😉