You have two options
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You have two options

Yo! Welcome to the next episode of The Content Strategy Reeder where creators, marketers, and sellers get better at content strategy and creation in 5 minutes or less.

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I joined Clari as their Head of Content — counts on fingers — 8 weeks ago.

The first thing I did wasn’t create content or “fix” anything.

Instead I embarked on a listening tour.

My goal was simple: get to know the team, uncover gaps, and start to articulate a POV on where to take the team and strategy.

This is critical because playbooks from previous companies — no matter how successful — don’t just transfer perfectly from one company to another. Sure I have ideas and plays, but I wanna know what’s going to work here and now. And I refuse to be another “here’s how I’ve always done it'' leader.

Anyway, one of the most common questions I got was: What’s your plan?

(Which is funny because I’d only been there for like 46 minutes.)

But the question really translated to how are you going to make an impact?

I found myself answering the same way every time:

You have two options if you're looking for growth: optimize or build.

Optimizing is getting more from things you’re already doing. Think of it like getting more “juice from the squeeze.” Things like:

-Shorten your forms to increase landing page conversions
-A/B test HTML vs text-only email marketing
-Test putting links in the comments vs the body of you LinkedIn post
-Test webinar duration lengths to improve attendance rate
-Test new formats or length to improve podcast completion rate

I’ve done all of these, among many others, to successfully uncover pockets of growth.

Notice the key word — test.

Optimizing requires testing new ideas. And don’t limit yourself by only A/B testing everything. Get comfortable with taking risks.

This is your fastest path to results.

Building, on the other hand, is creating something completely new — like planting a whole new tree.

-Launch a podcast
-Write a thought leadership blog series
-Publish a newsletter
-Spin up a webinar series
-Create a twitter strategy

These are the fun, shiny, exciting-to-show-your-CEO things, but take much more time to see results.

You typically only get 2-3/year, so be selective in what you choose to invest in.

Look at your content strategy right now — have you fallen in lust with building? (Guilty). Or is perfectionism causing you to endlessly tinker instead of taking a big bet on a new project or channel?

There’s no right or wrong, by the way. Everyone needs to find a balance that works for them. I invite you to find yours.

Holler at you next Saturday,

Speaking of building new things...

I built and scaled a webinar program that generated millions in pipeline and propelled our brand to become a (B2B) household name. And I almost always recommend marketers add webinars to their marketing strategy.

I wrote an article about it for Goldcast that outlines the #1 mistake I see marketers make, plus my 5-step process for designing a webinar series that your audience loves.

It's called How to Launch a Wildly Effective Top-Of-Funnel Webinar Series That Creates Revenue.  You can read it here, or simply share it with your webinar-hosting homies.

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