Liking an idea and executing it are two very different things. Many consultant, trainers, and professional coaches want to leverage their knowledge into an online marketing campaign but struggle to put it together. This is especially true if they see or hear an idea they like but don’t think through steps for executing and maintaining the campaign. Online marketing campaigns are timely and if there’s no sustainability plan then the effort can cause more harm than good.
The most common example of this is an online blog. Many consultants, trainers, and professional coaches will see a blog they like and then haphazardly set up a blog of their own. This frequently is thrown up on a blog service website. Those a little more dedicated might find suitable templates, customize a layout, and/or have the blog set up on their site. This shotgun approach typically creates subpar results. The blog can come off as disjointed or may never be properly promoted at all.
Creating content consistently takes time and if there isn’t an agreed upon system for creating the content then the blog will stagnate. This is the most common fate of hastily done blogs and reflects poorly on the individual or company who created it. It’s a clear sign that projects go unfinished if a blog is found stagnant. Our blog is an example that it takes commitment to maintain. Though we’d like to post more regularly we are committed to a new post at least once every other week and maintain that schedule regardless of other demands on our time. At minimum, if you have a blog and find that it’s not being updated; remove it from your site.
A blog is just an example of how web marketing needs maintained. Other common offenders are social media pages or news/press release sections of the site. If you identify an idea or channel you’d like to use, then a sustainability plan should be top priority. An even higher priority than design or technical details because if the content isn’t current, then it won’t generate results. Keep up to date with your online campaigns so they are relevant and add new touch points with clients and potential clients.