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Editorial Calendars: What's the Big Deal?
Blogging has become one of the best ways to connect with audiences. There’s no shortage of guides out there on how to build a really good one. Everybody has an opinion on how things should be done. Still, one thing is for sure: quality content produced at a consistent clip will pretty much always help you gain more traction. This is easier said than done, though. Not all blogs are consistent and consistency doesn't always mean great content. This is where content managing editorial calendars come in. Using these tools will help you strike a healthy balance and produce high quality stuff on a regular basis.

Editorial Calendars Make Your Plan Visible

Blogging is a central tool of content marketing. It's actually supposed to help inform people about what you're doing. Editorial calendars help you structure your blogging in a visual way. It'll help you see how your blogs fit into your overall strategic philosophy. Your audience should connect with this vision. A calendar maps your content to match your understanding of the audience, what they want, and what they need to know. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="475"]editorial calendars Make your audience happy![/caption] Editorial calendars are also tools for organizing. But it’s about much more than putting what’s in your head onto some spreadsheet. It’s about helping you keep a consistent pace of quality content production. It's also about streamlining the blogging process by clearly assigning your team members their specific tasks. A key to producing effective results is effective communication. Beyond providing a physical and visual space for posting ideas, editorial calendars are central to helping you see the structure of your marketing and blogging. This is something that you and your team need to be on the same page about. So what better way to do that than making and using an actual page to map out your plans? Whatever changes that you have to make—be it ideas, scheduling, content, or processes—you can then do so with the maximum amount of clarity and ease.

Adapt and Stay Relevant!

Whether it’s a business, a non-profit, or whatever else, producing marketable and helpful content has taken on an extra importance in our hyper digital age. Editorial calendars can help you adapt to the realities of this online atmosphere. It helps you establish just the right amount of structure in a time of constant flux. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]team work Good communication = good team work[/caption] It doesn’t matter whether your goal is higher visibility (more traffic) or broader overall growth. A visible plan will always help you achieve your targets. An editorial calendar will help by reminding you that these goals should always be central. This means good timeliness and good strategy. Both of these things are increasing in importance in the world of producing relevant content. Both go hand in hand with effective planning. You can’t just “wing it” all the time. An unplanned course of action won’t reflect what’s important to your goals. It’s easier to see what’s working and what’s not by placing things where you want them in a visual way. Distinguishing one from the other is key to staying relevant and noticeable. Without planning, strategy, and adaption, your blog will disappear into that mysterious pile of random stuff that makes up our digital culture. You’ll find that a properly strategized plan starts and finishes with a visual and editorial aid that is the calendar. Your team will thank you for it and so will your audience. Why? Because it makes their lives that much easier!
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