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3 Content Planning Tips for the New Year

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3 Content Planning Tips for the New Year

As we start a new year, it's the perfect time to reflect on your social media and digital marketing efforts from the past year and make adjustments. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs ignore this entirely or defer it in the meantime to maintain the status quo, thinking they'll "get around to it eventually." Sound familiar? 

While a new year and a blank slate can be exciting for people, if you're not super organized, it can also be overwhelming to manage all of your priorities, set deadlines, and know which task to focus on first. You're coming off the end-of-the-year rush and quickly shifting into making decisions for another year of uncertainty. 

For busy eye care professionals and business owners who also handle all of the social media content for their practice, this can look like twelve months of dread and empty white space on your content calendars. Between all of your other daily clinical and business tasks, there's very little brainpower or energy left to fill those twelve months.

Luckily, SimplifEYE Social is here to help! With these simple content planning tips to implement at the start of a new year, you’ll have your calendar filled in no time (or, at the very least, a really solid starting point).

1. Review & Recycle Last Year's Posts

"New Year, New Posts?" Not necessarily. Just because it’s a brand new year doesn’t mean you have to have all brand new ideas. In fact, it's good practice to repurpose your content and recycle it over again — not only to save your sanity but because your audience isn't seeing everything you post the first time around. 

When it comes to your messaging, repetition is key. Long-standing research in advertising tells us that it takes three to seven impressions before a message registers. So say it again, and again, and again... and maybe then your audience will remember what you said.

Plus, when you review your content from the past year — including social posts, blogs, emails, and all — you can spark ideas for the year ahead. How? Ask yourself these questions: 

1. What were my most popular posts? How can I expand on them this year?

2. What were my least popular posts? Can I modify, optimize, and re-promote them to increase their visibility and boost engagement?

3. Can I repurpose any of my top-performing hero content (e.g., blog posts, podcast episodes, videos, etc.)?

TLDR: If you’ve already posted content that performs well, reuse it and make more of the same! 

2. Plan Out Your Posts & Promotions

Do you have any exciting events or special promotions happening this year? Mark them on the calendar! Even if they’re tentative dates, it can quickly help you fill gaps in your calendar by planning the content you’ll need to have done in advance.

When it comes to mapping out your calendar, consider things like:

  • Holidays & celebrations
  • Eye care awareness months & observances
  • Industry events & continuing education seminars
  • Monthly sales & promotions
  • Business milestones, celebrations, and events

Then you can start to fill in when you'll be promoting and/or posting:

  • Instagram & Facebook content
  • Video content (e.g., YouTube, TikTok, Reels, Lives, etc.)
  • Blog posts
  • Podcast episodes
  • Email newsletters

If you're not sure where to start with your content calendar, I've created one for you! Keep reading for the link to download a monthly calendar template to help you jot down your important dates, notes, and reminders that'll help you plan & prepare!

3. Ask Your Audience

This seems so simple, you'd think it didn't need saying but it does: Ask your patients, customers, and followers what they want! One of the easiest ways to spark new content ideas is to survey your audience. Ask questions like:

1. What content topics or posts did they most enjoy?
2. What do they still need help with or want to learn more about?
3. What would they like to see from you this year?
4. What types of content do they like best (e.g., feed posts, Stories, Reels, video content, blog posts, podcasts, etc.)

You’ll not only get heaps of ideas, but you’ll feel a lot more confident generating content you know your audience will be interested in.

Once your content calendar is full of amazing ideas, it’s time to get to work. One way to help with that? Join Social SocEYEty for all of your content planning & creation needs!

With your membership, you’ll get access to tons of resources that make the content creation process simple. Resources like styled stock photos, ready-to-post social media graphics, daily topic prompts, hashtag ideas, and so much more! Plus, you'll get access to our community group, live content co-working calls each month, and social media training to guide you on your journey towards social media simplicity.

Hopefully, these content planning tips have helped you set your sights on a successful year ahead!