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Episode 12: How To Batch Create Your Content For Christmas

The Better Business Podcast with Jenny Pace, episode twelve. Batch creating content keeps you in the zone.

Learn how to batch create content all year round, but with a specific focus on Christmas preparation for your online shop.

Get ahead for Christmas NOW – and thank me later

Since about mid-May, I’ve been embarrassing myself on the internet by talking about something no-one wants to think about: Christmas.

I know. You only just got over the last one. It’s the summer holidays, and you just want to enjoy it. And there are a million things on your to-do list that are more urgent.

I get it. But with 12 years of online retail work, I know that Christmas is SO IMPORTANT. I can’t even tell you how important. REALLY IMPORTANT.

So important that I’m continuing to embarrass myself by bringing it up several times a week.

If you would like a Christmas that brings in the revenue and profit you want, and includes zero burnout, you’re in the right place. And I applaud you for being here!

Let’s talk about one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle when it comes to getting ahead: Marketing Content.

Picture this:

It’s mid-November, and orders are starting to increase. You’re busy packing things up, managing your team, and making sure everything’s running smoothly. As you finish up your day, you feel like there’s something you should be doing, something that you’ve forgotten. It’s all felt a bit too easy… surely there’s something you’ve let slip.

And then you realise: in the past, you’ve had to quickly write a few social media posts at the end of the day because you haven’t got anything scheduled. Normally, you’d be scrolling and panic posting, hoping that you’d get more sales to cover the cost of the assistant who just started.

This time, it’s different. You’ve already got your weekly email newsletters going out, as well as social media posts scheduled, and a list of stories to post, too. There’s nothing you actually need to do. You know your customers, you’ve got great content, and so you can wrap up on time, without working into the evening.

You smile. In fact, you feel so good that you even post a quick selfie as you end your day and post it to your stories, because you’re so grateful for all the orders you’re getting already!

Can we talk about the ease, relief, and confidence of that picture? Doesn’t it sound really good?

Before you start thinking, “that’s not possible for me”, or “Jenny’s living in cloud cuckoo land”, let me tell you: THIS IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU.

Yep, you.

But you need to start NOW.

Now is the time to get ahead by creating content and scheduling it, piece by piece.

What is batch creating content?

When I talk about batch creating content, I’m talking about sitting down to create a whole series of marketing content in one go, and then scheduling it to be released later.

There are a few reasons why this works:

  • It keeps you focused – when you’re in marketing mode, it’s easier to create content that’s cohesive and on point
  • You can get in the zone – set the intention to get in your ideal customer’s head and create the content that’s going to help and inspire them
  • You can work on pieces that work together
  • It makes you more efficient
  • You’ll get more done in one go than you would doing it in bits
  • You get ahead, which adds to your sense of confidence, ease, and calm

Booking an afternoon purely to work on your Christmas marketing content will feel uncomfortable, and you’ll need to put other things to one side. But it will make a huge difference to your success levels in the next six months.

How do we batch create content?

So, it sounds great. But let’s talk about how to batch create your Christmas content.

Step one: make time. You need a morning or an afternoon to really get in the zone and make progress.

Step two: bring your ideal customer to mind. Whether you’ve got a customer profile you already work with, or are thinking about this for the first time, spend a few minutes thinking about your ideal customer, what they are inspired by, and how you can help them.

Step three: brainstorm some ideas on how you could inspire, educate, entertain, or solve the problems of your ideal customer.

Step four: take the ideas and work them into blog posts, emails, social media posts etc. You can repeat ideas across different formats.

That’s the basis of batch creating content.

Here are my bespoke tips for Christmas content:

Start with the content you find easiest, so if you find it really easy to create your product-based posts, start there. If you find it easy to write inspiring tips or create videos, work on that first. Get in the flow, and then fill out the other areas.

Typically, it’s easiest to start at the end and work backwards. Many of my clients start with the “last chance” content you need towards the end of December. If that’s you, write the last chance email, create graphics of your last order dates that you can share in your social media feed and stories, and make sure you have reminders for a week or so before your last order date.

*It’s okay if you don’t know exactly when this will be yet. Get it ready to go, and schedule it when you’re ready!

Similarly, you can decide on your Black Friday offer now, and create the content for that, too. Black Friday is 26 November this year. You don’t have to do a discount, you could do free delivery over a certain amount, or a free gift with orders placed. Or simply expect more sales that weekend, because it’s payday before Christmas.

Whatever you choose to do, create the content for it! Write the content that introduces the offer, reminds customers of the offer, and then has the “last chance” message.

Other types of posts you can batch create:

  • Product features: take photos and videos of different elements of your products, and use your product description to help you write your captions. Schedule at least 3 a week from mid-October to your last order date. And don’t forget to use BUY NOW or SHOP NOW.
  • Service features: you already do an amazing job for your customers, so shout about it! Remind them that you have express delivery, gift wrap available, send direct options, personalisation choices, and more. Create posts that show these extra features.
  • Marketing emails: I love email marketing for product-based businesses! So powerful. Write an email a week from about mid-October (and thank me later). They don’t need to be complicated, just weekly reminders of who you are, what you make, and how you can help your customers.
  • Tips + inspiration: You’re really wise and creative. Share it with your customers! You could give them tips on decorating for Christmas, activities to do with their friends and family, how to make a Christmas sweet treat that’s low effort… Lean into your own area of expertise, and what your audience cares about.

Reminder: you don’t need to do all these things in one go! Start with the easiest one for you, and start getting that gorgeous, magnetic, effective content done ahead of time.

Two super-powerful resources for you:

I know it’s not easy to keep everything in your head, so I made a free Christmas Checklist for you.

It has everything from content to create about your products (like photos and descriptions for your listings), to how to prepare your studio. I even made a big old list of marketing content to create and schedule.

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I’ve made a seriously accessible version of the Better Christmas Plan available, with extra resources and the option to add fortnightly reminder emails with timely tips from me.

It’s just £37 and includes new recordings of the 5 workshops, plus extra checklists, a self-care worksheet, affirmation downloads, and lots more.

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They’ll help you to batch create your content, before September even arrives.

Here’s to that calm, organised, and ease-filled Christmas!

Episode 11: What I’ve learned from 7 years in business

Celebrating, releasing, and re-visioning

This summer, I’m celebrating 7 years in business. Having started my business back in 2014, it feels like both a lifetime ago, and like it only just happened.

In that time, I’ve worked with dozens of 1:1 clients, as well as hundreds of course-takers and community members. I’ve written thousands of product descriptions, edited emails, and helped to build brands. I’ve hosted 6 weekend retreats, most of which sold out. I set up and ran a photography studio, with premises and a team of 10, downsized, and finally came directly back to coaching. I accidentally created a product range, sent out thousands of orders, and eventually sold that part of my business. And of course I also moved house three times, got married and had a baby.

Whew!

Ronan was right, life is truly a rollercoaster.

What I’m celebrating

My vision: I have always had a really clear vision of what I want to create, who I want to help, and why I’m in business. It’s about empowering women to forge success on their own terms, to embrace our humanity rather than burning ourselves out, and creating meaningful, positive change in the world.

It hasn’t always been perfectly executed, and in fact I think that’s part of the beauty: I’m always tending my vision, pivoting and tweaking as I go. But I am celebrating the strength of that vision within me.

My clients: My first ever client was Laura at Clara and Macy. She has been an inspiration to me as well (I hope) as the other way around. I can still remember emailing her with my mentoring packages and receiving her response, and how much that meant to me. It certainly feels like our working relationship – and now friendship – were meant to be.

And of course I’m celebrating all the clients I’ve had since then. I’ve learnt so much from them as well as the other way around. I have clients who have been with me for 7 years, who came to my first retreat, who continue to be part of my membership group and 1:1 client list. And of course there are clients who came and went on to do different things, to grow in their own next direction, and I love seeing and knowing that, too.

My resilience: I used to hate the word resilience and its implications. That I’d had to hang on in there and deal with challenges. Now I see it as a strength, because there are always challenges. I’m grateful that I have the grit and determination to grow, learn, and work through challenges, rather than give up.

What I’m releasing

Letting go is a regular habit around here. We accumulate so many limiting beliefs, negative experiences, and to-do list clutter. So it’s always a good time to release what we don’t need!

Here are mine right now:

I’m letting go of needing to do everything myself. Okay, okay, I’m letting go of control, okay?! Kate, my wonderful VA, is doing more and more of my behind-the-scenes work, and it truly has taken me 7 years to let someone else look after my client bookings and calendar. Kate has her work cut out for her, but it’s a relief to have the details taken care of so that I can show up for my clients and community members even more.

And I’m letting go of “shoulds”. I’ve never loved the “shoulds” – those things we should do, the voices that beat us up and tell us to do things that aren’t right for us. Right now, I have a few “should haves” that have been dragging me down, so I’m releasing them and choosing differently.

And truthfully, I’m letting go of guilt. I’m a people-pleaser, and I don’t like to let people down. I know that that has happened, with staff I’ve had to let go, and clients that weren’t the right fit. I’m soooooo much better avoiding those situations these days, and grateful for everything I’ve learned about what works. So I’m learning to let go of the guilt.

Re-visioning

My vision is strong. It’s a strength, and it’s something I love to help others with. Now, as a mother of a two year old, I’m revising the vision to allow for more space and less pressure. Compared to the now endless-seeming energy I had in the early years of my business, I need a different pace.

For me, in my business, that means fewer 1:1 clients and more resources, courses, and workshops that allow me to make a difference in group settings.

I love working 1:1 with clients, so I’ve resisted this a lot! So part of reconnecting with my vision has been to trust that I will return to it again, that there is a whole future of my business that will come to light in a few years – but I’m going to be happy in my present.

There’s no bad time to celebrate and review your business

It may not be your 7th business birthday. (But if it is, say hi!)

One thing I do know is that there’s no bad time to take a moment to check in with where you are, where you want to be, and how you want to get there.

It’s also worth celebrating your strengths, your perseverance, your achievements. We’re not taught to do that, and it really makes a difference. Celebrate something today – right now – that you’re proud of.

Looking ahead

I’m not big on setting massive goals, but I do have intentions and visions for the coming year and years. That 10 year mark is on the horizon, and I’m excited to be in a much stronger, more sustainable place in my business.

I hope your future is looking bright, too.

Episode 10: How to celebrate your business birthday

Why celebrating your business birthday matters

Your business birthday – or the anniversary of when you started your business – is an essential date in your calendar, and needs to be celebrated every year.

Not only does it allow you to look back on your hard work, it also gives you a great marketing message for your customers. Celebrate them, run an offer, and share your progress!

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