One Day by Night is our monthly dinner event in Cape Town for young women business owners and entrepreneurs. It offers a safe and galvanising space to share our experiences of running a business. More a “book club” than “networking event”, it’s a chance to sit around a table with likeminded women in an intimate setting and talk frankly over a glass of wine about the daily reality of our work lives.
“What do you do?” or “what does your business do?” can be quite a daunting, if not laborious, question. Especially when it’s your own business and you don’t have a title per se, and the reality is that you do everything and that the exact nature of what you do is sometimes simply undefinable (even to yourself!). If you’re a business owner you’ll understand.
When you’re obsessed with content, like we are here at One Day Company, and when you spend a great deal of the day looking at the content of various brands on different channels, as we do, you find all kinds of gems. Whenever I see something clever, amusing or stupid that is related to content, branding, storytelling, content marketing and the like, I take a screenshot and save it to a folder.
Inspiration is everywhere. Of course it has always been everywhere but it seems to be more of a commodity these days thanks to the internet and social media.
Grandiose a term as it may be, inspiration is also somewhat wishy washy. Defined as “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”, it implies that the capacity for action exists but it doesn’t mean the action will happen.
While content definitely exists to please your reader it also needs to serve your brand.
The right content helps to build your brand’s authority, elevating it to a position of trust with your target audience.
Content needs to be interesting, engaging, informative and entertaining. It also happens to be competing with, literally, millions of other pieces of content that are likely to be equally interesting, engaging, informative and entertaining. And then on top of all of this you also need to ensure that your brand’s content isn’t always self-referential.
Cash flow is a real thing! We hear you and we understand that often, especially if you’re running a small business, you simply don’t have the budget for elaborate marketing campaigns (even though you know it is very important).
That’s why we’re lending a helping hand in the form of an interactive workshop to share with you everything we know about optimising your web presence on a budget.
Brand/branding is a sexy term. All the cool kids (Apple, Google, Nike etc.) are seen as brands, rather than businesses per se. Brands are what teenagers covet and trendsetters worship. But ultimately branding is what sets the brilliant apart from the bla.
Considered more severely, good branding can elevate an average product into something awesome and, similarly, a lack of branding or inappropriate branding can significantly devalue or diminish an amazing product.
As content marketers we believe there are plenty of, sometimes unexpected, opportunities to be clever about copy and content.
We’re talking about your newsletter popup, your contact page or your FAQs tab. Why should the nitty-gritty content stuff be boring as bricks? Why not use it as an opportunity to make people smile, or draw them into your brand ethos.
Here are a couple of fantastic examples of brands that have great copy on their newsletter signup forms. Since these kinds of popups can sometimes be rather annoying, if the content is interesting or unexpected it can really add to the goodwill of your brand – and hopefully get people to sign up to your newsletter!
The measure of excellent content is, arguably, its appeal to the reader who isn’t necessarily interested in the topic but becomes engrossed because it is well conceptualised, well researched, flawlessly written and beautifully presented.
Lately I’ve been particularly inspired by fashion brands that are doing a great job of content. Here’s a look at current favourites.