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A Simplified Guide to Creating an Effective Content Calendar

By Gracie Steel, Digital Marketing Assistant at Omega High-Impact Print Solutions

Content calendars are an effective way to help you stay organized and consistent in your digital marketing efforts. Follow along as we reveal the essential steps to creating a social media calendar so you can manage and optimize your content planning, development, and delivery.

A content calendar.

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Step 1: Define Goals and Audiences

Determine what you would like to achieve with your content. Do you want to tell more people about your product, service, or mission? Do you want to increase engagement, or get more people to follow your social media accounts? How about generating leads, driving traffic to your site, or getting people to perform certain conversion actions?

Understand who your audience is and what interests them. Analyzing competitors, conducting market research, creating personas, and studying social media analytics are just a few ways to do this.

A hand with a piece of chalk circling around a group of people they wish to be their target audience.

Step 2: Choose Content Types and Channels

Select the type of content you want to create. This can include graphics, short- and long-form videos, blog posts, podcasts, infographics, checklists, case studies and more.

Then, decide where you'll share each type of content, like a website, social media platform, or streaming service.

A pair of podcasting headphones and microphone against a red background.

Step 3: Research and Brainstorm Content

Use web tools to find relevant topics, keywords, and industry trends. There are free online resources that allow you to search a particular topic and view top search queries like Google Trends, Answer the Public, and Ubersuggest.

Audit competitors on what what types of content performs well and note any gaps in their strategy. Analyze their most popular posts, keywords they rank for, and the engagement they receive.

A symbol of industry trend research through engagement rates, hashtags, and keyword insight tools.

Step 4: Create a Calendar Template

There's many free tools to centralize your social media content like Google Sheets, Google Calendar, and Canva. Here at Omega High-Impact Print Solutions, we utilize Google Sheets and use a subscription-based platform to schedule and automatically post our content across multiple platforms.

A woman working on her social media calendar template.

Step 5: Plan Themes and Topics

We recommend planning content ideas monthly or quarterly. There are several things you can integrate into your planning:

  • Industry Events and Conferences

  • Seasonal Changes

  • Public Holidays

  • Product Launches or Announcements

  • Trending Topics and News

  • Content Series

  • Repurposing Content

A team of people working on a whiteboard to decide what themes and topics their content calendar should reflect.

Step 6: Assign Responsibilities and/or Deadlines

Delegate tasks or projects to team members and set clear deadlines for content creation and review. This ensures streamlined collaboration, improved accountability, and the timely distribution of quality content.

A running hourglass with a calendar next to it, symbolizing deadlines.

Step 7: Develop a Promotional Strategy

Schedule promotions alongside content creation in your calendar. Adjust messaging and timing to ensure your content reaches its full potential.

A phone with Google Ads running in front of a computer that shows analytics.

Step 8: Analyze Performance

Monitor key metrics like traffic, engagement and conversions. Use analytic tools to assess what's working in your strategy and pivot as needed. Most social media platforms have built-in performance tracking insights.

Social media engagement factors including likes, comments, and followers.

Step 9: Revisit Content Strategy and Adapt

Check your calendar regularly to see if your goals are being met. Tailor your digital marketing strategy based on content performance, audience feedback, or public opinion research methods.

A team of individuals reviewing analytics so they can review their content strategy and adapt where necessary.

To simplify the process, Omega High-Impact Print Solutions has curated a 30-day FREE content calendar upon subscription. This way, you'll be better equipped to enagage your audience, track your progress, and achieve your marketing goals in half the time.

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