12 Months of Content Marketing Ideas for SlideShare
Content itself is the biggest obstacle keeping marketers from taking better advantage of
SlideShare — that is, the obstacle of coming up with content ideas for SlideShare presentations.
After all, once you decide on a concept and structure for a presentation, finishing the presentation usually moves forward quite nicely. The hard part is coming up with the initial idea.
To help you get over that hurdle, here are 12 easy-to-create SlideShare ideas — enough for a year’s worth of monthly presentations. These ideas are followed by tips for putting them to work, and for leveraging your completed SlideShare presentations.
WelcomeIn his Feb. 2, 2013
article, “24 Top Content Marketing Questions Answered in Less than 140Characters,” Joe Pulizzi called SlideShare “the most underutilized content distribution tool — and it’snot even close!”Why? What’s keeping content marketers from leveraging SlideShare?After all, SlideShare doesn’t involve a major learning curve — it leverages your existing investment inPowerPoint, or its Mac equivalent, Keynote — both iconic presentation programs familiar to all contentprofessionals.Cost can’t be the issue. With SlideShare, you can start and do a lot for free. Even if you step up toSlideShare’s Silver and Gold “Pro” levels, monthly costs remain modest.
So, Where Does the Problem
Lie?The content marketing challenge.In a way, content itself is the biggest obstacle keeping marketers from taking better advantage ofSlideShare — that is, the obstacle of coming up with content ideas for SlideShare presentations.After all, once you decide on a concept and structure for a presentation, finishing the presentationusually moves forward quite nicely. The hard part is coming up with the initial idea.To help you get over that hurdle, here are 12 easy-to-create SlideShare ideas — enough for a year’sworth of monthly presentations. These ideas are followed by tips for putting them to work, and forleveraging your completed SlideShare presentations.
1. Information on BuyingHow-to-buy information
addresses the biggest obstacle that can keep prospects from buying: fear ofmaking a mistake. By showing prospects how to make an informed purchase decision, you’re buildingtheir confidence and increasing the likelihood of making the sale.Some sample topic ideas: 10 Things to Look For when Shopping for Floor Covering Does Your Client Services Agreement Protect You From These 8 Potential Problems?This is especially true when you simplify the buying process by breaking it into a series of steps;for example: A 3-Step Guide to Buying a Business in Atlanta Introducing a 4-Step Program for Publishing a Book to Build Your BrandThis approach also offers an easy way to educate your market about the quality you offer anddifferentiate your firm from the competition.
2. Questions to AskBuyers often
default to price as a standard of comparison because they do not know what else to lookfor or how to evaluate quality and value. Creating SlideShare content around “Questions to ask” reflectsyour interest in helping customers make the right choices.Potential topics could include: 6 Questions to Ask when Refinancing Your Home 8 Questions to Ask When installing a Home Theater System 10 Questions to Ask a Book or Writing Coach 9 Questions to Ask Before Starting Relationship CounselingThe more you fine-tune your empathy and listening skills, the easier it will be to craft presentationsfrom your market’s point of view.
3. Mistakes to AvoidTake a
good look at your prospects, clients, and customers. What separates the winners from the losers?What are the biggest mistakes you see being made over and over again?Simply identify the most frequently made mistakes your customers might encounter — followed bysuggestions for avoiding them; for example: 10 Common Mistakes Made by Trade Show Exhibitors Top 10 Mistakes Made by First-time eBook Authors Don’t Make These 12 Mistakes When Leasing a Copier!“Mistakes” presentations are very easy to create. Once you identify the main theme and list themistakes, you’ll find it easy to offer alternatives and suggestions that place your business — and yourinsight — in a favorable light.
4. TrendsWhat are the latest
developments in your field? What are the changes in the economy, governmentregulations, demographics, international trade, climate, or technology that your market is currentlydealing with? And, more importantly, how are these trends creating threats, or opportunities, yourclients and prospects must address?Topics like, 6 Possible Results of Rising Interest Rates or 8 Ways Changing Medicaid ReimbursementLegislation Can Reduce Discretionary Spending help you keep your market informed while you describehow you can help your market anticipate changes and — with your help — make the adjustments theyneed to remain successful.The best part of offering topics like trends or predictions is that your market will soon begin to think ofyou as an informed “insider.”
5. SymptomsWhat are the warning
signs or signals your clients and prospects should watch out for in order to avoidfalling victim to a business challenge or missing out on a key opportunity? Describing indicators thatyour clients or prospects might not be aware of, and offering steps they can take to minimize negativeconsequences (or take maximum advantage of positive situations), can help raise your business’sprofile as a trusted adviser that is concerned with its clients’ success. To do this, try topics like: 7 Signs of Impending Cash Flow Problems 5 Warning Signs of Impending Client Defections 8 Signs of Job Burnout
6. StrategiesStrategies describe recommended courses
of action for achieving goals and handling specific situations.Content that focuses on strategies can be used to reduce your clients’ and prospects’ fear of theunknown and, simultaneously, give you an opportunity to promote your competence and the range ofsolutions you offer. For example: 6 Steps to Permanent Weight Loss 8 Steps to Better Pictures with Your Digital Camera 12 Ways to Reduce Marketing Costs 12 Strategies For Boosting Your Child’s SAT Scores
7. DefinitionsAnother easy SlideShare presentation
topic is to define and clarify the meaning of the words mostfrequently used in your industry.To get started, think about what the terms and buzzwords are that your customers and prospectsmust know? Or, put another way, use your SlideShare content to demystify commonly misused ormisunderstood words in your field. 10 Contract Terms to Review Before Refinancing 8 Important E-Commerce Terms 12 Key Diet and Exercise Terms
8. ResourcesOne of the easiest
ways to project an image of knowledge, credibility, and helpfulness is to identify andrecommend the best books, tools, or most useful websites in your field.Offering annotated lists like these reflect your understanding of the industry landscape and the mostrelevant offerings in your field. It also gives you an opportunity to demonstrate that your business isqualified to make intelligent comments and recommendations. 6 Recommended Books for Parents of Children Who Stutter 10 Important Websites for Competitive Research 10 Top Resources for Stock Photographs and Artwork
9. QualificationsWhat are the resources
and skills your market needs to achieve its goals? Qualifications can take manyforms, such as attitudes, budget resources, experiences, knowledge, tools, or training. Here are somevariations on the qualifications idea: 4 Skills Needed to Redecorate Your Home 6 Attitude Adjustments that Will Help You Lose 25 Pounds 10 Tools You’ll Need to Remove Overhanging Branches
10. EnhancementsBecause they do not
know all possible options, many customers and clients may not have purchaseda complete solution to their problems. Because the sellers did not fully describe all options, orbecause the buyer’s needs have changed, prospects may not be obtaining full value from their originalpurchases.In these situations, you’ll be providing valuable assistance by describing ways they can obtain moresatisfaction, such as: 10 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Digital Camera 5 Ways to Keep Your Automobile Showroom Fresh 10 Ways to Protect Your Firm’s Financial Assets
11. Best PracticesBest practices differ
from strategies and procedurals because they provide more opportunities toinclude stories and specific examples. Whereas “strategies” (see #6) implies “how to” practicality, bestpractices communicate selectivity and a focus on accomplishment and efficiency, such as: 7 Essentials of Author Profitability 12 Profiles in Successful Entrepreneurial Life-Work Balance 10 Keys to Sustained GrowthBest practices can also take on a life of their own when you enhance your approach by interviewingleading figures in your field and using the ensuing transcriptions as source material for yourSlideShare presentations.
12. MetricsMetrics are measurements you
share to help your market evaluate and improve their current efforts.Metrics replace habit and hope with quantifiable data. By showing what’s working, and what’s notworking, metrics can highlight areas of improvement which might coincide with your firm’s productsand services.Examples include: Are Your Email Newsletters Working? 6 Metrics To Track 8 Tools to Track Customer Satisfaction 7 Ways to Use Google Analytics To Monitor Your Content’s Effectiveness
What Do These Topics Have
In Common? They are evergreen topics: The subject matter will never go out of date. Familiarity: Each topic is based on information you already know, although the information will likely be highly desired by your prospects, clients, and customers. Relevance: Each presentation addresses issues of critical importance to your market. List-based: Each presentation topic includes a number, which makes it easy for you to identify the main ideas in your presentation and organize them into the right order. Format: Each presentation topic shares your expertise in an editorial, or “news,” format (instead of as “advertising”).
Tips For Preparing Your Slideshare
Presentations Focus: Limit each slide to a single idea. Organize: Start your presentation by discussing the relevance of the information that follows, present your ideas, then conclude by reviewing the importance of the ideas and the next step you want your prospects or clients to take. Expand: Expand each idea into a linked blog post or article that provides more-detailed information. Serialize your presentations: Consider breaking each of the above presentation ideas into a multi- part presentation posted at weekly or bi-weekly intervals. Each installment can create “news” value and enhance your search engine presence. Enhance: After uploading your presentations, add audio narration and/or insert relevant YouTube videos. Recycle: Reformat your ideas as podcasts, videos, or speeches. Each year, prepare a “best of” compilation.To get started on the road to SlideShare content marketing success, build your ideas into your editorialcalendar, assign one of the above ideas to each of the 12 upcoming months, and then delegate andschedule the activities required for each presentation. You’ll soon be on the road to consistentand increased SlideShare content marketing success.
About the Author Roger C.
Parker is a content coach, speaker, and mind mapping resource who has written over 40 bestselling design and marketing books. Roger’s clients have ranged from start-ups to Apple, Microsoft, Mindjet, and Yamaha. Save time preparing your next book, ebook, or premium by downloading his free workbook, 99 Questions to Ask Before You Start to Write. Vist Roger’s website Published & Profitable, follow him on Twitter @RogerCParker or email him at RCPcontent@gmail.com.About the Content Marketing InstituteThe Content Marketing Institute (CMI) is the leading global content marketing education and trainingorganization. CMI teaches enterprise brands how to attract and retain customers through compelling,multi-channel storytelling. CMI’s Content Marketing World event is the largest content marketing-focused event. CMI also produces the quarterly magazine Chief Content Officer, and provides strategicconsulting and content marketing research for some of the best-known brands in the world. Get morecontent marketing resources at ContentMarketingInstitute.com. CMI is a division of Z Squared Media,a 2012 Inc. 500 company.For more helpful tips on using SlideShare in your content marketing efforts,read “The Marketer’s Guide to SlideShare,” a CMI Book by Todd Wheatland.