My twin daughters have officially started their school year at PreK-3 and I’ve been a mixture of relieved and sad — much like every parent across the country, I’m sure.
Back-to-school season is funny. As a kid, I used to love back-to-school shopping. New pencils and binders were my weakness, and getting a new planner was the highlight of my month.
As an adult, I find I still am infected by back-to-school energy.
There’s something motivating about the fresh-start feeling in the air this time of year. It feels like anything is possible. I often find myself taking on big projects in August and September, sometimes even more so than in the traditional “New Year”.
I think that’s a good thing! Life comes with many different rhythms and it’s important to lean into where your energy leads you as a business owner.
This month I’ll be tackling some intensive ops to-do’s for Perfectly Planned Content, and I’m “harnessing” the back-to-school energy I’ve been feeling by knocking out several exciting content projects (stay tuned!).
If you’re in the same boat but need some inspiration, I’ve rounded up a few easy ways to kick off your marketing when you’re feeling extra motivated this month:
🌟 Start your 2024 marketing calendar.
Now is a great time to dig in and build out your marketing plan for the new year before the inevitable hectic schedule of Q4 hits. Need help? We’ve recently revamped our PPC Marketing System to be a self-paced educational workshop. You’ll go through 11 short and sweet modules to build your marketing calendar and get access to content templates to get you started. Learn more here.
🌟 Test out new AI tools.
Grammarly, ChatGPT, and Otter.ai, oh my! Use your fresh-start energy to learn more about how AI can uplevel your marketing (and your life) in a non-intimidating way. I recently wrote this blog post about how we use AI at PPC — check it out if you’re looking for some inspiration!
🌟 Tackle a web copy revamp.
Your website is the foundation of your marketing plan. Taking time to make sure it’s up to date and accurately reflects your brand can help to drive more volume and better qualified leads to your calendar. Want some tips on how to get started? Here are 5 quick-start tips to hone your copy today.
🌟 Try something new in your content game.
Block some time on your calendar to try something new when it comes to your content creation! This could look like testing your video skills with an easy-record tool like Loom (or taking Katie Braden’s highly recommended video workshop), working with your team to draft a new blog post, or teaming up with your favorite networking or referral partner to schedule a Q&A webinar. As Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus says — take changes, make mistakes! After all, she may be the best embodiment of back-to-school energy that I’ve ever seen.
I’d LOVE to hear how you’re harnessing the unique energy of this season to grow your business’s marketing.