When you work for yourself, you find yourself becoming more and more like a human Swiss Army knife! My broad knowledge base and flexibility has helped me work on areas which may not be my expertise.
Create one piece of content to support RFP:
An agency reached out to me when they received an RFP opportunity from an existing client. Due to the recent company reorg, several groups were merged into a “supergroup”. To rally the employees in this supergroup and promote its purpose, a logo, group tagline and detailed internal promotion was needed. The client asked the agency to help them create these items and develop a solid internal communications plan with relevant content.
The agency is a branding and creative agency. External campaigns and internal communications are not their forte. They came to me in hopes of collaborating on a communications plan for this client. Most of my communications experience is external-facing, but internal and external communications are very similar with the exception of different deliverables.
Rather than talking about the detailed deliverables for an internal communications plan, I created an internal communications methodology.
I laid out the deliverables for each stage, below is the example of Listen.
Then, I went on to share the proposed deliverables based on each stage using a timeline.
I did all of this in a PowerPoint presentation. The agency then internalized and transformed my methodology and timeline approach into a beautiful two-pager.
Turn the piece of content into eBook:
While we awaited the client’s feedback, something popped into my mind. Since this was a nice methodology and I knew each stage well, why shouldn’t I turn it into an eBook? I spent a weekend writing a ten-page guide, and my editor and designer were able to help me turn it around in just three days! BOOM! Less than a week after I’d shared my internal comm. approach with the agency, I had published an eBook on my website and promoted it as part of our e-mail outreach.
Use the eBook to aid the agency during the RFP process:
For the heck of it, I also sent the finished eBook to the agency so they’d have something to share real-time in case their client required more information about the approach. Guess what? The agency was able to share the information during the 2nd round of RFP. Three weeks after creating my internal communications methodology, the agency won the business. They asked me to be part of the execution team. The ultimate happy ending!
Use content to showcase expertise:
A simple PowerPoint slide deck became a revenue-generating source. This is the ultimate example of “content marketing” – I marketed my expertise through a PowerPoint deck, which eventually became part of an RFP package, and then finally became an eBook which I am now able to share on my website. On top of it, the information also helped the client to make an agency sourcing decision. And at the end, I got a gig out of it. It was a win-win-win, a triple crown for me. It can be for you, too, if you’re willing to explore how to make content marketing work to your advantage.
If you’re curious to learn more about my internal comm. plan that I discussed in this blog post, check out me eBook >> How To Develop A World-Class Internal Communications Plan
What’s been your experience with content marketing? Have you had a success stories like mine? Let me know in the comments!