Today I want to talk about risk.

A subject living in the shadow of fear.

Take a look at your life, do you like what you see?
Now take a look at your past, what have you learned?

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I believe achievement comes through what we achieve (novel thought right?).
We can talk about all we want to achieve, but the ability to point to what we actual did only comes from what we actually do.

This is as much for me as it is for you. For I am the biggest culprit in fear and risk management. I’ve mastered the proper amount of risk to allow myself to believe the lie of truly making change.
But as I reflect on my career professionally, I have not accomplished the things I really want to accomplish. I can only blame myself for the state I am in.

I’ve been a pretender when it comes to achievement and risk.

Have you struggled with moving forward?
Of taking on fear and risk and making it to the other side?
Let’s both stop playing it safe.

Consider these words from Casey Neistat:

As a guiding principle life shrinks and life expands in direct proportion to your willingness to take risk.

You get a small amount of time to pursue what you care about.

The right time to pursue something is always right now.

The most dangerous thing you can do in your career and in life is to play it safe.

It’s time to stop playing it safe and do what we believe we can do.
As Seth Godin says, turn pro.

Doing the work requires risk and hard work. The only person who can do this is you.

Get to work!

How to discover the ROI of your content

The ROI of content is one of the hardest things to define. It is also the most frustrating.
How do you explain to a boss, client, or yourself the ROI of something so intangible?

The intangibles leading to ROI:

  • The value of the brand.
  • Other marketing messages.
  • The response of the audience.
  • The product itself.
  • Time. place, setting, date.
  • Organic search or discovery.
  • Word of mouth.

With so many factors leading to ROI how do you know the true value or if you even made a difference?
This has been the question that many marketers ask daily, “how do we know if our content is effective in leading to the desired result?”

There are two areas I focus on to find the ROI of social media content: Measurement and Movement.

Measurement

Having a target to hit is important in anything you do. When you do not identify a target or result you will feel like you are never winning. If you don’t have a desired measuring point, you will feel like the target never stays in one place. Before creating any content, defining how you will measure the “success” of your content will be very important. Defining this up front with specific campaigns, content pieces, and actions will be something you can use to measure the ROI of your content. The measurement comes in several different forms. It doesn’t always have to be transactional. I understand explaining this to your boss or client might not be as easy as it sounds, but if you have specific measurables, showing the ROI becomes very tangible.

Here is a couple of ways to measure your content:

1. Ask: What is the desired response of this content?

2. Define: What is success defined by the market?

3. Write: Three desired outcomes from the content?

4. Plan: How this content fits into the overall content strategy.

Measuring what you do will keep you from wanting to punch yourself in the face and will also allow you to show others around you the ROI of the content you are producing and sharing. Simply put, it will keep you sane and motivated to continue to produce more.

Movement

For most us, social media is a way to land a call-to-action to the reader or follower. We use social media to convert. That’s how we find the ROI, how many units, clicks, shares, or items sold. But as any good social media content producer knows, if you throw constant “buy messages” at your readers or followers you will get little response.

So how do you define the ROI of your content if you are not always including call-to-action messages? You find the movement or direction you want to take the reader in.

The content you and I produce is like a river. It is constantly flowing, never stopping, and never slowing down. If you can see yourself in this river moving through each turn and bend you can see the ROI of what you are doing. Movement is all about building momentum (another great M word). And this is the focus of your content ROI: create the movement to the next piece of content. This free’s all of us up from having to constantly produce major results. If you can see your content in a way of movement you can see the overall picture. You start to define the ROI in a way of taking you to the next post or next stop in the river instead of focusing on one individual post having to produce all the results. This not only frees you from the pressure to constantly produce, it frees the reader or follower from constantly having to act.

Finding the movement of your content will help you plan content strategy that last beyond a couple post and will provide you with longer lasting campaigns that help you focus in on your goals and define the desired ROI of your content.

Measuring and Movement work together in leading you to producing great ROI of our content. Defining these two areas will allow you to keep moving forward and finding success in digital marketing. Leave these two areas of focus out of your content planning and you will find that the desired outcomes of digital content never seem possible.

How many times do you check instagram, twitter, snapchat, or facebook on your phone a day?
If you are like me, you check these apps way too much.

It’s like a nervous habit or something. You have a brief second so you open your phone and click the icon to do some browsing. Nothing wrong with that.
Only there could be a potential problem, the problem of time distraction.
Time distraction is when you check these apps to keep yourself from getting work done, not being involved in conversations, or taking your attention away from something important.

I have written about time hacks before, and perfecting your morning routine, but here is a new hack I am trying. Instead of having all my favorite apps on my home screen, I have put them in a folder and buried them on the third page.
Sounds a bit extreme, but guess what, I don’t check these apps nearly as often as I use to.

This is just another way I am trying to stay focused on what I am doing.
I find it far more important to be present with my wife, stay focused on a task, or be aware of others around me than stare at my phone for the millionth time.

Try this out and see what you think.

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If you want to take this a step further. Check out this task sheet I created to organize your day.
Get it free here.

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There are no participation trophies for the game of life.
No participation trophies, first place trophies, or best spirit trophies.
The only trophies paced out are the checks we place next to our task.

Nothing great comes to those who just participate. As I write this, I am listening to U2. The best band of all time (another debate for another time). The amount of greatness I see from them almost makes me want to quit trying to do anything. Gifted, yes. But more impressive is their dedication. They never stop. Releasing 13 studio albums since 1980, they have stayed dedicated to making great music. That is an album ever 2 1/2 years. The dedication to deliver something great is what drives them every day they wake up.

Let’s admit something right now together: the greatest barrier to getting anything done is ourselves.
We are to blame. It’s easy to believe circumstances, people, or opportunities keep you from getting where you want to be, but every day you control your biggest obstacle, yourself.

This is why we have to beat ourselves every day.

Why do we have to beat ourselves every day?
We live in a time where we can accomplish what we set out to do. Learning is available to us. People are available to us. Resources are available to us. There is no greater time than today. You don’t have to be from a certain family, live in a certain region, or grow up a certain way.
Anyone can accomplish what they want.

I am tired of saying I want to do this but never getting past the “dreaming” stage.
I am tired of others getting the things I want while I sit on the sideline and watch.
I am tired of waking up in the morning to do the same thing over and over again.
I am tired of distractions stealing my time rather than doing what I know needs to get done.
I am tired of being the guy who has great ideas but never has anything to show for those ideas.

What are you tired of?

If you are tired of the excuses, now is the time to take back your time.
Time we commit to getting things done and being able to check things off of our to-do list.
It’s time we become systematic about our task and accomplish the goals we have.

I have created this free resource for you. It’s my task sheet that I use every single day.
It walks you through your day by morning and by night focusing on the most important task but also providing a place to dream up new ideas.

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As someone who spends a lot of time in their home office, I am always looking for ways to make my space better, cooler, and more inspirational.

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Here are 10 images of inspiration to take your home office from good to great. (For more, follow my Pinterest board here)

1. The “This Is the Coolest Piece of Desk Wood You Can Get” Office

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Can we talk about how cool this desk is? I love the set up with the window as well. Clean and beautiful.

2. The “Minimalist Dream Set-Up” Office

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Love the artwork.

3. The “Built In Beauties” Office

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If you can’t get any work done in this room, I don’t know where you can get work done.

4. The “This Is As Practical As We Get” Office

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I like this office inspiration because it feels obtainable.

5. The “This Is Completely Unpractical” Office

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A sliding book shelf…come on. Dream space.

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Here are 3 things I am loving right now:

1. Casey Neistat Vlog

I first discovered Casey through Snapchat.
He was one of my first follows where I didn’t know who he was, but really enjoyed watching his stories.

Recently, Casey celebrated his 34th birthday by announcing his new project of a video VLOG every day. Being a fan of his Snapchat stories, I was excited to start this journey with him.
And so far, I have been a big fan of his daily video blogs.

Casey has a way of telling stories, making his daily life seem interesting, and capturing beautiful footage all in a daily video.
Give it a watch. It is worth 10 minutes of your day.

2. Pomodoro

I’ve covered this amazing tool in my Morning Routine Post.

Pomodoro is a great app that I use all the time. Best part, it is free.
This app helps me get things done and keep on task. You set the timer, go to work, and wait for the timer to ring. And did I mention, it’s free!

3. Marian Hill

Her music has been a fresh of breathe air (or sound waves) lately. I have thoroughly enjoyed her music and have added her music to all my hang time/party playlist. You should too!
Get it on iTunes here.

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Christina Faith on her podcast Start to Finish.

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We talked all things digital, strategy, and finishing task.
I also shared my Task Sheet download and the many books I am reading.

Listen to the interview here: http://christinafaith.com/kylereed