Sometimes news breaks that is very interesting to your target audience (usually something that has an impact on their wallet). When the news breaks, there may be a lot of stories and reports about the topic in general but often there is very little useful reporting on how that bit of news effects your local market or how people can make the best use of the information.
Adding local context and use to a time-sensitive news event is different from writing about a seasonal or recurring event (4th of July Fireworks, for example, happen every year). With a time-sensitive news event you want to publish quickly and get right to the point with your useful, localized tidbits; all the big news brands will handle the general context for you.
What makes for a good time-sensitive blog topic?
Writing a post about a time-sensitive topic means you have to stop what you’re doing, understand the issue and then figure out how your audience can use the information about that topic. Since it isn’t a recurring event, the post may have limited long-term value. So you want to pick the right time-sensitive topics to blog about. Here are some characteristics to look for:
- There’s something in the topic that has a direct impact on the lives of your audience
- Other news outlets are providing the general overview information (so you can focus on how your audience can use the information)
- You can afford to take the time to write your post before the news cools down
Once you have your topic, pound away on the keyboard and get your post out there.
An Example: February 2009 Stimulus Package
As I write this blog post, there’s a new stimulus package going through Congress. This stimulus package will likely have some impact on housing markets across the nation. If you are marketing real estate, I bet there’s something in that bill that will be of interest to your audience. Here is the search data from Google Insights about the stimulus bill:
Looks like a rising trend, something you can perhaps use for your internet marketing.
Since stimulus bill is a national topic other news organizations are doing the heavy lifting for explaining what’s happening:
- Michigan Business Review is rehashing an AP story
- Forbes is running Reuters’ story on Obama’s support of the bill
- The New York Times is discussing how the bill got smaller before passing
There’s probably more, those are just the ones that I found at 3pm on the day the news is breaking. Somewhere in that bill is likely some information that real estate agents could find that might be helpful for home buyers or home sellers.
If you can find that information and, ideally, put it together with actionable local resources for readers, then you’d have a blog post to help insert your name and brand into the national conversation about real estate and the stimulus bill.
So go write your post and be sure to do the following:
- Insert local context wherever possible
- Include some step-by-step ways to make use of the information wherever possible
- Get the post live as quickly as possible
Guess which post I wrote, in order to capitalize on the current time-sensitive topic of the housing stimulus? 😉