Our monthly Blog Prep Kit is here to help encourage and support you while you tackle your content. Maybe it sounds obvious, but we think planning your content in advance is one of the most important habits for every bossbabe to have — especially if you’re ready to level-up as an influencer and start treating your blog like a business. Content is key, so you should keep your content strong and consistent by building an action plan and creating a detailed schedule to help you stay on-track toward achieving your goals.
In our Blog Prep Kit, we’ve included some must-know stats and facts about influencer marketing trends and the economy, what people are doing and shopping for, content and photo shoot ideas, important dates you shouldn’t forget, and a library of seasonal hashtags for all your social media posts. Plus, you’ll get a gorgeous desktop calendar to beautify your digital space! You know your audience best, so pick and choose what you like and what will best suit your niche.
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For every Blog Prep Kit, Style Collective examines the trends and predictions for influencer marketing and the economy — so you don’t have to. Our aim is to make this information approachable and actionable. This research also helps us create timely content to give our SC Sisters a competitive edge in the blogging sphere!
COVID-19 has and will continue to change the way influencers connect with their followers. Traackr says, “It’s important for influencers to keep their privilege in check. They’ll need to offer something other than an aspirational lifestyle to their followers.” (source) People are still stuck at home, and they’re looking for something relatable. Sharing recipes, workouts, skincare tutorials and more can be authentic ways to connect with your audience.
The good news is, there are lots of eyes on your content right now. Later.com writes that “engagement on sponsored content is increasing as Instagram usage has increased by over 40%,” and “the average screen time is up to 5h40m per day, an 18% increase.” (source)While people are stuck at home, they’re turning to digital spaces for entertainment. But with more eyes on content, there’s also an expectation that the quality of that content will be much higher.
Target Marketing mag says influencers are a valuable marketing tool in the COVID-19 world. “Now more than ever, social media needs to be a source of accurate information, education, entertainment, and positivity.” (source) Sensitivity and authenticity are key; brands and influencers should both be considering what their followers need, and how they can serve their audiences during these difficult times.
When it comes to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, the National Retail Foundation says, “How quickly the country gets a handle on containing the virus will determine the degree of the impact on the economy.” Unemployment is at a staggering record high, and businesses have been forced to temporarily close their doors. However, “the economy entered the COVID-19 corridor with sound fundamentals,” which will hopefully help us avoid another “Great Recession.” (source)
Keep this information in mind as you plan your content for the month of July! Look carefully at your demographics and pay attention to what your readers and followers care about.
Consider this your roadmap for July events and activities!
What people are going to be shopping for:
Here’s what you – and others – should buy in July:
- Electronics, like TVs, laptops, and tablets
- Stars and stripes!
- Summer clearance, like bathing suits
- Fresh, local produce
- Sports and fitness gear
- The Dreamiest Spots Around [City] for Summer Date Nights
- No Beach? No Problem. The 5 Best Pools around [City]
- Plan The ULTIMATE Summer Staycation Around [City]!
- Top 7 Fav Summer Drinks
- 5 Fresh and Simple Recipes to Bring to a BBQ
- How to Throw a Successful Impromptu Outdoor Dinner Party!
- Expert Packing Tips for a Long Weekend Getaway
- Favorite Carry Ons for a Last Minute Trip
- The 10 Best Summer Roadtrips
Fashion and Style
Summer Trends & Fashion:
- Mini skirts
- Backless top and dresses
- Band/graphic t-shirt
- Summer slip dress
- Off the shoulder
- Tube tops with flair
- Puffy sleeves
- Bigger, bolder florals
- Edgy short suits
- Bermuda shorts
- Bra/Crop tops
- Polka dots
- Pops of color, like bright yellow boots
- Cropped knits and boyfriend jeans
- White sneakers
- Summer blooms
- One-piece swim suits
- High-waisted bikinis
For more Summer 2020 trends, click here.
Summer Style Content Ideas:
Go through the trends and find different pieces of clothing and accessories you like and assemble a digital mood board with links that show how you would wear the trend! As your reader’s kick-off summer 2019, think of all the potential ways to give your audience something unexpected. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Trend Report: Summer Shoes
- How to Dress for the Heat
- Throwin’ Shade: 10 Forever-Classic Sunglasses Styles
- Beach Babe: 5 Different Swimsuits You Need for Summer ’19
- #NationalSunglassesDay: 10 Forever-Classic Sunglasses Styles
- How-To: Build the Perfect Summer Capsule Wardrobe for Under $500
- 8 Best Swimsuit Trends
- How to Happy Hour Like a Pro: 7 Summer Dresses to Take You from the Office to Your Favorite Rooftop Bar in Style!
- Red, White, and Trendy: Summer Styles You Need
July Important Dates, Holidays, and Events:
- July 4: Independence Day (USA)
- July 5: Bikini Day #NationalBikiniDay
- July 6 – July 8: Paris Haute Couture
- July 9 – July 13: Paris Men’s Fashion Week
- July 10: Pina Colada Day #NationalPinaColadaDay
- July 13: French Fry Day #NationalFrenchFryDay
- July 14 – 17: Milan Fashion Week
- July 16: Get to Know Your Customers Day #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay
- July 17: Emoji Day #WorldEmojiDay
- July 29: Lipstick Day #NationalLipstickDay
- July 30: International Day of Friendship #DayOfFriendship
Feel free to use these graphics on your Instagram Story to celebrate a hashtag holiday! Tag us so we can say hi over DM. 🙂
Make sure the content you’ve worked so hard on is being seen! We’ve compiled a list of summer-themed hashtags to aid you in the social media publishing process.
Summer Lifestyle Hashtags:
#flashesofdelight #classyandfashionable #wheretofindme #createcultivate #simplebeyond #thehappynow #darlingweekend #pursuewhatislovely #myunicornlife #Iamtheeverygirl #thesparklediaries #summerishere #summertime #summer #summer2020 #hellosummer #readyforsummer #summerfeelings #springfever #hurryupsummer
Summer Fashion Hashtags:
#whattoweartoday #outfitblogger #fashiondiaries #springlook #summerstyle #summertrends #summerwardrobe #summerfashion #summerfashion2020 #summerfashion20 #ss1920 #ss2020 #springsummer2020 #springsummer20 #summerwear #summerootd
General Summer Hashtags:
#summercolours #summercolors #summerday #summerweather #instasummer #ilovesummer #summerishere #sun #summervacation
General Fashion Hashtags:
#stylechallenge #staystylish #bestylish #everydaystyle #stylestatement #styleforwomen #womenwithstyle #styleadvice #styletips #wearable #stylishgirl #outfitstyle #styleinspiration #fashioninspiration #outfitoftheday #outfitpost #lookoftheday #fashionlover #fashionable #fashiondesigner #fashionblog #fashiondesign #fashiondiaries #fashiondaily #fashionstyle #styleoftheday #fashiongram #fashiongirl #fashiondiaries #shoequeen #realoutfitgram #fashionista #styleoftheday #fashionstyle #stylegram #todaysdetails #detailsoftheday #todaywearing #styleinfluencer #personalstyle #currentlywearing #Fblogger #WIDN
We hope this gets your creative juices flowing! Our goal with the Blog Prep Kit is to give you encouragement and support to tackle your content, so comment below if there are things you’d like to see more/less of next month. We want to hear how you’ll make these ideas come to life, so be sure to share with us (comment below!) what your blogging plans for July are. Happy creating, babes!