941 Marketing Challenge Day 4

Since today is still the weekend, today’s task will be something you can do asynchronously.

Asynchronous marketing tasks are an important part of your overall marketing mix. What do I mean by “asynchronous”? When I use the word in this context, I’m referring to marketing that you can do out of sync with the rest of the business world, outside of regular business hours. There’s nobody you need to reach on the phone, nobody you need an immediate reply from.

Asynchronous marketing tasks tend to take the form of queueing things to be sent, digital marketing tasks that drive future traffic, setting up paid ad campaigns that run later, reviewing metrics to tweak copy and campaigns, etc. These are all things that can be done evenings, weekends, early mornings, at the beach, or whenever and wherever you want. The ultimate marketing luxury is to generate all your revenue from asynchronous marketing sources.

For today, I want you to start with the simplest of the simple: Start building out the 941-specific content on your website.

I’m making the assumption here that you already have a website, and that it contains a blog section. If you don’t have a blog on your website, call your website provider or local IT nerd and get one set up. I’ve also written a manual about blog setup for tax pros, which you can find here.

So here’s what you do today:

  1. Create a new category on your blog. Call it something like “Payroll Tax Issues” or “941 Tax Debts”, and use “941” as the short/stub label.
  2. Head on over to Pub. 15 and pick a sub-topic, literally any major heading in the pub.
  3. Copy and paste the text from your chosen pub section into a new blog post.
  4. With your pasted text as a guide, rewrite the pub section into your own words and post it.

For example, if I jump straight to “Who are employees?”, the pub provides about 1,030 words of text about who is classified as an employee. Condensing that into a rewritten 400-500 word blog post is within anybody’s capabilities, I think. And remember, it doesn’t need to be perfect.

Tomorrow, we will continue with some synchronous marketing tasks that require getting back on the telephone.