Content Development In Yoga?

One thing I enjoy once or twice a week is yoga. I’m trying to build my flexibility – not easy for  someone who was told by a doctor in seventh grade that he was the least flexible person the doctor had ever seen. But it also helps me relax.

The interesting thing about yoga, for those that go often, is the selection of music that the yogi or instructor selects for the session. Some go with the classical yoga mantras that include Enya-like soothing sounds while others go with contemporary, low-key tunes. Others mix-in hip-hop while more traditional classes won’t use music at all. It varies depending on the session and teacher you choose to go to.

As someone who picks the class based on time and skill level, I get to hear many different musical selections. And one thing you notice, as you go from one of the classes to the next is that not only does the music tend to reflect the teacher, but it mimics the type of student as well. You start to notice certain people always goes to one class that incorporates some soft electric, while others always show up for the teacher playing a bunch of Mumford & Sons. It has become a way for yoga instructors to not only showcase their personality, but also to entice students to return.

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Content Development Lessons From Doctor Who?

A little secret about me is that I love science-fiction. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite books, Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, and my dog’s name is Wookie… enough said. So when I’m looking for new shows to watch, I often stumble into a sci-fi of some sort. And I’m now knee-deep into BBC’s Doctor Who?

Can you mimic what Docto Who does in your content strategy as well as this reproduction?

Can you mimic what Doctor Who does in your content strategy as well as this reproduction?

If you haven’t seen it, and you like sci-fi, then I would recommend it as long as you can deal with corny special effects and over-the-top acting (which you probably do, if you like sci-fi). But this isn’t a commercial for the program. Instead, I want to talk about developing your company’s story using Doctor Who as an example.

The series, which has been around since 1963, has had countless of re-airings, movies and even plays. And now there are talks of JK Rowling writing an ebook of the show. Why does such a concept continually get new play at a time when there’s a number of options for showcasing a time-traveler story? There are two main reasons that stand out to me, as I watch the show. And these should be mimicked by anyone trying to develop their own company story.

1. It Inspires

While you can have all the great points in the world, there’s really one tried-and-true way to encourage people to keep coming back to you. And it’s not always the quality of your product. For example, you could argue that the Android phones are in fact better than the iPhone (they’re adaptable, cheaper and there’s more variety) but because of Apple’s marketing, the iPhone continues to outsell any other company’s version of the Android phone. It’s not even close, in that sense. And the reason this happens is because it inspires users.

Doctor Who inspires fans by going to far off places, and exploring new, made-up worlds. It’s interesting because it’s something that so many want to do: travel, explore and have new experiences. That’s inspiring, even if it’s using a land 3000 years in the future for its backdrop.

How does your company or brand inspire another with your content strategy? What do you showcase and offer that will encourage someone to read what you write, then sit and ponder it throughout the day? What will drive them to come back and read again?

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photo by: JD Hancock