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How to Play Blackout Bingo with Your Content Marketing

Jay Baer is the founder of Convince & Convert, a Hall of Fame keynote speaker and emcee, host of the award-winning Social Pros podcast, and the author of six books including Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth.

If you want to be efficient with your content marketing you need to stop trying to reinvent the wheel and instead simply create more versions of the wheels you already own.

I’ve written before about this concept of “atomizing your content” and taking a big idea and deconstructing it into a series of micro-executions. But today I want to present this concept in a different way:

For maximum reach and impact, play Blackout Bingo with each of your overriding content marketing concepts.

What is Blackout Bingo?

For those of you raised on video games who perhaps have not had exposure to the endless, plodding pleasures of live bingo, the variant known as “Blackout Bingo” dictates that you must cover every spot on your card to win (instead of the customary vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line).

I want you to play the same game with your content marketing.

I want you to win at Blackout Bingo.

Content marketing success isn’t about more ideas, it’s about more executions of an idea.

How to Win at Content Marketing Blackout Bingo

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Figure out what you major content marketing theme or concept is. This is your bingo “card”.

Step 2: Consult the handy chart of potential content executions I have created for you. I left a few columns open so you can add your own if you have something specialized you might want to tackle like direct mail, or skywriting, or singing telegrams. These are your bingo “numbers”.

Step 3: For each of your major concepts, find a way to repackage/reimagine/reconstruct them to cover as many “spots” as possible. How can you communicate the theme with photos? With short video? With a live stream? With an infographic? With an ebook?

Step 4: Declare victory. A regulation bingo card includes 25 spots. I would love to recommend that you create 25 different executions for each content theme, but that might be a bit over the top, even for advanced practitioners. But if you can play and cover a 3×3 card (that’s one big idea, and 8 executions of it) let’s agree to consider that a Blackout Bingo success.

Download your Blackout Bingo card

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Important note: To do this successfully you MUST devise the big picture ideas/themes first, and then think about execution opportunities. If you find yourself saying things like “what we need is an infographic that….” you are doing it backwards.

Instead, you should say things like “An area where we can really help inform our prospective customers is….” and THEN (and only then) should you start considering the ways you can execute on that promise, on the way to Blackout Bingo.

To maximized the efficiency and effectiveness of your content marketing, don't reinvent the wheel. Use this free download to play content marketing Blackout Bingo.

Blackout bingo rules

Top Prize: $30,000

Ticket Price: $3.00

Start Date: 3/1/10

End Date: 2/28/11

Last Date to Claim Prizes: 2/28/12

Here’s How to Play

BLACKOUT BINGO is a two (2) part vertically oriented game. The first part is the CALLER’S CARD, which contains twenty-four (24) draw numbers, and six (6) Bonus Numbers covered by opaque scratch-off material. The second part consists of four Bingo Cards each containing twenty-four numbers plus a free space on a 5 X 5 grid covered by transparent scratch-off material. Players win by matching those same numbers on the four BINGO CARDS to the numbers on the CALLER’S CARD. If they match all the numbers on a diagonal, vertical or horizontal straight line, four corners of the grid, an X or blackout the card on any of the four (4) BINGO CARDS, they win the prize according to the prize legend for the respective card.

More Than $10 Million in Prizes!

Approximately 5.4 million BLACKOUT BINGO tickets are initially planned in this game. The New Jersey Lottery reserves the right to subsequently increase this quantity of tickets. Should additional tickets be introduced, prize levels and frequency of winning will be consistent with the following disclosures:

In the BLACKOUT BINGO Instant Game, New Jersey allocates approximately 65% of the gross receipts to prizes. On the average, better than 1 ticket in 4 wins a prize. In a game of 5,400,000 tickets there are 540,000 prizes of $3; 396,000 prizes of $5; 171,000 prizes of $6; 72,000 prizes of $8; 63,000 prizes of $10; 30,600 prizes of $15; 37,350 prizes of $20; 42,660 prizes of $25; 12,960 prizes of $50; 4,860 prizes of $100; 1,080 prizes of $200; 720 prizes of $250; 1,260 prizes of $500; 25 prizes of $1,000; 20 prizes of $1,500 and 7 prizes of $30,000. Odds and number of winners may vary based on sales, distribution and claims.

Blackout bingo rules Top Prize: $30,000 Ticket Price: $3.00 Start Date: 3/1/10 End Date: 2/28/11 Last Date to Claim Prizes: 2/28/12 Here’s How to Play BLACKOUT