Do you have trouble getting content from clients?

Does anyone in here have problems getting content from clients? Not necessarily looking for a resolution, per se, but just want to know if you guys have pain points on this topic or not. Although, if you do have a resolution I'm curious to know what that it is.

Seems to be a source of frustration for myself and other folks doing similar work.

  • Yes I do ! I think clients underestimate the amount of work involved in preparing the content, and, obviously, it is not their priority.
    What I try to do is NOT start working on the project until I get the content (but it is frustrating, this is a new project, I want to dive right in!)

  • Alex, getting content is a huge issue. The way to deal with this is a) I only work with clients who are serious, committed, have actual businesses that really need more leads, b) we MUST discuss content before work begins.

    Content is in my contract which I have them sign electronically using Gravity Forms. I have a footnote about the validity of electronic signatures and remind the reader/client that UPS and FEDEX uses e-signatures and they do hold up in court.

    So before we begin work they must provide content or agree to pay me a little extra to write all copy for them (and they get revision opportunities in threes, just like baseball, and it's a easy number to accept and remember).

  • Yes I do ! I think clients underestimate the amount of work involved in preparing the content, and, obviously, it is not their priority.
    What I try to do is NOT start working on the project until I get the content (but it is frustrating, this is a new project, I want to dive right in!)

  • Alex, getting content is a huge issue. The way to deal with this is a) I only work with clients who are serious, committed, have actual businesses that really need more leads, b) we MUST discuss content before work begins.

    Content is in my contract which I have them sign electronically using Gravity Forms. I have a footnote about the validity of electronic signatures and remind the reader/client that UPS and FEDEX uses e-signatures and they do hold up in court.

    So before we begin work they must provide content or agree to pay me a little extra to write all copy for them (and they get revision opportunities in threes, just like baseball, and it's a easy number to accept and remember).