Admit it. At least one time during the course of your social media twitter campaign (or tweeting on your personal account) you’ve asked yourself: what am I going to tweet right now? Even the most experienced social media expert must ask themselves: “geez, what IS going on in the world today?” Great writers get writers block and even the most seasoned novelists need to ask themselves what is their next book series is going to be about. It’s okay to admit that sometimes, we just need some help to find that great content and share it among our communities and Twitter friends. I put together my personal 5 Easy Steps in locating that great content:
Step One: It is important once you’ve logged on to your Twitter account to take time and read the posts your community is sharing. You follow these accounts for a reason, and it is important to stay engaged with them. If you’re mindlessly adding followers and not actually reading their content then you’re not doing it right. The point is to use this information. Share it, spark a conversation or debate; you’ll get some great content to share and you’ll make a few new social relationships in the process.
Step Two: Make a habit of reading the news outlet Twitter accounts. CNN, The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Anderson Copper, even Barack Obama just so you know what’s happening and what is going on in the world. Your Twitter content can be diverse and adding some news can add quality to your account and attract other people to read your posts.
Step Three: Bookmark your favourite blogs. We all know in a busy day, life is much more simple when information is a click away. Why not take advantage of that? You’ll be more inclined to look if your daily blog hit-list if it’s staring you in the face and sitting up on your bookmark toolbar. It’s an easy step that can ensure you great content once, twice or three times a day!
Step Four: Think outside the box for inspiration. My personal favourite website to spark some new content is Pinterest. When in doubt, Pinterest is an awesome tool to research techie updates, health topics, recipes and even check out company’s Pinterest accounts. There is also sharing platforms like Reddit, ScoopIt….the list goes on and one. Just pick your favourite.
Step Five: Don’t forget about the real, page flipping hard copies! Magazines, newspaper, essays, and white papers. These are published monthly and the content is forever there ready to read…bringing up old articles and talking about new ones is a great way to be creative with content and find journalists online and share what you’ve read and make a potential new relationship.
Update: This article was written well over 5 years ago…and things have since changed. Here is an updated comprehensive article on “12 Digital Content Strategies To Elevate Any Brand” which adds some timely and relevant value. You can check it out here: https://presentationgeeks.com/blog/12-digital-content-strategies-to-elevate-any-brand/