7 Sources of Inspiration for Writing Sizzling Social Media Posts

7 Sources of Inspiration for Writing Sizzling Social Media Posts

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7 Sources of Inspiration for Writing Sizzling Social Media Posts

7 Sources of Inspiration for Writing Sizzling Social Media PostsWriting a sizzling social media post that grabs the attention of your audience can be challenging.

It can also be time consuming, aggravating and downright exhausting.

Between Google+, Facebook, and Twitter,  producing fresh and unique content on a consistent basis can leave your creative juices feeling picked at, poked through and squeezed dry.

Unless you are a natural born writer with exceptional skills, running out of content ideas is inevitable.

While the 7 sources of inspiration below won’t keep you from hitting a content brick wall, they will put some sizzle in your social!

How to Write Sizzling Social Media Posts

  1. Social Media

Seems like a no-brainer, right?

The problem is, many people don’t know where to begin.

While social networks can be a fantastic resource for relevant and up-to-date ideas, knowing where to find that content is key.

Take a look at “What’s Hot” on Google+, trending hashtags on Twitter or conversations happening in a Facebook group.

Once you begin to research your current social channels, it’s easy to see the enormous amount of content inspiration right at your fingertips.

Where to find inspiration:

  • Google+ communities
  • Google+ hashtags
  • Google+ hangouts
  • Facebook groups
  • Facebook events
  • Local Facebook pages
  • LinkedIn groups
  • Twitter hashtags
  • Twitter trending topics
  • Pinterest
  • Scoop.it
  • Stumbleupon
  • Bizsugar

  2. Blogs

Blogs are an equally important source of inspiration.

Look for bloggers that write about your particular field of interest and build a relationship by tweeting, sharing and commenting on their content.

Interacting with your peers will open up your mind to new ideas while connecting you to an extended network of content providers.

You not only gain important alliances, but a wide variety of ideas, suggestions, and motivation that will help in the creation of captivating posts and status updates.

  3. Humor, creative, and inspirational quotes

life is short enjoy coffeeWant to connect with your fans and followers? Let them get to know you outside of the office.

Visit humorous, inspirational and motivational websites and blogs to find fun and entertaining posts that speak to your personality and break the monotony of the same old business post.

Like coffee? Share a funny story or a cute picture that will connect with your community on a personal level.

Adding humor, inspiration, and creativity to your social media content will give your audience a sneak peek into what makes you tick.

  4. Books

I know books might be the last place you would think to look, but reading books, magazines, newspapers, journals and other hard copy material can offer a unique perspective.

This can be topics specific to your particular niche or a relatable success or motivational stories.

Research your industry for top authors and find ways to repurpose that content in a shareable format.

Just make certain that you always credit the author and link back to any original content.

  5. Forums and groups

Joining forums, groups and industry discussions can give you a real-time exchange of ideas, strategies and solutions that answer your potential clients most pressing questions and concerns.

“Listen” as professionals discuss their own success stories and join in the conversation to talk about how you can meet the needs of your potential clients through your social channels. 

By sharing your own story, you add value to the community, inspire others to do the same and provide meaningful conversation that gets those creative juices flowing!

  6. Role model/mentor

Social media marketing is a wide open landscape and one that can be overwhelming to navigate on your own.

When you’re feeling less than energetic about creating new content, look to a friend, role model or mentor.

Reach out to them. Bounce a few ideas around, and gain their valuable insight. 

Their guidance and willingness to share any tips, tricks or advice may be what you need to write a sizzling post.

  7. Re-purpose your content

Revisit content that you have created throughout the years. From brochures to blog posts, you are sure to find valuable information your community is craving, but hasn’t seen.

Remember, just because it’s not new to you, does not mean it’s irrelevant to your audience.

Take your content, re-frame it and republish it with a new spin, in a new format or simply update outdated content.

Ways to Repurpose Your Content:

  • Podcast
  • Hangout on Air
  • Webinar
  • Free Ebook
  • Free bonus material for your subscribers
  • Email mini courses
  • Training and coaching workbooks

While the Internet may seem to have an endless supply of inspiration, identifying your top resources can feel mind numbing.

Once you have recreated a post or other marketing item, take that idea and repurpose it across any of your social networks from Facebook to Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn!

Where do you find your top ideas for social media inspiration?

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Comments

  1. Excellent suggestions! I often struggle with ideas for blog posts and this helped a lot. I never thought about using hash tags to get ideas and inspiration for relevant posts. That is pure brilliance!
    Lisa Newlin recently posted..Carpe Diem and other clichesMy Profile

  2. I was glad to see under the “inspirational” sources you had G+ Communities in the #1 spot. To me, this is one of the best social centers to find and engage with the people who not only share common interests but engage early and often.
    Neil Ferree recently posted..Content Marketing System Best PracticesMy Profile

  3. Muy caliente! :D Lost of sizzling ideas. I especially liked that you addressed repurposing. A lot of think they have to create all content from scratch, but that is not the case. I hope more people take advantage of their current content and leverage it for various social media platforms. Awesome thanks Rebekah!
    Raquel recently posted..Social Media Triumphs Old School Word-of-MouthMy Profile

  4. Thank you! Just what I was looking for. I love the fact that you mentioned be personable. Sometimes I find myself not knowing do I post all business and end up in a box I can’t get out of. Or if I do post a funny happening in my business life if that won’t be a complete turn off. Because I am a consultant for a warmer and scents company, we depend on our personality to shine. Thats why I got into myself. I love all things home.

  5. Great post!

    I especially like the inspirational quotes tip.

    I’ve always been naturally compelled to share Napolean Hill and Dale Carnegie books/quotes with other business owners and clients. Their stuff, written decades ago, is still super relevant to anyone who is trying to grow a business.

    Conveniently it’s also loaded with short and impactful quotes I think would be great to include in social media. I may just start doing that.

    Thank you!

    Mike
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    • I completely agree Mike that both Napolean Hill and Dale Carnegie are as relevant today as they were when any of their books were first written. You can Google and easily find their quotes in a Twitter ready format too. Start sharing so I can retweet! :)

  6. All super ways of finding content that won’t make you pull your hair out! I also like to subscribe to blogs and sites via RSS so I can have the content come to ME. Then I have an IFTTT action set up so whenever I star an item in my readers, it goes to Evernote, so every morning (or whenever I do my posting) I have a pre-curated list of content right in front of me.
    Carol Lynn recently posted..Rethinking Customer Appreciation: Showing Gratitude Is Not About The MoneyMy Profile

    • Great suggestion Carol Lynn! I love IFTTT and use it in so many different ways. If you’re an iPad user, you can also use it with Pocket to automatically share any of your read articles in Google Reader. It saves a step or two from copying into your favorite management tool!

  7. Quora is another good place to find good stuff to share. You can also get ideas for questions to answer in blog posts.

    And re inspirational quotes: I’ve found that as well as posting them, they are often good contributions to reply to on Twitter, since they are general in nature and brief (unlike blog posts and articles being linked to). So you can use them to start up conversations.

    • I’m going to have to spend some time on Quora Matt and great suggestion on how to use quotes to create conversation. They are easy to respond to and immediately relatable so it’s an easy foot in the door. Thanks!!

  8. Wow Rebecca, you really are a social media strategist. Without sounding too flattering, this blog is amazing. I especially like the content on (lol) blogs. If you or any of your readers have any more tips on creating a blog audience I would love to hear them.

    Caroline D.

    • Thank you so much Caroline! Content always reigns supreme when it comes to blog audience. How often you post (consistently) and the type of content will make the biggest difference in retaining the attention of subscribers and gaining the eyeballs of new ones.

  9. Thanks Rebecca. I find the questions on Quora a great source of ideas also!
    Have a great day,
    Ian
    Ian Cleary recently posted..How Hubspot Can Help Grow Your Business By Marcus SheridanMy Profile

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