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#ThursdayTip: How to Add GIFS to Your Tweets

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. This week I want to show you how to add GIFS to your tweets. 

Want to add variety to your tweets and help them stand out? Try adding GIFs.

Here’s how

From the Tweet compose box, click the GIF icon to search for and select a GIF from the GIF library.

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When you choose a GIF, the image will attach to your Tweet in full size.

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Click Tweet to post.

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Notes

  • GIF attachments do not count towards the character limit in a Tweet.
  • Animated GIFs can’t be included in Tweets with multiple images. You can send only one GIF in a Tweet.
  • Twitter supports looping GIFs. If your animated GIF doesn’t loop and plays a single time, it will display as a static image.
Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: QuestionDB

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week I’m recommending  QuestionDB – a tool designed to help you generate content ideas.

Here’s how it works.

To get started, pick a broad keyword.

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From there, whether you’re using the free or paid version of QuestionDB, you can dive deeper.

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Then search these individually on QuestionDB, and you will get a list of specific questions about these topics that you can use as content ideas for your blog. And because questions are continually added to QuestionDB, it will help you generate content ideas easily on a continuous basis.  To help you write those topics, toggle the “source” button on so that you can click through to where the question was originally asked (and see what others answered).

QuestionDB is free for a maximum of 10 results. The pro version costs $10 per month.

You might also like to read How To Brainstorm Fresh Content Ideas

Posted in #HCSM, Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Generate Fresh Content Ideas In 30 Seconds.. Or Less

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip.

Today I want you to share a tip with you for generating content ideas in under a minute using two similar tools. Use these tools as inspiration for topics you could write about.

1.  HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator tool lets you input up to three different nouns and returns five blog topic ideas for you

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2. Portent’s Content Idea Generator allows you to generate content ideas with just one keyword. Be prepared that the tool can throw up some quirky suggestions, but don’t let that put you off. Keep playing around with it until you find one you can work with. I also really like how it shows you best practice tips, such as using metaphors in your writing.

Sometimes all you need is a little spark to get your creativity flowing again, and these tools may just the thing to get your creative juices flowing again.

Here’s to your social media success!

 

Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Beatleap

This week I’m recommending a new video tool – with a twist. 

Beatleap offers a new, powerful video editing experience, allowing you to create and edit videos by automatically matching songs with your video clips.

The app uses machine learning to automatically match songs to your video, then gives you a number of editing tools such as special effects, filters, and overlays to make your clips unique.

Features include:

  • 20 editing tools and effects as well as 50 filters to choose from
  • A library of over 1,000 professional songs to synchronize with the user’s video
  • Automatic trimming, cutting, and mixing of clips according to the beat of a selected track
  • Stunning video effects which are automatically placed at the perfect timing
  • Trendy filters and overlays to give users complete control over the look and feel of their videos

It’s perfect for TikTok, but you can use it for any social platform.

Note: This app is available only on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

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Ten Social Media Tools I’m Thankful For

In keeping with this week’s Thanksgiving theme, I want to share with you ten tools I use all the time which helps me manage my social media better. I’m thankful to the developers who made these useful tools free and easy to use!

1. Adobe Spark

A free suite of apps that allow both web and mobile users to create and share visual content — like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos. One of my go-to graphic tools (the featured image on this post was created using this tool).

2. BeFunky

There is so much you can do with this tool to enhance your visual marketing assets, including creating collages, adding “one-click” photo effects (there are over 300 photo effects and filters to choose from) and an array of graphics (eg speech bubbles). The basic account is free to use and provides users with access to a library of 125 digital effects.

3. Canva

Whether you want a Twitter post or Facebook profile picture, you can create them quickly using Canva’s drag and drop editor. Select from a number of pre-set designs, or create something from scratch. You can also add elements such as custom icons, fonts, charts, and illustrations.

4. Emotional Marketing Value (EMV) Headline Analyzer

This headline analyzer is a free tool from the Advanced Marketing Institute that you can use to calculate the EMV of your own headlines. It scores the EMV of your headline with a breakdown of why it scored that value.

5. Grammarly

A free writing app available as a Google Chrome Extension. Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted everywhere you write on the web. I use it all the time and find it super useful.

6. Hemingway Editor

A proofreading tool that clears your copy of all unnecessary copy. Just paste your text into the editor and you’ll get an analysis that highlights lengthy, complex sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and common errors.

7. IFTTT

IFTTT (an acronym for If This, Then That) allows you to sync up multiple apps so that when a certain activity happens, it kicks off a separate activity in another app.

8. Lumen5

This is a cool tool that enables you to turn your blog posts into slideshow-type videos in minutes. The free plan includes unlimited videos, access to 10 million video files, and 480p-quality video with the Lumen5 watermark. You can also upload your own logo. Upgrading to the Pro plan ($49/month) lets you remove the Lumen5 branding, upload your own watermark and outro, and more.

9. Pablo

This tool from Buffer is a bare-bones online image editor that lets you make basic social media images in seconds.

10. Scoop.It

A super content curation platform that allows you to easily find and share unique, relevant content to your social networks, website or blog. The free version will allow you to monitor a single topic and use the content generated on up to two social media accounts.

Looking for more tools like these?

Head on over to Medium for100 Tools To Help You Do More With Social Media.

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6 Content Marketing Lessons I Learned From A Simple Thanksgiving Tradition

Although I live outside the US, Thanksgiving’s one of those holidays I celebrate in spirit, if not in person. I’m always curious to learn more about Thanksgiving traditions and being a foodie I’m fascinated by what people eat at the dinner table.

While I still can’t get my head around that sweet potato and marshmallow combo, a green bean casserole is something I might be tempted to try. If you live in the US I guess you already know the story of how this dish came to be a Thanksgiving dinner staple, but for those who aren’t familiar, it’s such a great marketing story with lessons for all of us who want to improve our content marketing.

The casserole originated over 60 years ago in the test kitchen at Campbell’s Soup, where Dorcas Reilly worked as a home economist. Dorcas invented a Green Bean Casserole recipe in response to a question from the Associated Press: “What’s a good Thanksgiving side dish that uses ingredients found in most American kitchens?”

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First demo kitchen, Campbell’s, 1941

The dish Dorcas invented went viral. Millions of Americans made the casserole that year. And today, over 60 years later, it’ll be served on an estimated 30 million Thanksgiving tables across the US, earning its place as one of the most beloved recipes in America.

So what lessons can this simple recipe teach us as content marketers? Over on LinkedIn, I share six valuable lessons we can learn from Dorcas’s green bean casserole.

Click here to read

Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: MailerLite

This week I’m recommending  MailerLite an email marketing tool that makes it easy to create landing pages, opt-in forms, and emails.

With the explosion of social media marketing in recent years, the traditional email format may appear outdated. But nothing could be further from the truth.  Even with the pervasiveness of new technology, email still remains a persuasive digital marketing channel for building awareness, boosting acquisition, and increasing conversion.

One of the best ways to build your list of subscribers is to offer something of value up front. This email incentive known as an “opt-in offer” or “lead magnet” is something you are willing to give away for free which requires people to provide an email address to download.  This is where a tool like MailerLite is helpful.

MailerLite is free for up to 1,000 subscribers.

The free plan enables you to build landing pages and start mailing your first 1,000 subscribers, but excludes live chat support, free newsletter templates, and certain other features.

Premium plans start at $10/mo for up to 1,000 subscribers, rising in increments per subscribers. Premium plans offer additional features and unlimited emails per month.

Posted in Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Save Links On Facebook

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to save links on Facebook.

Scrolling through your Facebook feed, you come across some interesting links which you’d like to save and read later when you have more time.

Did you know that Facebook has a handy save links feature to help you do this?

Here’s how to save links on Facebook

  • Click the ellipsis icon in the top right corner of the post/link you want to save.
  • Click Save link.

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To access your saved items on desktop, go to the left-hand sidebar and find Saved under Explore. Or just navigate to https://facebook.com/saved.

13 Interesting Facebook Tricks You Might Not Know

From here you can create collections to organize content for easy retrieval.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Hotjar

This week I’m recommending Hotjar, a website optimization tool.

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Hotjar offers website heatmaps, scroll maps, click maps and more, alongside visitor recordings and website funnel mapping. By combining both Analysis and Feedback tools, Hotjar gives you the ‘big picture’ of how to improve your site’s user experience and performance/conversion rates.

Features include:

Heatmaps to visualize user behaviour

Understand what users want, care about and do on your site by visually representing their clicks, taps and scrolling behavior – which are the strongest indicators of visitor motivation and desire.

Visitor Recordings to see what your users see

 By seeing your visitor’s clicks, taps and mouse movements you can identify usability issues on the fly and issues they encounter.

Conversion Funnels to see where your visitors are dropping off

Find the biggest opportunities for improvement and testing by identifying on which page and at which step most visitors are leaving your site.

Price: The free plan covers businesses with up to 2,000 pageviews per day.

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Need a topic for your healthcare blog? Here are 12 ideas to get you started

Healthcare blogs vary in content and style; they range from commentary on a topical issue to patients sharing the lived experience of a disease and healthcare professionals educating patients on the management of an illness.

Blogs written by doctors, nurses, health researchers, patients, and healthcare and digital marketers and innovators add much to the richness and diversity of the online healthcare conversation. 

Creating a blog is relatively easy; the challenge lies in consistently updating the content. If you are struggling to come up with new ideas on a regular basis for your blog, then this list of 16 content ideas should help get you going again.

#1 Share Facts About A Common Medical Condition

What kind of questions do your patients most frequently ask about a specific medical condition? Compile a list of these frequently asked questions and answer them on your blog.

#2 Curate Content

Creating original content is time and resource intensive.  Curation helps you provide your audience with relevant, high quality information on a regular basis without sacrificing your time and resources. Don’t rely on curation alone; curated content is designed to complement your content creation plan—not replace it.

#3 Announce a New Product or Service

Are you rolling out a new program, product or service? Write a blog post to introduce it and highlight its features and benefits.

#4 Update Readers on Industry Trends

Healthcare is constantly changing and evolving. Can you predict or comment on the latest healthcare trend? Readers will enjoy learning about it through your blog, particularly if you share your own unique perspective. Set up Google Alerts to keep updated on emerging trends in your industry to provide the latest information for your readers.

#5 Create A Poll

There are several online tools you can use to create a readers’ poll. If you have a WordPress.com site, then you’ve got Polldaddy polls already built in. You can create, manage, and see results for all of your polls directly in your WordPress.com dashboard. If you use a WordPress.org install on your self-hosted site, install the Polldaddy WordPress.org plugin. Use it to get a snapshot of readers’ attitudes to health topics like vaccination, screening, complementary therapy, mental health – the list is endless. Publish a follow-on post with your findings.

#6 Write About A Day In The Life

Write about a typica day in your working life as a healthcare professional. Be careful not to write about specific patients or to commit any breaches of privacy or confidentiality.

#7 Plan Posts Around Seasons and Events

Use an editorial calendar to track seasonal, cultural and industry events and write a blog post which fits the theme, for example, “How To Eat Healthily During The Holiday Season”.

#8. Share The Latest Medical Research

Have you been to a conference recently where you learned about new medical research? Or read about the latest research in a medical journal?  Let your readers know about it through your blog. Make sure you provide full references and link to online publications.

Here’s an example of this done really well by breast surgeon, Dr Deanna Attai on her blog.

#9 Invite A Guest Blogger

Ask a colleague to write a guest blog on an area of their expertise.

#10 Interview An Expert

Choose a respected healthcare professional and interview them for your blog. Alternatively, contact several experts in your field and have them answer a question: Take all the answers and turn them into one big blog post.

#11 Write About A Trending Topic

Provide your unique perspective on a trending topic. Find out what’s “hot right now” online by using Google Trends, Twitter.com/Search and Reddit.com.

#12 Provide a Weekly Round-Up Of Healthcare News

Gather the week’s healthcare news into a round-up post. Provide links, attribute sources and add your own commentary.

You might also like to read 3 Places To Find Interesting Ideas For Your Healthcare Blog