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#ThursdayTip: How To Create Recurring Content

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to create a recurring content feature. 

What is recurring blog content?

Recurring content is consistent content published on a regular schedule using a define structure. This content has the ability to form hooks that keep readers interested in coming back to your site for more of the same.

I’ve experimented over the years with many different types of regular recurring columns on various blogs.  I’ve focused recently on a Cool Tool feature which I post each Monday morning.

Why create recurring content?

Marketer Heidi Cohen outlines the following three advantages to creating consistent content.

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She goes on to outline the business value

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Before you introduce a regular feature to readers, it’s important to take some time to choose a topic that matches your content strategy and crucially won’t have you running out of ideas after a few weeks.  Ideally, your topic should be associated with your keyword phrases to support your organic search efforts.

Once you’ve decided on your topic, decide on the elements you will use to maintain consistency in the design and format of your content.  Choose the same day and time to publish so readers know to expect it at that time each week – this helps build an audience for your content.  To quote Cohen, “as the digital version of appointment media your audience depends on receiving your information at the same time every week. Over time, this builds share of audience attention.”

Finally, keep the format and design elements consistent.

Here are three types of recurring features to add to your content marketing.

1. Advice Column

Set aside one day a week to provide step-by-step instructions, or answer readers’ questions.

2. Interview Series

I ran an interview series, Social Spotlight, last year with healthcare thought leaders.  It followed a consistent question format, with some tailoring to the interviewee, and was a popular addition to my content calendar.

3. Weekly Round-Up Post

I run several weekly round-up style posts for client blogs focussed on their niche. I curate the most helpful, interesting and topical news from their industry and publish them in a blog post, usually on a Friday.  It’s always the most read content when I check the weekly blog stats.

Of course, your recurring content can live outside the written word. With the popularity of video, consider adding a regular vlog or even more popular, a Facebook Live recurring feature.

To sum up

Recurring posts of high value keeps your audience interested and coming back for more. By adding a regular recurring feature to your content marketing you give your audience something to look forward, while at the same time building a unique and recognisable element into your brand.

Here’s to your social media success!

 

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#ThursdayTip: How To Brainstorm Fresh Content Ideas

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to generate content ideas when you are running out of inspiration.

Next time you’re stuck for something to write about,  try brainstorming using a tool like HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator. It lets you input up to three different nouns and returns five blog topic ideas that will exercise your writing muscles again.

Here are the suggestions generated for me when I input the terms “social media” and “marketing” into the tool.

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A similar tool to Hubspot, Portent’s Content Idea Generator allows you to generate 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.

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I also like to use Buzzsumo to find inspiration by searching which popular content is most shared right now on social media. These are the topics people want to read about so it’s worth brainstorming ideas around this content.

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In the example above, I entered “social media marketing” into the search box and discovered the most shared post is one detailing why email marketing is better than social media marketing. This led me to create a similar post right here on Medium 4 Reasons Why Email Marketing Is More Powerful Than Social Media.


For more places to find inspiration, check out my Medium article 10 Places To Find Inspiration When You Are Stuck For Blog Ideas

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#ThursdayTip: How To Snoop On Your Competitors on Facebook

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how you can find out which kinds of ads your industry peers and competitors are running on their Facebook pages. 

In an effort to increase accountability and transparency of Pages, Facebook is showing more information about Pages and the people who manage them in the Page Transparency section on Pages, which formerly appeared on the Info and Ads tab.

This gives you the ability to see which kinds of ads a Page is running, which can provide a useful comparator for your own social media marketing.

Here’s how to works

In this example, I’m going to check out the Mayo Clinic’s Facebook Page.

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To access this information as a page visitor, visit any Page’s Timeline, scroll down to the Page Transparency below the About section and tap See More. 

 

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Now you can scroll through the ads currently running and in which countries (note you can’t see how the ads are doing in terms of engagement).

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Why this feature is useful to your social media marketing

This kind of competitive analysis can be helpful to you to improve your own Facebook advertising. I’m not saying you should copy the ad creative, but you can certainly use it as inspiration for your own campaigns. Using this feature you can gain valuable insights into the kinds of images, headlines and call-to-actions that successful industry players are employing.

Here’s to your social media success!

 

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#ThursdayTip: How To Use Twitter’s Conversation Settings

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip.

Today I want you to show you how to use Twitter’s Tweet Reply conversation setting. 

Last August Twitter rolled out this function to users to give people more control over the conversations they start.

Sometimes people are more comfortable talking about what’s happening when they can choose who can reply. Users in the test pool have said that they feel more comfortable tweeting, and more protected from spam and abuse, which has lead to them tweeting longer, more in-depth thoughts, particularly on sensitive subjects.

Here’s how it works

Before you Tweet, choose who can reply with three options:

  1. Everyone (the default, standard setting)
  2. Only people you follow
  3. Only people you mention

 

Tweets with the latter two settings will be labeled and the reply icon will be grayed out for people who can’t reply. People who can’t reply will still be able to view, Retweet, Retweet with Comment, share, and like these Tweets.

I admit I haven’t used the feature, but it’s interesting to see how some brands are utilising it here.

How about you? Do you think this is a useful feature?

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#ThursdayTip: How To Create A Twitter Fleet

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. Today I want to show you how to create a Fleet moment on Twitter.

Fleets are one of the newer features released last year by Twitter.  Here’s how it describes them.

Not every thought deserves a Tweet. But that’s where Fleets come in. Say what’s on your mind and move on. You can share a photo, video, or some text with your followers but not have it appear on your Home Timeline. There are no likes, no Retweets, and Fleets can only be seen for 24 hours.

 
How to create a Fleet

To create a new Fleet, start by tapping your profile image. Tap the Fleet compose icon (plus sign). 

 

  • Compose your message (it can be comprised of text, photos, a GIF, or video).

Using the text editor to add media to your Fleet:

  • Tap the screen to bring up the keyboard and toolbar.
  • Tap the Align button to format the text center, left, or right.
  • To change the text to bold, tap the B button.
  • To highlight your text, select the Highlight button.
  • The color wheel will change the text and highlight color, tap the color wheel icon to change the text.
  • To move or resize the text, image, or emoji, use two fingers to pinch to resize or move the media.
  • Tap the circle icon at the bottom left of the screen to change your Fleet’s background color.

Fleets appear above the Home timeline. When someone taps on the circle with your profile they’ll be able to see your Fleet for 24 hours.

So there you have it. It’s a very simple feature, but I haven’t seen too many use it. It seems to me to be a novel way to stand out among a sea of tweets with your message.

Have you tried Fleets? What are your thoughts on this feature?

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#ThursdayTip: How To Access Your Twitter Data

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. Today I want to show you how to review your Twitter data.

Reviewing your Twitter data can give you insights into the type of information stored for your account.

What type of information is available to you?

Your Twitter data provides you with a snapshot of your Twitter information, including the following:

Account: Log into your Twitter account and go to More.

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Click on Settings and Privacy. You will see information such as your username, email addresses or phone numbers associated with your account, etc.  You can update or correct most of this information at any time.

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Account history: You’ll also be able to see your login history, as well as the places you’ve been while using Twitter.

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Apps and devices: You can also view the browsers and mobile devices associated with your account (if you are logged in) or current device (if logged out), and the apps you have connected to your Twitter account. If you see login activity from an app you don’t recognize or that looks suspicious, you can go to the Apps tab in your settings to revoke its access to your Twitter account. The IP location shown is the approximate location of the IP address you used to access Twitter, and it may be different from your physical location.

Account activity: You will be able to see the accounts you’ve blocked or muted.

Interests and Ads data: You can also see interests that Twitter and its partners have inferred about your account or current device.

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You can also view any Twitter advertisers who have included your account or current device in their tailored audiences. You can opt-out of interest-based advertising in your personalization and data settings. This will change the ads you see on Twitter, however, it won’t remove you from advertisers’ audiences.

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Download an archive of your data: You can also download a machine-readable archive of information associated with your account in HTML and JSON files.

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#ThursdayTip: How To Create Twitter Lists

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to create Twitter lists.

Twitter Lists are essentially filtered timelines and it’s one of the most effective and simple ways to get a handle on your Twitter engagement.

Here’s how it works:

1. Click on Lists on your profile page

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2. Click Create New List

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3. Name the List and provide a description

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4. Designate the List as Public or Private & then hit Save List

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5. To add or remove people from your Lists:

  1. Use the person icon drop-down menu on somebody’s profile
  2. Choose add or remove from Lists
  3. Choose the List you would like to add the person to or uncheck the List the person was already a member of

It’s so easy to build a Twitter List and it is such an effective and simple way to get a handle on your Twitter engagement. Each time you follow someone new on Twitter, get into the habit of adding them straight to one of your lists.  If you haven’t already started with your lists, start building them today!


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Visit Twitter’s Help Center for more information on:

  • seeing Lists you’re a member of
  • viewing tweets from a List
  • subscribing to a List
  • editing or deleting a List
  • sharing a List URL
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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.
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#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!

 

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#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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