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How to Generate Content Ideas for Social Media

Are you feeling stuck with what to post on your social media?

Keeping a creative and fresh feed for your brand can be tiring, especially if you feel uninspired.

We have a strategy that can help you to consistently produce high-quality, engaging content that serves your audience.

This strategy is simple and involves using content pillars. Content pillars are topics or ideas that are the foundation of your social media strategy. Each pillar should represent relevant topics designed for your target audience. The pillars can be used to create a variety of content such as blog posts, videos and photos. Generally, the four pillars should entertain, inspire, educate and sell.

Content pillars ensure that the content you are producing is holistic and adds value for your audience, but they also provide clarity and direction with posting relevant content.

Once you have created content pillars that are able to sell, educate, inspire and entertain, you can start generating content ideas for each pillar.

Here are some examples:

Entertain:

  • Run a contest or giveaway
  • Take advantage of trending topics

Inspire

  • Repost User Generated Content (USG)
  • Post Behind-The-Scenes content of your business

Sell

  • Share customer reviews
  • Share accomplishments of your business

Educate:

  • Answer FAQ about your industry or expertise
  • Post a question box or allow your audience to ask you questions

It is important as a brand to post a variety of content in different formats. Written content such as blog posts allow you to be more technical and detailed, whereas photos and videos allow you to be more creative.

If you are still struggling with your social media strategy or content ideas, contact Savvy Creations. As social media management specialists, we provide services that generate valuable results to ensure you are optimising your digital presence.

How COVID-19 has impacted digital transformation in today’s business world.

It comes as no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world we live in, in more ways than we ever expected. Overnight, we began relying heavily on digital technology to allow us to continue our lives as best and as ‘normal’ as we could.

Digital marketing has become the saving grace for many businesses throughout this time. Consumers are trusting the use of digital platforms to gain information about products and services, more than ever before. From online shopping to business networking, the use of online platforms have allowed businesses to continue to flourish despite the unprecedented changes that occurred and continue to occur.

It has become a crucial element for your business to enhance your digital strategy. In a time where focusing on the digital elements of your business may have been an area lower on your priority list. It suddenly became the most important step in assisting in your businesses survival. However, the implementation of these strategies will develop long-term benefits for your business.

Interacting with your clients and customer base has reached a whole new level through this digital transformation. With more people becoming well-versed in the digital space, there are new opportunities for you to reach, network and grow your audience and business. A number of studies have shown that the business world has digitised far more rapidly than previously projected due to COVID-19 and it has raised the bar for the development of a digitally inclusive future.

A survey conducted by Mckinsey and Company determined that businesses are three times more likely to say that at least 80 percent of their customer interactions are conducted within a digital landscape. Research has also displayed that on a global scale business digitisation has accelerated by approximately 7 years.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have all become well acquainted with online shopping, (it’s just a little too easy isn’t it!). In fact, in Australia since the outset of COVID-19, total online sales saw a rise of 67.1% throughout 2020.

The transition to enhancing the use of the digital space has required businesses to invest heavily in specific strategies whilst managing the security of the business. With the processes and investments that are required to do so, businesses have chosen to invest in this area for the long term.

It is now, more than ever an extremely beneficial opportunity to invest in the digital world of your business. This space has grown rapidly in the past two years and will continue to rise in importance and value.

Here at Savvy Creations, we provide the services to assist your business growth in the digital world. Feel free to reach out to our team of specialists to help you ensure you are getting the most out of your digital presence!

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH IN 2021

Do you have a love/hate relationship with social media? Finding the right balance is key to ensuring today’s digital societies have a positive influence on your life.

We’re all doing it

Well, maybe not everyone. But it seems more members of the global community are choosing to log into a growing array of social media options, with an increase in the average time online.

The Digital 2020 October Global Statshot Report showed social media adoption had grown more than 12 percent in the previous year, with roughly 15% of a social media users’ waking life spent on social platforms.

But it’s work

There are a multitude of positives that make maintaining a digital presence on social media platforms arguably integral to your business. But social media is more than just a marketing tool.

An online community of billions constantly expanding and evolving, social media opens up lines of communication—which can have positive and negative repercussions, if not managed carefully.

The 2019 BBC Future article, “Is social media bad for you? The evidence and the unknowns” considered the science. Despite verified pros and cons, it was difficult to draw many strong conclusions. What was clear, is that each of us are affected differently.

Quality of content

A New York University Department of Psychology study looking at how emotion shapes the diffusion of moralized content in social networks, found the presence of moral-emotional words in messages increased their diffusion by a factor of 20% for each additional word.

Meaning more shares, and therefore exposure, for emotive content. Over time it can be argued this prevalence for emotionally-effecting material likely impacts mental health, especially for those suffering from anxiety or depression.

Validation and stress

The impact of social media is a complicated issue. While it can lift loneliness, grow business, increase confidence, and be a source of inspiration and clarity—the opposite can also happen.

The risk of self-worth becoming entwined with public validation is ever-present. Relying on the approval of strangers in digital societies could leave users vulnerable and anxious, especially when attention falls short.

Have you become dependent on digital affirmation? If the answer is yes, it might be a good idea to moderate your social media habits. Mindful social media use is essential, and should be practiced by everyone.

How long have you been scrolling?

Is social media submerging your thoughts in an information overload? The Oxford Dictionary defines technostress as stress or psychosomatic illness caused by working with computer technology on a daily basis.

Consider turning off or limiting notifications. Often a notification splits your focus and impacts productivity. Behavioural intervention, such as strict social media windows in your schedule, might help.

App limits are a popular way to make yourself aware of time slipping away while browsing social media. Set an app limit, and your phone, iPad or tablet informs you when the time is up.

The New York Times ran a Smarter Living piece in 2019 titled, “How to Make Your Phone Limit Your Screen Time for You” that offers a variety of helpful hints and recommendations to curb that SM quota.

Surviving social media

For many, real world behaviour and online behaviour have different parameters. Online, people indulging in behaviour unacceptable in real life. Digital abuse has become increasingly problematic, making self-care paramount.

The ReachOut Australia website offers 5 tips for dealing with trolls:

  1. Starve Them
  2. Record It
  3. Stand Up for Yourself
  4. Log Off
  5. Tell Someone You Trust

A social media rule to keep in mind: mental health comes first. Block abusive users when necessary. You’re not obligated to engage. If minimising platform visits makes you more comfortable, use tools to schedule posts in advance.

Altering your SM feed

Curate your social media experience, by exploring possibilities. Choose keywords, hashtags, and topics to follow, or block upsetting topics and keywords. While it’s great to support a friend’s business, make sure to also follow accounts that interest you.

Certain platforms offer the option of limiting a post’s audience, regulating who can reply/comment/share, or restricting a person’s posts from your feed. Don’t hesitate to take steps that make social media more positive and engaging.

Prioritise yourself

Social media is a personal experience and how it effects an individual depends on a lot of factors. Always remember social media is a valuable tool a person or business wields for positive results.

If the experience is stressful, time-consuming, or invalidates self-worth, step back. With a focus on digital wellbeing, reshape how you use social media platforms. Stay aware, and adjust practices to prioritise mental health.