Coming up with social media content isn’t as easy as it looks. Luckily, we have the solution to fix all your creative blocks.
Keep your feeds looking fresh with these 30 creative social media marketing ideas.
1. Tweet About Your Email Newsletter
FOMO anyone? Make your followers wonder what they are missing out on, and give them a taste of the information they could get from joining up.
2. Pin 10 New Things On Pinterest A Day
Try to look for content with awesome images that will make your Pinterest boards look like a storefront. This will keep your feed looking fresh every single day.
3. Leave A Helpful Comment On A Blog Post Your Target Market Regularly Reads
Chances are, there are industry leaders that also target your audience. Why not reach them where they are?
Leaving comments on blog posts allows you to:
- Drive traffic to your blog
- Generate new ideas
- Get to know other bloggers
- Showcase your expertise
4. Create Some Infographics And Share Them With Your Target Market
Give your audience something they actually want to look at. Infographics are visually interesting and make it much more likely that your viewers will share your posts.
5. Join In On Weekly Hashtags
Including hashtags within your content can increase the number of people who see it. Make sure that you make it relevant to the hashtag you are sharing.
— Magnus (@MagnusSmith12) January 29, 2022
That might be a silly example, but you get the idea.
6. Try Doing Videos On Facebook Live
80% of consumers would rather watch a live video from a brand than read a blog. Using Facebook Live not only encourages engagement, but also creates a sense of community between your audience members.
Not to mention, Facebook Live is a very cost-effective way to drive traffic to your business page.
7. Host A Contest
Things to keep in mind when creating a contest on social media:
- Create a hashtag for it and use it. Remind people to use it, too.
- Make the rules visible so that your followers can find them easily.
- Choose a theme, topic, question, or a quote to inspire them.
- Know the different social media rules for contests:
8. Share Content On Forums
Answer people’s questions and leave helpful content and a link leading back to your answer on your blog. This adds to the interactive space and shows how you can give value to your audience.
9. Join Groups On LinkedIn
LinkedIn was made for you to expand your professional network. Why not join a group to make new connections and add to the conversations?
By joining groups on LinkedIn, you get even more out of the platform.
10. Host A Scavenger Hunt Across Your Blog, Email, and Social Networks
This gives audience members from every platform a chance to explore your account on the other platforms.
Questions to keep in mind when hosting your social media scavenger hunt:
- What are the prizes for completing the scavenger hunt?
- What do you want them to do throughout the scavenger hunt? (Examples: like your Twitter account, Facebook likes, or to share a blog post with their audience.)
11. Let A Customer Or User Guest Post On Your Social Media Platforms
Allowing someone to “take over” your account for a while can help diversify your feed and keep your content fresh. The change of pace will definitely pique your audience’s interest.
Here’s an example from Instagram:
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12. Keep Your Audience Entertained With A Story
Disney reworked the Peter Pan Flight ride queue so it would keep people engaged in the story. The project would make them feel like the queue wasn’t as long as it really is.
Here is a video of what they added to help pass time in the queue.
How to do this with your own creative marketing:
- Create a story and immerse your audience in it on your social media platforms.
- Gamify your marketing in a way so that it feels interactive.
A good way to do this would be through games, funny videos, and quizzes. But make sure they all fit with your brand and that they would appeal to your persona.
13. Create A Daily, Weekly, Or Monthly Series
Keep your audience coming back for more content, regularly. This gives them something to look forward to and creates a sense of familiarity within your feed.
This is also a great strategy so that you can generate content in advance. This way, you’ll never be left unprepared.
14. Host A Giveaway
Everyone likes free stuff! Create a friendly social media competition between followers and encourage them to interact with your content in order to receive more entries.
15. Host An “Ask Me Anything” Session
Give your audience an opportunity to get to know you and your business via social media. This allows leads who are on the fence to ask their questions, which gives you an opportunity to pull them further down the sales funnel.
16. Team Up With Other Brands
Grow your audience by pairing up with other brands. The content will be shared to both audiences, so your reach will increase dramatically.
Please welcome to the world, my child, Pop-Tarts ice cream bars. https://t.co/IyB6y90U2u
— Pop-Tarts (@PopTartsUS) May 6, 2020
17. Create “How To” Videos and Tutorials
Your audience might be wondering how a certain product of yours works. Or maybe they’re wondering how to do something that you just happen to be an expert on.
Help them out and create a video so they can see how it’s done.
Not only will this provide value to your audience, but it can also help label you as an expert in your field. It also has the potential to reach prospective customers and show them how your products work and how they might benefit from it.
18. Make A Meme
Invoking humor into your posts can delight your audience and shine a positive light on your brand. Make sure the level of humor corresponds to how professional your brand voice is, so it doesn’t come off like you’re trying too hard to be funny.
Recommended Reading: How To Define Your Unique Brand Voice And Stand Out
19. Hop On What’s Trending
When IHOP stated they would change their name to IHOB the internet exploded. Though they never actually followed through with the change, they dominated social media for the better part of a month.
Can’t wait to try a burger from the place that decided pancakes were too hard.
— Wendy’s (@Wendys) June 11, 2018
Other brands, like Wendy’s, hopped on the bandwagon and decided to create content that related to the ordeal.
20. Run Social Exclusive Deals
Reward your followers by giving them access to exclusive deals. This incentivizes potential customers to follow you on social media, which means you can market to them later.
21. Create A Poll For Your Audience
Gamification is a great way to get your audience involved. By adding polls into your feed or on your story, you give your followers an opportunity to voice their opinions.
Alright, friends. Time for a poll about polls! What entices you to participate in polls on #socialmedia?
Don’t see your perfect answer? Tweet us about it.
— TopRank Marketing B2B (@toprank) July 9, 2018
Polls can boost engagement rates while freshening up your feed.
22. Share Company Milestones
Whether your business has only been open for one year, or the company is celebrating its 100th year anniversary, there’s always something to celebrate.
You can celebrate:
- Company anniversaries
- Obtaining a prestigious award
- Partnering with a new business
- Reaching a huge number of followers
Promoting these milestones on social media allow your viewers to make a connection between you and your brand. Your customers will appreciate the transparency and want to celebrate with you.
23. Go Behind The Scenes
Showing your audience how you create your social media content or what goes on behind locked doors can help pique interest. They’ll be able to see the people behind the products, which will make them feel an emotional pull to your brand.
24. Post Coupons On Your Feed
Set your feed apart from competitors and create a win-win situation for you and your audience.
— Bonobos (@Bonobos) August 31, 2017
Here are some more social media coupon ideas:
- Downloadable Coupons
- Flash Sale Promotions
- Mobile Coupons
- Promo Codes
- Automatic Discounts
Putting your coupons on social media can help foster customer loyalty and generate new business. It also promotes brand awareness, and rewards your audience for following you.
25. Post “Tag A Friend” Content
This is a great way to increase interactions on your posts while allowing your followers to have conversations in your comment section.
Make sure your content makes sense for your target audience. They won’t comment if it’s not relevant to them.
26. Share User-Generated Content
Believe it or not, people actually trust the opinions of strangers. By showing how others use your products, you can invoke a sense of FOMO.
Let them see what they’re missing (and what so many others love).
27. Try Influencer Marketing
Teaming up with an influencer is a highly effective way to boost sales on social media. The good news? It doesn’t have to cost too much, either.
There are many influencers with smaller, but loyal and engaged audiences, who are willing to negotiate on costs.
Make sure you find what works best for your business and what resonates with your influencer’s audience.
Recommended Reading: Instagram Influencer Marketing: How To Get It Right In 6 Steps
28. Use Emojis
Using emojis in your Facebook posts can increase shares by 33% and interactions by 57%. It also humanizes your brand and adds context to your content.
— Spotify (@Spotify) December 24, 2015
29. Curate Third-Party Content
Sharing relevant content from others in your industry shows that you want to provide value to your audience, even if you didn’t originally create the content.
Doing this also allows you to keep active on social media, even if you don’t have time to write new content. It also helps you get noticed by others in your industry (because you’re sharing their content).
30. Repurpose Your Content
Obviously, repurposing your content allows you to get more mileage out of content you created. Everyone loves recycling, right?
Repurposing content can look like:
- Creating and reposting evergreen content
- Creating infographics out of surveys/ data
- Throwback posts
- Turning a blogpost into a podcast episode
- Utilizing old images as backgrounds for quotes
Repurposing your content on social media boosts SEO, expands your reach, increases your online presence, and reinforces your brand’s messaging.
Plus, you won’t need to come up with so many social media ideas.
Recommended Reading: 20 Important Benefits of Social Media Marketing Every Business Should Know
Not Sure Which Social Media Network to Choose?
Before posting to any social network, it’s worth considering how each one is used. Here’s a quick reference sheet:
How Do You Put These Social Media Marketing Ideas Into Practice?
Plan Ahead With A Social Media Calendar
The best way to keep social media posts and ideas organized is with a calendar. In fact, you can follow this link to claim a free calendar template. Here are some of the benefits of using a calendar:
- Gives your team full visibility into your social media schedule.
- Makes it easier to plan posts ahead of time, and make sure you’re posting at the best times.
- Makes it possible to plan content and social promotion in one place.
Recommended Reading: How to Effectively Organize Your Social Media Editorial Calendar (Free Template)
Plan Cohesive Campaigns
The best way to drive a message home is to build a complete campaign. Oftentimes, brands struggle to keep up with their social posting schedule because they’re too reliant on one-off posts.
This makes staying organized difficult. Plus, it’s tough to always be writing posts on the fly without much thought ahead of time.
These campaigns can be:
- A series of posts promoting a single piece of content.
- A string of branded posts carrying a consistent message or hashtag
- Focused around even promotion..
Recommended Reading: 24 Creative Social Media Campaign Examples to Boost Your Inspiration
Schedule Ad Hoc Posts
In addition to your planned campaigns, mix in some ad hoc posts. These are spontaneous one-off posts that aren’t necessarily connected to a broader campaign, but they still reinforce your overall brand message.
This leaves some flexibility in your schedule — making it easier to react to trending topics and hashtags, which you can capitalize on for added brand exposure.
With these three tips and all of the following ideas, you should have no trouble staying inspired and keeping your posting schedule full.