How can I share a blog post on Facebook in a new, creative way? One way we get ideas for our videos is to look to our blog -- here! https://t.co/Pe1WugKNAP pic.twitter.com/aMyIWadJPC — Buffer (@buffer) August 14, 2017 Suitable for: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+ An idea to try: Use Animoto (or your favorite video-editing tool) to turn one of your recent blog posts into a short 30-second video. Instead of sharing an image with a blog post, we choose a relevant (and often funny) GIF to go alongside the blog post. Would I share this content myself? Suitable for: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google+ An idea to try: Create a piece of content (which can be a blog post, infographic, or video) with a company which is in line with your brand and co-promote it together. With a social swap, you get great content to share on your social media accounts and benefit from having another company share your content. Suitable for: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+ An idea to try: If some of your blog posts have interesting statistics, use them as the caption of your social media post and invite your followers to find out more in your blog post. Suitable for: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+ An idea to try: Instead of sharing the title of your blog post, pull a quote that contains the key idea of your blog post and use that as your caption. Suitable for: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn (if it’s in line with your brand image on LinkedIn) An idea to try: Add one or two relevant emoji to the end of your social media post caption.
As a social media manager, it can be super fun to strategize and come up with multiple ways to share content with your audience.
But it’s also easy to get stuck in a creative rut.
I know I’ve certainly found myself pondering questions like:
- What content should I share on our social media profiles?
- How can I share a blog post on Facebook in a new, creative way?
- How can I use the latest Instagram feature effectively?
To help you answer these questions, and countless others, we put our heads together to come up with 20 creative ways for sharing content on social media.
The strategies included below are tried and tested — everything we cover has worked for us at Buffer.
Let’s get right into it…
20 creative ways to share your content on social media
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Let’s dive in!
1. Turn a blog post into a video.
4 reasons why engagement (not sales) is the future of social media and how we can adapt ?
— Buffer (@buffer) August 11, 2017
When we noticed that our videos were generating more engagement than our images and links, we started producing more videos. One way we get ideas for our videos is to look to our blog — here!
And one way we get ideas for video content is to look back at some of our best-performing blog content.
By pulling our key ideas and data from a blog post, we can easily turn blog posts into short videos to share on our social media channels.
Animoto is great if you want to create simple videos quickly — it’s one of Brian‘s go-to video tools. It provides many templates and stock videos and allows you to create square videos — which we found to be more effective than landscape videos.
If you want to create more complex videos like the below example, we tend to use After Effects.
— Buffer (@buffer) August 14, 2017
Suitable for: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+
An idea to try: Use Animoto (or your favorite video-editing tool) to turn one of your recent blog posts into a short 30-second video.
2. Create a how-to video.
Another way to utilize video is to create a totally new piece of content from scratch.
Here are some video ideas for you:
- How-to guides
- Customer stories
- User-generated content
- Product announcements
- Company announcements or milestones
You don’t need expensive, fancy tools and applications to get started either. Many of the videos we publish at Buffer are recorded using a smartphone.
No need to be a pro to get started with video! ? Here’s a simple 4-step guide on creating engaging videos using only your phone. pic.twitter.com/NIEcblJKwH
— Buffer (@buffer) August 17, 2017
As many social media platforms auto-play videos without sound, it’s great to add captions to your videos, too. This way, your followers can still understand your video even if they don’t turn on the sound.
Suitable for: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+
An idea to try: Create a video with three tips or information that will help, educate or entertain your followers. Here’s a guide on social media video marketing to help you get started.
Once you’ve created your content, quickly and easily schedule posts for all of your social accounts and Buffer will publish them automatically, according to the posting schedule you put in place.
3. Go live.
Live videos are a great way to increase your organic reach and drive engagement.
- Reach: Facebook ranks live videos higher on the News Feed than non-live content. Also, Michael Stelzner, CEO and founder of Social Media Examiner, shared on Buffer’s Science of Social Media podcast that going live increased the reach of their non-live Facebook Page conten as well.
- Engagement: According to Facebook, “People spend more than three times more time watching a Facebook Live video on average compared to a video that’s no longer live.”
Like our live video above, your live videos don’t have to be professionally-produced or scripted (though, it would be a good idea to plan your video a little).
Here’s another example: a short two-minute live video by Eric Fisher of Social Media Examiner about a new Instagram update.
Suitable for: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (Periscope)
An idea to try: Take your social media followers behind the scenes live. You could show them your team-bonding activities, work sessions or simply a tour of your office.
If you are feeling a little stuck, HubSpot has shared 11 cool live streaming ideas for Facebook, Periscope and more.
4. Interview someone (live).
Another fun video idea you could try is to interview someone. If you like a bit of a challenge, you could try doing it live. But if live streaming scares you (like it does to me), you could opt to do a recorded video interview for a start.
For the Facebook Live video above, we used BeLive, which allows more than one person to be on the live stream.
To edit your videos, you could use a free video-editing tool, such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker.
Suitable for: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+
An idea to try: Record an interview with a colleague, customer or industry expert and upload it directly to Facebook (instead of uploading to YouTube and posting the link on Facebook).
5. Post 360 photos or videos.
If you are up for trying something (fairly) new, play around with 360 photos and videos for Facebook. (The 360 photo above is my attempt at taking a 360 photo of the Buffer team during our recent Madrid retreat.)
To take a 360 photo, you need to take a photo that’s wider than 100 degrees using the panaroma feature on your smartphone and Facebook will automatically convert it into a 360 photo.
To record a 360 video, you could try Giroptic iO, a $249 360 camera which can be used for Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube Live.
Suitable for: Facebook, Twitter (Periscope) and YouTube Live
An idea to try: Take a 360 photo of your next event and share it on your Facebook Page.
6. Attach a GIF.
— Buffer (@buffer) August 15, 2017
We recently found great success with using GIFs in our tweets. Instead of sharing an image with a blog post, we choose a relevant (and often funny) GIF to go alongside the blog post.
My hunch on why GIFs are working for us is this: As GIFs autoplay they stand out in the stream of tweets and catch our followers’ attention.
Suitable for: Twitter,…