38 Tools for Getting More Ideas: An Idea Generation #Bufferchat Recap

#bufferchat 7.23.14What are the best ways to generate fresh content to keep feeding the blog or social media stream?

This week’s #Bufferchat discussed just that with Courtney Seiter, Buffer’s head of content marketing.

We were so excited to have our largest attendance yet—197 contributors and 1800 tweets—and to see so many new, bright and shiny faces! Check out the full Storify curation here.

Here’s a look at some of the tips and tools highlighted in the chat!

What is the best way to find out what content your audience wants or needs?

Tools to engage, listen and analyze:

Tools for generating and organizing content ideas:

Where do you go for inspiration?

How often should you reexamine your content strategy?

Answers on this question varied from “constantly” to “monthly” to “I don’t have a strategy!” — it seems there’s no “one way” to adjust your content strategy to fit new ideas.

At Buffer, we evaluate and tweak on a weekly and monthly basis. You can see all of our monthly our monthly content and marketing reports on our Open blog.

Were there ever times you were surprised by your audience’s reaction and adjusted strategy?

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in this awesome chat!

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Bufferchat 7.30.14

  • Katya Pavlopoulos

    Great post! Two more things that I have found helpful in boosting creativity are reading books (a ton of them, both fiction and nonfiction) and keeping a dream journal. It may not give you concrete ideas for another blog post, but it will fuel your creativity which will make content creation easier.

    I’ve been “unplugged” for a while and gosh how I missed Buffer blogs :) You guys never fail to deliver!

    • Courtney Seiter

      Welcome back, Katya! I love your ideas here; I agree that fiction can be a big idea driver. This was a really neat study about the power of reading fiction: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-neuroscience-of-your-brain-on-fiction.html

      • Katya Pavlopoulos

        That’s amazing! Thank you for sharing that! I already knew that the brain perceives videos as real life, but that the written word can also stimulate those brain regions.. fascinating!

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