5 Places for Content Inspiration

headhikepathLooking for some content ideas? I have been low on inspiration lately, so I am happy to share with you the places that I have tapped for new ideas.

Blog and Social Media Comments

When I am running short on ideas, I take a deep dive into my recent content posted at this blog and on social media. I look for likes, shares, and comments as a hint that the topic was of interest to my target audience. Comments are gold – they are rare but they almost always tell me what’s top of mind and important to readers.

Google It, Part 1

I’m a long-term fan of Google Alerts. I set up alerts for keywords and let Google email the latest relevant content. Couldn’t be easier.

Google It, Part 2

When I know what basic topic I want to cover, I start with a Google search. The best intel comes before I hit enter.

Google will offer suggestions on what to search for as I type. These are based on actual searches people have completed recently. Not only do I get links to places where I can research, I get links that are currently of interest to real people.

Google also offers common questions related to the topic and related searches. Lots of options from one search!

 

Webinars

I get a lot of content ideas from webinars. Some ideas come just by scanning the topics being offered. Once a week, I try to participate in a webinar. This gives me a deeper dive into a topic that can turn into great content.

Conferences

This is a larger investment of time and money, but conferences can be very inspirational. I recently attended the PRSA International Conference. I got great content ideas from the keynotes, education sessions, and even at group meals.

I am always sure to bring home the program from a conference. I look up the presenters and the topics that I did not get to experience at the event. Some conference also provide recordings of some or all sessions.