Advice and answers from the ActionSprout Team

Posting engaging content on daily basis is no small task! Often times, the best way to consistently post great content is, not surprisingly, to start with great content.

So how do you come up with all that great content? With the help of ActionSprout’s Inspiration feature you can find ideas snap. Then share that content on your own Facebook page with added commentary or simply gain inspiration from what's working to apply to your own original content. 

So the next time you're ready to do a posting, all you have to do is pop into your Inspiration tab and scroll through your network’s top performing content for ideas. It's that easy!

How It Works

Your ActionSprout Inspiration tab features recent over-performing content from any pages you've asked the tool to follow.

Make sure you follow pages with content that you know your audience already likes or with content that particularly pertains to your cause. (Similar national and international organizations or media outlets that cover your cause can be a great place to start!)

It's important to look at the activity and quality of the page’s content, too. Pages that rarely post or post low quality content are of little value to you.

How to Read Your Inspiration Results

Over-Performing

At the top of each content card you'll find the percentage that the piece of content over-performed in terms of engagement. This is based on the page’s unique average engagement, with the average always being 100%.

Content Thumbnail

Next you'll find a thumbnail of the piece of content as it appeared on Facebook.

Likes, Comments, and Shares

This details specifics on the type of Facebook engagement that each piece of content received. Pay close attention to these numbers. A piece of content could be over-performing by 200% even though it only received a few likes and comments. This merely reflects that this page normally has a low average engagement. Keeping all numbers in mind can help give you that larger picture, so you can better choose what to promote.

Has It Been Shared Before? 

If the content has been shared to your Facebook page in the past, it will be listed at the bottom of the content card, like this: 

You'll see each time the post was shared along with a direct link back to those posts. 

Please note: Only exact link matches will be labeled as "Shared." For example, two Bit.ly links to the same campaign will be recognized as two different links, even though they point to the same content. 

Search for More Inspiration

This may be one of the more powerful features of our Inspiration feature! In the Search box, simply type in keywords for the types of content you're looking for. This will immediately bring up the highest performing content on those subjects. Easy as that!

If you don’t find the content you where hoping for, or want to see more results, try following more pages that post that kind of content your supporters would appreciate.

Find Particular Types of Content

You can choose to filter your feed by Content Type, too, if particular kinds of content (like images or videos) tend to perform well on your page.

Simply choose the type of content you'd like to filter your results by, and you'l see all the top performing posts of that kind from all the pages you're following.

No more scouring results for exactly what you want. We serve it right up to you!

Look for Patterns

When brownsing through your Inspiration feed, get in the habit of looking for patterns. These provide tell-tale signs as to what your supporters would like to engage with. For example, if you notice most of the high-performing content is images and articles, that's a clear indication that your supporters would like more images and articles over other pieces of content. Give your supporters what they want to increase your audience's engagement.

Here are a few common patterns to keep an eye out for:

Content Format

What types of content are mostly bubbling up? Images? Videos? Articles? Status updates? It may be just one or a few. Figure out which is dominant, so you can continue that trend and meet your audiences needs.

Another way to think about format is the way the content is presented or framed. Is the content framed as a story? An action? A study or recent finding? Is it all about presenting the facts? Or does it ask questions and open up discussion? Long versus short content can make a difference as well.

Crafting your content to meet your audience's favorite format type is a guaranteed way to boost engagement and reach.

Subject Matter

Format aside, what kinds of content do well. If the winning content format is images, for instance, what are the images of? Nature? People? Do they include text? If it’s articles, which of those are  top performing? Is there a pattern in the subject matter? There usually will be a few subject matter that your supporters enjoy over others.

Tone and Language

What is the tone of your highest performing content? Is it light and cheerful? Is it serious and down to business? Are many of your posts celebratory? What kind of language seems to resonate most?

Once you have an idea of what’s working, try some of these strategies on your own page. These patterns will help give you ideas when experimenting with your own content strategy. Or at least, they offer a great a place to start.

So... feeling a little more at ease with your content plan? You'll be surprised how much this little bit of help can make a huge difference for the success of your page.

Now go start searching and get inspired!

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