Community Content Planning & Ideas

Content is the fuel that powers any community and the link between the host and members. As the host, you can lead the community and shape the purpose of the community with the content strategy.

However knowledgeable you are about your field, it is natural to have days when you draw a blank.  We created this article to give you inspiration on those days, and to make it easier to create enough ideas for long-term content planning an d strategy. 

If you are looking for images etc. to use in producing the actual content, please look at this article.

 

Content Planning Resources

Community Content Strategy

Content Ideas

🧠Inspiration

🤣Jokes

🤓Trivia 

💬Quotes

📺Trending Topics

🎲Contests

📅Special Dates 

🎁Bonus Ideas

 

 

Content Planning Resources

There are many ways to plan your content from Post-it notes on whiteboards to spreadsheets and dedicated tools. If you’re not using one of these already, we recommend that you start with a simple system that allows you to focus on the developing content.

 

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Trello

Popular kanban style board that can be used as a simple, easy planning tool

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Clickminded 

Content planning template to download (and guidance on using Trello)

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Community Content Strategy

Your community content strategy should support the purpose of the community and deliver value to the members. It should contain both long and short term goals, both for the host and community.  The strategy should continue to evolve as the community grows and evolves. These articles will help you determine the strategy that fits your specific community:

Your Community Strategy is Incomplete Without a Clear Content Strategy by Clem Auyeung

(Good article on brand-focused community content strategy - recommended reading)

6 Tips to Build A Strong Community Content Strategy - Blake Morgan

(Originally for social media, but very relevant for a B2C community app too)

Do You have the Right Content Strategy For Your Online Community? - Isha Vohra

(For communities created around a business)

 

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Content Ideas

Don’t be afraid to borrow ideas from blogs or social media. Reuse ideas that you’ve personally had success with or seen in other apps. Here are some resources that you can adapt for community posts and content.

🧠Inspiration

🤣Jokes

🤓Trivia 

💬Quotes

📺Trending Topics

🎲Contests

📅Special Dates 

🎁Bonus Ideas

 

🧠Inspiration

Although these are ideas for social media or blogs, it is easy to reuse them to community content. Don’t forget that, once your community is active, the easiest way to get ideas is to ask your community members and then look at the levels of engagement and interaction once you try an idea. 

 

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Start Blogging Online

134 creative blog ideas 

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makeawebsitehub.com

49 Blog & Content Ideas For When You Have A Mental Block

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WebFx

Blog post idea generator - kill that creative block

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Protent

Content Idea Generator - creates ideas and explains them

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Hubspot 

Blog Ideas Generator 

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Blogabout

Great idea generator that takes you through creating a set of ideas 

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🤣Jokes

Not suitable for every community, but good to beat the Monday blues or to use in an Off-topic feed (consider adding one - if you have a very active community or find too much off-topic stuff in other feeds).

 

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Great Clean Jokes - Long

Clean long jokes with a rating system so you can find the best jokes quickly

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Laugh Factory - Clean jokes 

Clean, but not necessarily inoffensive jokes 

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Readers Digest Jokes 

Plenty of funny jokes chosen by Readers Digest 

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🤓Trivia 

A simple way to get attention and engagement is using trivia. Ideally,  these facts and trivia should be related to your field. Here are some sources of general trivia that can be used either as statements or questions. 

 

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Random 

trivia

Random UK/US-centric trivia presented as questions 

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Trivia.fyi

Trivia sorted under categories 

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#FactSite

Over 1000 fun and interesting facts

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💬Quotes

Use an insightful quote to provoke discussion, make a point, or inspire. Combine with images to make them visually more attractive. 

 

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Curated Quotes

A well-structured site with themed quote sets

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Brainy Quotes 

Quotes on everything and by everybody

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Unsplash - quotes

Simple attractive quotes on pictures, mostly inspirational

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📺Trending Topics

Find the latest topics and trends in your industry, then ask your own questions, create polls, and give an opinion. Or newsjack a mainstream news story and put a field related slant on it.

 

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Google Trends 

A bunch of tools to find trending topics 

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Reddit

The “front page of the internet” is a good place to find industry-specific news 

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Feedly

Newsfeeds from all the big sites combined into topics with searches with alerts

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exploding topics

Trends sorted by time and general topics

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🎲Contests

Giveaways and contests are a great way to raise engagement and celebrate holidays or community milestones. There are many options, from the simplicity of a giveaway with a commenter picked at random to complex multistage sponsored contests. We recommend that you make the rules very clear and that you screen record and document the picking process for high value or sponsored contests. 

 


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Small Business Trends

A good range of simple contest ideas for social media  that can also be used for communities 

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Wishpond

30 mixed contest ideas (some like giving away a car may not be suitable for all - but you can adapt the general ideas)

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Miniwebtool

A nice simple random picker (you can also use the random function in spreadsheets, but the results will change every time the sheet refreshes)

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📅Special dates

Holidays, festivals, and observances are great excuses to do activities in the community and to get members involved. You can pick a suitable event and make that the theme for a period; enabling you to build a set of linked content around the theme. Whether it’s Black History Month, Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, or World Diabetes Day - there are opportunities for all kinds of community content. 

 

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TimeandDate.com

List of main holidays and national days for most countries (change country using the drop-down at  the top)

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University of Richmond

Religious days for the main religions (more detailed Interfaith calendar here)

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Observances 

List of global observances decided by the United Nations

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🎁Bonus Ideas

Here are a few bonus resources.:

How to encourage user-generated content by the Disciple team

How to Create Content for an Online Community by Venessa Paech

 

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