Social Media Content Ideas in 2020

Adding content to your website’s blog or social media channels is an ongoing challenge, especially for a small business.  How much can you toot your own horn without turning off your followers?  There has to be more to write about or post when sharing on your company’s social media sites.

Find out how to create engaging posts with these tips about Social Media Content Ideas in 2020.

The 80/20 rule applies here.  Post about ‘related’ topics to your business 80% of the time.  Sell your products or services through about 20% or less of your posts.

-Our friends at Hubspot found the perfect answer.  Its called the blog ideas generator.  And it does just that.

As an example, I added these 5 words to the generator:

  • Food
  • Restaurant
  • Italian
  • Dining Out
  • Small Plates

The topics which were created include:

Food:  Expectations vs. Reality

Will Restaurants Ever Rule the World?

The Next Big Thing in Small Plates

Italian (Cuisine) Explained in Under 140 Characters

This Week’s Top Stories About Dining Out

Some of these are pretty worthwhile posts.

-Another way to find new content is through Google Trends.  Type in your subject matter and a bunch of related topics will show up.  For this example, I typed in the words “Exercise Class’, Google Trends Shows me the locations where the phrase is trending, trending topics related to the phrase and related queries.

The queries which stand could be potential topics for this blog or social media post.  What is NIA exercise? or Where to find the best hip hop exercise classes near you.

Google Trends Content Marketing

– Use a tool such as Buzz Sumo’s Topic Analyzer to see what’s trending on the web. This tool captures recent articles and blogs related to your topic as an idea generator for your own blogs or post.

-Monitor your competitors social media posts and websites to see what they are talking about.  You don’t want to copy what your competitors are doing and you want to find your own voice on the web, but at the same time, you don’t want to be left out of the conversation.  Google My Business monitors your competitor’s posts for you in a section called:
Businesses like yours are posting!
Look at the posts and get inspired for more ideas from them.

-Content posting about your business can be as simple as sharing a customer testimonial via Facebook or Google or sharing a customer photo using your product/services.  Please note:  Before you share customer information, check with them for their permission.

– Humor always works.  Find a funny quote about your industry and create an image with the quote and a related photo.  Read some big brand examples of using humor on Twitter here.

– Use Memes.  “In addition to millennials,…. memes can speak to any generation. Memes are popular on social media, and every generation is represented on social media platforms, primarily Facebook.”  from

“Think of memes as jokes passed across social media in the form of image macros (those pictures of babies or cats or whatever with bold black-and-white words on them), hashtags (the thing you amended to what you just wrote on Twitter), GIFs (usually of a celebrity, reality star, or drag queen reacting to what you just wrote on Twitter), or videos (that Rick Astley video people used to send you).”  (from

There are a variety of social media content ideas in 2020 –many sources are available to help you find creative marketing messaging for your small business.  The key is to take the time and find what fits with your brand.  Building a vault of content gives your small business social media value and showcases your products or services in their best light without being overly sales-y or pushy or over posting a sales call to action.

For more information about Content sources, contact

How to Stand Out in Social Media Marketing

Cheryl Friedenberg of High Key Impact discusses the best way to stand out in your social media channel posts.  Use video! Talk about your business, talk about your area of expertise, speak about your happy customers, discuss a product or just be your authentic self.  Try it!  Use your phone and purchase an inexpensive tripod.  Then record your video.  Ready?  Go!

Is Your Small Business Ready for SMS Marketing?

Is Your Small Business Ready for SMS Marketing?

SMS Marketing High Key Impact

The average email marketing campaign has a 20% open rate.  How would a 90% + open rate sound?  According to a Dynmark report, SMS texting crushes email open rates at a whopping 98%!

While email is a critical communications tool to stay visible in front of your customer base, small businesses should pivot their thinking and open up to SMS marketing.

SMS stands for Short Message Service, another word for Text Messaging.  While MMS stands for Multimedia Messaging Service, or media sharing via text messaging (photos, videos, emojis, bitmojis, etc.).

Let’s take this one step further, according to Gartner, email response rates are 6% whereas text response rates are closer to 45%.

So let’s jump on the SMS bandwagon and look at our options for small businesses.

What should my SMS messaging look like?

Look at this SlideShare from Jake Jeffries with The Complete Retail SMS Marketing Guide.

Within the framework of SMS, he provides recommendations for the best days of a week and times of day to send text messages.

Message content may include your current sales/promotions, a personalized happy birthday text, holiday greetings, new product announcements and thank-you-for-your-purchase notes, all within 160 characters of a text.

Create content which grabs attention as the text comes through.  Calls to action with exclusive offers, are personalized or ask a question make a difference in your messaging.

What are the pitfalls of SMS Marketing?

To be effective at business texting, small business owners must divide the time and resources to create campaigns with a punch.  By spamming your customers (sending too many messages) or, on the flip side, not creating a consistent text campaign, you may lose subscribers who opt out.

Get inventive with your message as the immediacy of texting causes recipients to act.  The same content you use with other social media platforms may not work as well with SMS.

Which SMS services will help me get started?

Read this comparison from Top Ten Reviews to help you decide which SMS messaging service is best for your needs.  Another comparison published by Capterra looks at even more SMS services.  See which features are stand-outs.  Also, think about your database and how you will capture mobile phone numbers if you don’t currently ask for them.  Will you buy a list or ask for a mobile number at checkout?  Many of the SMS services have an opt-in number for texting so that your customers may subscribe on the spot.

Have you had SMS text messaging experience within your small business?  Comment below.


By Cheryl Friedenberg

High Key Impact



Your Small Business Holiday Marketing Guide


As the holiday season approaches, so do the opportunities to ramp up your marketing efforts.  Whether you have a retail location, professional organization or service-oriented small business, the amount of possibilities to get the word out are plentiful this time of year.

Here is a list of just a few of the ways to boost your business:

*November 25th is American Express Shop Small Business Day. Small business Saturday is a way to put the focus back on small businesses after the big Black Friday retail box store frenzy.  Amex provides digital and print marketing materials to help promote the event.

* Google My Business is a powerhouse for helping your digital marketing efforts.  A new, creative tool introduced by Google allows you to search your business and create marketing materials using recent online reviews.  Take a peek at Small Thanks With Google to see how it works. All you need to do is to plug in your business name.  Google will generate a poster available for print,
Google Small ThanksYour end result  may look like this:  (from a bra store client)

Around the holiday season, as more potential customers find your business online, your online reviews are golden as they could make or break getting a new customer.  Utilizing Small Thanks With Google promotes your positive reviews throughout your social media channels.

*The most common way to promote holiday cheer is to follow the website for fun, unusual and to keep up with National Days such as December 15th–National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day or December 21st–National Re-Gifting Day (just to name a few).

The usual suspects of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa are mixed in with National Days & Weeks including National Hand-Washing Week (Dec. 4-7) or Crohn’s & Colitis Week (Dec. 1-7).

You’re probably wondering how these National days may help your business?  If you are in the medical field, national days revolving around medicine are apropos.  Some National Days may not apply to your business, however, if you think they will put a smile on someone’s face, then post about it.  (for example, Dec. 20th is National Absurdity Day!)

*Charitable giving shows that you are interested in helping out the community at large.  A large donation check is not always necessary to publicize charitable giving.  Small acts of kindness such as offering free hot chocolate, free shipping, free gift wrapping are a good start. Or how about taking your team to an organization to contribute their time.  There are warehouses for the underprivileged where you can help sort clothing and toys or you may volunteer at a local soup kitchen.  Volunteer choices are endless!

Posting about your team’s volunteer contributions show your company’s dedication to the local area and citizens.  Post video or several photos telling the story of your employee volunteer achievements.

For more small business digital marketing ideas,
contact Cheryl Friedenberg at High Key Impact LLC. or 






Attention Grabbers: 5 Unique Content Marketing Ideas

5 Unique Content Marketing Ideas

One of the biggest ways to make an impact with Digital Marketing posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media sites is with attention grabbing small business posts.  You’ve probably posted handfuls of articles and blogs about the same old topics. These topics can only get recycled a few times until your followers get bored with the same-old, same-old.

What should you do if you’re on the hunt for new, refreshing content which will revitalize your social media feeds?  Where should you turn?

I’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to jumpstart your small business social media posts:

Using animals will help you sell.  Posts with dog pix get a wide range of Maggie helps Mary Ann Graboyes, Realtor®viewers and likes as compared with posts including people pix.  People love cute dog photos.Here’s an example of a recent Instagram post I created for my Realtor® client.  The bottom line:  Animal photos sell services and product best!

Quippy quotes will capture more views.  
Posting a well-known, overused quote such as Value Thrift Shop“Do one thing every day that scares you.”  anonymous
Posting a quote with a little more humor and imagery such as the Thrifting quote shown here.
“I don’t need therapy, I just need to go thrifting.”
What’s the difference?  One is more serious and is seen day in and day out on many social media sites.  The other is refreshing, new and niche specific.  It will get the attention of those who are passionate about thrifting.

What’s the lesson learned?
Stand out from the pack with unique, fun & humorous sayings and quotes.  Have fun with your marketing images.

Moving images are gaining traction.  We know that video is king when it comes to social media posting.  There are several image-based apps out there which utilize moving images with unique features.  By utilizing these quick, hit apps, you’ll take a huge creative leap and save time with video editing.
Boomerang-Create captivating mini videos that loop back and forth, then share them with your friends.
Legend-Turn text into stunning animations!
Waterlogue-See the world like an artist.

Feature your team members in video.  Showcase a day in the life at xyz company through the eyes of your team or interview a team member about a customer service experience where they went out of their way to help.  Allowing customers or clients to see what goes on behind the scenes is alluring and will get your business noticed.

Customer Testimonial Images. Recommendations and 5-star reviews are key to getting your small business noticed on social media.  When you receive a 5-star review, create an image to post with the review to showcase it even further to your followers.  It will increase reach and keep more eyes peeled to your post.  Take a look at this example:

edible arrangements willow grove testimonial

Do you have other unique attention-grabbing tools or ideas for social media marketing posts?  If so, email me at

Cheryl Friedenberg,


Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed Part 2

Ready to learn more digital marketing secrets?  To help small business owners become more aware about the opportunities available online, I’ve developed this list, along with the first list published last month entitled:  Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed.

By empowering  business owners to take charge of their marketing efforts, my hope is to help them understand the latest tools available.

Biz Yelp

No small business is immune to online reviews, good or bad.  Your small business is no exception.  Yelp is the ‘go-to’ for online reviews.  Claim your Yelp page by visiting .  They typically offer $300 worth of free ads.  Try it just for the free version to see what it may do for you.  Free never hurts.  And Don’t forget to respond to ALL online Yelp reviews, whether positive or negative.

Bing for Business

Just as Google My Business offers a free business listing, Bing Places for Business does the same within it’s search engine.  Register your business by going to Bing Places, fill out your company’s profile and get verification from Bing.  Add photos, reviews and utilize their platform to help advance your company’s SEO beyond Google.

Adwords or Adwords Express

Through your Google My Business page, your small business may easily set up an Adwords Express campaign to further your reach.  The  key benefit of using Google Adwords Express is that it is virtually maintenance free.  Set up a campaign, choose an audience, define your budget and then Go!  See results quickly.

Google Adwords is more complex.  Typically small businesses in highly competitive industries need a larger monthly spend on Adwords to see substantial results.  Google Adwords usually involves hiring an agency or Google partner to help set up the ad, oversee it and tweak it as necessary.  The complexities are taught online with video lessons, however, if you are spending the ad dollars, it’s worth hiring an expert or Google Partner.

Facebook Page

Get your business page Verified on Facebook to maximize it’s reach.  It can be said for Facebook verified pages that better results, impressions, ad campaigns and optimized search are reported.  How do you know if your Facebook page is verified?  This article spells out how to check and verify your page.

Have other Digital Marketing Secrets to reveal to Small Businesses?  Any questions about the content I shared?
Feel free to comment to this post.

Cheryl Friedenberg, 

Digital Marketing Consultant Secrets Revealed

The Ultimate List for Small Business Owners.
Digital Marketing Consultant Secrets Revealed!

As a small business owner with a website, the ultimate question you should be asking is “What else should I do to get my business found by potential customers?”

What do I need in order to get my small business found on the web?

There are a plethora of tools available, both free and paid, supporting your marketing efforts online.  However, small businesses may not have the time and manpower to take advantage of these supports.

Read the following list of Google tools and supports and find a way to set these up ASAP:

Google My Business
Sign up for a business listing, add your logo, add a cover photo, fill in key business details, upload photos and get verified.
Take a look at how a Google My Business listing for my business, High Key Impact, LLC shows on a Google search. (below)
(It’s the box with my profile photo and map on the right side)


Google Maps
Do a run-through using directions from Google Maps to find your business location.  Map your address from a variety of locations.  The ultimate ‘map-app’ helping customers find your small business location is key!  Let’s make sure it works properly.

Google Analytics
You have a small business website presence, but how do you know it is working correctly?  Google Analytics is another free tool available from Google.  Sign up for Analytics (search “google analytics” while signed in), ask your website developer to add the code and within days you will see your website’s visitor data. While there are several key data items in Analytics, ask yourself what numbers are most important to your service or product.

Read this Beginner’s Guide to find how to read and interpret Google Analytics data.

Google Search Console
Keywords are the ultimate search tool used on websites.  Many small business owners believe their keywords are all set, however, changes in business focus drive changes in keywords.  Need help from Google with your keywords?  Ask your website developer to set up Google Search Console.  Here’s a video all about how Google Search Console works.
Keywords should evolve as your business evolves.  Schedule keywords checks every month or so to make adjustments based upon ever-changing marketing focus.  

Google Reviews
Many recent articles about Google algorithms state that Google rewards the businesses with multiple Google reviews.  Listed below are several ideas how to ask for a Google review:

-Ask your customers directly.
-Send a reviews email campaign.  Create an email with a link tied directly to your Google My Business review box. Here’s how to create that link.
-Sign up for a text review service such as

YouTube ChannelYou Tube
Within a Google My Business account, go ahead and create a branded YouTube account.  With the influx of video marketing becoming the ‘go-to’ reach tool for most products or services, YouTube videos are key in video marketing. Watch this video to see how to create a business YouTube Channel for improved results.

What else helps local search SEO for small businesses?  Google+!  Google+ is part of the Google My Business suite and a simple tool to share more digital posts about your industry and company information.  Check out this article all about the benefits of Google+.

Do you use these marketing tools mentioned above?  What works best for your small business?

While uncovering most of the Google suite ‘marketing secrets’ in this blog, I realize there are more items to unveil in an upcoming blog entitled “Digital Marketing Consultant Secrets Revealed Part 2.”–Stay Tuned!

Cheryl Friedenberg,


Need Some Marketing Oomph?

Is your Facebook Page’s reach dwindling? Are your website visits at a standstill?  Trying to come up with the next big marketing push but don’t know what to do?

Many marketing gurus look at analytics and algorithms to see what works on a never-ending basis.  And there are some obvious current trends.
Where content marketing is King, live video is Master-of-the-Universe!
And the  ‘Oomph-iest’ live video tool available is free and easy to use!

Facebook Live  
You’ve probably tried it a couple times and thought “I hate myself on camera” or “What should I say?”.
The idea with Facebook Live is to give your followers information which is interesting & relevant, timely and grabs their attention.
Are you attending an industry-related gathering?  Broadcast a few minutes from Facebook Live.  Is there an expert guest visiting your business?  Broadcast it!

Also, script your ‘Live’ feed in advance so you know what to say.  A Facebook Live feed without direction tends to get few viewers, however, if you are introducing a new product or highlighting another product or service, describe in detail all along the Live feed what is happening.  Silence will not keep followers watching.

Another key is to stay ‘Live’ more than a minute or two (our normal Facebook video cut-off point) in order for Facebook to notify your followers.  Once they see you are live, the hope is that they interact with your broadcast.  After the Live portion is over, the Facebook followers who missed it may view it as a newsfeed post.  We’ve heard by using Facebook Live consistently, your reach organically tends to get more attention.  Try it at different times of the day and various days of the week to see what works best!

By using Facebook Live, your small business marketing may just jump to the next level!

Cheryl Friedenberg, Marketing Consultant, High Key Impact LLC,

Crazy, Hectic and No Time for Marketing!

Small business owners know how overwhelming their operations can be.

Perhaps the sales funnel is dry and administrative needs are taking over your  day-to-day functions.  Or clients are in need of a lot of TLC lately and your marketing gets pushed to the wayside.  Is it that your accountant is awaiting your P&L’s to get taxes together?

My advice:  Don’t let your marketing blitz fall apart!

Here are 5 EASY ways to fill your sales funnel this month:

Send a Quick Email to your clients asking for referrals, testimonials and online reviews.

Hop Onto LinkedIn and Connect to more friends and professionals as well as local business groups.  Post about what you do for a living every so often to remind others what your business is all about.  Approximately, 10% of your posts may be ‘sales’ related….the remainder should be industry focused.

Knock on a Few Doors at a local corporate park and hand out fliers (menus, product brochures or your business card).  Follow up with a friendly phone call  and potentially offer a freebie if there is any interest.  If one administrator in the building is a fan of your product or service, the word-of-mouth referrals may start funneling in.

Call 5-10 Existing Clients with whom you are most comfortable speaking with and ask for referrals. What can you offer them in return?  (It doesn’t necessarily need to be a financial reward..perhaps just a referral for their needs.)

Keep Up With Your Social Media Accounts with simple posts.  You can post a ‘Quote of the Day’, a ‘Slideshow’ of recent photos or all about an Employee of the month.  Don’t stop the posts to maintain your social media momentum!

For more quick-hit marketing ideas, contact Cheryl Friedenberg at,

6 Free Ways To Promote Your Small Business

With the opportunity growing daily for small businesses to utilize social media marketing opportunities as a sales tool, many business owners are not taking advantage of the many freebies provided.
As small business owners focus on sales, budgets, daily customer deliveries and P&L’s, social media marketing may take a back seat.
What are the lesser-known easy-to-use tools to help small businesses grow their online presence?  Here are just a few:

Facebook Slideshow
Cheryl FriedenbergGo to your Facebook Business Page, Create a new post and click Share a photo or video.  This drop down menu will show you several options with ‘Create a Slideshow’ towards the bottom.  Click the button and Facebook will walk you through the process.  You may add several photos, text and audio to your slides.  In the end, the slideshow is just as impactful as a video!
Analytics from Google, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.
With a business account, you will have immediate access to your daily, weekly and monthly views, clicks, likes, comments and more.  Analytics are designed to inform the business owner what types of posts, ads and content works best for their pages.
Customer Video Testimonials
Have a happy customer or client?  Have a cell phone or mobile device?  It’s that easy to record their story and experiences utilizing your product or service and share it on your pages and/or platforms.
Google Tools
Sign into your Google My Business account and go to Google Optimize, where you may  now sign up for a Beta test.  From Google’s page:  “Whether it’s a custom-tailored message at checkout or a completely revamped homepage, Optimize shows you which site experiences engage and delight your customers, and gives you the solutions you need to deliver them.”
Google also is providing a Data Studio to take analytics and transform the data into reports, graphs and spreadsheets.  Click here for the Google Data Studio.
Video Marketing Tools
Vimeo, Wistia and You Tube all offer free online versions to create and market video promotions, testimonials and your business story.  If you haven’t heard the news, video is overtaking the social media market by storm and is the ultimate platform to reach the widest audience.  Make a small business video today.
 Family and Friends
Did you know that the simplest way to spread the word about your small business is through your existing network of friends and family.  Post on your personal Facebook and LinkedIn pages all about what your business offers.  Ask family members and friends to like your page and share content.  If you have 500+ friends on Facebook, think about what that means for your reach!
What tools do you already use for your small business?
Use the hashtag #highkeyimpact and tell us what you use…