The 10 Most Shareworthy Socially Sorted Posts from 2015

Last year in 2015, the Socially Sorted blog continued to grow in awesome ways.

We brought you posts that challenged you to take action and get more traffic, shares and sales with visual social media and content strategy.

And we had a few laughs along the way. 

In this post I share my Top 10 most Shareworthy Socially Sorted Posts that you may have missed, so you can catch up and rock it in 2016! 

The 10 Most Shareworthy Socially Sorted Posts from 2015
Image by Shutterstock.

In 2015 the posts at Socially Sorted continued to focus on visual social media and content strategy.  And we were excited to be featured in some awesome awards and listings along the way:

  1. Top 10 Social Media Blog 2015 (Social Media Examiner (pretty much like winning an Oscar for me, just sayin’).
  2. Listed by Hootsuite as a Social Media Blog you need to follow NOW
  3. Listed as a Top 10 Business Blog in Australia in 2015 by Smart Company
  4. Featured on Entrepreneur (I write for Entrepreneur from time to time, but this time I was featured which was a surprise!).
  5. Listed on Business.com as a Top 10 Stellar Social Media Blog

NONE of this would have been possible without you guys, my readers.  The fact that you turn up time and time again to read my posts, share them and comment (I love to hear from you) makes me super proud and happy to serve you with my (sometimes quirky) take on social media marketing and in particular, visual content.

It’s an honour to have you in my Socially Sorted community.

And judging by the results of our Top 10 Socially Sorted Posts from last year – these are the posts that resonated with you, posts that you most definitely shared, commented on and loved the most.

Here are the Top 10 (and as luck would have it, they were 10 of my favourite posts to write for you!)  Let’s jump in:

 

10 Most Popular Socially Sorted Posts

#1  36 Visual Content Tools the Pros Can’t Live Without

36 Visual Content Creation Tools the Pros Can't Live Without

I LOVED writing this post. I got to put it together with the help of over 20 social media marketing and visual content experts who know their stuff when it comes to visual social media. So… I asked them to share their top 3 tools for creating visual content.

The result was a post that has been shared over 6k times, and a slide deck that has been viewed over 167k times (wowzers!).

And there’s a handy cheat sheet on the post if you haven’t seen it already (we wrapped up the top 5 tools for you).

 

#2   7 Surefire Ways to Stay Invisible While Facebook Algorithm Changes 

7 Surefire Ways to Stay Invisible as Facebook Algorithm Changes
Invisible Man by Shutterstock

 

I’m not going to lie. I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook and even writing this post made me feel like letting out a big, heartfelt sigh.

Some days I want to yell at the computer “just decide already”. But yes, it’s a reality of life. Facebook’s algorithm changes like the ebb and flow of the tide, and we have to just jump on to our boogie boards and flow with it people.

Which is why this post came to be – it came about just as much from my own frustrations as it was to help you – a list of all the things we need to do (written as things you “should do” if you want to remain “invisible” on the Facebook newsfeed).

From content to visuals to paying for ads and what I really think about “reach”, this post should appeal to you no matter what stage you are at with your Facebook marketing. I’m glad it came up on the top 10 list as it’s now one of my favourites.

And yes, Facebook, it’s still on-again-off-again, but I felt a little better after writing this….especially when it struck a chord with so many people.

 

#3  4 Instagram Accounts with Bucketloads of Image Creation Ideas

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I LOVED writing this post because it shared with you one of my favourite “hacks” for finding inspiration and ideas when it comes to visual content creation for social media:  Instagram.

Not just any old Instagram accounts though – the accounts of the tools you use daily to create visuals – Canva and Studio and Over and Legend App (and can I just say that you should also check out Flipagram and WordSwag too!).

Check out the article to find out how I use these instagram accounts to help with my own visual content creation strategy – you might be surprised at what creative resources are sitting right under your nose!

 

#4   4 Mistakes You Are Making with Your Visual Content [Infographic]

4 Mistakes You Are Making with Your Visual Content - read more at www.sociallysorted.com.au/mistakes-visual-content
This infographic was made using the new Canva Infographic templates – dig?

 

This post struck a chord with my community.  In the post I shared four big mistakes that you may be already making that are costing you traffic, shares and sales with your visual content.  I’ll leave it up to you to check it out, but it’s a great article to read if you want to ramp up your visual content strategy this year.

Oh and there’s a nice infographic which I created in Canva in less than an hour to show you just how easy it is!

 

#5   5 Social Media Image Size Hacks for Quick Visual Content 

5 Social Media Image Size Hacks for Quick Visual Content

This post came about from my frustration at seeing so many charts and infographics and style guides for all the many many many different sizes and dimensions for social media images.

Trying to keep up with them is enough to drive you bonkers (a bit like keeping up with Facebook changes but we discussed that already in #2).

So I started to look at image sizes from a different perspective and work out some ways to create visuals that suited more than one platform – to leverage my time and get more bang for my design buck!

In this post I share a few different ways that you can create visual content that suits more than one platform… it will save you both time and resources when it comes to design.

 

#6   The Illusion of Visual Content Strategy – 8 Experts Reveal Their Tricks 

The Illusion of Visual Content Strategy - Experts Reveal their Secrets
Magician by Shutterstock

 

In this post we talked to the experts and brands who are doing great things and getting big results with visual content strategy.

I asked them to reveal their “magic tricks” for executing a successful visual content strategy. The tips they gave were GOLD and can help you in your business too.

Check out the post here (oh and some of the brands like San Diego Zoo, Constant Contact, Post Planner and Tourism Queensland all shared their top tips).

 

#7   3 Ways to Make Visual Content Shine with Multi-Image Collages

3 Creative Ways to Make Your Visual Content Shine
Disco Ball by Shutterstock. Pin it For Later

 

In this post I show you 3 easy (but creative) ways to use image collages or multiple images to make your marketing stand out on a number of platforms!

We take a look at different strategies on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ that will catch the attention of your audience – and how you can recreate the same strategies (because…fun fact:  not many businesses are doing this… yet….so you will stand out if you do!)

 

#8  7 Knockout Takeaways from Social Media Marketing World #SMMW15

7 Knockout Takeaways from Social Media Marketing World #smmw15

This was my wrap up post from Social Media Marketing World where I was a speaker for the second time last year. This post was also re-published in full on Social Media Examiner!

So with Social Media Marketing World coming up again in April 2016 in San Diego, it’s worth checking out WHY this event is worth attending.

Tickets are available now for the event in April (prices go up as we get closer to the event so be sure to check it out now).

#9   21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts
Checkered Flag – Protasov AN on Shutterstock

 

With over 100 comments alone on this post, it’s safe to say that it struck a chord with my readers.

Why?  Because it was written by me as a newbie Periscope user at the time – advice that I felt would help others who were struggling to get started on the platform.

The advice still stands.  The post includes tips for getting over your nerves, how to get started with the platform, tips for preparing, streaming and post-streaming your scope, what to do if you are not keen on being on camera… and so much more!

I’m truly humbled by the many people who have said this post has helped them greatly to rip off the bandaid and jump on Periscope. I’m really glad it made it this Top 10 list!

Oh and there’s also a super fun SlideShare Presentation that you can check out!

 

#10   5 Fun Short Video Tools to Help You Jump into Video Content Creation

5-Fun-Visual-Content-Creation-Tools-Short-Videos

Video, short video, live streaming, 15 seconds on Instagram, Facebook Live, Native video… all are Hot Hot Hot Hot HOT!  They were hot in 2015, they will continue to be hot in 2016 (scorchingly hot in fact).  I’m not sure if scorchingly is a word, but let’s run with it.

So I’m not surprised this recent post was popular!  Jump in and check it out here and find what the fun short video tools are to help you in your business!

 

BONUS “TOP ARTICLE” – 9 Ways to Take Your Visual Content Up a Level

#10 and this post were neck and neck re shares, so I decided to add one extra post for you:

9 Ways to Take Your Visual Content Up A Level
Superhero by Shutterstock

 

I had to add it – check it out here.  it’s JAM PACKED with ideas for creating visual content that drives more traffic, shares and sales.  I hope you enjoy it!

Top-10-Shareable-Socially-Sorted-Posts
Image courtesy of Shutterstock – Pin it for Later!

 

(all images on this post are courtesy of Shutterstock!).

Your Turn

Let me know if any of these posts resonated with you!  

What’s been your favourite post of the year from another blogger or company that really helped you? Post it in the comments below so I can check it out! 

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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, a Top 10 Social Media Blog Winner in 2015 & 2016, and winner of the 2014 Best Australian Blogs Competition (Business Category). Donna helps businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs use visual social media and content strategy to get more traffic, shares and sales in their business. She is a contributor to Entrepreneur Online and Social Media Examiner and has been featured in Forbes, NBC, Yahoo, the Huffington Pos, Entrepreneur and Problogger.
  • Veronika med K

    Hi Donna! I can’t find links to #6 and #7 – are they there?

    • Hi Veronika – they were – though one had a link missing in the body, both (and the others) have links on the photos and titles. I just edited the title links to show a different colour. So strictly they were there but No6 was not easy to spot so all fixed now – thanks! Hope you find it useful.

      • Veronika med K

        Yes, got them now – thank you!

        • Great and thanks for the heads up! Have a great weekend!

  • MacushlaB

    Hi Donna,
    As always, fantastic blog post (posts within a post. Wonderful). I have bookmarked it and read about half of them. Thank you for sharing, as this will make a great resource for the weeks and months ahead, undoubtedly helping me and others navigate the (frustration of the!) social media maelstrom. #4 and #5 resonated with me. Can you tell me, do you create the majority of your visuals in Canva? What do you use for image editing? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Macushla! Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked them – I like 4 and 5 too ;o) – so yes, I do the majority of my visuals in Canva now.. some of it is clever and unique ways of searching for stock images that are not “stock image-y” if you know what I mean and the good news is I am doing a 2.0 version of Create Traffic Driving Images and some of those processes will be included … so you’ll get the new content.

      As far as image editing, I am pretty basic. I use mainly stock images or plain background with text overlays.. so it’s edited in Canva (they have a cool bunch of filters and effects in their dashboard editing box that pops up) – if you click on Advance you can find some cool features like the blur tool etc. On instagram I mainly use the Instagram features itself and I use a lot of Tilt Shift to create cool effects. I could use more camera apps etc but I don’t and that’s one thing I want to do more of this year! Hope that helps (oh and Picmonkey still is a great tool for image editing – it began as an image editing tool but kind of morphed into image creation as well. Have a great weekend!

  • Dawn

    I clicked on your link to this post as we follow each other on twitter and I’m so glad I did. This is really informative and I will be reading each post as I’m a fairly new blogger and need all the help I can get so thank you!

  • Great round up post Donna. 🙂

    In reply to your question, I always find Social Media Examiner’s step by step tutorials really useful and fun to read. I especially liked ’23 Tools and Tips for Social Media Marketers’ written by @mikestelzner:disqus

    I’d be interested to swing the question round and ask you what’s been your favourite post of the year from another blogger or company that really helped you? 🙂

    • Yes Mike’s wrap up tool posts are awesome! I always keep them handy to try a few more tools…. favourite blog post is a super tough question but i like a lot of Buffer’s posts like this one (even though it is over a year old, it’s a great one – https://blog.bufferapp.com/perfect-blog-post-research-data) and also pretty much every post by Dale Partridge (founder of Sevenly and now writes from http://www.startupcamp.com and Neil Patel from Quicksprout.

      • I love buffer’s posts too, they’re always full of lots of data driven actionable advice. 🙂

        Hadn’t heard of Dale Partridge before, just checked out his website and signed up to his email list, looking forward to checking out more of his content – thanks Donna!

        • Yes I am quite impressed with his posts so far – definitely looking forward to reading more!

  • Thanks heaps Donna 🙂 As always, loads of useful info piled into one little space – perfect for bookmarking for later! But yes, I’m reading it all now while I’ve time. Happy Creative Day to you! 🙂 Jenny

    • edit… not bad! Only took me 43 minutes to absorb everything you’ve given here (with all those extra links and links from those links, etc)… I must be getting faster 🙂

      Thanks heaps for everything!

  • Hi Donna,
    I really missed this wonderful roundup post.
    Oh my Information packed in all these 10 posts,
    I am bookmarking it and will read it soon and will come back to you with a detailed feedback
    Great share indeed!
    And ha of course Great Going Too!
    Keep it up!
    Keep sharing
    Best Regards
    @PVA@pvariel1:disqus

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