Free Tools to Inspire Content Creation

Successful, high-traffic websites should always produce a steady stream of fresh content. Unfortunately, coming up with unique content ideas can be challenging. Here are several free tools that can assist you...

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Successful, high-traffic websites should always produce a steady stream of fresh content. Unfortunately, coming up with unique content ideas can be challenging. Here are several free tools that can assist you in the inspiration department.

storifyStorify

This nifty app inserts relevant tweets from Twitter into your blog posts, as you write. You can use Storify to crowdsource ideas from a specific demographic to focus your posts on trending topics that matter to followers.

 

 

canva

Canva

Basically Photoshop for non-designers, Canva allows content creators to put together outstanding graphics with little effort. You can use it to assemble prototype and even production infographics, which can spark the creative impulse through random image associations.

 

awesome screenshotAwesome Screenshot

Available as a Chrome extension, Awesome Screenshot enables users to quickly take screenshots and annotate them. It's like a minimalist version of Evernote that can be used to formulate ideas and use them later to craft content.

 

 

skitchSkitch

Like Awesome Screenshot, Skitch makes image capture and mark-up a breeze. However, it ups the ante by integrating with Evernote to make the management and organisation of image-based sticky notes far more powerful in the real world.

 

 

haiku deckHaiku Deck

A cloud-based alternative to PowerPoint, Haiku Deck is a tool for creating stunning slideshows in record time. While it's excellent at putting together presentations, it's also a fantastic way to brainstorm ideas for new content by allowing users to associate related ideas in a visual manner.

 

bufferBuffer

Much like Hootsuite, Buffer is an app that simplifies the publishing of content on multiple social media sites. The difference is that Buffer can provide amazing insights into how different demographics react to content and guide future efforts through advanced analytics.

 

rescuetime

RescueTime

Procrastination is the biggest obstacle to creating truly great content. RescueTime allows users to set strict time limits for themselves when completing any task. This helps you to focus and be more productive.

 

You Can't Force Creativity

When all is said and done, it's difficult to pull creative ideas out of thin air. That's why it's important to leverage every tool at your disposal. The amazing apps above are great for content creation.

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Mike is co-founder of New Media Europe - obsessed with everything new in media and technology. He's also a founder of audio production company Music Radio Creative.

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