30 Ways To Get People Talking


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  1. Advice, especially "insider"
  2. Animals
  3. Babies 
  4. Before and after - e.g. a dramatic makeover of one's life or looks
  5. "Caught on tape"- video, audio - funny, unusual, extreme, tragic
  6. Celebrity-related, including business leaders, politicians, religious figures
  7. Connect disparate people around an issue or interest
  8. Controversy
  9. Craziness, how insane or disturbed people think
  10. Eternal love and/or doomed romance
  11. Etiquette 
  12. Extreme, unusual or unpopular culture or point of view
  13. Friendship
  14. Fun facts, statistics, etc.
  15. Gender-specific or debating issues related to gender 
  16. Grief
  17. Heroism
  18. Honesty, preferably unusually raw
  19. Imagination
  20. Inspiration, e.g. a quotable quote
  21. Moral dilemma
  22. Physical or emotional struggle
  23. Rebellion against dictatorship, breaking free from ordinary existence
  24. Safe topic for the watercooler
  25. Scandal
  26. Secrets - reveal something previously hidden
  27. Surprise -  tell us something we wouldn't have believed was true, or show us a photo of something unusual
  28. Timesaver
  29. Tragedy
  30. Travel-related - show us another part of the world
What would you add to the list?

* All opinions my own.

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Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, www.AllThingsBrand.com and www.DannielleBlumenthal.com, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.