Social media is an ever-changing aspect of digital marketing and as more people become more technologically savvy, it’s increasingly harder to generate engagement. However, by applying a variety of simple writing tips, you can better your social media content and make it more appealing to the customers you’re targeting. In this post, we will share five content writing tips to assist you with inspiring engagement!
Spend some time researching
While spontaneity is part of what makes social media content so fun, if you want your target audience to notice and engage with your social posts, you should spend a bit of time researching what they want to see and what your competition is doing. Although relevance is important, taking some added time to better understand what your audience wants and needs will help you to create a long-standing relationship with them. Start by making a list of challenges that might be prioritized by them and research how you can develop content that will provide them with the perfect solutions. You can also strive to connect with your audience on an emotional level by adding some human interest to your social posts. This means that you can share videos of your team interacting with the products, which helps the audience to envision how they would put your products to the test.
Speak their language but develop your voice
Once you have completed the research phase, the next step is to learn what language your ideal clients use to communicate their needs or challenges. When writing social media content, your posts must resonate with the demographics of your target audience. For example, if your product(s) and/or services cater to retired seniors, it’s best to describe them in more detail and to avoid using slang terms in your writing. However, if your audience is younger, feel free to throw in some hip lingo to better resonate with them. Also, be sure you post on the right social media platform to speak to their needs.
That said, the voice of your brand should also be consistent across all marketing activities and social interactions. While that voice should always be professional, it’s an opportunity to influence your company personality and a great way to better your engagements by building trust with prompt responses and customer service.
Don’t make your posts too long
While an older demographic might appreciate the added explaining, people value their time, and if you take too long to get your message across, you risk losing their attention altogether.
Here are some tips we have for developing short, punchy social media content:
- Use simple language (slang for when the target audience is younger)
- Use bullet points often to make your posts easy to scan through
- Keep it short: two to three sentences is plenty
Use images and include a call-to-action
Have you ever heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”? Images, graphics, and video content help to tell a story when words aren’t possible, and many customers prefer visuals over other forms of social media content. Many platforms even possess “live” video features, which are greatly beneficial for providing a more emotional, human connection to your audience. Whether you jump on live to update about product shipment or simply ask your audience how their day is going, it’s a great way to provide a high level of authenticity, which is often lacking in the high-quality marketing videos of big companies.
Moreover, at the end of your social media content posts, consider also prompting your audience with an action that you would like for them to take. For example, you could ask them to comment on their favourite summer activity or even use emojis below to describe their day. Keep in mind that engagement is engagement and it doesn’t always have to be about promoting your business.
Do you need help with your social media marketing strategy?
Trek Marketing offers a social media content writing service where we handle all of the postings for you! Simply connect with one of our team members and let us know your vision for your brand to get started.
Are there other ways in which you keep your social media content fresh? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.
Alex Wilks has been working as a copywriter and digital marketing strategist since 2018, with added specialties in social media and email marketing. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, she is a natural content writer with the ability to connect well with her target audience.