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Tips for Writing Social Media Posts

UPDATED FROM 2015.

When you post something on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, you want people to like your post and read it, right? More engagement means more reach. The way you write your social media posts has an impact on engagement.

Here are some ways to craft social media posts that create engagement.

Use images, animated images, infographics, and videos

Adding a good image will attract readers. In fact, one study revealed that Facebook posts with images have an increase of 104% in comments and a 53% increase in shares than the average posts. Make sure that the images are of high quality and relevant to your post.

Use your casual voice

Social media offers a fun and relaxed environment. People visit different social media sites in their free time to communicate with family and friends or simply for entertainment purposes. Your followers are expecting you to write in a casual voice. Be yourself and speak as yourself. Make them feel like you’re talking to them directly.

Craft share-worthy posts

Your goal is to get as many likes, comments, or shares on your posts. You can’t expect people to do that if your posts are boring and uninteresting.

Make sure that the information you offer is worth passing along. Offer some valuable information. Also, think about your audience when creating social media posts. Know what their questions and concerns are and provide the answers.

Content-Length

Test out longer and shorter content on each platform. We have found having longer content on Instagram and LinkedIn works better than Facebook and Twitter. Keeping content shorter on Facebook and Twitter tend to get more engagement. This can be different for your company.

Stay relevant

While it’s a good idea to write about things your followers are interested in, you also need to make sure that the posts are relevant to your business. Remember, people, followed you because they are interested in the products, services, and information you provide.

 

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While it is impossible to tell whether or not your post will go viral, there are things you can do to increase its shareability and engagement factor. Here are some of them.

Write more in-depth posts

Not only is great content an important foundation of your website, it is the driving force for online engagement.

Useful and informative content gets the most number of shares. Another factor to consider is the uniqueness of your content. People are more likely to share your content if they find it interesting and fresh. Share your knowledge by offering how-tos FAQs, tutorials and user guides.

Make content easy to share

In order to increase the shareability of your content, you need to make it easy for your audience to share it. If there is a share button, things are as easy as clicking it. Plus, it is a subtle way of telling your visitors to share the content. It’s as if you’re saying, “Hey, did you like what you just read? Why not pass it along?”

Use images

Visual content is a fantastic marketing weapon. A great image can capture the attention of people and increase clickthroughs to your content. That said, you need to put extra care into choosing images for your blog content.

Keep in mind that images that look good on your site will not necessarily look good on social media. So be sure to determine the best image dimensions for every social network.

Captivating headline

We all know the importance of a great headline in getting people’s attention. Research shows that most people do not only scan the content’s body, they also scan the headline. If you want to increase the chances of your article getting read, it is best to limit your headline to 6 words.

When writing titles and headlines, it is also important to keep keywords in mind. This will not only help you stay visible in the feed, but to users who are interested on the said topic as well.