10 Types Of Social Media Posts That Generate More Engagement
In an attempt to boost its social media presence as part of a cross-channel campaign. If you are seeking increased engagement, likes, shares, and followers from your social media content, ask yourself what kind of content gives you the most value. By value we mean a return on investment (ROI). In other words, you want to invest in content that will provide a return on the money you spend. Otherwise, there’s little point in investing in social media content or management. Here are the different social media content types to choose from to delight your audience and bring the most value to your business.
1. Interactive content.
People often forget, but social media is two-way form of communication. We have the ability to interact with our followers in several different ways. What’s even more impressive is that within this interaction with our followers, we can gain valuable insight that can help us learn and improve for the future. You can have polls and quizzes as part of it.
2. User generated content.
UGC, also known as User-Generated Content, is a brilliant way to increase engagement and reach. It can also be the source of a warm-welcoming feeling for new and existing followers. Through user-generated content, they’ll see that you care about your audience and engage with them by sharing their created content.
3. Share Videos To Take Your Part Of The 100+ Million Hours Watched On Social Media Every Day.
Facebook users alone watch 100 million hours of video every single day. And 82% of Twitter users watch video on that network. It’s safe to say that sharing videos will help you engage your fans and followers.
4. Visual media.
People engage with visual content better than non-visual content. Tweets with images receive 150% more retweets than tweets without images. Likewise, Facebook posts with images see 2.3X more engagement than those without images. It is evident that images receive more likes, shares and comments. You can incorporate images into your social media content calendar. Ensure your images are relevant to your post and always use high-quality images, whether using stock images or your own images. Whether using humorous memes, educational infographics, quirky illustrations, or simply photographs, get creative and experiment with what works best to reflect your brand values and resonate with your audience.
5. Questions are also good.
How do you start conversations in real life? Generally by asking questions. The same works on social media. Keep it business related for the most part, but include some topical questions too.
6. Educational content.
A study by BuzzSumo and OkDork discovered that long-form content gets more social shares than short-form. They found that educational content, especially infographics, receive a lot of shares, along with how-to and list-type posts. The New York Times also found that readers were more likely to email longer articles than shorter ones. Types of content you can use include free resources, video training, infographics, FAQs, industry research, case studies, tips and tricks, and how-to posts.
7. Incentive content.
Who doesn’t like free stuff? Incentives are a great way to drive engagement when done right. By offering an incentive in exchange for more engagement, you may not see sales right away, but it is a long-term play. A long-term play where you can get more followers and viewers, which you can sell to later. It also gives the participants a chance to become a true fan of your brand. Some people have great content, but they struggle to distribute. Incentives are a great way to fix this issue and get your content across more eyes. You can use giveaways and contests to go with this one.
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9. Tag Your Guest Bloggers Or People You’ve Quoted In Your Social Messages. It’s human nature to want to be recognized for doing something amazing. So tag the peeps you want to recognize in the social messages you write.
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These types of posts will generally help you increase your engagement, no matter how much your spend or don’t spend on advertising on social media. Have you tried any? What works for you?