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Creating engaging, shareable content is key for any successful Digital Marketing campaign. I put together some of my top tips for Coup, to help Social Media Marketers get the most out of their …

Creating engaging, shareable content is key for any successful Digital Marketing campaign. I put together some of my top tips for Coup, to help Social Media Marketers get the most out of their content.

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  • 1. coup media 7 tips for Definition: the process of developing Shareable Definition: content Definition: the process of developing coupmedia.com @coupmedia
  • 2. “ Content marketing is a commitment, not a campaign. ” Jon Buscall Jontus Media
  • 3. #1 know your audience ‘You’ve said that before!’ I hear you saying, if you’ve had a little look at our other resources... But it goes without saying that this is the most important aspect of any social media activity be it outreach, content or app building. The insights that you can gain by simply keeping an eye on your audience are invaluable. Tracking your content, analysing it’s performance and monitoring the responses will help you keep your content relevant. When it comes to content on social networks, blogs, websites or online publications, knowing your audience could be the difference between a huge success and total flop. Your content strategy should constantly be evolving and changing. Yes you need to outline targets and plan, but by nature your strategy needs to adapt to a varying audience. 3 tips for shareable content
  • 4. #2 conversation & personality Remember that it’s called Social Media for a reason, so be social! When getting hands on with your Facebook and Twitter accounts or commenting on a blog about your product, try to be as conversational as possible. ‘Listen’ to (read) the conversations that are already taking place around your brand and products - be proactive in seeking them out and get involved! 4 Knowing when your audience is active can really help, a simple Facebook Insights report can tell you. Ask questions and start conversations with your audience when they’re online! Try to be as human as you can in your tone of voice and have a personality! This will help your audience connect with you on a personal level, which leads us quite nicely on to number 3... tips for shareable content
  • 5. “ 70% consumers prefer getting to know a company via articles over ads. ” Content Plus
  • 6. #3 spark some emotion The best way to get people sharing your When your content connects on an content is to spark some positive emotional level, people will want to tell emotion in the reader. their friends and share the feeling. Take the time to make this happen and you will see a real boost to the organic sharing of your content. Tell a story, make them laugh, give them some information that really makes them think or dish out some expert advice. 6 tips for shareable content
  • 7. #4 keep it snappy When it comes to the length of your content, try to keep it snappy! Readers want to pick out the key information as quickly as possible and aren’t bothered with loads of unnecessary words! We appreciate that on certain occasions this is unavoidable, if you need to lists a large number of dates/events or some sort of corporate/legal message for example. This is fairly inevitable in a 140 character tweet, but try to bear it in mind when it comes to Facebook too. The last thing you want your post to feature is ‘see more’. But if we’re talking essay style Facebook posts, you need to really think before you hit that post or schedule button. Perhaps something like this is more suitable as a blog post? 7 tips for shareable content
  • 8. #5 headlines & images If the quality of the content is what’s going to keep your readers, fans and followers engaged, the headline is what is going to get them there. The two main things users see on social media is the headline and image. If you have a great headline and a low quality image, you’re selling your content short. Take the time to find a relevant high quality image for your content. There are loads of tips and articles to help you create meaningful, short headlines that will get your audience reading. Portent have a great tool. 8 tips for shareable content
  • 9. “ With a little bit of creativity and forward thinking, you can carve out a following and get people talking about your brand. Simply Zesty ”
  • 10. #6 hashtags It may seem really obvious, but hashtags are key to boosting the visibility of your content and driving it into relevant searches/lists. This tip particularly applies to Twitter and Google + where hashtags are well establish and ultilised. Facebook isn’t quite the same... a recent study by EdgeRank actually found that hashtags do nothing to boost exposure and in some cases, even limited the total reach. Knowing what hashtags are trending, and what hashtags are being used around your content topic will help you choose the right ones for you post. There’s no doubt that Hashtags on Don’t go overboard though, as a general Facebook will eventually improve but it’s rule of thumb 3-5 is a good number. worth leaving them out for now... 10 tips for shareable content
  • 11. #7 ask! One of the easiest tips to get people sharing your content is to ask! Of course, making your content as shareable through analytics, research and understanding is extremely important, but don’t be afraid to ask. If your audience connects with your content they will be happy to share it and if your 100% confident in the content you are publishing, you won’t mind asking! 11 This can be really effective and people will be extremely responsive, providing you don’t ask on every single Tweet, Facebook Post or Blog Article. Ain’t nobody got time for spam. Given that, if you have found this whitepaper useful please let us know! We’d love you to share the link (http:// www.coupmedia.com/shareablecontent-whitepaper). Thanks! tips for shareable content
  • 12. getsocial hello@coupmedia.co.uk @coupmedia coupmedia.com 0845 805 7345 facebook.com/coupmedia 12 | twitter.com/coupmedia end | pinterest.com/coupmedia