Making your content shareable has become quite the metric that content marketers are keenly interested in. Content saturation has made it incredibly hard for marketers and creators who create amazing content to shine.
According to various studies including this by BuzzSumo, content shares, likes and comments have been on the decline since 2015. As of late only 50% of all content published generates up to 4 shares
The hard truth is that sometimes only premium content gets shared and engaged.
You need to create content that is unique and can capture your target audience’s attention.
Using this article to your advantage, you will discover key points influencing top-notch content creation to increase shares.
We’ve established the need to create great content to gain readers’ trust and increase engagement, but we also need to discuss y what great content entails. Essentially, great content is a piece that goes the extra mile in creating value that is useful to the target audience, satisfies search intent and interesting to follow.
Great content gets read, shared, engaged, agreed and disagreed with.
Below are seven core elements that differentiate great content from mid-pieces:
Your content has to be true to you.
It has to show readers that your perspective is different and unique to you. This may or may not be the general perspective, but it is yours and that’s what matters.
A strong headline calls the attention of the audience.
It intrigues the reader to find out what more is to your content.
If your headline is compelling it leaves the reader with a significant amount of FOMO (fear of missing out
To put out compelling content, there has to be a good level of humor. It doesn’t distract your reader from the message, rather lightens the mood a bit especially if it’s a long and serious read.
It’s okay to spark some emotions!
It is one of the most used marketing strategies and it’s one that has proven effective. Do not be afraid to thread the fine line of likeability with your content. Sometimes it’s the honesty that matters.
You can use the following tips below to increase engagement and make your content more shareable:
When looking to put out shareable content, an important tip is to do research. Conduct some deep digging into what your content is about.
Carefully assess the type of content the audience buys and develop from there. Taking inspiration and adding originality can make your content several times better.
The majority of readers would share only relatable content. Create content that makes the audience feel heard. Content that is useful and addresses a certain problem with suggested answers at the end. Most shared content speaks on specific niches or to particular groups of people. For instance, “The importance of female medical practitioners” is relevant and relatable to women in the healthcare industry and similar fields or young women aspiring to become medical practitioners.
After reading such a piece, they can share it with their colleagues. A good strategy to steadily release relevant content is to program your content so that you address different demographics and speak to different audiences with each new release.
While it’s important to stay up to date with what’s trending, creating content that relates to current trends is another method to increase content engagement.
Pay particular attention to controversial and trendy topics in your industry. Leverage these to share your unique perspective.
The likelihood of new trends being shared is relatively high. Capitalizing on trends and using them to gain ideas for new content would create more engagement.
We cannot deny that video content makes up a large percentage of internet traffic. Let’s be real; if your content is a long bland write-up with no visuals, not everyone possesses the patience and attention span to go through it.
Ensure you constantly captivate your readers with visual incentives and motivate them to share your content. These would cut through the text and not make it seem overly lengthy.
Explore the use of pictures, videos, and memes as part of your content.
Create a space that allows for audience feedback.
Communicate with your followers and allow for suggestions and questions.
You should use the audience’s feedback to improve on that content or form the basis for entirely new content. Taking such actions helps your followers know you see them and recognize their perspective.
I would say this tip is a no-brainer.
Let’s face it; people won’t share your content if there isn’t a means. It’s non-negotiable as there must be means to share your content. Include sharing for all social media spaces in visible and easily accessible places in your content.
You can tag this article as your cheat code for creating shareable content. From the above tips, you now have sufficient knowledge to help you create content that is shared everywhere!