How to Help Your Content Go Viral

How to Help Your Content “Go Viral”

As a digital marketer, one of the biggest things you can hope for with your content is that it goes “viral.” Viral is a social media and internet term that has been widely used and abused in the digital marketing world as the principle behind viral is much simpler than many people lead you to believe.

When something “goes viral” it means that it spreads and grows without any paid support. For instance, a Facebook post from a company about a marriage proposal that creatively used their products could go viral and then the company could see a boost in online web traffic and potentially even online sales.

For content to “go viral,” it needs to be three basic things: clickable, playable, and shareable. If someone is captured by your content, clicks on it, and like it enough to share it, it has a potential to go viral. The shareable aspect is where a lot of marketers miss the mark. Here are a few ways that you can help your content become more sharable and help it go viral.

Consider Personal Attributes

People respond better to ads that connect to their personal attributes. To encourage sharing, come up with an ad concept that taps into your target audience’s personal attributes. When they feel more connected to the ad, there are more likely to have it resonate with them and share it with their social network.

Take Advantage of Tribe Mentality

People like feeling like they are a part of something. Tribe mentality is a strong motivator for people to take action. Companies like Apple have taken great advantage of this. They made people feel like they needed the iPhone or iPad to be part of an elite group and it worked to Apple’s advantage propelling them to tech stardom.

Make your content tap into the tribe mentality of a certain group. This can include political affiliation, regional location, generation, or interests.

Help Push Insightfulness

Content that helps you realize something about yourself or confirms a flattering trait that you feel you have is more shareable. Tap into creating these insights to make your content more shareable.

Embrace the Humblebrag

Humblebrags are actually pretty popular now. Pointing out something about your company or organization that you are proud of or think is impressive can create great shareable content. Just make sure that the bragging isn’t too obvious.

Keep it Topical

Successful ads that go viral take advantage of current events and trends. This was seen the most recently with the “mannequin challenge.” Companies that show that they are up to date on current events can ride the coattails of the latest viral trend if they jump on fast enough. Just make sure that you don’t wait until a month after something has become popular before using it.

Create Pleasure

Your ads should delight the people seeing them. Create joy and happiness with your ads to increase their shareability. There is no shame in using an adorable puppy or confetti because those are things people like. Take advantage of small things that create a lot of happiness.

Creative Collaboration

Participate in your community and with the companies and people around you. People love to see organizations and companies leaning on each other’s strengths to create better content and products for everyone. Find people and organizations that you can collaborate with to help your ads be more shareable.

Quality Above All Else

When things look good, people notice. Do not skimp on the quality of your content for quick clicks and potentially viral content. People recognize quality when they see it and they expect content to be creative and impressive. Take time to create good content and it will pay off in dividends.

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How to Make Your Content Stand Out

How to Make Your Content Stand Out

The digital world is pretty saturated with content. Digital marketing is the way of the future and every single business, whether they are direct competitors or not compete with each other for digital space.

People have online content flung at them everywhere. From their email inboxes and social media feeds to display ads on their favorite websites, ads and content are everywhere. It’s really easy for your content to get lost in the shuffle.

When you create content, you want people to see it. You have invested a lot of time and money into creating ads, articles, videos and more. The last thing you want is for it to get ignored. Here are four tactics that can help your content stand out and get the attention it deserves.

Establish a solid angle

When you create digital content, you are telling a story with it. Your story needs to be relatable and have a solid angle that can be identified right off the bat.

The angle you choose can mean the difference between content that resonates and content that is forgettable. You want to choose something that will stick in people’s minds and get them to remember your brand.

Your angle should connect with your brand. For instance, if you are a personalized gifts company, gift guides for the major holidays are a great angle that will resonate with your readers and help them solve a problem: gift giving.

A few other angle ideas: explain some important research your company has discovered, answer a question on a topic your company is an expert in, and /or tell people why they should care about something.

Delight with your photographs and video

Images sometimes speak louder than copy. Photos and video can immediately grab someone’s attention and pull them into your content. They tell stories visually that sometimes don’t translate well into copy. Use that to your advantage.

Every single photo or video you choose to upload in your content has to be stunning. You want to elicit an immediate and powerful reaction from the audience. This helps them remember you and engage with your content.

When you are creating videos and photos, consider everything. Look at the lighting, angles, colors, perspectives, shadows, focus, sets, and setting. Each aspect of a photo or video is important, so don’t forget the tiny details.

Use your expertise and your network

You are an expert in your field and you know other people in your network who have done very impressive things in your field. Use that to create great content.

When you pool the collective expertise of both you and your network to create content, you are delivering value to the people who see it. When you share your expert knowledge and lean on the expert knowledge of others, your content gets better and better.

The people who see your content notice its value. When you show that you are using the added expertise of other people, your customers and new customers notice and your content stands out.

Stay trendy

While it can sometimes be a drag to stay on trend, it is important for digital marketers to keep their content trendy. Staying up to date on the latest fashion, viral cat video, and buzzwords makes your content more relatable.

When you ignore trends, people notice. What’s more, they care about it. If you are not on trend people are likely to gloss over your content. You want to stay current so your content stays relevant.

Make sure that you are following Instagram stars and popular culture blogs. Read the newspaper and stay updated on Twitter. All of these things matter when you are creating content that stands out.

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How Online Reviews Impact Your Business

How Online Reviews Impact Your Business

Word of mouth regarding people’s interactions and experiences with a business, has been the age old method of spreading the word about the reputation of a business. Unfortunately, bad news tends to travel so much faster than good news and in this information age, the speed of travel is multiplied significantly. The fact is, that many people rely on these reviews and weight them as heavily as they would a personal recommendation, and for this reason, popular opinion can either drive traffic to your business or drive traffic away from it.

Regardless of the outcome of the review, this feature is a good, no, vital addition for your website’s interface because potential clients rely on the opinion of others more heavily than you may realize. From choosing vacation spots, to going out to eat, to simply purchasing clothing, people want to know and need to know, as well as have the added security of feeling free to go ahead and engage a business for products and or services, even if the reviews are from people they don’t personally know.

With this comes the responsibility for the business owners and operators to ensure that all involved will function in a manner that is representative of the company’s image and that a high level of professionalism is maintained.

What Positive Reviews Can Do For You

The more positive reviews that site visitors see, the greater the chances are that they will engage your business in a positive way. Even if your products or services may not be among the cheapest of their options, having numerous positive reviews increases your credibility with them, and, as a result, their trust as well. This will in turn lead to greater profit margins and even recommendations to others based on the experiences of satisfied clients.

What Negative Reviews Can Do

If a business has no reviews or too many negative reviews, these two situations may translate into a similar result–loss of business. Potential clients are hesitant to conduct business with companies for whom they cannot establish credibility or which have a perceived lack of credibility based on unfavourable reviews. This is why a high level of professionalism is important, because as many as three bad reviews can be highly damaging to a company’s reputation, the effects of which can be lasting.

What You Can Do To Ensure Favourable Reviews

Deal honestly with business prospects by representing your products and services as they are.

Provide excellent customer service interactions, by training staff (if any) and ensuring that your business standards are being maintained.

Encourage authentic user reviews rather than purchasing fabricated reviews from non-users. These have proven to be detrimental to sales as potential customers also read reviews in a bid to determine authenticity.

To really convert positive customer reviews into revenue for your business, you must actively be interested in excellence in this area, as a business owner/operator. Negative reviews may even be an opportunity for you to demonstrate good customer service by the way you address your clients’ grouses. You therefore need not be disheartened if this ever happens—it does not necessarily mean the death of your business.

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Writing Web Content People Will Read

Writing Web Content People Will Read

Creating web content is hard sometimes. Creating web content that people will actually read is even harder. When it comes to writing for the web, you have to create content carefully and intentionally. People on the internet have short attention spans and with all of the content out there, you are competing for every second of their attention.

Many web content creators don’t really understand the people who read content online. This is the major problem that causes web content to go unread. People don’t read content on the web, they scan. They want to pull out the important things from the articles without spending a lot of time on it.

Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make your content more attractive to those people that scan. Here’s a quick guide to creating web content people will read.

Not every word will be read

It is important for you to acknowledge that not every word that you write will be read by the person who opened your content. The sooner you accept that fact, the better.

Because not every word will be read, make sure you make the important parts of your content stand out. Use subheadings, bolded font, and lists to capture the reader’s attention and draw them in. The more confident they are that your content has what they are looking for, the more likely they are to actually read it.

Most important things first

A lot of people only read the first few lines of an article or blog. Because of this, you need to put your most important facts and points first. Do not bury the lede. People want to know what they are reading and if they should keep going right away.

When you put the important things first, readers are more likely to continue reading to learn the specifics. The more important information you can get in the first few sentences and paragraphs, the better.

Don’t over-complicate language

As tempting as it is to use diverse and sometimes complicated language, do not do it. Use common words that are familiar to the reader. Web content should not seek to expand the vocabulary of the reader. Web content is there to drive a point home in the simplest manner possible.

If you use language that is too complicated, people are not going to read it. Using simple language makes the content easier to get through making it more attractive to people on the internet. Bottom line, keep it simple. You readers will thank you.

Write a little lazily

People on the internet are generally lazy. They want short sentences in short paragraphs that don’t have unnecessary words or jargon. In short, write for lazy people. More often than not, people reading web content don’t want to work hard to read it. The easier it is to read, the better.

Keep articles to one topic

When you are creating an article for your website, keep that article to one topic. People who are looking at your articles are looking for specific answers and insights. For each article talk about one product, one service, or one question that a lot of customers ask you.

Articles that have too much information on too many topics are unattractive to readers. When you keep articles focused and succinct, people are more likely to read it in its entirety.

Keep design in mind

Your written content needs to work with visually with your website. Font choices, photo choices, and colours are all important. Articles are an extension of your brand and consistent branding is important for success.

When you are writing your article, think about how it fits into your brand look. Consider where you want to places images, what the size of the font will be, and if you will use italics or boldface type. Design is just as important as the words.

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