The digital marketing environment is very competitive. Every business and marketer is trying to grab people’s attention. And, people’s busy lifestyles and short attention spans make it harder for them to engage their audiences effectively.
This is where the importance of good-quality, relevant, and engaging content can be seen. Content marketing is very useful to improve audience engagement if you know the right techniques.
9 Tips to Improve Audience Engagement
Here are some ways in which you can use content marketing to drive audience engagement.
1. Write Catchy Headlines
The first thing that people notice in any form of content is the title or the headline. More often than not, people decide whether to read further or not based solely on the headline.
Therefore, it is important to write headlines that immediately grab the audience’s attention and encourage them to read further.
Here are some expert tips on how to create compelling headlines:
- Using numbers in headlines is a tried-and-tested way of grabbing attention and building the audience’s trust in your content.
- You can also write a shocking or controversial statement to grab attention.
- Highlighting a challenge or asking a question that your audience can relate to is also quite useful.
- Make your headlines short, crisp, yet informative.
BuzzFeed, for example, uses these tactics for practically all of their headlines.
Image via BuzzFeed
Overall, your headlines should be relevant to the topic and should evoke interest from the audience. You can also use one of the headline analyzer tools like the one provided by CoSchedule to optimize your headlines further.
2. Add Calls-to-Action in Your Content
The best way to engage your audience is to encourage them to take further action after viewing your content. It could be something as simple as asking them to follow you or comment on your post. Or, it could be something that encourages them to visit your website, fill out a form, or even make a purchase.
Calls-to-action (CTAs) are what make this happen. You need to add CTAs to all of your content to encourage your audience to take further action.
CTAs do not necessarily need to be in the form of big glaring buttons, like those on a website. Even with social media content or any other content, you can add a CTA by simply asking people to do something.
When you post a video, add a link in the description. When you write a social media post, ask people to visit your website by clicking on the link in your bio. Basically, encourage people to interact with your brand and content further.
3. Leverage Technology to Optimize Your Content
If you’re not yet sure as to what your audience likes and engages with the most, you can always get help. There are content optimization tools like Cortex that can help you create engaging content. It provides data and insights into what your audience is most likely to engage with.
You can use such tools to optimize all of your content and get higher engagement from your audience.
4. Interact With Your Audience
Another great way to improve audience engagement is actually to interact with your audience. Content marketing is not just limited to creating and sharing content, but can and should be extended to conversations with your audience.
It could be in the form of answering questions in the comments section, sharing other useful resources, or simply entering a discussion on a topic.
It helps you engage with your audience in a more direct manner and encourages further comments, questions, and answers. You can leverage social media listening tools to keep track of your mentions and reply to relevant comments and questions.
You can also go to online communities like Quora and answer questions to show your expertise and build a following. Again, don’t forget to engage in conversations in the comments section to drive further engagement on your content.
5. Use Quizzes, Polls, and Other Interactive Content
There are certain types of content formats that drive more engagement than others. Quizzes and polls are proven ways of driving audience engagement, both on social media and websites.
You can create the most informative blog post and still not get as much engagement as a simple quiz or poll. This type of content generates curiosity in the viewers to find out the answer or know what the majority thinks.
Quizzes or questions work simply because people want to see whether they know the right answer or not.
Polls work because of the fact that most people are inherently curious and looking for validation. That is why people almost always take a poll to find out how others voted for and whether their opinion matches public opinion.
So, if you want a quick way to use content to increase audience engagement, try these content formats.
Here’s an example:
6. Tell a Story
Stories are more memorable and engaging than most types of content and should, therefore, be a key part of your content marketing strategy.
This basically entails weaving a story around the information that you want to convey to make it more interesting for your audience. You can tell a story about your brand’s history or what it stands for. You can showcase your achievements or annual initiatives by putting them together in the form of a story.
Stories are also quite a hit when it comes to advertisements. Check out this Christmas commercial by Apple, for example, which got over 23.6 million views within two weeks of release.
Image via YouTube
7. Use Humor
Many brands use humor in their content to engage their audiences and get more likes, comments, and views. Humorous content like memes, comic strips, puns, etc. are quite popular on social media.
Humor can be added to any content format for any content platform and, therefore, is easy to incorporate into any content strategy.
And, if you want to take this strategy to the next level, just add some cute animals in the mix, and you’ll surely get more likes.
Here’s an example of an Instagram account that uses a mix of humor and cute animal pictures and videos to drive engagement.
Image via Instagram
8. Create Video Content
Videos are the most engaging of all types of content because they are visual and dynamic. And, they are also quite versatile as you can create numerous types of videos depending on what your audience likes.
From creating video tutorials to showing interactive customer testimonials, you can do a lot with videos. And, as people can actually see things happening in action, it is much easier to understand a concept via videos than via text.
So, create useful, engaging, and visually-appealing to immediately grab your audience’s attention and drive engagement.
You can go through our guide on how to create a YouTube channel.
9. Provide Value to Your Audience
We have discussed a lot of different content marketing techniques that you can use to increase audience engagement. However, one thing that remains common among all is that your content needs to be useful to your audience.
At the end of the day, what matters most is the value that you provide your audience through your content. You can use different tactics to grab attention, but people will follow you and consume more of your content if there’s something in it for them.
So, before creating content, do customer research and understand what your target audience is interested in. Your content should aim to inform, solve a problem, inspire, or entertain your audience.
These are some of the most effective content marketing techniques that can help you get more audience engagement. Use these and see your brand’s audience engagement grow.
Have any more content marketing techniques that have worked for your business? Please share your tips and insights in the comments section.