Crafting your social media content

Do you struggle with crafting your social media content?

As in knowing what to actually put in your posts to achieve the goals you’ve set yourself for social media?

I talked about the different types of social media posts last week. You can read about that here

What I'm talking about now is actually pulling your content together for those different types of posts. When you're at the point of creating your content – what or how do know what to put in your posts?

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Ask yourself...

The easiest way I find to create content is to ask questions. Specifically, asking yourself questions.

Now those questions will vary dependent on the type of post you’re creating. Remember those five types of posts

It’s important to know what types of posts you want to share to get the best results for your socials. And when we’re talking results, we’re talking about results of the goals you have set for your social media

So, into the questions to ask yourself to help you create your content.

Can we get engaged?

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Let’s start off with the engagement posts. The sole purpose of the engagement post is exactly what it sounds like – to create engagement.

And remember, engagement is more than a Like. It’s comments, sharing, direct messaging, tagging, etc.

So, ask yourself how can you create engagement without specifically asking people to like, comment, tag, and share?

Think about:

If your main social media goal is to generate sales, also ask yourself 

“how might this engagement post inspire a purchase without actually asking your audience to purchase outright?” 

Remember the “no more than 25% sales posts” rule.

Do you want a piece of me?

Next, we have the Behind The Scenes (BTS) posts.

When crafting the content for BTS of posts, think about what your target market can learn from you that's going to provide value to them.

Think about:

Video is always a great behind the scenes option. So, think about what you can video.

And, like the engagement posts, think about how you can inspire a purchase without actually asking for it.

For example, with BTS posts, one way to do that is talking about the benefits of a product or service and how that product or service might help your audience (your target market).

Do you really know me?

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Now we come to connection posts.

When creating the content for your connection posts think about what in your life might interest to your ideal customer.

Now, you might not think your life is interesting to your ideal customer, but people connect through shared experiences and stories. And that comes back to the know, like, and trust factor. The more your audience, your target market, gets to know you, the more they’ll like and trust you. And that makes it easier for them to purchase from you.

So, for connection posts, think about:

Again, think about how might this post inspire a purchase without necessarily asking for it? It’s a connection post, so it doesn't have to inspire a purchase, but it's just something to think about.

Can you give me all the feels?

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Inspiration posts – sometimes these can be the easiest types of posts to create content for. 

And, they are still one of the most popular types of posts in social media. Probably because these are the posts that can generate emotion and give all the feels.

Think about:

I also suggest sharing why you find things inspiring as they can also be connection posts.

Do you love me?

Finally, the sales posts.

These are the posts where you actually get to ask people to buy from you. These posts are all about you and your offer.

Think about:

These posts are very clear sales posts, so you will have a very clear call to action.  For example, you might have a feature product and you might have a special offer on it for two days only. So, you post that with a buy now. 

Think about what the call to action is, that will generate the people to actually go and click the button or walk into your store or make the purchase.

Would you like a bonus?

Wrapping up. These are the types of questions to ask yourself when you are actually at the point of crafting your content.

Then there’s the tools to use when pulling your content together.

There are stack of various tools, apps, and platforms available to help you craft your social media. The trick is to find what works best for you.

Here is a list of some of the tools we use to craft our social media content. We hope you find it useful.

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starfish

Hi, I'm Mell - a wine lover, shoe fanatic, cheese fiend, and wishful traveller. I also dance in supermarket aisles. And, I live, breathe, and love all things marketing! I founded Starfish Marketing in 2015 and have been helping business owners make your marketing and social media happen ever since. If you're overwhelmed by marketing I'd love to see how I can help.