Archive for January, 2019
  • 4 proven ways to stop people from scrolling past your social ads

    36331078_MThe average attention span of an adult is shorter than ever, which makes it all the more challenging for social media marketers to capture their target audience’s attention while they’re swiftly scrolling through their newsfeeds.

    To compete with all the other fascinating and eye-catching posts and videos shared by friends, family and coworkers, marketers need to do extra to convince people to spend more than 2-3 seconds glancing over their sponsored post before moving on. If you’ve struggled with lower engagement rates recently, here are some proven strategies for persuading your audience to slow down and see what your brand has to say.

    Craft Attention-Grabbing Headlines

    First and foremost, look at your headlines. Are they dull? Do they contain error(s)? Do they really offer much to readers? It’s so important to spend time writing headlines that people will actually care about, because a headline can make or break a potential follower’s decision to interact with your brand, check out your page, or buy a product or service on your website.

    If you’re not sure which headline is right for your audience, then test out several different headlines with the same images and ad copy to determine which one leads to the best results in your next campaign.

    Animate Your Posts

    Did you know that people are more likely to stop scrolling if your visuals are dynamic and moving, rather than static? This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend a great deal of time on creating videos, of course. With the help of websites like Crello, you can create high-quality, animated posts for your social channels, which will likely lead to greater engagement rates from current and potential followers alike.

    Add Captions to Your Videos

    Did you know that 85% of video content on social media is typically viewed with the sound off? Many social users reportedly dislike when sponsored video ads auto-play with sound, so many of them turn the volume off on their phones, laptops and desktop computers to eliminate the possibility of intrusive sounds flooding their speakers.

    What this means for marketers is that you must include captions in any videos you post to social media – otherwise, a majority of people viewing your video likely won’t understand the full context of your message if you’re still relying on verbal narration to persuade them.

    Use Bright, High-Quality Images

    Last but not least, it shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that social media users often skip over irrelevant, dull and/or low-quality images that appear in their newsfeeds. When you are constantly exposed to interesting, high-definition photos on social media, you don’t want to waste time checking out ads with poor quality, confusing imagery. Make sure your sponsored ads are maximizing your brand’s connection with audience members by including only high quality, appealing, relevant ads in every post you publish on social media.

  • How to optimize your marketing strategy for people with disabilities

    33943762 - vector disabled signs with deaf, dumb,mute, blind, wheelchair iconsAll too often, marketers overlook minor but nevertheless important segments of their target audience without even realizing it. For instance, if you sell informational products only in text form, how could someone who is blind access your information? In a similar sense, how can deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals access your video or podcast if you never publish audio transcripts or include subtitles?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are over 3.4 million Americans who are legally blind or significantly visually impaired (note: these figures only account for adults 40 years and older). Meanwhile the U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that over one million American adults are functionally deaf and an additional 10 million adults are classified as hard-of-hearing.

    If your marketing strategy doesn’t account for individuals with visual or hearing disabilities, then you could be unintentionally excluding part of your target audience, not to mention alienating those individuals’ friends and family members who might’ve otherwise shared your content with each other. To make your content more accessible to individual with disabilities, here’s what you need to do:

    Create Text and Audio Versions of All Content

    If you primarily advertise your products/services with the help of podcasts and videos, then make sure each one is accompanied by a full text transcript and/or subtitles. On the flip side, if you only have written content on your brand’s blog, don’t forget to include text alternatives for images because screen readers are not yet advanced enough to describe visual imagery to their visually impaired users.

    Here’s a good example of text alternatives for images: “purple bowl containing three scoops of chocolate ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top.” It’s important to be descriptive with your text alternative (not just “ice cream sundae”) and include relevant keywords without going overboard into keyword stuffing territory.

    Follow the Accessible Social Media Guidelines

    The American Foundation for the Blind published an excellent list of strategies for marketers and content producers to implement in their campaigns to create more accessible content for visually impaired audience members. This list includes:

    • Making hashtags screen reader-friendly. (#CapitalizeEachIndividualWord, #dontdoitlikethis)
    • Include verbal descriptions of actions going on in a video, inserted during pauses in which there is no dialogue.
    • Include alternative texts in every social media post. Quirky captions that don’t describe the photo at all can be frustrating for visually impaired followers.

    For more strategies to increase the accessibility of your social media and blog content for audience members with disabilities, be sure to follow the Golden Rules of Social Media Accessibility.

    Representation Matters

    A final way you can optimize your social content for people with disabilities is by representing them in your advertisements. For example, you may include images of people in wheelchairs or wearing hearing aids in your advertisements while explicitly mentioning how individuals with disabilities can benefit from your products/services on your website.

    Every little action you take to make your brand more accessible to a wider variety of audience members truly matters. Unless you personally know someone who is hearing or visually impaired, it’s admittedly difficult to remember how much representation and accessibility matters.