Have you ever wondered what the best social media marketing strategy is? We are all aiming to get the most clicks, shares, likes and conversions out of our advertising budgets. It would be a good idea to take your social media ads under a magnifying glass and determine if they really deserve a click. In this article, we are looking at the key factors that make social media ads stand out, from the user’s perspective. Read on to find out which ads are more persuasive and what techniques to use to entice your audience into clicking on your ads.
Relevant Content Is Key
If I’m trying to relax, aimlessly clicking from one site to another, I would say an ad that is trying to sell me ”cleaning services’’, that I’m not even slightly interested in, would definitely put me off. On the other hand, if I see an ad advertising an interesting music event in my city, I might click through to see more content, even though I wasn’t particularly searching for that information in the first place. Targeting the right audience is the crucial component of your online advertising strategy and a relevant ad is that much more tolerable to your potential customers.
Avoid Hard Sell
Do you prefer ads that jump right at you trying too hard to be noticed and obviously wanting to push a product on you? Users tend to favour ads that are more subtle at first glance, looking natural and organic, i.e. native ads. Native ads benefit from higher CTR and conversion rates, according to the search engine land. Instagram ads seem to be the absolute winners, they are extremely relevant and at the same time less disruptive, blending well with the organic content. Your advert does not have to scream ‘’buy my product’’, instead, we should focus on offering the value and putting the user first, highlighting the benefits. According to Forbes, native advertising seems to reinforce positive sentiment.
Another factor that is considered important is how personal the ad actually is. Can I identify with the message? Is the advert speaking directly to me? Can I relate to the experience the ad is selling? Let’s picture an ad from a recognised beer brand. Think of two images, one displaying only a bottle of beer, and the other showing a group of friends having fun, laughing and drinking beer. Which ad do you think you would find more appealing? The advert invoking the positive experience that we could relate to or the ad of an inanimate object that we have no sentiment of? Ads that are selling experiences would typically benefit from higher engagement rates.
Mute The Videos
Everyone is raving about how well the video content is doing nowadays. Do you prefer video ads to text ads? If so, do you prefer them muted or with sound? According to Wibbitz report on video consumption, 45% or participants prefer video ads to be muted (with captions). If you are creating video campaigns, it would be interesting to test and add text to muted videos to see how well they perform versus traditional video ads. I personally dislike auto-play video ads with sound, I prefer when I’m given the choice and it’s up to me to decide if I want to play them with sound or not. People might cringe in some situations when the video ad is not silent. Imagine sitting in a class and surfing the web from your smartphone when suddenly the sound is coming right out of your phone’s speakers – embarrassing to say the least!
Boost Your Organic Posts That Perform Well
Go through your social feed and identify organic posts that already have lots of positive comments, likes and shares. There is a very high chance that if you boost your post increasing the reach, you will see a significant increase in engagement. These high-performing posts are good indicators of what your audience likes and appreciates, producing similar style ads should result in more clicks and generally better results.
Use Conversational Cards on Twitter
Last but not least, this Twitter format is quite intriguing and would definitely grab my attention. Sometimes we know exactly what we like when we are given a simple choice, A or B. Conversational Cards are basically promoted Twitter posts that ask you to voice your opinion using customizable hashtags. When clicking on one of the options the message that was carefully designed by the brand will appear in your feed, potentially unlocking additional content i.e. a movie trailer. People come to Twitter for a quick boost, easily digestible news. They want to consume the content quickly, without any hassle, hence conversational cards are a good way of boosting the engagement and increasing brand awareness. You just need to say which option you prefer to get through to additional, hidden content. I would definitely be tempted to click on that!