When creating content for social media, it’s important to understand your objectives and the purpose of a post and a key objective for many posts should be to drive people to your website to take action. Unfortunately, there are many challenges such as:
There are many apps that you can use to get better results from what you post. In this blog post, I address the 3 issues mentioned above with some great apps worth considering.
Note: While some of these apps offer free features, costs may be involved.
Create your own thumbnails
While images can grab the attention of followers on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, they can’t have a link attached to them like they can on a website. That’s why posts with thumbnails get more click-throughs than images.
Frustratingly, it’s difficult to control what the thumbnail looks like and on Twitter, you might not get a thumbnail at all when you post a link. There are technical ways to manage this with your website but a much better solution is to use an app that controls what the thumbnail looks like.
I use Switchy (swithcy.io) to create a custom thumbnail. It allows users to add the image, title and description for the thumbnail and you can also create a custom URL.
Creating your own thumbnails means you can make them stand out better and use the wording you want to entice visitors to click through.
Create Multiple Link Bios
I have talked about this in a previous post. Social media platforms only allow one clickable URL in your bio but by using a tool such as Shorby or Link In Bio (from Later.com) you can offer your fans a menu of options such as a direct link to your latest blog post, a link to your YouTube channel and much more - including a simple link to your website as well.
Using this option gives visitors more choice on platforms such as Twitter as well as increasing the number of clicks from your Instagram posts.
Visit Think Twice Marketing on Instagram and click on our bio to see how it works. Alternatively, you can click this link here to see the menu immediately:
Sometimes it’s great to show relevant and valuable articles to your fans from other websites but doing so means that they will visit that website and not yours! That’s where tools such as snip.ly and JotURL can help.
At Think Twice Marketing we use JotURL for our customers so that a pop-up call to action appears on the third party website, promoting our customer and driving visitors back to their site. Yes - you read that correctly - a call to action on a different site!
Imagine that you sell finance support for investments and pensions. You see a great article about how best to invest in your pension. Using a tool such as snip.ly you can have a button with a message on the site they are visit saying ‘Contact us for a FREE pension review’
Here’s an example that we have used for our own business to promote my books:
Driving more visitors to your site and generating leads
Using the apps above are a great way to generate more leads and increase sales. If you are looking for help with social media and would like to benefit from the above tools that we already use then why not get in touch with us to see how Think Twice Marketing can help? We also use other tools that provide features such as the ability to add bold and italic in your Facebook posts!
Get in touch today to find out more about our social media marketing support.
The opinions in these blog posts are those of marketing professional and book author Darren Hignett.