A guide to increase your readership!
The web has become a storehouse of content, and the capacity to reach the audience has also proliferated with passing years. However, the ability to reach the target audience has also become more critical and invaluable with every new blog that is posted, every Tweet that becomes viral with thousands of re-tweets, and every website that is created to generate more visibility and traffic to the company profile. This content has to be crisp, tailor-made for the target audience, and of excellent quality.
Who is your audience when you write something?
Your audience wants their queries to be answered, their curiosity satiated, and a solution to their problems. It can be a general group of readers or a niche group of individuals who conform to your way of thinking and writing, or sometimes you may be writing just for yourself. But, it’s better to pen your thoughts on any topic for an audience, because in the digital era, your audience matters!
Here are a few essential tips which will help to reach your audience in a much more successful way.
#1. Have a fair knowledge of your audience:
This is of prime importance as you should have an idea of your audience and what they require before your writing can reach them. It’s imperative to know their likes, buying capacity and process, values, interests, aversions etc. For example, if you are writing for a blog for stay- at- home moms, you should first know what ordeal they go through daily. If that sounds tiring, you should avoid it, and choose lighter topics like covering a travelogue or hottest vacation places to visit etc. This will not only give your audience a whole spectrum of new knowledge about the place but also make them interactive and interested in your posts. Asking for feedbacks and reviews will engage them further, and visibility will grow in no time.
# 2. Grab their attention:
You have to ignite the interest of the audience, as this will only make them reach out for your article among numerous others. If your writing style is drab and preachy, it will not catch the reader’s eyes even though you might be having life-changing news in your article. Try to be conversational, catchy, funny, and have a personal approach. It always creates a better impact and connects with the audience more. The title should cause enough intrigue and generate interest among the readers to keep on reading the article.
#3. Keep on practising till you hit bull’s eye:
It’s a known fact that your first post or your first story will not be phenomenal. Writing is a skill, and any skill needs a lot of practice to perfect it. Write every day- whether it is a personal blog, a random journal, or just put words on paper. The more you write, you will slowly see the difference. Reading other material is also very helpful, as it exposes you to different styles of writing. Add new thoughts, ideas and even pose questions within your content. The audience always loves to be involved in what they are reading.
#4. Avoid personal branding:
You might be writing for a brand, but do not keep on bragging about the brand value and how good that particular brand is in your content meant for the audience. These days, users are smart enough to detect promotional content. Instead, make the brand stand out through your writing. Once your audience forms a connect to your content, they will go back to reading your posts only and give value to it more than anything else.
#5. Be professional, vivid and concise:
This is also very important as audiences have a short attention span. Be succinct, to the point, and quickly jump to the next concept. You will always have a better connect with the audience if your write up is professional, yet contain that personal touch.
#6. Make your write up reflect your personality:
This is specifically true for blogs, personal contents like books, poems, stories etc. Try to be real instead of portraying a fictional image as the audience these days is very aware. They can see through you and your posts in no time. Your posts should not be boring too, and to break the monotony, use videos, podcasts, multidimensional images, e-books etc. to spice up your content.
Your audience will be hooked to your posts and remain faithful to your writing for aeons to come!