There are 3 main things that make your social media posts instantly more attention-grabbing and they’re often not what people realise.
If you’d like to create more compelling posts that really catch people’s attention and stop them from scrolling past you, then you are in the right place.
People scroll so fast on social media that you are literally one scroll away from losing someone’s attention.
So, if you want to stop people scrolling and you want someone to stop and read your posts and absorb them, I’m going to share 3 things that you can do in your posts and these have been a game-changer for me.
These are three of nine things that I share in my full content on this topic, but in this video I’m going to be sharing the top three.
These are principles that you can use for social media posts, as well as any type of content creation, including emails, blog posts, and videos etc. If you have these 3 things in your content, you will grab people’s attention and hook them in and they will give you their time.
1 – Curiosity
Curiosity is that thing that hooks people in. It’s the thing that gets people to open your emails and to stop the scroll.
It’s the reason that the news readers always open a loop by saying something like, “After the break a woman got stabbed while she was on the roof of a car and we’ll tell you why…”
This builds curiosity and it makes you stay to learn more (if you’re that way inclined). Curiosity is the thing that makes you want to reply to something on Facebook, because a loop has been opened in your brain.
Our brain is designed to close loops. So for example, if someone starts saying something and then they get distracted, they’ve opened a loop in your brain. Your brain needs the closed loop to finish the story, and if something is unfinished, your brain often holds onto it.
There’s some really cool research that was done on waiters who were given the orders, and they discovered that they would only remember the order until the person actually paid. As soon as the person had paid, it closed the loop and they stopped remembering the order.
Their brain kept that loop open, because they needed to remember that information, until the person actually paid. Then their brain deleted that information to free up more space in their brain.
This concept of opening a loop in someone’s mind is your first line of your social media post is designed to hook someone in, like a fishing rod.
Once you’ve got them in, then you’ve got to keep them on the hook. So essentially if we fish someone in, we’ve got to hold on to them before they run away.
When you create curiosity, people can’t help but want to read more. Our brain is designed to close loops. So if we see something that opens a loop in our mind, our brain seeks to close it.
We can open a loop by asking a thought-provoking question or making a bold statement.
A bold statement makes someone say, “Hang on, what do you mean?” And they read the second line. The second line gets then to the third line and so on.
The subject line of an email, for example, is the most important part, because you need to grab attention with curiosity so that people actually come behind the door (so to speak) and read it.
When you speak your ideal clients language, they get curious. To do this, we’ve got to be super clear on what they want.
I recommend you create a quadrant of dreams, desires, fears and frustrations and have these in front of you when you’re creating content.
When we know these four things we can feed the curiosity. People only stop scrolling if they are curious and if the content is relevant to them.
You could use a bold statement like, I dunno “The Queen just ate a spider.”
That’s a bit of a bold statement, but if it’s not relevant to the person reading it, it will not grab their attention.
If you want to get someone reading your post, you have to speak their language – with things that matter to them.
You have to tap into the dreams, desires, fears and frustrations of your target market. So you might say something like, “Do you ever feel XYZ?”
Or you could state a bold statement like, “The ONE thing that I used to XYZ.”
This builds curiosity in a person so they think “I HAVE to know!”
2 – Contrast
Using contrast is all about showing the two different worlds – between someone’s current reality and future.
So, if you think about it this way – all of us have two different worlds that exist in our lives. You have your current reality and your future reality.
You want people to show people how they can come over to their new desired world, so you’ve got to really make it clear in the contrast between the two worlds.
For example, we all have a health bridge – where we are in our health right now, and then where we want our health to be.
We all have a financial bridge. A relationships bridge. We have it in every area of our lives. Where we’re at, and where we want to be.
The contrast is the two worlds and the bridge is the piece of content that we’re creating to bridge the two worlds.
So if you are someone who helps people manage their money for example, you’ve got to talk about the current reality, and you want to use visual and emotional language that is very specific and descriptive.
You could say something like, “When you open up your banking app, does your heart sink because you’re missing a couple of zeros at the end and you really need to pay rent?”
You are talking about their existing world and you’re building that picture of the current frustration. Then you start talking about how good it would feel to open your bank account and know that everything is sorted and you don’t have any financial burdens.
You can use kinaesthetic language that people can relate, like that feeling of relaxing, dropping their shoulders and knowing that everything’s taken care of when then open their bank account.
We’re building out some feeling and emotion, and we’re painting a visual picture between the contrast of now and the contrast of what’s possible, and we are highlighting the gap in between. We have to show people where they are and where they want to be.
And if you want to engage people and hook them in, you want to be really clear on those two worlds.
An example of highlighting the gap is this. Right now you’re learning about how to create more eyes on your post.
But you also need to know what kind of calls to action are most effective, how to create a landing page, how to set up an automated booking system to book clients in online. How do you actually convert those leads into paying clients?
So what I’m doing now is I’m highlighting the gap. I’m teaching you some cool stuff, then showing your there’s a gap of all this other information you need to learn. You’re seeing it in action.
3 – Credibility + Connection
To attract the right people, you want to use a balance of credibility and connection.
When your content has a balance between credibility and connection, people are more likely to feel drawn to you.
What I mean by credibility, is your experience, skills and knowledge. You are giving evidence that someone can trust you.
To add credibility, talk about how many years you’ve been in business, how many years you’ve been helping these types of people, or researching and studying and diving deep into this topic.
Telling how many people you’ve worked with, and giving numbers and dates are really powerful. If you read through my Instagram posts, you’ll see some examples of this my posts.
Also talk about some areas of vulnerability, show humaneness, show that you’re relatable. This brings a connection with your target market, alongside your credibility.
There has to be balance. If you just talk about how great you are, you’re going to put people off. If you’re constantly talking about how great your life is and how great you are, you don’t give people a point of connection.
Being real and showing your human side shows that you also have struggled and you know what it’s like having to struggle alone. You want to make your clients feel as though you get them.
When you’ve got that really nice balance and credibility and connection, people like you and connect with you. And they can also see you are skilled, knowledgeable have experience, but you also are not putting yourself up on a pedestal.
You want to put your program on a pedestal not yourself. Elevate your system. Elevate the thing that you’ve created, your signature system that gets people results.
Your experiences and learnings, have been absorbed into you like a sponge. You want to squeeze it out into your signature system. This is the system that you take people through which is a process that you take people from where they are currently, to where they want to be.
There is a great book called Compelling People which talks about the concept of strength and warmth. It talks about how people who are compelling and influential have a great balance between the two.
There was a whole lot of research on thousands of compelling people. And they found that they have this beautiful balance between being strong and warm.
We need to have a balance of being warm – compassionate and kind, but not going too far with it, as then we border on being fluffy and we don’t get taken seriously.
If we go too far on the strength side, we can come across as too authoritative; too direct and blunt. And we can put people off if we’re too far on the ends of those spectrums.
Compelling people sit in the middle, in the sweet spot.
The sweet spot is when you’ve got a beautiful balance of power and vulnerability. This is similar to the sweet spot in the middle of credibility and connection.
Think about how you show your authority and your expertise, but also balance it out with vulnerability and realness.
For example, I’ve shared about how I felt like an imposter, and I felt like I was ‘pretending’ to have a business and that I felt like I should be further along in my journey by now.
When we can have this realness of what life’s really like and that we not perfect, people feel more of a connection with us. So we’ve got the credibility plus the connection.
Curiosity, contrast, and credibility + connection – these are the 3 things that if you put those in your post, you can instantly grab people’s attention and have them reading your post.
These are three of nine methods I teach to create compelling content that engages people and makes an impact.
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