Because social media can be so immediate, there is a tendency for so many of us to hastily post and publish everything that we see, think, eat and feel that very instant.
But really what’s the rush?
Every photo and caption that you put out there forms part of your story and represents you and your brand. It can be great to capture a moment in time and share it with your followers, but generally it is better to really think about what you want to say, how your audience will feel and to check for spelling mistakes.
Sometimes when you are feeling particularly challenged or peeved it is easy to blurt it all out on social media.
It is never good to tweet or post in the heat of the moment! Here are 10 tips for writing and editing great social media captions.
- Just write as you talk. Really think, ‘what am I trying to say.’ For example, if you want to sell more wine, think to yourself why would somebody want to buy my wine, what makes it special? Just start to write and keep it simple.
- Cut back on the adjectives. Writing is about clarity so just say what you want to say without getting too flowery.
- Write what you know. Stick to your area of expertise, interest or passion.
- Show, don’t tell. “Don’t tell your audience that you have the best apples on the planet – just tell your story. Tell why you grow that variety, how long you’ve been growing them, how they taste to you. The audience haven’t been to your orchard, it’s your job to tell them about it.” Barbara Sweeney, Food writer.
- Ask and you shall receive. One sure-fire way to boost engagement is to include a call to action in your posts. Asking people a question is a great way to boost engagement. Ask your audience for feedback, advice, recommendations etc. You’ll see your engagement really improve.
- Step away and then come back. Sometimes the words just don’t come to you. If you are hitting a wall, just walk away and come back. Sleep on it then re-read what you’ve written and tweek it.
- If you really don’t have the words, it’s totally OK to just let your image do the talking. Or let someone else speak for you. Post a quote by someone you admire and respect.
- Keep it short and sweet.
- Avoid cliches, gimmicks and don’t let emoji’s talk for you.
- When writing sales posts, “Sell the problem you solve – not the product.” – Simon Sinek. So before you post anything ‘sales-related’ think what problem does my audience have and how can I solve it.
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Smart Farmer is a monthly magazine published by the Land newspaper. It comes in the Land Newspaper on the third Thursday of the month and if full of great ideas, articles and people who all care about smart farming. So I’m thrilled to be contributing a regular column to the mag, with a few bite-sized nuggets of social media goodness from My Open Kitchen every month. This article was published there recently.