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Wondering how visual content can help?

Using visual content to support your messaging makes it easier to grab your audience’s attention.

In this article, you’ll discover how visual content can support your social media marketing.

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Discover four ways visual content can improve your social marketing results.

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#1: Drive Interest and Clicks With Simple Imagery

Your social media followers are looking for you to provide relatable, easy-to-understand content. The Travel Channel demonstrates this concept in their Daily Escape series on Facebook. To draw fans in, they’ll post a stunning destination photo and a brief description.

travel channel facebook post

The Travel Channel uses eye-catching images in their Daily Escape Facebook posts.

Notice that the Travel Channel doesn’t post a full URL to their blog post. Instead, they post a bit.ly link so it doesn’t draw the reader’s eye away from the short description.

Why use a ton of words when you can let your image do the work for you? It’s easy to create your own simple, stunning images that speak to your followers.

maldives image example

With simple text and beautiful photos, creating simple visual posts is a breeze.

#2: Sustain Viewer Interest With a Variety of Visuals

The goal of any social media marketer is to use messaging that amplifies the brand. A goal that’s just as important, however, is to create content that sparks a conversation with fans and followers. To do that, you need to post different types of visual content.

Target does a great job of this in their social media marketing. On their Facebook page, you’ll see a good mix of recipes, videos, partnership announcements, sales alerts, and more.

target facebook ad

Target’s sales promotion ads are simple and cool.

Target has a strong Pinterest presence, too. Their well-designed and well-organized pin boards provide a wealth of ideas for everyone from wedding planners to interior designers and more. The visual product presentation is more effective than simple links or photos of the store.

target pinterest board

Target draws followers in with attractive Pinterest posts, organized into subcategories.

Target’s visual marketing is consistent in its branding, and the company obviously has several templates they’re using to create content. So how do you achieve consistency in your visual content? Once you’ve established your visual content style, use different templates across your social media platforms to reach as many users as possible.

If you’re a small business, you may not have an army of graphic designers at your fingertips. In that case, consider using an online design tool to create your own simple, beautiful images.

To provide a variety of types of visual content, use memes, screenshots, how-to’s, tutorials, tips, quotes, mood images, statistics, discounts, puzzles, and polls.

#3: Spark Engagement With Fan Photos

Once you’ve created visual content for your social channels, how do you get people to pay attention to it?

The most successful brands know their audience and market well. Take Harley-Davidson, for example. While Harley-Davidson is a brand that’s globally known, it’s a particular favorite among the Baby Boomer and Generation X audiences. The company will encourage fans to share photos of their Harleys on social media and then post them on the company’s Facebook page.

harley-davidson fan content

Harley-Davidson encourages interaction and shares by featuring customers on its Facebook page.

To find out more about your target audience, look at your Facebook Insights to get an idea of the gender, age, and location of your followers. Instagram has also started to roll out tools for business accounts.

The data provided by your social media accounts will help you target the right audience to help your business grow. Once you know your audience, find out where and when they’re most likely to consume your content.

#4: Create Relevancy With Trends, Events, and Holidays

Content is king, but if you want your posts to be noticed, start paying attention to trends. Think about holidays, special days, newsbreaks, movie premieres, and more.

Tie your message to something that’s relevant now, make it visual, and soon you’ll start to see positive results.

national day image

There are so many different events and news items you can use to make your content relevant and exciting.

Consider using a tool to help you keep track of holidays and trends. Find one that gives you templates you can customize to deliver your message.

Support Your Message With Visual Design

Sometimes you need to combine graphic elements with text to get your message across. So how do you achieve simplicity in your social media campaigns, regardless of the message? Think about what message you want to convey and follow a few simple design guidelines:

  • Use two or fewer fonts in your graphics.
  • Mix only contrasting fonts; avoid similar styles.
  • Choose a font that evokes the right feelings for your message.
  • Center elements to create a balanced composition.
center text over image

Centering the text over an image draws the reader’s eye.

  • Keep the text in the body smaller than the header text.
  • Avoid using bright yellow as a text color.
  • Try not to place text over a subject’s face.
  • Pay attention to color combinations. Here’s an illustration of successful color combinations.
complementary colors in image

By using complementary colors, you can create a more attractive visual image.

Also consider using the Golden Ratio in your design elements. It’s a mathematical ratio that exists in nature and is considered pleasing to the human eye. To find the Golden Ratio, take the length of the short side and multiply it by 1.618 to get the proper length of the long side.

golden ratio for graphics

The Golden Ratio helps you plan for either symmetrical or asymmetrical graphics.

If your images don’t convey a clear message or are jumbled or poorly designed, you’re setting yourself up to be ignored. Put some thought into the layout and design of your images, and you’ll hook readers and compel them to follow your call to action.

Conclusion

To create compelling visual content, you need to be a designer, producer, psychologist, journalist, and detective. Once you know what you want to say, find ways to communicate it visually to followers and fans. This will help you create a consistent look for your business that helps people recognize you on all of your social media platforms.

What do you think? Can you use these ideas to harness the power of visuals in your social media marketing? Please let us know in the comments below!

Tips on four ways you can improve your social media results with visual content.

Tips on four ways you can improve your social media results with visual content.

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