Getting more shares is one of the best things you can do to spread your brand’s reach. The more shares that your content gets, the better chance you stand to gain new followers – and potentially new customers.

And isn’t that the whole point?

The first thing that you need to know: Just because you worked hard on a post doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed to get more shares. You can have the highest quality content in the world, but that just doesn’t always equate to shares. Your current followers may enjoy it – which is still important. Never stop making posts and content that are useful. However, the art of getting more shares involves curating content that makes people think “oh wow, my friends might think this is cool or useful!”

Figuring out how to do that doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s how you can give your social media posts a boost in shares!

Visual Content

To start with, understand that visual content gets more shares than non-visual content. Period. Just adding an image to your post catches people’s attention so much more effectively than a wall of text. According to Buzzsumo, Facebook posts that feature images get 2.3 times more engagement than images without.

What kind of images do people want to share though? The answer, according to Hubspot, is infographics, which generate three times as many likes or shares compared to any other type of social media content.

It makes sense that people would want to share infographics more so than a lot of other content. A well-designed infographic provides the type of easily-digestible, useful, and interesting information that gets people to click the share button.

Emotional Appeal

Another factor to consider when framing your content is emotion. People like to share things that resonate with them on an emotional level.

The reason people share content on social media is because it they feel like they’re sharing part of their identity. Everything that exists on a person’s social media page says something about that person.

An emotional appeal can be anything that connects with your follower base. For example, let’s say you run a store that specializes in selling recycled goods. On your social media, you might want to share an infographic that demonstrates the impact that recycled goods are having on protecting the environment. Not only does that connect with people on an emotional level, it’ll connect with your followers on an individual level.

If you really want an easy one though, cute animals are always a great go-to. I mean seriously, who doesn’t want to share cute pictures of animals? If we’re just going off of my personal Facebook friends list, pretty much no one. But I digress. It’s a shamelessly easy way to do it, and if you’re all out of options, it’s not a bad way to go.

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What do you do to get more shares on your social media? Sound off in the comments! 

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