Posted: Wed 12th Apr 2023
In today's digital age, social media has become an essential platform for small businesses to connect with their target audience.
Creating visually appealing content is a key element in building a successful social media strategy. Here are some tips to help you create eye-catching content for your social media platforms, courtesy of Enterprise Nation's very own social media guru Ira Gambal.
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Photos for your small business
Take eye-catching images
Images are a crucial element of social media marketing for small businesses. They can grab the attention of your target audience, tell a story about your brand, and help you stand out from the competition.
With the right techniques, you can take high-quality photos that are optimised for each social media platform and showcase your products or services in the best possible light.
Use natural lighting
When possible, take your photos outdoors or near a window to take advantage of natural light. If you're in a poorly lit room, try to adjust exposure – tap on the area of the image you want to focus on and then swipe up or down on the screen to adjust the brightness.
To lock both, focus and exposure, simply press and hold on to the subject until the yellow box appears and the AE/AF lock icon appears at the top of the screen.
Focus on composition
Try to frame your shot with interesting angles, leading lines, and contrasting colours. You can also use the grid feature to align your shots.
To turn on the grid on your iPhone, go to Settings > Camera, and toggle on the Grid option.
Optimise for the platform
Different social media platforms have different image size requirements. It’s always better to take photos in both portrait and landscape modes.
Edit your photos
Don't be afraid to edit your photos to enhance their impact. Use editing tools to adjust brightness, contrast, and colour balance, or to add filters and text overlays.
Post high-quality images
Make sure your images are clear and high-resolution. If you're looking for the highest possible quality images, consider shooting in RAW format. To do this, go to Settings > Camera, and toggle on the "Use RAW as Original" option.
And always clean your lens before taking a shot. Also, try to enable High Quality Uploads on Instagram.
Videos for your small business
Film captivating videos
Videos are a powerful way to engage with your followers on social media and create an emotional connection with your audience.
They can provide a behind-the-scenes look at your business, demonstrate your products or services, and share valuable information with your viewers.
Keep the phone steady
Hold the phone with both hands or use a tripod to avoid shaky footage.
Use good lighting
Shoot in natural light or in a well-lit area to avoid grainy footage. In addition, you can use a ring light.
Capture higher-quality footage
To turn on 4K video recording mode on your iPhone, go to Settings > Camera > Record Video, and select 4K at 30 or 60 fps.
You can also use apps like ProMovie Recorder to take full advantage of your phone's videography capability.
Aim to record the best possible sound
Film in a quiet environment and speak clearly. To elevate the quality, try to use a microphone that connects to your phone.
Present yourself confidently
If you’re recording yourself, feel free to use the Teleprompter app to read your script. Do not keep your phone too close to your face. Try to be in a safe zone – a space free from Instagram key elements at the top and bottom.
Edit your videos
Copywriting for your small business
Make your copy engaging
It can provide valuable information about your products or services, encourage engagement and interactions, and drive traffic to your website.
With clear and concise language, storytelling techniques, and an understanding of the different requirements of each social media platform, you can create copy that resonates with your followers and helps you achieve your marketing goals.
Write for your audience
Tailor your message to the interests and needs of your target audience.
Use clear and concise language
Avoid jargon and use simple language that is easy to understand.
Employ copywriting techniques
Craft a captivating headline and use storytelling to create an emotional connection with your readers and keep them engaged.
Know the platform
Different social media platforms have different requirements for content length and format, so make sure you adapt your writing accordingly.
Don't be afraid to share your personal experiences and opinions. This helps build trust and connection with your followers and can make your content more relatable and engaging.