SOCIAL MEDIA: 17 things you need to test regularly

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The entire point of any business copywriting is to boost sales. Even if you write your copy to get more newsletter sign-ups, the point is still to boost sales.

But, how do you know if what you’re doing is working? Maybe you’re writing your blog regularly, copy for brochures or flyers, press releases, sales letters and posting on social media - but do you know if all the work you’re doing is paying off? The best way to know is to test, test, test.

Here’s a list of things you need to test regularly.

Your Headlines

How do you know a particular headline works over another? The best way is to conduct an A/B test. Make two slightly different headlines and send each headline to half your list. Which performs better?

Your Offer

If you’re not sure about your offer, try testing more than one offer. Like the A/B testing above, only change something small and send each to half your list. Or if it’s a sales page, put both up, and see which performs better.

Your Copy Format

Are you considering where your reader is reading your copy? If your audience is reading on a mobile device, is the copy format effective? How do you know? Test it.

Snippets of Your Copy

If you have a long sales page, you can take snippets of the copy and reuse it on social media or other places to see what the response to your words is.

New Products

This doesn’t mean create new products but testing new products, such as project management systems, social media marketing automation, email marketing programs and more. Stay on the cutting edge by regularly spending a small amount of time evaluating whether new products or processes can help you.

Graphics

Are your graphics the right graphics to use for your particular audience? If you’re not sure, conduct more A/B testing. Change nothing but the graphics and see how it affects conversion rates.

Functionality

Of course, you should test how your website functions. Does the checkout process run smoothly for your customers? Is something holding them up along the way to prevent making a purchase?

Audience Responsiveness

Are you posting your heart out on Facebook but no one is responding, even though people are reading? If you’re not sure why ask them. Questions always work well on social media.

Accuracy

You need to take care to make certain that your copy is accurate. Don’t post false information either on purpose or by accident. Check your sources and check your facts.

Complexity

You don’t want things to be too hard for your reader to understand. If you’re using too many big words, change them to small words. Speak directly to your audience, not over them.

What’s in It for Me?

Remember the fundamental test for effective copywriting. It doesn’t matter what platform you’re posting your copy on; your audience wants to know what’s in it for them. If the copy doesn’t answer that, start over.

Double Entendres

Sometimes double entendres are okay, but sometimes they can be disastrous. Be very careful with accidentally posting something that really means something else, especially if it’s controversial or dirty. Hashtags have often caught people out with how they been read.

Spelling

Yes, spelling matters. Even on Facebook. Use a spellchecker and an app such as Grammarly, which works on social media platforms as well.

Sequence

If you post something that has a sequence, such as creating a recipe, or steps to accomplish something technical, does it flow in the right order? Ask someone who knows nothing about the topic to read it to test if it works or not.

Clarity

One of the most important aspects of copywriting is to ensure that what you are trying to impart to the reader makes sense. You don’t want to accidentally offend someone with your words. Read and re-read, and have others read for clarity.

Above the Fold

No matter what medium you’re putting your copy on - whether it’s print, webpages, or social media, the important stuff needs to go at the top, or you need explicit directions to scroll down to read more.

Originality

Is your copy original? One of the ways to test for this is to use the Copyscape app which tests for plagiarism. You want your words to feel familiar to your reader but you don’t want them to be copied.

If you don’t look at a variety of factors and perform several tests, you may very well be wasting time on activities with no pay back, or you might stop doing some that are paying off. Improving your copywriting skills will certainly help boost your sales.

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