8.25 seconds - that's how short an average Internet user can or wants to concentrate on one thing today. That's roughly equivalent to the attention span of a goldfish! How do marketers still manage to get their messages across despite declining attention and a constantly increasing flood of data? With snack content! Short, concise content for in between. Typical examples are short videos, gifs, images, tweets or other social media posts.
Why snack content pays off for advertisers
- Attention: Sure, with exciting info tidbits, you increase the likelihood that recipients will pay full attention and not simply switch off after a few seconds, as is the case with longer videos or unstructured long texts.
- Reach: What's easy to digest is also shared more quickly with friends and followers. Once in circulation, snack content ideally spreads all by itself - if you've struck a chord with the community, it may even go viral.
- Engagement: What is quickly captured and readily shared is naturally more likely to receive comments or likes. For you as a marketer, this is valuable, direct feedback on your content.
- Mobile marketing: Snack content is perfect for on-the-go: Short videos save data volume and concise texts save the scrolling finger. Since more and more consumers prefer to surf the web privately via smartphone or tablet, you can reach a wide audience with short content.
- Production: As a rule, snack content is produced quickly and cost-effectively. Whereby, of course, a bit of practice and flair is required in the preparation of delicious snacks.
Conclusion: Only publish content in snack format?
Of course not. Versatile, concise and, above all, short content is perfect as an appetizer. They should entertain consumers and, above all, make them want more. Once recipients are encouraged to take a closer look at your products and services, they should also be able to easily access more detailed information about your company. Well-structured and descriptive landing pages, case studies or infographics therefore remain in demand.
Anett Michael is an experienced blogger for various topics of online marketing, but also writes texts for websites and online shops. Besides search engine optimized web texts, she also formulates effective ad texts for effective search engine marketing. As a specialist for social media activities, she also feels at home on all social platforms and designs crisp posts for customers.
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