The Importance Of Having Interactive Content

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To be honest advertising has been in the game for quite sometime now. And we have been witness to ads which either grab our attention or just down right annoy the living day light out of us.

It is of importance that you create content that interests your customer, even if  it takes a cute kitten video to keep you customers and get them to buy something. We have seen a lot of trends like these in the form of “Which famous character portrays you?” and other such inquisitive quizzes.

Now here is explaining why you need to consider creating attention grabbing content, courtesy of Social Media Explorer.

Here’s Why It Matters

It shouldn’t be surprising that something interactive (which is literally a synonym for engaging) is more promising than something static, especially when it comes to brand and publisher marketing. In offering enhanced user experiences, an option for high shareability, and more relevant metrics, interactive content is positioned to overtake static advertisements as the main form of monetization for brands and publishers.

A Better User Experience

If users had it their way, they’d get rid of advertisements and content monetization practices all together. (In fact, they nearly have. I’m looking at you, AdBlock.) But, if brands and publishers listened to users’ concerns — that advertising practices have gotten out of hand — they’d recognize that something has got to change: user experience.

And, interactive content solves just that. It’s entertaining, enjoyable, engaging, and most importantly, subtle. This means users are less likely to shut their browser in annoyance and more likely to continue clicking through the site.

Better Shareability

Today, publishers and brands want one thing: to go viral. It’s simple, more shares, more money. Interactive content has just the right characteristics for increased shareability, it’s amusing, enticing, click-worthy, unique, and designed with the user in mind. It’s much easier for interactive content to get massive shares because it reaches into the fundamental reason people share things in the first place: It captivates them.

Think about show-and-tell from your childhood: would you be more likely to bring in a print magazine advertisement to class or your new Nintendo GameBoy?

More Relevant Metrics

Sure, static advertisements provide brands and publishers with great insights like click-through rates, bounce rates, page views, unique visitors etc. But interactive content as a form of advertising offers all this plus comments, shares, likes, and completion rates. This way, marketers can better pinpoint and understand how and why their interactive content is either succeeding or failing. If, for example, click-through rates on an advertisement are low but there is no indication as to why, how is a brand or publisher going to learn for next time? In adding a social element, the additional metrics that come with interactive content enables the marketer to tweak their content for improvement in the future.

Let’s Get Interactive

Of course, editorial content as a form of online advertising is nothing new — but that’s just the problem. The digital media world moves fast, after all. If marketers want to keep up with the trends and hold onto the attention of their consumers, they need to constantly innovate their marketing and advertising techniques.

Here are three tips to keep in mind before creating your first piece of interactive content.

1. Outline Your Objectives

First, like before any marketing campaign, it’s essential to outline your objectives and goals.

For example, are you content to build brand awareness, increase conversions, educate potential consumers, or purely entertain? Is it more important that your interactive content receive a higher engagement rate or a longer play time? Who is your target audience — women from New York consuming content on their iPads or teenage boys living on the West Coast with fingers glued to their smartphones?

Finally, you need to think about where you’ll distribute it: on your website, on social channels, or on a third-party site. If you plan to distribute the interactive content via social channels, then virality is the most important. If you intend to feature it on your website, then the interactive options should discourage users from being led to external sites.

2. TL;DR

Now that you’ve outlined your objectives and goals, it’ll be easier to keep your interactive content concise and focused. Today, our attention spans are so short that saying an article is too long to read really isn’t an insult anymore. It’s important to keep your interactive content super targeted, never straying from what the title copy promises.

But, by creating interactive content such as polls, quizzes, and video quizzes, content not only stays hyper-focused, quick, and to the point, but it also gives the viewer complete power to take control of their experience. Thus, marketers can be sure that their audience — short attention span and all — is fully engaged throughout.

Here, for instance, Nutella and the Food Network partnered to create an Apester poll — this way, users are engaged and more likely to read through, enjoy, and absorb the rest of the content. The poll received nearly 17,000 engagements with a double-digit click-through-rate and increased time-on-site.

3. A Strong Call To Action

If a video plays but it lacks a clear call-to-action, did it make an impact? Obviously not.

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