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4 Ways to Capture and Keep Your Target Audience’s Attention - via Social Media Today

Written by Nathan Mendenhall (@NCMSocial)

As the world becomes more digitally connected, we're being targeted with hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of pieces of content daily. To avoid having our brains actually burst from content overload, we've learned to pay less attention to irrelevant or inconvenient content on our desktop computers and mobile devices.

Microsoft's particularly interested in how the internet has influenced human behavior and found that the average human attention span is rapidly declining. In 2000, humans had an attention span of 12 seconds. In 2015, a study showed that humans now have an average attention span of just 8 seconds…. which is less than a goldfish.

No wonder it’s hard to keep the Game of Thrones storyline straight.

Since we're paying less attention to more content on the internet, how can marketers ensure that they are capturing and retaining the attention of their target audience? Take a gander at these data-backed tips.

1. Be Sure That Your Website Loads Quickly

This may be a no-brainer, but your website load time can negatively impact conversions.

Research has shown that even a 1 second delay in site load time can lead to a 7% loss in conversion. This is time you can’t afford to waste.

Images that aren’t properly optimized can be a major cause for slow page loads, so worth starting there in your optimization efforts.

2. Leverage Compelling Visuals

Studies show that the brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text. Since it takes our brains only 0.25 seconds to process visual content, it’s absolutely crucial that your marketing campaigns include compelling graphics. Use this creative element to help tell your story and make the most of the attention you win.

With so much distraction on the internet, we have to make the most impact with visuals to truly snag a consumer’s attention.

And this doesn’t just end with images, videos are also important. Website visitors spend 100% more time on pages with videos and mobile video consumption also increases by 100% every year.

3. Think Mobile

Almost 80% of time spent with social media is now done on a mobile device, while 52% of all social sharing is done via a smartphone. Since 41% of all social media users discover new brands on social networks AND their usage is becoming more mobile, it only makes sense to calibrate all of your efforts to be mobile optimized.

It’s not enough anymore to simply be mobile “friendly” if you want to catch the attention of the more mobile, more distracted digital consumer.

4. Try and Try Again

In an ideal world, marketers could place one or two campaigns in a market and see the conversions roll in. Unfortunately, that isn’t realistic in the super-distracted digital landscape. Users need to see your messaging multiple times for it to resonate.

According to the mere-exposure effect (ahem psychology majors), consumers need to be exposed to your content at least seven times before they'll take action. The more users see your campaign, the more likely they'll convert.

Does this mean you should blast 25 Facebook Ads to the same audience? No. However, you should have a omni-channel campaign with consistent messaging that surrounds your target audience in the digital spaces where they spend the most time.

Did I lose you? Are my 8 seconds up? I hope not. Social media can be very overwhelming and sometimes we all need a helping hand in getting our campaigns in the green. Hopefully these tips will help keep on on track towards maximizing ROI for your efforts.

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