6 Amazingly Simple Headline Tips to Transform Your Existing Content

It’s springtime, a perfect time to review what’s in your closet and see what existing pieces can make a new outfit or a new look.

The same principles apply to Content Marketing.  With a few headline changes, you can change the appearance of your content to be brand new. Much like a wardrobe has essential components, there are six distinct components to a headline. An outstanding headline should be explicit and have at least three of the six components. And, just as some outfits work better for certain occasions, some headline words and components are more optimal on diverse social platforms.

1. Emotional

The headline should include an emotional trigger word using a superlative.  Examples are amazing, humorous, electrifying, stunning, inspiring, extraordinary, and successful.  Know your audience and speak to them, carefully choosing the words that will most appeal to your target customers. For example, the word “successful” is much stronger on LinkedIn than on Facebook or Twitter.

Creating a clever headline can also appeal to the humorous side of the reader and intrigues the audience to click into the blog. One of Zircon’s most popular blogs, “A Wall is a Wall is a Wall” tells a simple headline narrative that beckons the reader to find out more.

We used the superlative, amazingly, in our headline. We could easily change it to “6 Successful Headline Tips”, or “5 Effective Headline Tips”, depending on our target audience.

2. Content

Use a word or phrase to indicate the type of content the reader should expect. A picture or video can be useful in demonstrating to the audience how a tool works; Zircon, for example, often embeds video content into a blog via our YouTube channel. Other examples of content words within a headline include charts, quotes, facts, tips and tricks, habits, warnings and mistakes.

“Tips” works well across most networks. We used the word tips in our headline.

3. Topic

Hot topics can be trending topics found on Right Relevance, Buzzsumo, Hootsuite, Buzzfeed, Twitter, Facebook and more. Within the DIY world, hot topics include the words DIY, home remodeling, tools, kitchens, bathrooms and more. Select a topic that resonates with your audience.

Our topic is content.  (The word headline in our headline is a descriptive word. The headline would work with or without it.)

4. Format

Content Format reveals the style of your content.  Ever notice the numerous examples of a “Top 5 list of” or the viral impact of a quiz or the special interest people pay to personal stories? These examples, plus research reports and how to posts work effectively throughout social media.

The number 6 is in our headline to indicate a list post.

5. Promise

What happens if the reader clicks into your headline? What can they expect? This is what the promise should deliver to the audience. Perhaps they’ll receive a how to guide in home improvement or practical tips of how to install shelving and lighting or a way to create a larger space within a smaller dwelling.

Our promise is to transform your existing content with some simple headline changes.

6. Number

The headline length makes a difference and lengthier headlines spur increased clicks. Experiment with the number of words that are ideal for your target audience.

Our headline has 10 words, not too short, but not so long that is it is not catchy.

Did our headline live up to your expectations?

What’s in your content closet that can be refreshed with a new headline?

At Zircon, we’re continuously looking for ways to help solve end user problems and communicate our solutions in the most effective manner. We would love to hear from you about your content ideas and invite you to share your marketing experiences with us. Please visit us at zircon.comlike us, or follow us.

Please join us the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month for #diytrends. Engage, learn and share. We would love to hear from you!

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Is Content Still Meaningful?

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Is the written word still viable?  In our fast-paced world that often resorts to the shortest method to communicate, from text messages to tweets, companies may question if a blog, article, or more substantial content is still relevant. Businesses do still indeed need written content – and lots of it – to continue to embrace the company’s brand followers and attract new customers. Use these helpful tips to develop your next content piece.

  • Make it content worthy. Content, in its many forms, is defined as relevant information that provides value and insight to the reader. It can take many forms, including written content for web pages, e-books, white papers, infographics, and blog article. To be valuable, how does your content solve a problem, answer a question, or inform your customers?
  • Use the E word. Engage, engage, engage. Engaging content prompts a response from the reader. Ask your customers thought provoking questions and propel discussions. Will the person reading your content find it useful enough to share, favorite, bookmark or link to your piece? If not, see how you can add or change your content piece to make it one that will propel your message by your followers and fans.
  • Ignite Your Vibe. Although the voice and style of writing depends on the type of content and platform used (i.e. e-books are more formal and social media is more laid back), many times, the same content can be used on multiple platforms. Rather than starting from scratch, subtle edits can be made to the content to make it viable for different channels. For example, the writer may want to utilize the same blog article on various social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) by posting a comment with a link back to the blog post.
  • Create or Curate? Original content, true to its name, means that the content is created by the originator. It is an original work, whether it is a blog, article, e-book or more. On the other hand, curated content can consist of third party data that the writer aggregates and make sense of, for the reader, through commentary. Another form of curated content is when a company adds an organizational perspective to existing third party content; this form is fairly common in social media.

At Zircon Corporation, the company has an extensive library of content that it continuously produces for its domestic, as well as international, audience. Content includes videos, news releases, white papers, emails, ads, web copy, packaging, merchandising, instructions, and more.

Zircon bloggers and social media experts seek to inform and engage readers via the Zircon Pro ExpertZircon in the Real World, and Zircon’s Marketing ToolBox blog sites, as well as the Zircon Facebook page and Zircon Twitter. The “How to Use” tab on Zircon’s website contains a wealth of information in the form of tips, how-to instructions and videos. If you’ve ever learned anything from these sources, we’d love to hear from you!

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What is a Blog?

Is the written word still viable?  In the social media age, how important are articles? Twitter’s 140 character platform, YouTube’s visual channel, and the creative and instantaneous nature of Instagram make marketers contemplate if traditional marketing materials still compel customers to act, buy or engage with a brand.

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Businesses still need written content – and lots of it – to continue to embrace the company’s brand followers and attract new customers.

At Zircon Corporation, you may know them as the maker of the original electronic stud finder, the company has an extensive library of content that it continuously produces for its domestic, as well as international, audience. Content includes videos, news releases, white papers, emails, ads, web copy, packaging, merchandising, instructions, and more. Each online and offline piece has a vital goal – to educate and promote the company’s vision and products. A favorite among communications specialists is the blog.

“What is a blog?” you may be asking. Well, you may not already realize it, but you’re actually reading one now! A blog is defined as a journal or website of posts that are arranged in chronological order. The author of the posts is called a blogger. A blogger may want to capture his or her thoughts in a casual basis and be able to refer to this information at a later date. Other blogs enable the blogger to capture real-time comments from customers which gives the company valuable marketing data.

Bloggers typically use an informal style of writing, as compared to when writing a news release, yet still are engaging and informative. Blogs can be light and airy or be more detailed and focused. Usually, the blog will have a distinct topic or theme that the blogger writes about. The blogger’s audience expands from other bloggers to customers, colleagues, friends or family.

Zircon bloggers tackle everyday business challenges via the Zircon Pro Expert, Zircon in the Real World, and Zircon’s Marketing ToolBox blog sites.  Check out these blogs to get an idea of what a blog is.  What topics would you like to blog or read about?  Comment on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter and share your blog with us. We’d love to hear from you!

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