Updated: Feb 19, 2021
Do you struggle to come up with words when it comes to posting on social media?
Do you find yourself staring at your phone knowing that you need to post but you don’t know what to say?
Imagine not running into this issue anymore 🎉
It's possible and it's easier than you think because I've got 50 social media posts written for you!! Plus there's a formula you can follow when you write your own too. Here's the break down:
The Formula for Writing Social Media Posts for Engagement
Before I share the formula, it’s important to talk about social media engagement. So often we think about frequency of posting like posting 3 times a week or every day but I want you to shift your mind to think about engagement more than frequency.
Because social media is all about being social and interacting. Think about this like being in person with someone. If you’re always talking at someone and never asking them questions or letting them talk, it’s really one sided and that stinks.
“You know you would be looking for the way out if someone was talking at you and you didn’t get a word in at all. That’s not a conversation, it’s a presentation. No one wants that in a social media interaction.” - Amanda McKinney
So we want to think about engagement and interaction on social media. So what’s engagement? Its:
And each of these things are weighted differently in the algorithm. Before I lose you because I started talking “algorithms”, know that you don’t have to know everything about this. All you need to know is that the algorithm likes engagement and the more engaged an action is, the more it’s weighted.
For example, a comment is more valuable than a like but a share is more valuable than a comment.
When someone is sharing your social media post that’s a huge step so the algorithm likes this more. So when you’re thinking about your social media posts, you want to write them in order to encourage more engagement.
“Please remember that engagement takes time but there is a formula that will help you encourage engagement with your words. But don’t give up if you don’t have tons of comments or shares right away. Give it time.” - Amanda McKinney
Hook + Story/message + Call to action
Hook - the words that will get attention. This can be a question, a bold statement, or buzzwords. This is what will get attention quickly and keep the person reading.
EX: Self care isn’t just baths and massages.
Story/message - a little more information about whatever your sharing about. This can be long or short but it’s about elaborating on what you started in the hook.
EX: Self care isn’t just baths and massages. Don’t get me wrong, a long massage can be self care but that’s not all it is. Self care can be taking 5 minutes to dance to your favorite song and smile, or taking a walk, or making your favorite smoothie (instead of the kids favorite) or simply taking a long deep breath in and deep breath out.
Call to action - this is when you ask the person to take an action. And when it comes to engagement, this isn’t asking for them to buy something, it’s asking them to take an action related to engagement.
EX: Self care isn’t just baths and massages. Don’t get me wrong, a long massage can be self care but that’s not all it is. Self care can be taking 5 minutes to dance to your favorite song and smile, or taking a walk, or making your favorite smoothie (instead of the kids favorite) or simply taking a long deep breath in and deep breath out. What does self care look like for you today? Tell me in the comments because when we share it with others it helps hold ourselves accountable and sometimes that’s what we need.
That’s the formula! So the next time you feel stuck, use this formula to help you. And a pro tip for you: it often helps if you work backwards. Start with the CTA and let that help your writing.
For example, if you know you want to get more engagement through comments, you know you will need to end the post with a question that people can answer in the comments so you wouldn’t want to ask something super sensitive that people might not want to share publicly.
“You can use this formula for all posts or just when you’re feeling stuck.” - Amanda McKinney
**This is blog post is based on a podcast episode. If you'd rather listen to this information, use the player below or find episode #50 on the Marketing Yoga with Confidence Podcast.
How to Bust Through Social Media Writer's Block
It’s real and it’s super frustrating. This is when you’re looking at your phone knowing that you need to post something on social media….or let’s face it - you feel like you should be posting on social media -- yet you can’t think of ANY words to say.
Then it happens, you’re the classic over-thinker and it’s game over. Social media writer’s block happens and there’s no words that feel “right”.
At this moment, you likely scroll for a long time and then give up and put the phone away. But you’ve wasted precious time and ain’t nobody got time for that.
What’s the key to busting through this social media writer’s block?
I actually have a three:
Create a list of ideas and words from your students
Using a formula for writing posts
Planning ahead so the pressure isn’t there in the moment
Creating a List To Make Writing Social Media Posts Easier
This can be a simple Google doc where you consistently add ideas as you think of them. Maybe you see someone else post something and you want to share something similar. Great - add that to your list. But my favorite way to add ideas to your list is when your students ask you questions. Let’s say your student says to you after class “how can I practice yoga at home?”. This would be a GREAT social media post or multiple posts really. Add it to your list and continue to add questions to your list as your students ask them.
Just like creating a list can help you, planning ahead can too. It’s like planning your road trip before you get in the car. It helps to make decisions before you actually have to make them so the pressure isn’t in the moment. This can look like writing out social media posts in that ideas document as you have them. Or it can look like pre-scheduling posts for the upcoming week. If you know you want to post 3 times a week on Instagram, why not get it scheduled so it’s guaranteed to happen. Here are some tools that you can use to do this for FREE:
50 FREE Social Media Post Templates Just For Yoga Teachers
And because I know it can take time to get used to this formula I want to give you 50 social media posts that you can use immediately. It’s set up like mad-libs. I give you the framework and then you put in the words that help the post sound like you.
“Promise me that you will take these free social media posts and make them your own. I want your social media posts to sound like you. Use this as inspiration and have fun posting. Yes, it’s possible!” - Amanda McKinney
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Download the 50 social media posts and then make them your own and post them! Don't forget to take action AFTER you download the posts. In order to see results, you have to take action and actually post them to your social media channel(s).
Until next time give yourself permission to post for engagement and grace along the way. I’ll talk to you soon!
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