I used to think that posting a photo on social media is just like posting a status update on a daily basis; you just post without having to think of what people would think. While it may be partially true if you are using social media for personal purpose, it’s not the case when it comes to posting social media content for business. Only in this part, would what people think matter. For that reason, graphic design does not only apply to website anymore – social media uses design too. As a part of Melbourne web designer team (though I’m not technically a designer since I’m a writer), I have had what I call some productive conversation with a web designer who is also my friend. In the conversation, she described what kind of designs that make the best social media content for business and in this article, I have summed up what I learned from her so you can learn from this article too. Keep reading to learn more.
The kind of content that has relevant colours
Colours have meanings and we cannot deny the fact that colours can somehow influence people and even in business, colours can encourage people to make purchase decision. Yes, it is that powerful… only if you choose the right one for your business. If you follow this blog, you might notice in my previous posts that I have always said this to all my clients; colour is one of the most important aspects of any design. It helps to set a mood, create an atmosphere, and can even invoke a memory. However, if you can’t read any content because of the wrong colour combinations, I’m sure your audience will not be comfortable too. For example, let’s visualize a bright purple background with the text coloured in bright green. Would you be able to read that? Can you even see how the green against the purple strains your eyes a bit? Yes, choose your colours wisely.
The kind of content with consistent colours
Now that you have your color scheme picked, make sure you are using the same colours throughout your posts. I’m not saying you have to choose the same plain colours for your posts. There are sets of colours with the same nuance as your company’s main colour. Play it right and you will get it right.
The kind of content that is useful
People follow your company’s social media account for a strong reason; to get to know what your business offers and whether what you offer will benefit them or not. Therefore, a brief but clear explanation is strongly suggested for your content. However, since some people are not born a natural reader (a.k.a. some people just don’t like reading), make sure you provide enough information that can make them understand without boring them and wasting their time. A nicely designed picture should have good explanation without having to write long text about it. Instead of saying “Centella asiatica, commonly known as Gotu Kola, Indian pennywort, Asiatic pennywort or Mandookparni, is a herbaceous, frost-tender perennial plant in the flowering plant family Apiaceae. It is native to the wetlands in Asia. Centella asiatica itself also has been shown to have potent antioxidant properties and to be a rich source of amino acids, and there’s additional research showing that it’s a good hydrating ingredient to soothe upset or compromised skin,” try this; “Centella asiatica is an Indian frost-tender perennial plant that is believed to have potent antioxidant properties to soothe upset or sensitive skin.” This explanation may be short but it gives clear understanding of the main point of your product ingredient and what it can do for your potential buyers.
A well-designed content for social media is not only about good design, but it is also about the content. The perfect combination of good design and good content can help your potential buyers get a better understanding of your products and see you as more reliable business. After all, a business that is easy to understand is a business of high quality.