Are you struggling to make your content stand out? Let us accept that the digital world is full of information. And, not all pieces of content can be equally outstanding. Only a few content creators can stand out in the industry for the skills that engage the audience and make them stick to this content.

So, what are the different types of content with which you can engage your audience?

Before you get to know those exact ways in which you can make your content engaging, have a look at the different types of high-performing content that engage readers.
Types of high-performing content
Blogs: These are long-form content published on a website to educate, entertain, or engage the readers. Make sure you write blogs effectively.
Memes: Memes are satirical posts that are popularly used for marketing purposes today.
Video content: Videos keep people engaged as they help connect the audience with the creator.
Infographics: These are graphics with information to make data easily digestible.
Podcasts: Podcasts are a form of audio content that people can tune in anytime, anywhere.
eBooks: eBooks are online books that provide the audience with detailed information related to any subject.
Emails: Email marketing is another popular way of engaging and converting people.
Social media content: Social media is largely consumed by youth and adults and can effectively keep them engaged. However, knowing the DOs and DONTs of social media is equally crucial.

Although these are distinct, they are also interconnected, and one can include multiple types of content in one.

For example, podcasts, memes, videos, and infographics can be used together in a blog to enhance the impact.

Now it is clear that these types of content can enrich the quality of your content. But what it means to engage them? First, it is vital to know what "engagement" even means.

To simplify, engagement means grabbing the audience's attention, connecting with them emotionally, keeping them intact, and making them want more of it.

And, how do you do that?

If you wish to create content that engages your audience, you need to add value to it. Since the readers spend their time consuming your content, they expect it to be helpful to them in some or another form. For instance, it can make them laugh, add to their knowledge, inspire them, or connect to their emotions and solve problems.

Remember that your content doesn't need to be 2000-words long to provide some value to the readers. It can be short and still be engaging. With every new line, your readers should crave more and more information, and that's what keeps them engaged.

Here are six effective ways you can create engaging content:

Add infographics
Text-heavy content is difficult to consume. Moreover, it becomes less engaging if it doesn’t have any graphics at all.

Creating infographics to make concepts easier to understand can help communicate the message more clearly. For that, you can repurpose data available on credible websites to break them into easily digestible information. To create such graphics, you can use an easy-to-use application like Canva. But, make sure you mention the sources or link back to the websites.

Repurpose inspirational content & quotes
People who are experts in a niche or industry already have a fan-following. Including their piece of content makes your content more lively, relatable, and engaging.

But, wait! You don’t need to steal their content. If you find something amazing and believe it would be of value to your audience, take permission from its original creator and repurpose it or add it along and give credits to them for the same.

Know your audience
To be able to connect with someone emotionally, you need to know who they are. So, know who your target audience is, what their pain points are, what are the things they can relate to, and create your content to solve their problems. Use examples and words that they can easily resonate with.

For example, if your target is Indian women who are married, you can add statements that reflect your empathy for their struggle to manage their job alongside household chores.

Post user-generated content
User-generated content is too underrated, but it has a lot of potentials. It can help grow your brand in multiple ways. One, by showing your existing customers that you care for them. Two, by letting your clients act as your brand ambassadors. Three, by making them engage more and attract their circle. Undoubtedly, it is a win-win situation for both of you as you feature them, and they build trust for a newer audience.

Simply ask them about what they feel about your services or products and use them for your account or website after seeking their permission. Alternatively, you can ask your customers to tag you and add a hashtag that would give them a chance to be featured by re-posting. A lot of renowned brands are doing that and getting great results. So, don’t give it a second thought.

Ask your audience
While it isn't always possible to know what your target audience wants, it is still a good idea to seek their suggestions about what they want to hear from you or what is keeping them awake at night and produce content accordingly.
You can use social media story stickers and blog comment sections to understand your target audience better and produce content accordingly. Since the content would be audience-oriented, it would drive more engagement.

AIDA: Attention, Interest, Desire & Action model works for a lot of businesses.
It starts with attracting the audience, developing their interest in your product or services, creating a desire to get more of it, and ends at calling them to take some action.

You can do the same by grabbing their attention using a catchy title, an introduction that interests them, a body that makes them want more, and call-to-action like dropping a comment or buying a product/service (depending upon your goal).

Although engaging content isn’t about keyword-stuffing, SEO is still important. If you do not optimize your content for search engines, you wouldn’t be discoverable or visible to your potential audience and lose the opportunity to engage them using your content. Denver SEO Company can make sure you write for both: humans and search engines.

Author's Bio: 

Lori Wade is a writer who is interested in a wide range of spheres from online marketing to web development and new technologies. If you are interested in the above topics, you can find her on LinkedIn. Read and take over Lori’s useful insights!