How to leverage your visual content

The fashion and beauty industry heavily relies on visual content. The increasing presence of fashion houses and beauty influencers on social media have contributed to the shift towards visual content on social media channels.With a large amount of content being published on social media platforms, users are experiencing “content shock”. Therefore, businesses need to implement new tactics to capture users’ attention and ultimately develop great consumer engagement.

The fashion and beauty industry is an incredibly competitive market. With new products and services launching constantly your social media strategy should focus on increasing your business’s social media presence with the use of crisp and creative images/graphics. According to marketer Jeff Bullas, content with images gets 94% more views than content without images. If you want to reach a wider audience and increase engagement, visual content is essential to your posts and campaign.

So how can your visual content standout in a sea of images?

Brainstorm

Brainstorming ideas should always be your first steam this will help increase creativity in your posts. Think of new ways in which your brand’s personality can stand out in a single image. Kate Spade’s visual content strategy on social media, relies on showcasing the brand’s trendiness and glamour by posting pictures with crisp accents and bright lighting.

Your images should incorporate elements that will help your products standout. Natural lighting can help your image appear crisp and clean, which will grab your follower’s attention. Also, using a model showcasing the product will increase your post’s visibility and engagement.

 Isolate you product

Images that showcase your product can increase your brand’s reach. Images are attention grabbing elements. Kate Spade uses neutral backgrounds for their bright products, increasing the visibility of their merchandise. By doing so, the products are able to stand out and look highly appealing to consumers. Creative and crips images are far more likely to generate sales.

Graphics

Increase your brand’s visibility by including text in your images. Enhanced images help get your message across a lot quicker, these are more likely to be shared by your audience. Platforms such as Twitter, where the life span of a tweet is 18 minutes, decrease the chances of your content being seen. Therefore, including captivating images with a short message will increase your content’s opportunity to be seen and shared.

Another form of including text in your images is posting promotional material. Post that include discount or sales have a high number impressions and engagement.

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The most important thing when it comes to graphics is being creative. The examples above show the vast amount of creativity Kate Spade has been showcasing in simple but crisp images, which successfully grab follower’s attention. Also, note the consistency the brand maintains among the different platforms. Both of the examples represent the brand’s personality and style by maintaining simple and bright images with accent colors.

 Sneak Peeks

Let your audience feel special by giving them exclusive previews of your new product or services. Sneak peeks can come in the form of behind the scenes material. Behind the scenes images presents many opportunities to build your brand’s buzz and it can also help humanize your brand.

Events

You can also increase your brand’s awareness and consumer engagement by including images on posts that showcase events such as: store openings, product launches, fashion shows etc. Kate Spade does a great job including images of events they have hosted and linking them to other social media channels. Linking images to other channels will help increase your brand’s visibility on social media.

Partner with influencers

Increase your reach and brand awareness by partnering up with fashion influencers. Influencers can be part of your visual content strategy by providing new ways of showcasing your products.

Repost content

Take a look at your social media analytics. If you have a post that has an increasing amount of shares and views, promote it again. You can also pick one key element of that post and reconfigure it into a new one.

Achieving popularity through visual content is crucial in order to stand out from your competitors. It is important to use original content and cross promote throughout all your social media channels. These will help you increase overall traffic and encourage engagement. Becoming a strong fashion and beauty social media page is challenging and time consuming but if you follow these few steps your brand is taking a step in the right direction.

If you are starting a new visual content strategy you can use a free visual content tool such as: Canva to develop graphics. This is a good starting tool that will help you leverage your visual content.

 

Image via: prcouture.com

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