How to Stand Out on Social Media: An Ultimate Guide

By Ray O’Donnell

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Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and other social media platforms are the biggest marketing channels in these days to promote your business. Especially, Instagram marketing is become more popular due to Reels, stories, and other creative features.

In the sea of content, yours should stand out to thrive on social media. Content with pleasing visuals is necessary to attract as many pairs of eyeballs as possible. 

If social media is part of your marketing strategy, being creative and strategic is paramount. Use the latest augmented reality (AR) technology to create engaging content for your social media content. Only with attractive visuals and valuable content can you achieve your business goals.

Social media is a promising marketing channel, but many businesses fail to leverage it. Among 1,000 enterprises, 61.6% barely generate results from social media. The main reasons that highlight the issue are they fail to make and manage content

Therefore, we've compiled a visual guide to help you stand out on social media and strike the online space. Keep scrolling!

Reasons Why Your Content Must Stand Out in Social Media

Social media has now gone beyond sharing, connecting, and entertainment platforms. They've become a gold mine for business owners and modern marketers to achieve their companies' targets.

Selling on TikTok, Facebook, and other platforms gets even more familiar. Many businesses have been adjusting social media as part of their marketing funnels. That's why we've seen countless ads and campaigns on the platforms.

There are many benefits to having your content stand out on social media. Some of the major ones are:

Gather audiences: With unique content, you can gather audiences faster, leading to more potential buyers and customers.

Improve brand awareness: When you have a mass audience, you'll automatically improve brand awareness, making it easier for you to market products.

Escalate sales: As you gather a mass of audiences and prospects, you can increase sales and increase social media revenue.

Add credibility: Visually appealing content helps you add credibility to your content. Audiences will see you as a professional and trustable company.

Many modern marketers have stated that social media positively affects their companies. They will continue investing more budget for Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok as their marketing channels.

However, creating unique content has become more challenging than ever, as billions of users and millions of business accounts are on social media. Without the right strategy, your post will fail to thrive online.

Each social media platform has content preferences regarding visuals, formats, and subject matter. Thus, understanding each platform preference can help you generate optimum results quickly.

A Visual Guide to Stand Out on Social Media

Image and video content have flooded social media as many users and businesses publish content nearly every day. Therefore, getting your content exposed and visible to many users is nowhere easy. 

You can follow the following six steps to make your content stand out on social media. Below are the essentials you need to know.

#1. Choose Your Color Palette 

Choosing a color palette is vital in building your brand image and personality. However, it's never easy to decide on one. You must consider several aspects of your business, including the target audience.

Big brands are always associated with specific colors as their identity. Hermes uses oranges as their color representative, coca-cola uses red, Tiffany & Co uses light blue, McDonalds uses yellow, and many others.

Those well-known brands stick to their color palettes. Some use it to build a brand's identity, and others may consider deeper values. So, entrepreneurs should understand color psychology before choosing a color palette for their brands or products.

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The theory of color psychology has existed since the 80's when German artist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published a book about it. He believed colors elicit certain emotions. You can refer to the image above in choosing the most suitable color for your brand or products.

#2. Provide Only High-Quality Visuals

High-quality visuals are key to attracting and engaging audiences. Therefore, using high-resolution cameras is the only option to launch excellent content. 

Say it is for Instagram posts, YouTube content, or video advertisements. You must be well-equipped with suitable devices. You can use a smartphone or digital camera with high resolution to make content.

Guess what? The camera is not the only thing you need to consider. Also, mind about the lighting while taking pictures and check whether you need further improvement or not.

Most of the time, the editing process is always needed. You can color-correct and enhance using Photoshop, Canva, or other editing tools. You can add your brand logo to avoid content theft and plagiarism.

#3. Use the Proper Size

Using the proper size is also important for creating visually engaging content. Each social media platform has its preferable size and format for posting content. So, making a one-fit-all photo or video is not recommended.

For example, you can post vertical images for Instagram and Facebook stories. A 1:1 post is not the best option for stories as it leaves spaces above and below. It will degrade your content entirely.

The same goes for videos. Many businesses utilize video to support their marketing. You better publish a landscape video for a YouTube post. But vertical videos will always be best for TikTok, Instagram reels, and YouTube shorts. 

You can use the visual guidelines below to optimize your post on social media.

Image content

Instagram: 1080 x 1080 pixels

Facebook: 1200 x 450 pixels

Twitter: 900 x 450 pixels

LinkedIn: 1350 x 440 pixels

Video content

YouTube: 1920 x 1080 

TikTok: 1080 x 1920

Facebook: 1280 x 720 

Instagram: 1080 x 1080

#4. Include Typography and Add a Logo

To level up your visuals, use typography on your content. Typography gives aesthetic points to your content, whether an image, video or motion graphic. You will need an editor or an illustrator to create typography. You can also purchase others' works on online platforms to cut time.

Also, add your brand's logo to your content to claim authenticity and authority. Most importantly, adding a logo helps you avoid content theft in cyberspace. 

In addition, ensure all the elements of your content go well together. Check the colors, image quality, and size to make your content an eye-pleaser.

#5. Use Filters

Sometimes, editing software can be time-consuming as color correction and enhancement are step-to-step processes. You may also have limited skills in running the software.

If such a case happens, investing in filter apps can be a way out. They're simple to use and have automatic color correction features that help you save countless times and be all-efficient.

Some well-known filter apps include VSCO, Pixlr, YouCam Perfect, A Color Story, and others. They're available on smartphones, and some are even free to use. 

However, you need to note that being consistent is best. Therefore, stick to the filters that help you build your brand image. Changing filters for each post will only make you inconsistent. 

#6. Be Consistent with Your Style

Continuing the previous point, consistency helps you build a stronger online presence. For example, if you want a luxurious image, stick to creating content with gold, silver, white, gray, and black.

Jumping around to using many irrelevant colors can confuse audiences, making you fail to build a brand identity and leave an impression on audiences. A strong presence is vital for businesses as it helps them stand out among competitors.

You can always use more colors, but having fewer colors is preferable. The more colors you use, the harder for audiences to remember. Moreover, be consistent with your content style and tone, including filters and typography.

More Tips to Boost Content Performance on Social Media

Visuals are not the only ones that define your content performance. There are more things to consider for making thriving posts on social media. 

We've compiled more tips to help you boost content performance on social media. Let's discuss each of them below.

#1. Write Driving Captions and Metadata

Never post your content alone. Always have them equipped with driving captions and metadata. Captions help you be more professional by providing necessary information to audiences. You can also encourage them to leave reactions and comments on your posts.

If you post on YouTube and Facebook, create compiling metadata on your posts. Make keyword-friendly titles and descriptions to boost content performance. Moreover, you can consider adding subtitles and transcription for your video posts.

#2. Implement SEO

SEO is vital for a winning post. A robust SEO strategy relies heavily on the keywords you choose. So, it may require you to do keyword research for the content you create.

Consider investing in long-tailed keywords, as it can reach more specific audiences and help you compete with bigger competitors. For example, instead of using 'Eye Makeup Tutorial,' consider using 'Makeup Tutorial for Deep Set Eyes.' 

You can leverage some SEO tools to find the most suitable and highly in-demand keywords. Some online SEO tools you can use are Ahrefs, Google Search Console, SEMRush, KWFinder, and Moz. Consider investing in their paid feature to get the best services.

#3. Use Tags

You can never leave out tags on your post, especially on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Tags allow audiences to find your content through organic search. 

Always look for trending tags and add them to your post. Some social media platforms, especially TikTok, give a stronger push for content with trending tags, making them perform better and increasing the chance of becoming viral.

However, using trending tags alone won't be enough. Combine it with tags related to your content and brand. Having those tags on your content can boost their searchability and visibility on platforms' search engines.

The Takeaway

Visuals become one of the most defining factors of your content performance. In making visually appealing content, you must equip yourself with excellent devices, skills, and a sense of art. Moreover, considering your brand image and target audiences is vital to make them perform optimally according to plan.

However, visually engaging content is not enough to compete in the global industry. Therefore, a robust strategy is required. The above visual guide and additional tips can help you build brand identity and leverage the best online platform. Most importantly, they help you thrive in the intense business competition on social media.

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